We all know that North Carolina leads the nation when it comes to college basketball and pork barbecue. Now we can add another superlative: best beach. No less an authority than Dr. Beach himself has named Ocracoke Island as the best beach in the nation for 2007. The fourteen miles of beach on Ocracoke are part of the National Park Service’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore and are protected from development. With temperatures reaching into the nineties for much of the state this afternoon, this would be an awfully good day to head to the Outer Banks and see if Dr. Beach really knows his stuff.