Ocracoke Island is one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


Rated the #1 beach in America for 2007 , the island of Ocracoke abounds in natural pleasures. The sixteen miles of unspoiled beaches and salty ocean breezes offer great opportunities for solitude, serenity, and peace of mind. The expansive vista of ocean and soundfront marsh provides a closeness to nature highlighted with her variety of beach vegetation and bird life. The proximity to the Gulf Stream, and consequent warm southern waters, make for perfect swimming and excellent fishing (gulf stream, surf, and sound). There are also water sports and a colorful history to explore. Ocracoke offers a great medium for quality family time. The slow pace and warm, southern hospitality round out a perfect island vacation; one that insures peace, rest and relaxation.

Get in

The island is only accessible by ferry, boat or private plane. The free Hatteras ferry is a 40 minute ride that runs roughly every 30 minutes in the summer. There are two other ferry routes: Cedar Island, 2.25 hrs which runs from the southwest, and the Swan Quarter 2.5 hrs, which runs from west of Ocracoke. $15 for a passenger car call for reservations +1-800-byferry Ocracoke Ferry information online: http://www.ncdot.org/transit/ferry/routes/schedule/route003.html

Ocracoke Map:

By Private Plane . W95 is owned by the US Park service and operated by the NC Department of Aviation. Flight planning facility available, walk to the beach, Howard's Pub monitors unicom and will pick you up. Brush upon your crosswind technique.

Get around

You can best get around Ocracoke' charming village on foot or by bicycle. There are several places in the village to rent a bike or scooter. Sidewalks were added to the village in the spring of 2007 But be careful as they are narrow.

Free delivery and pick-up is available for all orders over $50 (Ocracoke Island delivery only). Orders under $50 incur a $10 delivery charge.



Sport fishing and surf fishing. Boating. Beach combing. Sunbathing. Swimming. Read a book. Have a nap in a hammock. Well, in Ocracoke you really don't have to do anything but Relax.





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