The have street signs and most of the roads are paved. Just kidding, that was 20-some years ago.
The ferries are crowded. The beaches are fairly crowded. It was a wonderful 2 weeks, although I prefer the spring and fall. This trip included the kids and grandkids. My wife and I were there for two weeks just before the schools let out and of course things were a bit less crowded. We rented a boat and rode around the inlet before going shelling on Portsmouth Island. Portsmouth was not crowded. Saw a waterspout over the south point, but it went the other way.
Thursday night we had dinner at the Flying Melon and talked for a bit with the couple at the next table. They drove from VA Beach to Hatteras the day before and got a room. They were at the ferry terminal at 8 am. It took them 2.5 hours to get on a ferry.
There's a reason we use the Swan Quarter ferry every trip. Fwiw, the Swan Quarter ferry is located in Swanquarter NC.
The other night they had to bust up a bunch of youngsters drinking and being noisy in the Ocracoke School/Library parking lot on Back Rd. The one sedan at one point had both front doors open and the trunk and the music was heard for blocks around. There were a couple of trucks and a few golf carts too. The next morning there were crushed Busch cans, twisted tea cans and one very large broken glass bottle or jar.
There are a goodly number of privately owned golf carts with loud sound systems cruising the roads at 20 mph. Let me see if I have the pic of the cart with the big box mounted on the dash at face level. It was parked in front of the Variety Store one afternoon.