Coast of Ocracoke, North Carolina
Visit This Island Off The East Coast For A Laid-Back Beach Vacation
The laid-back Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina is just 16 miles long and 3 miles wide and has everything you'll need for a relaxing beach vacation.
Soak up the sun and swim in the gentle waves along miles of untouched shores and pristine white sand beaches, which are protected as part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The charming town center is just four square miles, but there are always excellent dining options. Try freshly caught seafood at a low-key, beachy bar with live music.
Rent a bike to explore or walk in the footsteps of some of the world's most notorious pirates. Blackbeard called the island home until he was killed at Teach's Hole in 1718.
Ocracoke offers a range of accommodations, including relaxing bed and breakfasts, small hotels, private vacation rentals, and beachfront sites for tents and RVs.
The only way to reach Ocracoke is by boat or ferry from Hatteras, Swan Quarter, or Cedar Island, which takes about one to two hours, depending on the route.