About Ocracoke

Ocracoke is a world away!

Ocracoke is the southernmost island in the chain of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, twenty-three miles offshore between the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound. There’s no bridge to Ocracoke – this small, barrier island is accessible only by private boat or plane, or by the state-run ferry service.

The magic and adventure begin with the ferry ride to this enchanted island where you will find 16 miles of pristine, undeveloped beaches. Ocracokeinvites you to swim, fish, relax, or explore!

At just a little over a mile square, and surrounded by water, everything within Ocracoke Village is conveniently located for walking or biking.

Explore the tiny village and discover the many unique shops and restaurants tucked away on twisty, tree-lined streets. Ocracoke Village offers everything you need for a vacation paradise: lodging options from campsites to cottages to hotel suites, recreational activities, watersports, and fresh, local seafood. Catch your dinner, catch a wave, and catch the sunset over the harbor.

Ocracoke Village is on the National Register of Historic Places, with houses and buildings dating from the 1880’s, interspersed with more recent additions, under the dappled sunlight beneath live oaks, cedars, and yaupons. Ocracoke Lighthouse has been guarding the inlet since 1823, and still stands sentinel over the village.

Visit for a week or a day and discover Ocracoke: the pearl of the Outer Banks.