About Ocracoke

Great Beaches, History, Quaint Village, all at Ocracoke in North Carolina's Outer Banks

Where Is Ocracoke?

The island of Ocracoke is a part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is one of the most remote islands in the Outer Banks and can only be reached by ferry, private boat, or private plane. Other than the village of Ocracoke, almost the entire island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The village of Ocracoke is located around a sheltered harbor called Silver Lake and is located at the widest point of the island, protected from the Atlantic Ocean by sand dunes and a salt marsh. The average height of the island is less than five feet above sea level, and many of the buildings on the island are built on pilings to lift them off the ground. Ocracoke Lighthouse is situated near Silver Lake and has remained in continuous operation since 1823.


A Brief History

In 1585, Sir Walter Raleigh's ship the Tiger, in search of Roanoke Island, collided with a sand bar in Ocracoke Inlet and were forced to land on the island for repairs. An attempt at an English settlement was tried at Roanoke Island in the late 16th century, but it failed. This effectively halted European settlement until 1663, when the Carolina Colony was chartered by King Charles II. Remote Ocracoke Island was not permanently settled until 1750. Before that it was a favorite anchorage of Edward Teach, better known as the pirate Blackbeard. The grounds of what is now the Springer's Point Nature Preserve were said to be Blackbeard's preferred location.

Ocracoke Island History

Island Life

The economy of Ocracoke Island is based almost entirely on tourism. During the winter, the population shrinks and only a few businesses remain open. During the spring, summer, and early fall, an influx of tourists occupy hotels, campgrounds and weekly rental houses — and day visitors arrive by ferry from Hatteras Island. Several bars, dozens of restaurants, and many shops, stores and other tourist-based businesses open for the tourist season. Visitors can find many shops that feature local, handmade goods, as well as imported artisinal goods and rare antiques, unusual for such a small island.

Ocracoke Island Life

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Zillies Cottage

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Zillies is designed for two people to show up and have everything they need... bikes, kayaks, beach chairs & umbrella, beach toys, coolers, gas/charcoal grills are all included with your rental. Monogrammed sheets, plush towels and a large DVD library are just part...

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