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  • Writer's pictureDylan Kelly

A Cape Cod Beach Ranked Among the Top 10 in the U.S. by 'Dr. Beach'

As the summer season approaches, beach enthusiasts eagerly await the annual evaluation of America's best beaches by Dr. Beach. This year, a Cape Cod treasure continues to shine among the nation's finest coastal destinations.


Dr. Stephen Leatherman, affectionately known as "Dr. Beach," has once again released his prestigious list of the top 10 beaches in America. Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, a beloved part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, proudly secured the No. 9 spot on this year's list, climbing up from its No. 10 ranking last year.

Leatherman, a professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, has been meticulously curating this list since 1991, traditionally timing its release just before Memorial Day weekend. His evaluations are comprehensive, based on 50 criteria scored on a five-point scale. These criteria encompass a wide range of factors including sand softness, beach shape, water color, scenic views and vistas, available amenities, the presence of rip currents, and the number of sunny days experienced.


Coast Guard Beach’s consistent presence in the top rankings underscores its enduring appeal and exceptional quality. This scenic beach is renowned for its pristine sands, striking coastal landscapes, and inviting waters, making it a favorite among both locals and visitors alike.

For those planning a trip to Eastham this season, the town offers a wealth of attractions beyond its beautiful beaches. From historic lighthouses to scenic hiking trails, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in this charming Cape Cod destination. If you're exploring other parts of Cape Cod, local experts recommend visiting the best beaches each town has to offer, ensuring a memorable seaside experience no matter where you go.


Photo: NPS Photo - Public Domain

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