|Sunrise from the Southern Belle. Photo© by Judy Wells.|
Locals down here brag that you have to drive 45 miles to reach those Golden Arches.
"You got to get used to this place," said tour guide Danny Couch, a 10th generation Carolinian who married into island life. "It's not like it is at home."
You can find Wi-Fi connections, but no chain restaurants, hardly a sacrifice with a plethora of home-owned, home-sourced cafes and restaurants. Lots of things to do and see, too, if looking at, walking along and swimming in the ocean isn't entertaining enough.
Leveler tip #1: Get an elevator.
|These are among the smaller beach houses. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
First floors are for tucking in the car and letting the Atlantic roll through. Second floors are usually all bedrooms and baths and living spaces begin on three. That's a lot of schlepping up stairs.
|The Southern Belle - 23 steps up to the second floor. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Leveler tip #2: Plot your access to the beach.
|You may have a long walk plus stairs to reach the beach. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
It's legal to drive on the beach. Ramps at mile marker (Outer Banks method to relay locations) 49 and 23 are recommended.
|Easy-walk beach access. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Leveler tip #3: Eat local.
|Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Leveler tip #4: Getting connected.
|The Dancing Turtle. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Leveler tip #5: Need groceries?The Food Lion in Avon is the only major grocery store in the southern Outer Banks.
Leveler tip #6: Speak like a native.
Pamlico - PAM-lick o
Bodie - body
Manteo - Man-TEE-O
Rodanthe - Row- DAN- the
Ocracoke - OH-crah-coke