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170 Howard Street 
PO Box 248
Ocracoke Island, NC 27960

Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke Island Beach
Ocracoke Island Beach
Ocracoke Island is the remotest of a string of barrier islands (The Outer Banks) off the coast of North Carolina.  Accessible only by ferry, private boat, or private airplane, Ocracoke boasts sixteen miles of undeveloped ocean beach as well as one of the most beautiful natural harbors on the East Coast.

We offer numerous opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty and rich culture of this special place.  These include:

  • sailing
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • boating
  • kayaking
  • biking
  • just plain relaxing
Picturesque Howard Street
Howard Street
Enjoy a relaxing stroll down one of the most charming lanes in the world.  Ancient live oak trees, moss-covered wooden fences, historic island homes and numerous family cemeteries make for an experience not to be forgotten.  Take time to notice the old cisterns and pitcher pumps that recall a time not too many years ago when Ocracoke was accessible only by daily mailboat and drinking water was rationed carefully.

For a rare view of the island click here:

Ocracoke Island Under a Winter Snow

Ocracoke Island Information and Web Sites

General Information on Ocracoke Island:

Ocracoke Island Civic and Business Association.  The official Ocracoke Island web site with general information about Ocracoke including lodging, restaurants, shopping, and things to do. 
Coastal Guide to Ocracoke North Carolina    (Information about lodging, restaurants, things to do.)
The Essential Guide to Ocracoke North Carolina    (Information about lodging, restaurants, things to do.)
Ferry Schedules    (Hatteras Inlet, Swan Quarter and Cedar Island Ferries)
Ocracoke Preservation Society    (History of the village and the island.)
Ocracoke Weather Forecast    (The latest island weather information)
Friends of Portsmouth Island    (Information about our southern neighbor, abandoned Portsmouth Island)

Lodging & Real Estate:

Blue Heron Realty
    (Vacation rentals offered by an island native.)
Ocracoke Island Realty
    (Information about cottage rentals & property for sale on Ocracoke.)
Lightship Realty    (Information about property for sale on Ocracoke)

Thurston House Inn    (One of Ocracoke's fine B & B's.)
The Castle on Silver Lake    (B & B overlooking the harbor.)
Crew's Inn    (Beautifully furnished B & B in traditional island home.)
Edward's of Ocracoke Motel    (Ocracoke charm at reasonable prices.)
The Anchorage Inn    (On Silver Lake.)
The Island Inn    (A traditional island hotel)
Lightkeeper's Guest House    (Quiet accommodations in an island historic home)
Blackbeard's Lodge    (An historic Inn in the heart of the village)
The Cove Bed & Breakfast    (B & B overlooking the sound and lighthouse view on Ocracoke.)
58 On Howard    (a cozy cottage for two on historic Howard Street)


Teach's Hole Pirate Shop    (Everything related to pirates.)
Natural Selections    (Ocracoke's Hemp Shop)

Restaurants & Places to Eat:

Howard's Pub & Raw Bar    
Ocracoke Coffee Company    (Coffee, smoothies, bagels, pastries, and a relaxing atmosphere.)

Things to Do:

Ocracoke History / Ghost Walk    (Hear stories from an eighth-generation Ocracoker)
Tradewinds Bait & Tackle    (Complete bait and fishing advice.)

Sailing aboard "Windfall"     (Sail in Blackbeard's wake on a two-masted schooner.)
Island Path Seminars and Workshops   (Educational, self-help, and professional and personal growth oriented workshops and seminars.)

Music & Books:

Digging up Uncle Evans    (Philip Howard's book of Ocracoke History, Ghost Tales, & Stories)
Molasses Creek    (Ocracoke's own folk/bluegrass band)

Festivals & Schools:

OcraFolk Music & Storytelling Festival    (A delightful June weekend of traditional music and entertaining tales) 
OcraFolk School    (Week long classes in bird carving, island music, Ocracoke culture & history, and much more)

Remember, part of the charm of Ocracoke is it's history of isolation from the mainland.  Some of the best things about our island will never be listed on the web.  Use your imagination to help you find some of Ocracoke's hidden treasures.  And be sure to take your time and relax.  It may take several visits before you begin to discover the truly unique aspects of this enchanting place.  Don't rush!

Other Outer Banks Web Sites:

Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce




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