Bear Island is an undeveloped barrier island a the southern end of the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast. Accessible only by ferry or private boat, Bear Island never gets the heavy traffic and crowds that many other beaches in North Carolina receive. So if you're looking for a great beach day without tripping over crowds of other people, Bear Island is the destination of choice. During the summer months, the ferry runs on the hour and half-hour to and from the island. In the spring and fall, it runs less frequently, and does not run during the winter. See the park's website for ferry schedule. Once on bear island, it is about a half-mile walk from the ferry dock to the bath house and beach access. The bath house has drinking water, cold-water showers, and a concession stand selling light snacks and soft drinks. The beach lies along the southern end of the island and stretches for about 3.5 miles. The beach is also a nesting place for loggerhead sea turtles. In the late summer, if you're very lucky, you might just see some hatchlings making their way to the sea.