Ocracoke Island is part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Ocracoke was named the number one beach in America in 2007. Ocracoke is accessible by ferry, boat or small plane. Ocracoke is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Ocracoke Island has 16 miles of unspoiled beach that are part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Enjoy the unmatched natural beauty of Ocracoke's beach. You’ll find time to relax and unwind listening to the crashing waves and seagulls. Soak up the sun, enjoy the breeze, read a book, build a sandcastle, go swimming, catch a fish, or learn how to surf. You can enjoy our town by walking or bicycling the streets and back roads of our village.
While you are here visit the historic 1823 Ocracoke lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse on the east coast. If it's history you are looking for, you’ll find it at the Ocracoke Preservation Museum or the historic British Cemetery. Take a hike through a maritime forest to Teach’s Hole, once home to the notorious pirate, Blackbeard.
Need some adventure? How about kayaking, kite boarding, surfing or parasailing? There's nothing like a day of Gulf Stream fishing with friends or family. Take a trip to explore nearby uninhabited Portsmouth Island where you'll find some of the best seashells anywhere.
We pride ourselves in having the freshest seafood in our fine restaurants. Try one of our specialties like Southern crab cakes, spicy steamed shrimp, or Ocracoke fishcakes. You may be lucky enough to catch an oyster roast at the local fish house.
The village has many unique shops to visit. We have everything you need to make your vacation wonderful: markets with groceries, gourmet shops, clothing boutiques, gift shops, sporting goods shops, and many wonderful galleries filled with local art.
Ocracoke is home to many talented musicians. Enjoy a concert at the Deepwater Theater and Music Hall or other local venue. Ocracoke is also the home of the Ocrafolk music festival. Ocracoke has many events throughout the year... lots of fun for everyone!