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Ocracoke is a quaint village located on the southern soundside of Ocracoke Island within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Accessible only by water or air, Ocracoke Island is a barrier island that is part of the Outer Banks, and is famous for being the hideout for Blackbeard the Pirate. Once a busy fishing village, the whole town of Ocracoke is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes the Ocracoke Lighthouse, built in 1823. The British Cemetery and several commercial buildings are some of the other historical attractions on the island. Banker Ponies, descendants of horses brought to the island by early explorers, also still live here and are cared for by the National Park Service. Legends abound about how the ponies got on the island, but most historians believe they were brought here by the Raleigh expeditions and were left at the time of the mysterious disappearance of The Lost Colony. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is 16 miles of beautiful windswept beaches for swimming surfing, sunning and shelling. Other activities on the island include hiking, camping, fishing and birdwatching. Boats are also available on the island for charter fishing. Other attractions in the area include the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village. Ocracoke Island is accessible by ferry from Hatteras Village on Hatteras Island.

Surrounding areas: Hatteras Village, North Carolina (18.0 mi), Frisco, North Carolina (21.6 mi), Avon, North Carolina (31.2 mi), Cedar Island, North Carolina (34.8 mi)

Ocracoke Vacation Rentals

Ocracoke Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Boyette HouseHwy NC 12Ocracoke, NC (252) 928-4261
Boyette HouseOcracoke, NC (252) 928-4261
Ocracoke Harbor InnOcracoke, NC (252) 928-5731
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites58822 Hwy 2 & Marina WayHatteras, NC17.9 mi.(252) 986-1110
Cape Hatteras MotelBuxton, NC26.9 mi.(252) 995-5611
Cape Hatteras MotelHwy 12Buxton, NC26.9 mi.(800) 995-0711
Comfort Inn Hatteras IslandOld Lighthouse Rd State Rd 12Buxton, NC26.9 mi.(252) 995-6100
Lighthouse View Motel Inc.46677 Hwy 12Buxton, NC26.9 mi.(252) 995-5680

Ocracoke Weather & Climate

The Atlantic Coast of North Carolina has a temperate climate with no extremes in temperature. Opposite the ocean, across the narrow barrier islands behind most beaches, are the "Sounds". These protected inlands are calm, quiet and sheltered from the sea breezes. In winter, the Gulf Stream helps moderate air temperatures. Sometimes, strong low-pressure systems clash with the Gulf Stream and develop into major storms, causing rain along the coast and over states to the north as well. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year; about once in ten years they are strong enough to cause significant damage. Humidity does not vary much from season to season, but is generally highest in winter and lowest in spring. The highest levels are along the immediate coast, averaging around 75 percent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 53°F 39°F 5.37 in. 49°F
February 53°F 40°F 3.62 in. 46°F
March 60°F 45°F 4.53 in. 52°F
April 66°F 53°F 3.19 in. 59°F
May 74°F 61°F 3.63 in. 68°F
June 80°F 69°F 4.19 in. 73°F
July 84°F 73°F 4.29 in. 77°F
August 84°F 73°F 5.43 in. 80°F
September 81°F 69°F 4.63 in. 77°F
October 72°F 60°F 4.78 in. 70°F
November 64°F 51°F 4.76 in. 58°F
December 57°F 44°F 4.29 in. 55°F

Ocracoke Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Craven County Regional airport (EWN) located about 60 miles west of Ocracoke in New Bern, North Carolina, Warren Field (OCW) located approximately 67 miles northwest of Ocracoke in Washington, North Carolina, and finally the Northeastern Regional airport (EDE) located roughly 71 miles northwest of Ocracoke in Edenton, North Carolina.

Ocracoke Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Dowdy'sNags HeadNC61.6 mi.
State Parks
Cape Hatteras State ParkNC26.7 mi. 
North Carolina Maritime MuseumBeaufortNC47.4 mi.(History)
Aurora Fossil MusuemAuroraNC47.5 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC51.7 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC57.5 mi.

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