Ocracoke Island Travel Guide

  • Just look for this sign!
    Just look for this sign!
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  • You won't regret your stop at Howard's Pub!
    You won't regret your stop at Howard's...
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    whirlpool tub was great!
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Ocracoke Island Things to Do

  • Watch the Sunset

    Sunset over Ocracoke is a must. People gather at the end of the big parking lot (NPS)each night and just enjoy the site. It's different every night.

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  • Make a fire on the beach

    You can easily find a spot on the beach to make a small fire. It can be very ropmantic. Due to the lack of "cuttable" wood on the island, you'll have to buy a bundle of wood for about 6 bucks. You can't beat it :)

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  • Visit the Visitor Center - National...

    Since Ocracoke is part of the NPS Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a lovely little Visitor center is available on the island. There is a huge whale skull outside from a beached whale. The NPS staff never disappoints at being so knowledgable and friendly. You can purchase postcards and all things OBX in this center.

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  • Ocracoke lighthouse

    Driving down to the OBX you will notice several different lighthouses. Each lighthouse has their own unique design. The Ocracoke lighthouse is all white, built in 1823 and is the 2nd oldest lighthouse in the US. Standing at a mere 75ft it is also the shortest and oldest of all in the OBX.We were unable to go in and I don't think it is ever open to...

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  • Visit the British Cemetery

    There is not much to this British cemetery, but since it was next to the campground we had a look. Many people walk to the cemetery since everything is walking distance on the island. This gravesite is also next to a private gravesite.The cemetery has 4 graves of English soldiers whose ship(HMS Bedfordshire) was attached by a German U-boat in 1942....

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  • Hike a trail! Springers Point trail

    We discovered this newly developed trail while we were cruising around on our bikes. This trail leads you through some hardwoods as well as along the beach. The trail is still in progress of being developed as noted the sign states "coming soon".

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Ocracoke Island Restaurants

  • You Have to go by the Pub!

    This is a must go to place when you are on Ocracoke. There is something for everyone. You can get a great burger, fresh fish and seafood, fantastic chicken and steak meals, and everything in between. Howard's is open all year long and there is always a smile waiting for you there. The atmosphere is just right-you can go in as casual or dressed up...

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  • Fresh Seafood at it's finest !

    Great fresh seafood. Nice atmosphere, great and quick service. We enjoyed dinner here twice during our stay in Ocracoke. Even the sides were fantastic. The baked potato was creamy as though it was mashed and even the limas were tasty. Nice variety of warm rolls and hush puppies. Their clear broth clam chowder was a delight. Baked Mahi Mahi stuffed...

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  • The Best Pizza anywhere

    Best Pizza I've ever eaten. The ingredients are fresh and the crust comes two ways, thin & crusty. Hubby and I plowed thru a 16" Vegetarian and just could not believe how great it was. You can call in and pick up or have it delivered. Sorry no dining in but what does it matter! Vegetarian Pizza

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Ocracoke Island Nightlife

  • Howards Pub

    We just went to Howards Pub at night.(see resturant tip).. not sure if there are any clubs on the island (I highly doubt it!)

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  • Live Music

    There is live music most nights, just check the bullitin board outside. But hurry! There can only be lowed music outside like this until 10pm. You can order food, or just a drink to listen to the music. It is on the harbor, so get a waterside table! Abolutely does not matter.

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Ocracoke Island Transportation

  • No Roads Lead To Orcacoke

    Ocracoke: a wonderful hiding place. To get there, you can fly, though not commercial flights or go by the North Carolina State Ferry System. If arriving from the northern end, the Hattaras ferry (free) will leave every 1/2 hour in the summer and on the hour in the winter months. From the Ocracoke village side of the island, ferries run from Cedar...

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  • Have a Ferry good time!

    The only way to get to Ocracoke is by a ferry. There are several different places in NC to board the car ferry. We picked it up on the Hatteras inlet. The total time was 40 minutes one-way. In off season, the ferries run from this location every hour; peak season every half hour.

