|View of beach from our house in Rodanthe|
|Wide-open beach on Ocracoke|
One of the main reasons for going was so that my dad could fish off of a pier, so we made sure to find a house close to the Rodanthe pier. Unfortunately the wind made fishing undesirable. Not catching much of anything didn't help either. In addition to fishing, another popular activity on Hatteras island is kiteboarding. It stays pretty windy, so there's always a lot of people trying out that crazy sport. Next on the list of things to do would be hanging out on the beach, checking out the famous Cape Hatteras lighthouse, and going out to eat. Going out to eat is a big deal in the Outer Banks.
|Dad fishing on the Rodanthe pier|
|The view from Good Winds of the Pamlico Sound|
The drive from the Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo to the Ocracoke ferry terminal in Hatteras can easily be made in under an hour at a leisurely pace. Along the way you pass through the villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Ferries leave every half hour and can hold up to 30 vehicles. It was a Saturday morning, so I was expecting there to be a long line, but we pulled right up and got on the ferry after a 4 or 5 minute wait. Ocracoke is remote (you can only get there by boat/ferry or plane). The 40-minute ferry ride quickly drops you off on the far end of the island and it's a 12-mile drive from there to get to the village. There's nothing built up during those 12 miles - just ocean and sound until the narrow spit of land widens as you come upon Ocracoke village.
|Looking out at Silver Lake from outdoor seating at Jolly Roger in Ocracoke|
The only drawback that I could see to Ocracoke might be that there's no immediate beach in the village itself. There is a 16 mile stretch of undeveloped beach that runs along practically all of the ocean side of the island, but beach access begins just a short ways out of town. That's more of an observation than a criticism, really. From what I saw, I'd have no problem returning Ocracoke for a week or more. We also lucked out with a short wait before getting on the ferry coming back. The ride each way was pretty smooth, even in rough, windy conditions, so there's little chance of getting sea sick on the ferry, even for a land lubber such as myself.
|Flowers on beach in Ocracoke|