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“Beautiful Beach no SUV needed” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach

Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke, NC
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Ocracoke
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beach no SUV needed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This beach has access for those people that do now have an SUV to drive on the beaches on Ocracoke. There is plenty of parking, bathrooms and a ramp over the dunes to a platform that overlooks the ocean. It's a really beautiful view and there's several benches there for seating.

The beach is really wide and the sand is great. Some days the surf is very calm and others it can be rough - use caution when getting in the rough water. There were lots of shells on the beach this year. The kids had a great time.

There is not handicap access to the sand or the water from this location, just to the platform at the top of the ramp to view the ocean.

Visited July 2014
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“Great waves and good shells”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We visited at low tide around 6pm. I was shelling and found some nice whole ones but nothing unique. The two 13 year old girls loved riding the waves with their boogie boards. They did not want to leave. Had the whole beach to ourselves. Peaceful. The only downer was it was a rainy day.

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“Lined up next to the part of the beach with the SUVs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

All of the Ocracoke beaches are beautiful. This one has a good bathhouse and a nice boardwalk. Speaking as someone who doesn't come with an SUV to drive right onto the beach, I would have preferred that the Park Service separate the area where people do that from this beach--they are adjacent. Still, we drive all the way down to Ocracoke from Baltimore frequently and part of the appeal is the pristine beaches. Separate from town, but that's fine. Beach #2, a few miles further back up the beach towards the ferry is I don't think lifeguarded but has fewer people and the natural beauty is not married by the 100s of SUVs lined up within sight.

Visited June 2014
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Burlington, North Carolina
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“Best beach we have been to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This is the most beautiful beach and not crowded at all. The sand is perfect and the beach is so large that you can put your umbrella/chairs in a spot and not be bothered by others. The lifeguard area is large and when you get beyond that you have a large beach to yourself. Definitely go there.....we have been to many beaches in the US and Asia and this is the best one by far.

Visited June 2014
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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“Early Morning Ocracoke”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Before sunrise, head over to the beach, (Hwy 12) you'll find a few folks, sitting on the sand, with travel mugs in hand, a few w/camera's, awaiting a magnificent sunrise, better still, if the Island, had a late night storm, you will see folks at low tide, zigzagging, up & down the beach, hunting for seashells.
Enjoy!
FYI
There is No Lifeguard at this time, wear beach/water shoes, broken shells) a bag for shells, a bag for trash you find on the beach. Don't forget your sunblock!

Visited August 2013
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