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  • Ferry Traffic

    You have to take a ferry to get to Ocracoke Island, which really helps it to maintain it's charm. The most commonly used ferry runs between the town of Hatteras and the north end of Ocracoke island. The ferry is free, and it runs every half hour to an hour between 5:00am and 12:00am during the summer season. During the winter it runs every hour....

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Ocracoke Island Shopping

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    by Shihar Written Apr 15, 2006

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    While there is no mall on the island, there is a plethora of touristy knick-knack shops. You will be able to get all you need in any of these shops.

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Ocracoke Island Local Customs

  • Ocracoke Broque- Dialect

    One of the main reasons that I was looking forward to visiting Ocracoke is to hear the native dialect. I took to a Language and Culture class recently and was taught about this very unique accent. The dialect is partlyUK English, partly Northern US sounding. The speculated reason for this dialect is for the fact that the island is secluded and the...

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  • graveyards..

    are nearly in every garden.. wonder why..? In this picture - the British Cemetery, which appeared to consist of 4 graves only, because only 4 sailors of HMS Bedfordshire were found after their ship had been torpedoed in 1942

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ocracoke Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Play it safe in the summer!

    Weather conditions can be unpredictable on the Outerbanks in the summer. Make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen and bugspray

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  • Please don't feed Wildlife!

    Feeding the gulls and other wildlife will only contribute to annoying behavior. If animals associate humans as a food source that is when the raid tents, swoop down on people, etc.. Also,once they identify humans as a food source they loose the desire to find food on their own. Wildlife needs a better nutritional diet for their survival in the wild...

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  • Blood Sucking Freaks!!

    I've mentioned those three evil banes to humanity before, but it bears repeating here. The mosquito, the deer tick, and the green head fly are all out to get you. They know no fear, there are millions of them, and they never stop.Mosquito bites leave those itchy bumbs we all love, ticks hang around far too long, and they're both vectors for nasty...

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Ocracoke Island Tourist Traps

  • All things Blackbeard!

    If you had no idea that the pirate Blackbeard hung out here on Ocracoke, you will definately be educated by the overabundance of Blackbeard references throughout the island. There is even an entire museum dedicated to him.Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, was a privateer that turned to piracy after the Queen Ann's war in 1713. He was a savage butcher...

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  • Teach's Hole... Another Hole comes to...

    Perhaps it was a misunderstanding on the part of someone in our group, but we believed this to be the actual location of Teach's Hole and so we arrived ready for a dose of historical import. However, it was a small tourist place that sold anything and everything piratey! Well, I did give it a look and did pick up a few postcards (which I've yet to...

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Ocracoke Island Off The Beaten Path

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    by Shihar Written Apr 17, 2006

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    This Memorial is located on OBX, Kill Devil Hills, half way between Kitty Hawk and Nags Head on US 158 between mile posts 7and 8.

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Ocracoke Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by Shihar Updated Apr 29, 2006

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    You can do and rent any type of water activities of your hearts desire! The most interesting sport we saw was Kite Surfing. The outerbanks are definately a good place to kite surf because of the wind.

    We didn't get a picture of the surfers but now I wish I had!

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Ocracoke Island Favorites

  • Legless Louie the Laughing Gull

    Before going on this trip, I did some research on VT (of course). One VTer I go to for great tips is NC_Ziggy's travel pages. On his Ocracoke pages he mentions his encounter with a legless gull on the ferry to Ocracoke Island. Being a birder, I was intrigued but never thought I would see the legless wonder. What are the chances! BUT.... what do ya...

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  • Waterborne Bliss

    I know that my dad will never be the poster boy for outdoor sports, but I think this picture of him really sums up a kayaking trip we took. We paddled out of the harbor to some marshy cuts just south of the town. The weather was cool (for June, which means it’s still quite a bit warmer than you keep it in your house), and there were no bugs. That...

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