Ocracoke Island’s spacious, uncrowded beaches are ideal for surfing and kitesurfing, offering a safe and easy place for beginners and novices who want to get away from the distraction of large crowds. Though summer offers the most enjoyable weather and water temperatures, a wetsuit can easily make these year-round sports.

Surfers can expect gentle sandbar waves in summer and heavy waves during the off-season, especially if there are storms in the Atlantic. Longboards, shortboards, soft tops, boogie boards, and SUP’s all work well in our surf. Our local surfers are friendly and surf year-round.

Ocracoke Island is also a year-round, world-class kitesurfing destination for ocean waves or sound side flat water kiting. Our unique geography offers unobstructed wind from all directions and a variety of downwind options. Twin tip boards are perfect for the shallow waters of the Pamlico Sound, while surfboards and foil boards work well in the ocean.

Calmer and shallower than the ocean, the sound is a playground for activities like boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, standup paddleboarding, waterfowl hunting, fishing, clamming, and shrimping. On the shoreline of the sound, you can find sandy beaches with calm waters, perfect for swimming and sunset watching.

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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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Birdwatching
More than 400 species of birds, passing through, weathering a storm, making a home, or moving on. Grab your binoculars and download the latest birding app because you’re going to need them here.
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