ocracoke: small island, big fun
Even in for a location as unique as the Outer Banks, Ocracoke is a special place and worth a visit at any time of year. This wonderful article from Diane Daniel of the Boston Globe shares just how delightful the island, and its people can seem to a traveler.
“My partner, Lina, and I had waited until early October to visit, after the crowds and most-persistent mosquitoes had checked out. But don’t feel you should avoid the summer months. No matter how clogged the narrow streets of the square-mile village might be with cars, golf carts, pedestrians, cyclists, and the occasional duck crossings, you’ll always find room at the beach. There are 16 miles of undeveloped dunes and shoreline, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
We arrived on Ocracoke, reachable only by boat or private airplane, on the state-run ferry departing from Hatteras, the most popular route and the only one convenient to day-trippers. The 40-minute ride — with car — is free. During the short cruise we strolled the deck, enjoying the warm breeze and taking in wide views of the Pamlico Sound to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, waters that beckon anglers from spring to fall.”