Ocracoke Travel Guide

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Ocracoke Things to Do

  • #1 National Park Service Visitor Center

    This is a good place to start a walking tour of the village. It is an authoritative information source for the island. There are maps, brochures, books and more. Enjoy the view from the deck next to the ferry terminal and get your bearings. Silver Lake lies before you-the focal point of the village.The white, circular cistern on the right of the...

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  • Ocracoke is dog friendly place!

    We have been going to Ocracoke for over 20 years and just recently brought our two dogs. There are pet friendly hotels and a boarding place that has a nice set up for your dogs. (*See Sandy Paws Boarding). You can board them and also take them out for excursions at your pleasure and schedule. They do everything all boarding places do like feed and...

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  • Deep Sea Fishing on Miss Ocracoke

    The name of the boat I took was Miss Ocracoke. The guys, Captain Stevie and his ship's mate, David, were very cool. I even caught up with them later on in the week and they offered some of the fresh clams that they were grilling on a charcoal grill by the side of the road. Nice guys. They will provide you also with a bucket and ice to keep your...

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Ocracoke Hotels

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  • Captain's Landing Waterfront Hotel...

    324 Hwy 12, P O Box 1150, Ocracoke, North Carolina, 27960, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Edwards of Ocracoke

    Edwards of Ocracoke is a cluster of faded clapboard buildings on the edge of the central part of the...

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  • Sand Dollar Motel

    70 Sand Dollar Rd., Ocracoke, North Carolina, 27960, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Ocracoke Restaurants

  • A place to chill

    This quickly became one of our favourite haunts on Ocracoke. It’s great for breakfast, with good strong coffee (including espresso), tea, bagels, muffins and other baked goods. Later in the day, if you don’t fancy more coffee you could always pick one of the freshly made smoothies instead. You can enjoy your drink indoors, on the porch or in the...

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  • Right by the harbour

    This is a laid-back pub right on the harbour in the centre of the village, where we had lunch on our first day on the island. It’s a very unpretentious place (with wooden tables, paper plates and plastic cutlery) but the service was good and the food tasty – and the view of the harbour is one of the best you’ll find in the village.We ate crab-cake...

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  • Best in the village - probably

    The lovely restaurant is located just across the road from Edwards of Ocracoke where we stayed, so we ate here on a couple of evenings and loved it both times. The restaurant is in a pretty and traditional island house, with a wide porch used for outside dining and a cosy interior. The menu is adventurous, with a strong emphasis on seafood and an...

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Ocracoke Nightlife

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    by grandmaR Updated Sep 8, 2005

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    The Jolly Roger is open in season (so it was not open when we were here).

    Apparently it is a casual place to sit and have dinner watching the sunset over the water. It is the only waterfront restaurant in Ocracoke. (Someone is missing a bet here.)

    In the evening they have live entertainment at sunset; I'm told that you'll hear the music wafting down the street as you stroll through the village

    The tables are covered with a roof, canopy, and umbrellas, but the entire restaurant is open

    Nothing fancy -- wooden tables, paper plates, and plastic cutlery -- but the menu features homemade soups, sandwiches, salad plates, local seafood, and daily specials. . That sounds like our kind of place.

    The Beer and wine are served, and there's a good-sized bar on premises. Jolly Roger serves lunch and dinner daily in season. There is also a marina

    Jolly Roger from the street
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Ocracoke Transportation

  • Ferries to Ocracoke

    Unlike the barrier islands of the Outer Banks to the north, there are no bridges connecting Ocracoke Island to the mainland, so you’ll need to take the ferry. There are three ferry routes serving the island:1. Cape Hatteras to the northern tip of Ocracoke Island2. Swan Quarter (east of Washington NC) to Ocracoke village 3. Cedar Island (east of...

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  • Bike Rack

    This van parked outside the Ship's Store gift shop has a bike rack on the back. The flat terrain is quite a treat for cyclists, but all roadways are either dusted or covered with sand so you need to be aware of the skidding hazard. Cyclists need to be skilled enough to ride without swerving and to anticipate the actions of car drivers, who, as many...

