The 16 miles of undeveloped shoreline here was named America's number one beach in 2007 by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. These beaches are among the least populated and most beautiful on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The shelling is amazing, the solitude unparalleled. Four public-access areas are close to the main beach road, Route 12, and easy to spot; just look for large brown and white wooden signs. Amenities: parking, toilets. Best for: solitude, sunrise, sunset, surfing, swimming, windsurfing.