Getting Ready


We have something for everyone, from gallery hoppers to souvenir shoppers. Our arts and crafts and specialty shops are full of items sure to spark joy. But we also have […]

Getting Here

Seasonal Openings

Food & Drink 1718 Brewing Ocracoke: Open Wed-Sun 12pm-9pm. Closed Mon/Tues. Open 7 days a week starting in April! The Back Porch: Opening April 12 The Breeze: Opening April 14 […]

Ocracoke Island History

During the early 1700s, Ocracoke Island sat amid a bustling trade route. Larger vessels were unable to navigate the shallow Pamlico Sound, and the island became a settlement for skilled sailors […]

Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum

Located in a restored 1900s-era house, the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum is a non-profit organization that works to preserve the island’s unique history and rich culture. Here, you can find […]

Wild Banker Ponies

Several hundreds of years ago, a shipwreck just offshore left a herd of Spanish mustangs stranded on Ocracoke Island. Their descendants still thrive here today. Physically, the Ocracoke ponies are […]

Island Brogue

“Hoi Toider,” as the Ocracoke Brogue is also known, is a dialect of American English spoken only on remote islands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The unique accent and vocabulary, […]

British Cemetery

During World War II, German submarines lurked right off Ocracoke Island’s shores. In 1942, the British Royal Navy sent 24 armed trawlers to assist the U.S. Navy in defending our […]

Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Exhibit

In 2006, the watermen on Ocracoke Island banded together to save their livelihood. The island’s last fish house had been put up for sale, which meant there was no access […]

U.S. Navy Beach Jumpers Memorial

In the years leading up to, during, and after World War II, Ocracoke Island was home to a top secret, advanced amphibious training base for a highly classified U.S. Navy […]

Fort Ocracoke Civil War Memorial

During the Civil War, nearby Beacon Island was home to a Confederate fort built on the site of a fort from the War of 1812. Construction on Fort Ocracoke began […]

Restaurants and Brewery

In a traditional fishing village, you can be certain seafood is a highlight of your dining experience, including locally sourced Spanish mackerel, mahi-mahi, drum and flounder, as well as shellfish […]

Food Trucks

Our food trucks are a cherished source of year-round sustenance on Ocracoke.  Whether you’re craving biscuits, breakfast burritos, cheeseburgers or shrimp tacos—we’ve got the perfect hook-up for a meal on […]

Breakfast and Coffee

Breakfast on Ocracoke Island can be as mean or lean, and fast or slow as you like.  You can grab a smoothie, yogurt, oats or fresh fruit on your way […]

Sweets and Treats

In addition to the scrumptious dessert menu offerings at our local restaurants, you can find a variety of sweet treats throughout Ocracoke village. We’re famous for our figs, so trying […]

Seafood Markets and Grocery

If you’re shopping for the freshest catch, visit the Ocracoke Seafood Company or Native Seafood, where our local fishermen and women, clammers, crabbers, and oyster catchers sell their daily hauls. […]


Your Ocracoke Island experience starts with where you stay. Are you looking for incredible harbor views? Or do you prefer a living-among-the-locals, neighborhood feel? We have a variety of accommodations—all […]

Bed and Breakfasts

Bed and breakfasts are as unique as their owners, and the ones on Ocracoke Island are certainly no different. Our island families play host at B&Bs ranging from charming and […]


There are several options for RV and tent camping on Ocracoke Island. Reservations are strongly recommended for all, especially during the peak season. The National Park Service offers year-round camping […]


Ocracoke Island realties can offer personalized lodging selection beyond compare. Tell them what you’re looking for—waterfront views or nestled in a neighborhood? Prefer a private pool or pet-friendly rental? These […]

Pet Friendly

There are lots of pet-friendly accommodations to choose from on Ocracoke Island, ranging from vacation rentals and cottages to campgrounds and hotels. Just be sure to check before bringing your […]

Rental Cottages

Ocracoke Island has a wide variety of rental cottages that are perfect for families and groups of friends who want to keep everyone under the same roof while enjoying a […]

Spa and Wellness

Relax and go with the flow of an outdoor yoga class or deep tissue massage. Or get your adrenaline pumping with P90X LIVE or try virtual PiYo™ from the comfort […]

Getting Around

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With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, our entertainment scene is bouncing back. Once again, you can find live music playing in the evenings at many restaurants. Our local arts organization is gearing […]



The surf side of Ocracoke Island lies just 12 miles away from the Gulf Stream, providing easy access to offshore big game spots, as well as a long surf fishing […]


Ocracoke Island’s spacious and boundless beaches are ideal for surfing and kitesurfing, offering a safe and easy place for beginners and novices who want to get away from crowded beaches. […]


Ocracoke Island’s terrain is comfortably flat with minimal hills, which makes for an easy and enjoyable ride no matter how much experience you have. Single-speed beach cruiser bikes with coaster […]

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

Ocracoke Island is an optimal location for safe and easy kayaking or paddle boarding in the smooth, shallow waters of the Pamlico Sound. You can paddle through beautiful marsh-lined estuaries […]


Ocracoke Island is a birdwatcher’s dream.  More than 400 species have been observed here, including rarities blown in from major storms. Much like the people on the island, some birds are year-round […]


Because Ocracoke Island is only accessible by boat or plane, marinas are a given here. We have several options to choose from depending on boat size and what you’re looking […]


There are several options for RV and tent camping on Ocracoke Island. Reservations are strongly recommended for all, especially during the peak season.  The National Park Service offers year-round camping […]


Sixteen miles of undeveloped shoreline delivers some fantastic shelling. Lucky shellers with patience and a good eye can find everything from sand dollars and Scotch Bonnets to seahorses and shark’s […]

Waterfowl Hunting

Located on the Atlantic fly way, the waters around Ocracoke Island are a haven for migrating waterfowl, including brant, red heads, widgeons, pintails, canvasbacks, and teal. Since the late 1880s, […]


Often voted the number one beach in America, our secluded, natural shoreline is protected as part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and operated by the National Park Service—and with […]

National Park Service

The majority of Ocracoke Island is designated as part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is federally protected, which is why the island can boast miles of undeveloped, protected […]

Ocracoke Banker Ponies

Several hundreds of years ago, a shipwreck just offshore left a herd of Spanish mustangs stranded on Ocracoke Island. Their descendants still thrive here today. These ponies are a rare […]

Ocracoke Lighthouse

Built by hand in 1823, the Ocracoke Lighthouse will celebrate its 200th birthday this year! It is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in North Carolina and the second oldest in […]

Springer’s Point Nature Preserve

This 122-acre nature preserve is open to the public and includes a 0.8-mile nature trail that winds through a maritime forest, salt marsh, and wet grasslands before ending at a […]

Hammock Hills Nature Trail

Hammock Hills nature trail is a ¾ mile loop that will have you traversing through a rolling and beautiful pine-laden forest, offering an up-close experience with a diverse collection of […]

Portsmouth Island

Established in 1753, Portsmouth Island was one of largest settlements along the Outer Banks, but changing shipping routes, Civil War, and a lagging economy caused many people to leave and […]