Accessible Ocracoke: How This Delightful Outer Banks Island Rolls Out a Warm Welcome to Visitors with Disabilities

by Penny Zibula Photography by Simon Lock Ocracoke Island is famous for its stunning beaches, rich history, quaint village, and warm hospitality. Unfortunately, it is also known for its vulnerability […]

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How to Love Kayaking

I was fortunate in the fact that I grew up surrounded by water. Being from Florida and then vacationing on Ocracoke every year my parents ensured that I was comfortable […]

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Fishing on Ocracoke – for the Non-Fisherman

Some come to Ocracoke (and the Outer Banks), specifically to fish….that is not me. Ocracoke is a hub for multiple different types of fishing. In the inlet people can have […]

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Ocracoke—the Ideal Camping and RVing Destination

Why do we choose RVing over hotels or vacation cottage stays? You never have to convince this household about the joys of camping and RVing. While tenting days are now […]

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Ocracoke for the Retired Traveler

Count yourself lucky if you’ve reached that golden stage where the days of work are in the rearview mirror, and the days ahead are filled with time, resources, flexibility, enduring […]

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Ocracoke Checks all of the boxes for Dogs

There are eight legs that climb into our car when we travel to the beautiful barrier islands of North Carolina. Two humans and one Labrador retriever. Voting with our limbs, […]

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First-timers Guide to Ocracoke Island

Why do people fall head over heels in love with Ocracoke Island the first time they visit?It’s the simplicity, the tranquility, and the unspoiled beauty that captivate the hearts of […]

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Fishing

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 […]

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Watersports

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. […]

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Biking

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 […]

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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 […]

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Birdwatching

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 […]

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Marinas

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 […]

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Camping

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 […]

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Shelling

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 […]

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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, […]

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