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  • How to get to Ocracoke

    A Ferry run by the NC DOT is the only way to get here to Ocracoke. The ferries run from either swan quarter or cedar island to ocracoke village. And also from Hatteras Island to the North end of Ocracoke. The latter is free, while the former both cost about $15 generally. This also depends on the size of your vehicle.

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Ocracoke Shopping

  • Souvenir shop and much more

    Tucked in a corner across the street from Ride the Wind, one can find this little gem. Even if you don't buy anything it's neat to meander through this old creaky floored house turned souvenir shop. you can find anything from maps of the island, books about the island, postcards, clothing, etc. The porch is really nice to sit on and you might just...

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  • Surf shop that rents kayaks

    This shop is right on the corner of Silver Lake and NC 12. They sell all your typical beach bum stuff, hats, t-shirts, sandals, hemp necklaces, etc. but they also operate a stand across the street that rents kayaks by the hour, the half day, the day and the week. They even sponsor tours around the sound and the harbor. They're real nice and helpful...

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  • Gifts and T-Shirts

    This shop is open March through November. It was not open in December when we were there.The symbol of this shop is an old boat filled with shells that sits out front in the parking lot.The reviews call is an old-fashioned, mom-and-pop souvenir shop (not the kind of tacky chain souvenir stores you see in bigger beach areas). It carries a large...

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Ocracoke Local Customs

  • Fishing Rod Racks

    I was intrigued to see these things that looked like PVC pipes stuck up on truck radiators or car bumpers. Apparently these are racks to stow fishing rods - in this area I guess for surf fishing - those rods are quite long. These racks allow someone to keep a number of fishing poles arranged securely, apart from one another in a parallel and spaced...

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  • Local Music? sure!

    Who knew there was a music scene on Ocracoke island? There are a couple of groups that play here at Deepwater Theater and around the village almost every week, one of them that I can rattle off, though I've never heard them, is Molasses Creek. Check it out, most of the groups sell their CDs at the local general stores and the Variety store.

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Ocracoke Warnings and Dangers

  • National Park Service Ocracoke Silver...

    List on the left:1) Quiet hours are from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am3) Prohibited on Docks: a) Bicycling b) Skateboarding c) Rollerblading/Skating d) Swimming e) Fishing f) Fireworks of any type g) Metal Detectors h) Any commercial activity without a Commercial Use Permit.5) Docks must be kept free of any and all personal property6) Pets must be kept on...

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  • Go Slow or Park

    During the summer months Hwy 12 can be congested in the village. Please have patience, the traffic jams only last a few minutes. Visitors are encouraged to park their cars. There is a large Parking Area at the southern end of HWY 12 between the Ferry Office and the Ocracoke Preservation Museum. The town is small and you can walk or rent bikes so as...

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  • BUGS!!!

    When travelling on Ocracoke, or otherwise minding your business, you will have your choice of either gargantuan mosquitoes or green-headed biting flies (otherwise known as horseflies) bothering you. Take some kind of repellent if getting bitten is not your thing or just resign yourself to swatting in vain at these critters the whole time you're...

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Ocracoke Tourist Traps

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    by toonsarah Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    Everywhere you go in the Outer Banks, but particularly here on Ocracoke Island, you’ll see references to Blackbeard. He was killed here in a naval battle on November 22, 1718 and the island has been living off his memory ever since it seems. In an otherwise low-key (though in high season busy) tourist destination, the Blackbeard obsessions jars a little, most notably here at Teach’s Hole, which bills itself as the “original Blackbeard exhibit” but is in fact a gloriously tacky souvenir shop.

    Unique Suggestions: Chris and I actually rather enjoy marvelling at the amazing items sold in a shop such as this – and indeed at one point he and his work colleagues had a fun tradition of taking back to the office the most over-the-top awful item they could find on holiday, all to be displayed on a shelf set aside for that purpose.

    We also have fun with quirky photo opportunities such as these (an album on my home page has more, if you enjoy them too).

    Chris the pirate!!

