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January 6, 2013
From journal Lighthouses of the Outer Banks
November 6, 2005
We had read so many marvelous observations about Ocracoke Island, we felt we had to experience it for ourselves. Ocracoke Island is reached by a 40-minute free car ferry that leaves from the southern tip of Cape Hatteras. Onboard the ferry there is a small lounge to escape from the elements in inclement weather, but most people wander around on deck between the cars, enjoying the salt spray on their faces and waving to the people on the ferries coming the other way. The ferry goes back and forth every every half-hour or so.
Ocracoke Island is a narrow 14-mile strip of land and has miles of beautiful white-sand beach just beyond the dunes that line the sole road going the length of the island. Here and there are parking areas for a few cars, so you could clamber over the dunes with your picnic hamper and beach umbrella. There is one larger parking lot with shower and bathroom facilities. The water temperature in late August was a bathtub 85 degrees, and we spent hours surfing the waves on our boogie boards. At the southernmost tip lies the picturesque fishing village of Ocracoke, home to the Ocracoke Lighthouse, which was built in 1823 and is the oldest beacon still operating in North Carolina.
From journal Hot, Hot, Hot on the Outer Banks
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
January 23, 2001
There are a number of beaches, the 1st beach out of town (highway 12) towards Hatteras has nice restrooms facilities showers etc and lifeguards. Also lots of parking about 1-2 miles up. Then the campground comes next, and then there is access for 4-wheelers. Then there are two or three more beaches--a nice one across from the pony pens, but less parking--less crowded but no lifeguards and just porta-potties.
From journal The Best of the Outer Banks