A New York beach has beaten off competition from the likes of Florida and Hawaii to earn the coveted title of America’s Best Beach.
Main Beach in glamorous East Hampton, New York, topped the annual list compiled by Stephen P. Leatherman, a coastal expert known as “Dr. Beach”. Leatherman applies stringent criteria to his judgements, such as measures of sand and water quality, safety and environmental management.
Leatherman said of the winning beach, “The thing about the Hamptons is that people are so proud of their beaches out there. People pick up their litter there, the bathrooms are clean; they provide good services.” He was also impressed that the beach appeared not to have suffered from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, which tore through the region in 2012. He said, “Considering the magnitude of the storm, people will be very pleased to see that Main Beach is the way they remember it.”
It may come as a surprise, but Main Beach beat competition from the likes of Hawaii and Florida to take the award – states more traditionally renowned for their beaches. Hawaii could however, boast three beaches within the top five (Kahanamoku Beach Waikiki, Hamoa Beach, Maui and Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Oahu). Florida also managed three beaches in the top 10, with St. George Island State Park, Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs and Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, all named on the list.
But it is New York that finds itself bathed in glory in this year’s best beach list. Dr. Beach maintains a policy where a beach can win the coveted best beach accolade only once, so Main Beach should enjoy its moment in the sun, before next year’s list crowns a new winner.