Accessible by only ferry, private boat, or by air, Ocracoke Island seems to make time stand still on it’s 16 mile island. What really makes this island special is that over three quarters of it is protected Cape Hatteras National Seashore property.
The island was the hardest hit area of the United States by Hurricane Dorian but is slowly coming back to life.
The landmark 1823 Ocracoke Lighthouse overlooks the village and Pamlico Sound. Set in an early 1900s house, the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum traces the island’s history. Nearby, the tiny British Cemetery contains the graves of WWII sailors. Silver Lake is dotted with boats, and shops and restaurants line its harbor.
Within Ocracoke Island North Carolina, there are many different houses, schools, parks, and numerous boat ramps and places for beach access. The community is very friendly here, making it a perfect beach vacation spot for the entire family.
For everything practical and not so practical you’ll need while your away from home, you can find it here on Ocracoke Island. From beach chairs and boards to manicures and massages, and rental cars to finding a caterer – you can find everything you need to make your beach vacation a dream come true.
From home-style Southern breakfasts to fine dining with international flair, Ocracoke is proud of their collection of unique and passionate chefs. You can eat indoors or out, on a screened porch tucked under the trees, or at the water’s edge. Carry-outs make mealtime quick and easy while you’re out and about in the village. And even the finest eateries offer their menu items to-go, so you can picnic on the beach or relax back at your own hotel or cottage. And don’t forget dessert! Ocracoke fig cake is the local delicacy to try, and ending the day with a stroll through the village to get ice cream just can’t be beat.
For nearly 12 continuous miles, the dunes and marsh lands of the island are untouched, providing a home for birds, deer, muskrats, rabbits, and other wild animals. The several beaches on the island are some of the last pristine beaches left in America. Fishermen and anglers are allowed to drive on the beach, with surf fishing being truly great here.
If you visit Ocracoke Island in the summer, you’ll find that there is always something to do. The island has a happening nightlife as well, which is perfect for those who want more than just the
beach on their vacation.
Whether you surf, kayak, sail or fish, Ocracoke Island offers plenty of ocean adventure. The pounding surf and temperate waters are perfect from May to October for parasailing, kite-boarding, surfing, paddle boarding, and wind surfing. Offshore adventure awaits with fishing charters.
If you live close to North Carolina, Ocracoke Island is possibly closer than you may realize. Those of you who have been looking for the perfect beach vacation can find it here. All you have to do is book a hotel than let the good times roll.
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