It’s been nearly 15 months since Hurricane Dorian devastated Ocracoke Island. Post-storm images showed a landscape barely recognizable to tens of thousands of faithful visitors who watched the tragedy unfold from afar.
As many homeowners and businesses were completing repairs and preparing for the 2020 tourist season, another storm was brewing: Covid-19.
While the pandemic has indeed taken a toll on many tourist destinations, Ocracoke may have carved out a niche market for those seeking a socially distanced getaway. In June, the U.S. Park Service reported that Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitation records had the second-highest numbers since establishment of the seashore in 1953. The following month, visits were at their fourth-highest total ever. The trend has continued well into fall.
Hyde County manager Kris Noble points to foreign travel restrictions that have many vacationers considering domestic alternatives. Additionally, the transition for many families to remote work and virtual learning have made it easier to book a stay after Labor Day. In fact, given the still-steady pace of visitors this fall, many island businesses have remained open outside of normal operating windows.
If you have not yet ventured to Ocracoke to witness the recovery for yourself we hope you’ll visit soon. And we’ll be sure leave a lighthouse on for you.
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