North and South Carolina have like a gazillion little islands dotting the coastline.
Okay, maybe not a gazillion.
But, there are quite a few.
Some areas, like the Outer Banks and Myrtle Beach, youâ€™ve probably heard of. Others, like Carrot Island and Yoknapatawpha Island, may be new to you.
Okay, I may have made up Yoknapatawpha Island. It may in fact be an imaginary island based on an imaginary county (created for real by Faulkner) that I fear only exists in my head.
But, you get the point.
And if you donâ€™t, just nod acceptingly here.
It will be better for all of us.
Anyway, North and South Carolina have a bounty of island destinations to offer the world. So, Iâ€™m starting a series of posts where each post will feature a different island in the Carolinas.
My experience with these islands varies quite a bit. To date, I have lived on three of them, I have visited many, and have at least caught glimpses of most, although there are a few I havenâ€™t seen. So the information I will provide will vary quite a bit, ranging from what Iâ€™ve heard from locals and from the research I did while moving down here to what I know from living on these islands. I imagine Iâ€™ll learn a bit myself along the way.
My plan is to feature a wide range of islands, from fairly well-known islands to islands that are off the beaten track, loved by many but known by few. Iâ€™ll tell you about islands where you can find wild horses. (Yes, more than one island can boast this.) Iâ€™ll tell you where you can dine with the ocean underneath your feet. If you want to ditch your vehicle and travel an island via foot, bike or golf cart, thereâ€™s more than one island that can accommodate that too. And if you want to satiate your historical side, Iâ€™ll tell you about islands near historic districts, where you can tour homes and plantations and scout out the city via horse-drawn carriage if the near-perfect beach weather here just starts fraying your nerves a little.
So whether youâ€™re looking for your next vacation spot or just want to learn a little about a quiet, unassuming little part of the world, stick around. Iâ€™ll feature the first island later next week.
Go ahead then, and pour yourself a cup of java, grab a map, and let me tell you about my little oyster.