Ocracoke Island, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has almost 16 miles of undeveloped beaches that are accessible only by ferry, private boat or plane, This fishing village turned tourist attraction features popular shops and restaurants, camping, biking, kayaking and boat tours. It is also one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks where the pirate Blackbeard is known to have once roamed.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Ocracoke Island

Away Travel Expert: Mike Sigalas
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Camping,Day Hiking,Off-Roading,Saltwater Fishing,Sustainable Travel
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Captain Jarrett Moore's Sea Mistress takes anglers on both in-shore and off-shore fishing trips. The Gulf Stream offers up blues, drum, mackerel, marlin, tuna, and more.
  • Ride the Wind Surf and Kayak on Ocracoke offers surf rentals and lessons, as well as kayak rentals and guide-led excursions. For a memorable experience in summertime (and to beat the heat), try to get a spot in one of the shop's Sunrise or Full Moon paddles. The former's time changes with the time of daybreak; the latter is held twice monthly during full moons.
  • If you'd like to put the island's ever-present winds to good use, hook up with Ocracoke Parasail. Be sure to reserve your trip well in advance, if possible.

PO Box 456
Ocracoke, North Carolina 27960

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (252) 928-6711
Email: mail@ocracokevillage.com
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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