The surf side of Ocracoke Island lies just 12 miles away from the Gulf Stream, which results in easy access to offshore big game fishing spots as well as a longer surf fishing season. The sound side of the island is home to one of the largest estuarine systems in North America, offering excellent fishing—including kayak fishing and wading—throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Ocracoke Island has everything to keep you equipped for casting, with a full-service bait and tackle shop, charter boats, marinas, and docking facilities.

A North Carolina saltwater fishing license is required for all anglers 16 and older, but once obtained, it allows you to fish any beach along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the National Park Service division that maintains Ocracoke Island’s beaches. Apply for a fishing license through the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission here.

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Watersports
Sixteen miles of uncrowded shores boasting tropical water temperatures and gentle surf in the summer—and wetsuit weather with heavy waves in the winter—make watersports enjoyable year-round.
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Biking
With its comfortably flat terrain and bike racks aplenty, this island was practically built for being explored on two wheels. For locals and visitors, alike, biking is a relaxing way to move about the day.
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Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
Glide along the smooth open water of the Pamlico Sound. If you enjoy kayaking or paddle boarding—or ever wanted to try them in a safe, spacious place—Ocracoke Island is for you.
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