Friday, June 08, 2007

America's Best Beach? Expert Says In N.C., First Time "Dr. Beach's" Top Pick Isn't In Florida or Hawaii; It's Ocracoke Island - CBS News

America's Best Beach? Expert Says In N.C.

Move over, Florida and Hawaii. Your beaches are no longer the best.

The nation's best place to get a tan and enjoy the ocean's waves in 2007 is North Carolina's Ocracoke Island, a place so remote that even people in the offices of "Dr. Beach" — Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman — didn't know where to find it on the map.

"Fourteen miles of unspoiled beach," Leatherman told CBS News from Ocracoke Island. "No development on it whatsoever."

Ocracoke is the first beach not in Florida or Hawaii to earn the top spot in his annual ranking of the nation's top 10 spots on the shore.

Yep. It's pretty's a 2 1/2 hour ferry ride (and you usually have to wait for the ferry in summer), but Ocracoke, a former hangout of Blackbeard the Pirate, is a lovely place.


Tasha Alexander said...

Hmmm....maybe we really do all need to relocate to NC and raise goats. It was goats, wasn't it?

Anonymous said...

I visited Ocracoke a number of years ago and loved it. We had a tropical storm and it was very sultry.