The Outer Banks scored the #1 spot in a recent Southern Living article that ranked the Best Islands of the South for 2017.
Outer Banks calls… to those who enjoy the convenience of a
house-dune-ocean commute,” the article reads. “It’s popular with
families who return each summer to tumble out onto the beach in the
mornings to swim, collect seashells, and build sandcastles until
article doesn’t pinpoint a favorite island within the region, but
instead honors the string of communities that comprise the Outer Banks,
“from the Virginia border to the island of Ocracoke”
The complete Top Ten List in the article is as follows:
1. Outer Banks
2. St. Simons
3. Florida Keys
4. Hilton Head
you read that correctly – the Outer Banks beat out the Florida Keys,
Sanibel Island, and all of our southern South Carolina and Georgia
isn’t the first time that the Outer Banks – and specifically Hatteras
and Ocracoke Islands – have reigned supreme on a regional or national
“Best Beaches” list or “Best Islands” list, either.
One of the most notable honors in the realm of beach rankings is Dr. Beach’s annual “Best Beaches” list.
famed list that makes national headlines every year is an annual tally
of the best shorelines by acclaimed beach expert, Dr. Stephen
Leatherman, who compiles his selection based on 50 distinct factors.
Lifeguarded Beach was always a notable entry on the famed Dr. Beach
list for many years, until it earned the title of the “Best Beach in
America” in 2007 and was retired from the competition. (Although, it
was reintroduced in 2016, earning yet another top ten spot, so expect
to see Ocracoke Island ascending the charts once again.)
Island, and specifically Cape Hatteras, is also a regular on the nearly
30-years-running Best Beaches list, earning spots in 2015, 2014, 2013,
2012 and 2011, and beating out beaches in Hawaii, California, Florida,
and essentially all across the county. (2017’s list should be out
within a couple of months – fittingly, around Memorial Day.)
while it’s impressive that the Outer Banks has earned this recent
honor, for locals and lifetime fans who are already well aware of our
islands’ draw – (as well as our long history of accolades)- it’s not
necessarily a surprise.
The complete Southern Living article is available online at http://www.southernliving.com/souths-best/islands#souths-best-island-outer-banks-image