The Best Beach Is in . . .
. . . North Carolina!
At least that's what Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach" (where do you go to school for that degree anyhow?), was set to announce today. We received a press release late yesterday (from North Carolina tourism, natch) heralding the fact that Ocracoke Island, on the Outer Banks, was about to receive the honor. The island is surrounded by Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic and is only accessible by water and air, so it's among the more pristine parts of OBX.
So, congratulations to Ocracoke (which has a big fan in our own Andrea Sachs). If you want to see for yourself what the beaches look like, check out an island tourism site.
More interesting to me was the fact that Ocracoke's award, according to the release, "marks the first time a beach outside of Florida or Hawaii has been named to the top position."
Wow. That's pretty impressive, and having grown up attached to the Jersey Shore (always the "shore" and always capitalized in my house), it left me wondering. I've been to tons of beaches in both Florida and Hawaii, and it's true that they can be remarkable in both places. But what the heck is so bad about Wildwood, N.J.? In the fall, the beaches there are massive, the water warm, the waves fun and the sand soft and inviting. I don't recall ever having a bad time in Wildwood (I'm such a Jersey boy), and I love the beach.
In our weekly chat last week on our Web site, I asked folks to name their favorite beaches, and not one mentioned Ocracoke. Maybe they should have. One mentioned Wildwood. Maybe she shouldn't have.
So what are your favorites?
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