Nothing beats an ice-cold beverage while relaxing on the beach. Nothing is worse than reaching for an icy drink and finding your cans swimming. Coolers are essential for family days on the sand. A good modern cooler will keep food and drinks fresh for days. In addition to beverages, fishermen rely coolers to keep bait fresh, and hopefully the catch of the day. Walk onto any beach or pier in North or South Carolina and you’ll see a plethora of cooler models and sizes. Cooler technology has advanced rapidly in modern years. Top-end hard-sided coolers can keep ice frozen for a week. Soft coolers are easier for one person to carry onto a beach, but can still keep food cool for days. Cooler materials and price points vary wildly, so we put together this guide with our recommendations for your coastal vacation.
Visit North Carolina’s oldest operating lighthouse located on Ocracoke Island. The original wooden sentinel was erected in 1798 on the point of Ocracoke Inlet to mark the channel. It was 54 feet tall.
With shifting inlets, the lighthouse soon became ineffective and was replaced in 1820 by a light vessel located in the inlet. Moving sands once again ruled in 1822, and the current beacon was built. It stands 75 feet tall and sends its light 14 miles out to sea. The picturesque, white structure emits a constant beam. Paired with a long picket fence and green grounds, it makes for a great photo opportunity, but it is not available for climbing.
Access Ocracoke by ferry and rent a bike while you are there. It is a delight to ride through or stroll the island roads. You will need a car to get to the ocean from the heart of the village. Downtown is graced with Silver Lake, and a host of shopping and dining adventures awaiting discovery. You can even rent a boat to go to the isolated Portsmouth Island.
The light is noy available for climbing, but the grounds are always open.
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