Fodor's Expert Review Ocracoke Island Beaches
The 16 miles of undeveloped shoreline here are often considered some of the best beaches in America. 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, North Carolina Highway 12, and easy to spot; just look for large brown-and-white wooden signs. There are lifeguards only at the day-use beach ½ mile north of Ocracoke Village in late May through early September. Amenities: lifeguards; parking (no fee); toilets. Best for: solitude; sunrise; sunset; surfing; swimming; windsurfing.