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Ocracoke What to Pack

  • Plan for all weathers

    Everywhere here is very casual, even the most upmarket of restaurants, the Back Porch. Leave your city gear at home and bring shorts and cotton trousers, t-shirts and sweaters, flip flops and rain gear. It doesn’t rain all the time, so don’t forget to pack the sun protection – and you’ll also want to bring insect repellent as the moist...

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  • Sunscreen, Mosquito Repellent arsenal

    Listen to the weather report and bring a rain coat, and of course a bathing suit. If you wear sandals to the beach, watch out for sand briars in the dunes. They suck. Bring everything you think you will need as it is expensive to buy last minute things like toothpaste and deodorant on the island. Camera, duh. If you're camping bring camping...

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  • Packing List

    If you come in the summer, bring your swim suit and some sun tan lotion. Also bring your fishing gear.

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Ocracoke Off The Beaten Path

  • U. S. Navy Base, Ocracoke Island, NC...

    Ocracoke Island: Its People,the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Base During World War II by Earl William O'Neal, Jr."A mere six weeks after Pearl Harbor, U.S. involvement in the Second World War became a terrible reality to natives of North Carolina's Outer Banks with the sinking of the tanker Allan Jackson just 60 miles of Cape Hatteras. The thick black...

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  • Fort Ocracoke

    Fort Ocracoke is so OTBP that it no longer exists-monument says:"The remnants of Fort Ocracoke are submerged in Ocracoke Inlet 2 miles to the west southwest toward Portsmouth Island, the last of possibly four forts on Beacon Island. The mostly earthen Fort Ocracoke was constructed by mainland Confederate volunteers beginning on May 20, 1861, the...

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  • The beach

    Okay so a good part of the island is beach, but when you're there you'll feel like you've stepped into another world. Haven't you always wanted to look around at a beach and not see resorts towering over you, beer bottles sticking out of the sand, crowds of people and umbrellas? You really feel secluded out here and that's why it was the perfect...

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Ocracoke Sports & Outdoors

  • Tradewinds Bait and Tackle

    Ocracoke is a paradise for fishermen but since I'm not a fisherman/woman/person, I haven't been into this store.Tradewinds is an Official Weighing Station. They have * Fishing Info on where to fish, what * Bait to use and* Rod & Reel Rentals and* Repairs Also available are* Beach Goods * Ice * Snacks * Camping Supplies* Charter Bookings * Clamrake...

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  • National Park Service Docks

    These boat docks located on Silver Lake near the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Ocracoke Visitor's Center are open year round. There are public restrooms at the visitor's center but the docks have no showers.Originally known as Cockle Creek, Silver Lake Harbor was established in 1931. The creek was dredged and a harbor and marina were constructed....

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  • Parasail sounds like a good time!

    Go parasailing, that will get your blood pumping and some wonderful view. I would love to try this some day soon but didn't have the time this day. Looks like a great time!Native Parasail$60.00 single$100.00 doubleThat route 12 to Silver Lake Harbor, near Smacnallys Raw Bar & Grill

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Ocracoke Favorites

  • Signs

    We enjoyed just strolling around the village and capturing photos of the various colourful signs that contributed for us to the unique atmosphere of the place. You can find a number of crafts people working from home in the shady back lanes, all of whom advertise their products of course, and all the shops seem to have a sign advertising their...

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  • Off Season Ocracoke

    The somewhat gull dropping spotted sign on top of the electrical connection for slip number 13 says:Fees Collected DailyBoaters must register14 Day Limit EnforcedMay 15-Sept. 15 13 We were there in December which was off-season. It was quite calm and peaceful. It seems hard to picture the village with traffic jams and that the docks would be so...

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  • Blackbeard

    Blackbeard is more influential in Ocracoke today than he was in the early 1700s. Even though his reign of terror lasted only 18 months, his name fills the town's merchant tills.Blackbeard's Lodge welcomes guests. The Jolly Roger bar keeps them entertained. Teach's Hole Blackbeard Exhibit & Pirate Specialty Shop and the Pirate's Chest gift shop...

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