Plan Your Trip
Ocracoke’s made it easy to plan a trip, so you can focus on fun.
Ocracoke can only be accessed by ferry, private boat or plane. There’s no bridge to Ocracoke, but the North Carolina ferry system offers ferry routes from Hatteras Island, Swan Quarter, and Cedar Island to the island. You can also arrive on Ocracoke by way of your own private boat or airplane. For more details, including ferry schedules and reservations, click here.
Getting Around the Island
Once you arrive on the island, you’re welcome to park the car and roam around the village a number of ways. You’ll find that Ocracoke’s streets are filled with golf carts, bicycles, and shuttles. Rental opportunities are readily available. For more details, click here.
Places to Stay
Known for its hospitality and southern charm, Ocracoke Island maintains a variety of lodging establishments to suit anyone’s needs. Whether vacationing with the family or on a romantic weekend getaway, Ocracoke offers a great selection of comfortable places to call home while you’re staying on the island. On Ocracoke you will find cozy accommodations run by operators who care about you and making your stay a perfect one. Amenities may include bicycles for exploring, boat slips, screened porches, decks, water views, private sound-front beaches, swimming pools, outdoor showers, and even a hammock or two for that wonderful afternoon nap!
See a full list of accommodations here.
Whether you’re on a nearby island like Hatteras and need to escape your family for a quick trip, or you and a special someone are on the mainland but ready for kite surfing or parasailing, a day trip to Ocracoke is the answer. Start by following NC Highway 12 South across the magnificent Bonner Bridge above Oregon Inlet, all the way down to the south end of Hatteras Island. You’ll find yourself at the Hatteras Inlet ferry terminal, where you can take one of the car ferries over to the island for free, or board our new passenger-only ferry (coming Summer 2019). You’ll arrive at Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor. From here you can explore Ocracoke Village’s unique shops, take a stroll around the harbor, and enjoy a fresh catch at one of the dockside restaurants located right in the harbor. For those looking to explore beyond Silver Lake Harbor and Ocracoke Village, bike and golf cart rentals are readily available, as well as a free shuttle service. Learn more and find a sample itinerary here.