Ocracoke, Buxton on Dr. Beach's best beach list for 2018

OCRACOKE, N.C. (WITN) - Two beaches on the Outer Banks make the top ten best beaches issued by a Florida professor known as Dr. Beach.

Stephen Leatherman released his annual list today.

Ocracoke's lifeguard beach is #2 this year, while the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse beach in Buxton is #6.

Last year, Ocracoke was #3 on the list and has been inching back up to toward the top in recent years.

In 2007, Dr. Beach listed Ocracoke as the country's best beach.

And despite a volcano spewing lava in Hawaii, its Kapalua Bay Beach topped the list this year as the best beach in the U.S.A.

Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University in Miami, has been putting out the best beach list for more than 25 years.