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Interesting Tidbits of Ocracoke History

Ocracoke was first described in detail by Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian navigator, in 1524. He was unable to navigate the dangerous channels leading into The Pamlico Sound and assumed that China lay beyond the Outer banks. The earliest record of the island’s name, on... View the full post »

Dr. Beach Ranks Ocracoke as #2 Beach in USA

Congratulations to Us!Dr. Beach ranks Ocracoke's Lifeguard Beach as #2 in the nation.Ocracoke received the top honors of #1 in 2007. But once a beach reaches #1 Dr. Beach, a.k.a., Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, "retires" it for a decade. Ocracoke was also #2 last year, and... View the full post »

Welcome Aboard the Ocracoke Express

The Ocracoke Express docked on Ocracoke. The Ocracoke Circulator Tram is waiting for you! A New Way to Get to OcracokeOcracoke Express Passenger Ferry service launches May 20.Starting Monday, people traveling betwe... View the full post »

77th annual British Cemetery Ceremony to be held on Ocracoke on Friday, May 10, 2019

Ocracoke honors the crew of the HMT Bedfordshire All are welcome to attend the British Cemetery ceremony on Friday May 10.The graveside ceremony begins at 11am, followed immediately by a reception at the Berkley Barn, 58 Water Plant Road in Ocracoke, North Caroli... View the full post »

A little indulgence is a good thing... and Ocracoke offers many ways for you to treat yourself!

Take time for Self-Care and serenity during your ocracoke vacation  Enjoy the opportunity to feel great while you're here! Nothing is more relaxing than a long walk on the beach, or watching a glorious pink sunset over historic Silver Lake Harbor... View the full post »

Bonner Bridge Replacement Bridge is Open to Traffic

Just in Time for Spring!  The new bridge that is replacing the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet at the Outer Banks will opened on February 25, 2019.At 2.8 miles long and 90-feet high, the new bridge, which connects N.C. 12 between Hatteras and Bodie Island, will replace t... View the full post »

Ocracoke Dreamin' on a Winter's Day

Here's one new year's resolution you won't want to break: plan your getaway to Ocracoke Twelve great reasons (besides the beach) to visit Ocracoke island in 2019Everyone knows that Ocracoke's beaches are the best! Our 16 miles of pristine, undeveloped ocean beaches are,... View the full post »

Ocracoke Express to Set Sail in 2019

Ocracoke Express service to begin May 14th.The North Carolina Ferry System released its official 2019 schedule this week, with the new Ocracoke Express passenger ferry service slated to debut on Tuesday, May 14.“Frankly, we can’t wait to get the Ocracoke Express underway,” said N... View the full post »

Ocracoke Island: Winter Wonderland

Winter on Ocracoke Island If you really want to get away from it all.... Ocracoke in winter is the quietest place you'll find.Winter on a barrier island isn't for everyone, but if you seek time to relax and renew, it may be just what you need. Imagine long stretches ... View the full post »

Ocracoke to Honor British Sailors

A memorial ceremony on Thanksgiving Day will honor and recognize the fallen mariners of the Battle at Ocracoke on November 22, 1718 Named by The Smithsonian as #3 of the ten anniversaries worth traveling for in 2018, the Ocracoke community will host representatives f... View the full post »

Festival Latino de Ocracoke Celebrates Island's Unique Community

3rd Annual Ocracoke event features music, dance, food, & games: November 9-11, 2018The 3rd annual Festival Latino de Ocracoke will take place on Ocracoke Island, NC, the second weekend of November. Produced by the island non-profit, Ocracoke Alive, in partnership with Oc... View the full post »

Pirates to Invade Ocracoke

PIrates to invade Ocracoke ARRRRRGH you ready? Ocracoke Island’s Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree expanded to 4-day event for 300th Anniversary.Join us Oct. 25 to 28 for living history exhibits, ship battles, sword fights, historical t... View the full post »

Welcome Back, Visitors!

Update on Access to Ocracoke!Ocracoke Island began welcoming back visitors Friday, September 21, 2018. Ocracoke Village was spared any noticeable damage; the island remains the same beautiful, friendly place that visitors know, love, and return to year after year. The Cape Hat... View the full post »

Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration

Three Days of Fun!The festivities kick off Tuesday, July 3, with the famous Ocracoke Square Dance and a fireworks show to be seen from beautiful Silver Lake. The fun continues July 4 with a full day of activities, featuring the Sand Sculpture Contest, a traditional hometown parade... View the full post »

Ocracoke Summer: Beach Days & Nights

In May 2018, Dr. Beach rated Ocracoke the #2 beach in the U.S.A. According to Dr. Beach (a.k.a., Dr. Stephen Leatherman), our pristine, wild beaches, protected by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, are notable for their cleanliness, free & easy access, fine sand, excellent water ... View the full post »