Dr. Beach's Top 10 beaches of 2011
Outer Banks of North Carolina
"Bulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape Hatteras was the first National Seashore," Leatherman said. "Providing some of the best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the excellent beachcombing and superb fishing."