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Old 06-25-2013, 04:09 PM
 
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Taking your chances is certainly one way to go...but you may prepare yourself for not being on Ocracoke if you go in September.

I usually say September is the BEST time to go to the beaches in NC...the weather is warm, the water is warm and the crowds have waned. It is very enjoyable except for the pesky Hurricanes that come in...although they can make it interesting.

Ocracoke closes days before and after a hurricane...that would be my concern. If a Hurricane or tropical storm is supposed to hit on Wednesday, the ferry's will be shut off on Monday and not start again until a day after the storm passes. If the storm causes damage, you won't be let back on at all, only locals will. The problem with Ocracoke is the ferry's will not travel when the weather is even a little bad...had a friend the other day turned away on a sunny day because the wind was too bad. The issue I have is that there is nowhere to go when the ferry shuts down...you may find yourself in Greenville at the Hilton.

An option you may consider that has a more viable backup plan would be Bald Head Island. The ferry covers a small water area and the backup plan can be Southport, Wilmington, or Wrightsville Beach all viable options at that time of the year. Bald Head is very peaceful, has no cars, has a golf course, pools, the beach, a few restaurants and is a very good place for a couple. You can hike up Old Baldy, the Lighthouse, rent a boat or jet ski's, and find secluded area's.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:46 PM
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BHI = $$$$$$ KerChing $$$$$$
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:39 PM
 
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BHI = $$$$$$ KerChing $$$$$$
Its a honeymoon...and you can usually find a deal later in the season like that.
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:39 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for all of the great advice. We will probably risk it since we'd be getting married in mid-September. But we'll definitely go for the vacation rental insurance.
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