Ocracoke Beach (ocracoke-beach)
Ocracoke beach is amongst the best in North Carolina, and some say the whole of America. It is indeed a beautiful stretch of pristine coastline and forms part of the protected Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Set on the 16-mile long Ocracoke island which froms part of the Outer Banks, the beach is accessible only by boat. This secluded, unspolit cast is perfect for fishing and beachcombing. The Atlantic Ocean beaks unfetterd on the shore here so waves can be chunky, and people do enjoy surfing here. There is a seasonal lifeguard service but mid/early summer is the best time for families - when the sea is calmest.
Nearby Ocracoke village does have a few shops, restaurants, hotels, and homes, and it borders Silver Lake, which is a lagoon that acts as a harbor for incoming boats.
This area is pretty remote - one of the most easterly points in the USA. This means you can easily find a private spot to relax on the beach and enjoy the incredible scenery. In addition it is possible to drive along certain sections of the coast here in a four-wheel drive, although permits and restrictions apply.
Ocracoke was discovered during the European explorations of the 16th century. Not long after, the infamous pirate, Blackbeard, made this his home.
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