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Ocracoke Island North Carolina

Updated on June 5, 2013
Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island in the North Carolina Outer Banks.
Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island in the North Carolina Outer Banks. | Source

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Ocracoke Island North Carolina

Many people including many people native to North Carolina don't realize all that Ocracoke Island has to offer. Its part of the Hatteras National Seashore and it is a breath taking beautiful place to visit. I know I just love the Island and walking along the beaches of Ocracoke Island. Its not at all unusual even in summer to walk long distances along the beaches of Ocracoke Island only to suddenly discover that there's not another person in sight.

Did you know that the infamous Pirate Blackbeard was killed here in a Naval battle on November 22 1718. And some people claim Blackbeard continues to wander around Ocracoke Island to this present day. Or at least they say his ghost does. He's supposedly still looking for his head that got cut off back in 1718.

Located at the southern end of the island of Ocracoke is the village of Ocracoke. It is a beautiful quaint little village with a lot of history. There are close to 250 historic structures that remain today on the Island of Ocracoke.

Today the island of Ocracoke welcomes visitors to a long list of fun and adventurous things to do on a island that time seems to have forgot. A great part of the island looks exactly like it looked when the first English and Spanish explorers landed here. There's even a herd of wild horses on the island that are said to be descended from Spanish Mustangs that washed ashore here from shipwrecks.

If you love history , scenic shorelines and beautiful beaches you'll love Ocracoke island. Every time I go there I find myself not wanting to leave. And I'm sure you'll be the same way. If you can at all plan your trip so that you drive down to the southern end of Hatteras Island and take the state ferry from there over to Ocracoke Island.

When your through visiting Ocracoke Island you can take the free state ferry back over to Hatteras Island. Let me tell you something. The state ferry boat ride from Hatteras over to Okracoke Island and back is one of the best free tings I have ever found. You and your kids can get out of the car and walk around on the ferry. You'll also get a chance for some excellent photos. Just be sure to check for the ferry times at the ferry dock at the end of Hatteras Island or over at the ferry dock on Okracoke Island.

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Adventures On Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke Island has one of the more interesting Ghost Walks of almost any place I know. If your interested in ghosts , and history you want to make sure that you go on one of the Ocracoke Ghost Walks.

Call 252-928-6300 between 10am & 4pm weekdays to find out exactly when the next ghost walk will be taking place. And be sure to ask them about the woman who kept her own coffin on her front porch.

The Outer Banks Islands were quite often visited by Native Americans and there was said to have been at one time a large Native American Village on Hatteras Island.

Giovanni da Verrazzano first described the Island of Ocracoke and the area in 1524. However Verrazzano and the people with him couldn't get through the torturous channels leading into Pamlico Sound and Verrazzano thought that China lay just on the other side.

Ocracoke Island was not permanently settled by English settlers until 1750. Before that it had been a haven for Pirates and even the infamous Pirate Blackbeard lived and died near Ocracoke Island.

Several years including 2007 the beaches of Ocracoke Island have been named America's best beaches. And several years recently Ocracoke has been named to the number 2 and number 3 spots. Ocracoke's beaches are oh so special and you just have to visit to see how great the beaches of Ocracoke are. There are over 13 miles of beach on Ocracoke Island and you can often walk for miles with out seeing anyone.

If you've never flown a kite bring one with you to Okracoke Island and fly it with your children or a friend. You've not experienced life until you experience an afternoon of kite flying on a beach on this special magical island.

I think that Ocracoke Island is one of the most beautiful and special places there is and I hope you will consider a visit to Ocracoke Island soon.

Ocracoke Island Is A Special Magical Place

Ocracoke Island Restaurants and Cafes

Here is a list of some of Ocracoke's Restaurants and Cafes. While there are more these are the ones I can strongly recommend to everyone.

Back Porch Restaurant -- (252) 928-6401

Café Atlantic -- (252) 928-4861

Creekside Café - (252) 928-3606

Dajio - 252-928-7119

Fig Tree Deli and Sweet Tooth -- (252) 928-3481

Jason’s Restaurant - (252) 928-3434

sMacNally’s - (252) 928-9999

The Flying Melon Cafe -- (252) 928-2533

And one of the best ways to get around and see the Island of Ocracoke is by bicycle. And you can rent a bicycle on Ocracoke Island and really enjoy the care free atmosphere on Ocracoke Island.

Bike Rentals @ The Slushy Stand, D-4, All sizes, 928-1878 @ “T” at the harbor.

Ocracoke Island has some of if not the best seafood in the world.

If you love seafood then your in the right place. Ocracoke Island is close to the Gulf Stream and in case you don't know that's where some of the best seafood in the world comes from. So be sure to dine on seafood while your on Ocracoke Island.

And if you've always wanted to take that one great fishing trip in your life or give your kids a memory that will last a life time then consider going on a day fishing trip from Ocracoke Island. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed.

Ocracoke Island And The North Carolina Outer Banks In Winter

Ocracoke Island operates on island time. If you go to Ocracoke Island in the fall or winter months you'll find far fewer people and miles of beach with out another human. Even in the middle of winter you'll find a few stores and cafes open.

You can make some really beautiful photos in the winter. And if you check you'll find some of the most beautiful sunsets on earth. Did you know that Ocracoke Island was one of the favorite locations of Edward Teach. In case you don't know Edward Teach's other name was Blackbeard. Yes indeed Blackbeard the Pirate. He met his end just off Ocracoke Island. His head was cut off and it's rumored that his ghost still hunts for his head on the beaches of Ocracoke Island.

To me Ocracoke Island in the winter time is at it's best. I love to walk the beaches of Ocracoke in the winter months. You can also find some wonderful shells when there are far fewer people looking for them. I remember the outer banks back before all the people came and in the winter months I feel like I can step back in time to the time when we used to go out to the island for a picnic on the beach when I was a little kid. I still feel the magic and wonder how I ever go years at a time with out visiting Ocracoke Island and the magical little village at the end of the island.

The Most Beautiful Beaches Are On Okacoke Island North Carolina

Once you get to Okacroke Island I think you'll agree that the beaches of Okracoke Island are the most beautiful beaches in the North Carolina Outer Banks and some people say they are the most beautiful beaches in the world. Ask once your on the island where the beach is with life guards. Their can be a undertow out here on the outer banks so if your not a excellent swimmer and experienced with undertows you need to swim on a beach with a life guard.

Have you ever been to Ocracoke Island on the North Carolina Outer Banks? Please post your comments below now. You'll find that the beaches on Okracoke Island are natural and you can find great shells there especially if you'll go to the beach early in the day.

Ocracoke Island On The North Carolina Outer Banks
Ocracoke Island On The North Carolina Outer Banks
(C) July 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost
(C) July 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost

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    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Ocracoke Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It's truly one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      This is a great hub about Ocracoke Island. Great pictures! Ocracoke is one of our favorite places to visit while in the Outer Banks. The beaches there are so incredibly beautiful and the ocean is always warmer on Ocracoke than on the other island's beaches. Love it!

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      8 years ago from USA

      This looks like an interesting place to visit. I only once drove through North Carolina on I-95, in a hurry to get to Florida and not stopping to visit this beautiful state. Would like to visit the Wright Brothers memorial and the Outer Banks and stay awhile.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for the comment and yes Ocracoke Island is one of if not the most beautiful places on earth.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Very nice! Beautiful.


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