July 27, 2001
Cape Hatteras Beach pictured above with the familiar lighthouse, moved 2 years ago to its current position about 1/2 mile further inland, is one of the most popular beaches in the US and voted in the top 20 (#18) by beachmeister Dr. Stephen Leatherman. Cape Hatteras and the Outer Banks of the North Carolina coast have attracted visitors and beach-goers for decades, especially during the summer. Stretching over 70 miles, the barrier islands forming Cape Hatteras National Seashore offer a variety of recreational opportunities. In the past, Cape Hatteras was given the moniker "Graveyard of the Atlantic" for its treacherous currents, shoals, and storms. Aside form being a top beach destination, the North Carolina coastal area has an interesting history that includes shipwrecks and pirating.