After placing among the top 5 best beaches in the nation for several years, Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach has taken top honors in 2007 on the prestigious Dr Beach list. This is the first time that a beach outside of Florida or Hawaii has won that recognition.
Located at the southern end of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the area is part of the sprawling Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Ocracoke boasts 14 miles of uncrowded barrier island beach protected by 25 foot high sand dunes speckled with sea oats. However, only the 300 yard section protected by lifeguards in season can officially claim Best Beach fame.
Ocracoke has a picturesque harbor, a small village, a cool lighthouse, a small herd of wild ponies and an colorful history of privateers, pirates and explorers. But most of what there is to do to do involves low-key sun and surf relaxation – swimming, surfing, strolling, surf fishing, beachcombing or simply lazing in the sand.
Tourist accommodations on the island tend towards cozy inns and Ocracoke is accessible only by small plane or boat, which will, hopefully, help it from suffering from overpopularity despite this new award.
Oracoke Island is THE place for beach lovers in 2007!