Please note: this page is for Best Beaches 2004! Please click for Dr. Beach's Best Beaches 2006.
"America's Best Beaches List",
pick #3, below:
Top Beaches 2004 - # 3
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Ocracoke Island is one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Outer Banks -- where pirate Blackbeard once roamed-- is a popular place for family beach vacations.
A free ferry service runs to Ocracoke Island from Hatteras Island: a 40-minute trip. (In summer, waiting lines gets long.)
The village of Ocracoke is on the National Register of Historic Places and has a lighthouse, historic homes, quaint shops. Kids will like to see the "Banker Ponies" grazing, a wild herd now cared for by the National Park Service. Read more about Ocracoke, and Outer Banks NC.
*photo courtesy of Florida International University