Ocracoke Island has been placed among the “17 Best Beach Towns in the U.S. With Laid-back Vibes and Stunning Coastal Views” by travel outlet Travel & Leisure.
Contributor Anne Olivia Bauso denotes the following for Ocracoke’s inclusion on the list:
Before it was permanently settled in the 1700s, this tiny island was a hideout for pirates, the infamous Blackbeard among them. Today, the same remoteness that once drew buccaneers lures tens of thousands of yearly visitors. Accessible only by boat or ferry — this is one of the most distant of North Carolina’s Outer Banks — Ocracoke offers big sandy beaches coupled with wild nature. Around the harbor are slushy stands, surf shops, family-friendly barbecue restaurants and oyster bars, and old-fashioned hotels (cottage rentals and beach camping are popular alternatives).
Joining Ocracoke are beach towns from California, Rhode Island, and Florida to name a few.