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Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach

Ocracoke, NC
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Ocracoke
Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: Life guards are at the beach, and minding the beach. Water is warmer than at other OBX locations. The location is highly regarded, but the beach is... more »
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

If you don't have a 4 wheel drive, this is the place to go. Also, check out the campground beach. It's what everyone comes here for.

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Lancaster, PA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach is a very wonderful place along the Atlantic seaboard. I have been to most every significant beach from Maine to Florida and this beach is uniquely beautiful. Since it is on a barrier island about 20 miles from the mainland accessible only by ferry, boat, or air, it feels wild and remote. The sand is white... More

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Oakland, California
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148 reviews 148 reviews
48 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The entire east coast of Ocracoke Island is one long beach. This one is close to town and has changing rooms and an outdoor shower. After parking, take the boardwalk across the dunes. You will come upon a pristine beach that goes on and on. Never crowded, warm water (September), lots of shells to collect, birds to see, a must... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

When visiting Ocracoke, you must experience ghost crab hunting after dark. Bring a flashlight or two and prepare to see the "night life" come out. We saw dozens and dozens of ghost crabs walking around the beach and were treated to a lightning storm a few miles off the beach as well.

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Columbus, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

One of my all-time favorite beaches - very clean. A crowded day here may have 50 people in view...walk a hundred yards up the beach and you may have it all to yourself. Great for shelling, fishing, walking, swimming, or sandcastle building. There is a boardwalk from the parking lot, and changing rooms/outdoor showers available.

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Coram, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have been to the OBX a few times but just went to the beach on Ocracoke for the first time on this trip. It was great, plenty of sand/space for people to lay out without feeling over croweded. The beach itself is rather level so it is great for running or long hikes. You can walk for miles picking... More

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Hockessin, Delaware
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

White sandy beach, clean and gorgeous. Lifeguarded section is a small portion of the beach. Generous parking lot, located right of Rt 12

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Chase City, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The lifeguards have a very big job. The water is warm but can be extremely dangerous. My hat is off to those who watch out for our lives!

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Apalachin, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We visited the lifeguarded portion of the beach the day after we visited the beach by the private airport access. The first beach there were plenty of trucks along the sand, but it was still easy to spread out. There were not nearly as many vehicles on the lifeguarded beach area, but it was a bit noisier as there were... More

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Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We go to Ocracoke Island every year from Pennsylvania. There is no other place like it that I have traveled. The beach is amazing, the water is warm and the people are friendly. There isn't a better place to take your family then Ocracoke!

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