Okay, so we always thought our beaches were special…the sand is clean, pale blond, and fine textured, and beach grass dots the dunes that separate the summer estates from the ocean sands. But just before the Memorial Day weekend, the internationally known coastal scientist Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach,” published his list of the Ten Top Beaches in America…and ranked Southampton Village’s Cooper’s Beach FIRST in the nation! In the list of the Top Ten, East Hampton’s Main Beach was ranked #5. In the 20 years that Dr. Beach has been evaluating and publishing this list, this is the first time a “northern” beach has been awarded the #1 spot. (Hawaii’s phenomenal tropical beaches have taken the honors twelve of the twenty years). Not a bad showing for what appears on a US map to be a tiny fingernail sliver of land called Long Island!
And this past weekend was the perfect time to test Dr. Beach’s recommendation, as the weather on Sunday could not have been more optimal.
When shuttling our guests to and from Cooper’s Beach, Chris and I noted that the overflow parking lot was more reminiscent of 4th of July than of Memorial Day. I have a feeling that’s going to be par for the course all summer!
Quote for the Day: “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” –Isak Dinesen