Activities for your visit

What’s open on Ocracoke as of May 30

The Magic Bean crew is working on creating a take-out window for customers. Photo: C. Leinbach

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Editor’s note: This post will be updated as more businesses determine their opening dates. Businesses should email with their updates.

Ocracoke Island is gearing up for the return of visitors in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic–May 11 for non-resident property owners and May 16 for visitors.

Restaurants that are open may serve takeout or limited at-table dining in this “Safer at Home Phase 2” of reopening North Carolina. Personal services (gyms, massages) are not yet open. See story here.

The N.C. Ferry Division has announced new ferry schedules. Current schedules can be found here.

This pandemic presents a new game for all and the Observer urges all visitors to practice the “Three W’s: Wear a mask, Wait six feet apart and Wash your hands frequently–from health officials to prevent the spread of this sneaky virus. To read a prior story with more information, click here.

For contact information for the businesses below, visit the Ocracoke Civic & Business Association webpage here.

Ocracoke Variety & Ace Hardware Store: open
Ocracoke Seafood Company (the Fish House): Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1718 Brewing Ocracoke: Open daily 2 to 8:30 p.m.

Plum Pointe Kitchen (inside 1718 Brewing): Open for inside seating 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Pony Island Restaurant: Open 7 to 11:30 a.m. Takeout only with the option of curbside delivery. We are following social distancing and cleaning guidelines. Call us at 252-928-5701
Helios’ Hideaway: Open for breakfast and lunch; Mon-Sat 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ABC store: Open
Thai Moon:  Opens Friday, May 29, at 3 p.m.
Howard’s Pub:  Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Zillie’s: open 1 to 7 p.m. Will probably adjust a little May 22 and after.
Ocracoke Oyster Company: Open by end of May
Eduardo’s: Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 5 to 8 p.m.
Back Porch Pantry: open Monday, Thursday, Friday 2 to 4 p.m. Take-out meals; fresh baked bread.
Fudge & Ice Cream Shop: Open noon to 8 p.m. daily
Taqueria450Suazo: Open daily
Sorella’s Pasta & Pizza: Now open 5 to 9:30 p.m. Call for takeout or free, contactless delivery. 928-7777
S’macNally’s: Opens May 16 for takeout. 928-9999.
Ocracoke Coffee Company: Open Memorial Day weekend
Magic Bean Coffee Bazaar: Open for takeout
Old Salt Sandwiches & Such (located at the Variety Store): TBD
Flying Melon Cafe: Open for take out with limited menu. Taking orders starting at 4 pm and the kitchen will start cooking at 5. To ensure the safety of our staff, all orders must be taken via phone. 252-928-2533.
Slushy Stand: Open May 28; hours: noon to 6 p.m.
Sweet Tooth/Fig Tree Deli: Open: Deli, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; shop: 8 a..m. to 6 p.m.
Back Porch Lunch Box: TBD in June
Jason’s: ASAP, but June 1 is the target opening.
Gaffer’s: TBD
Jolly Roger: Opening in 2021

Captain’s Landing: Open
The Castle B&B and Courtyard Villas: Open May 16
Edwards of Ocracoke cottage rentals: Open May 16
Oscar’s House: Sometime in June
Bluff Shoal Motel: Opens May 27
Silver Lake Motel: opening Saturday, May 16
Ocracoke Harbor Inn: Open. 888-456-1998
Ocracoke Island Realty: Open
Blue Heron Vacations: Open
Thurston House B&B: Aiming for Memorial Day weekend
Anchorage Inn: Open
Pony Island Motel: Open
Sand Dollar Motel: Mid-June
Harborside Motel: After July 4
NPS Campground: May 22
Teeter’s Campground: Open May 16
Jerniman’s Campground: Open
Pam’s Pelican B&B: Opens May 16; no breakfast
The Cove B&B: TBD
Blackbeard’s Lodge: TBD
Crew’s Inn: Closed through the summer

Bella Fiore: Opens May 16; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunflower Studio: sometime in June
Down Creek Gallery: Opening May 16
Village Craftsmen: Open by appointment. A sign on the door includes phone number.
Ocracoke Island Trading Company: Open 10 a.m. 5 p.m. daily
Island Ragpicker: Opening end of May
Ride The Wind Surf Shop is open and is also doing rentals, kayak tours, and surf lessons; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting next week.
Kitty Hawk Kites: Opens Saturday, May 16.  10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; hours may change Memorial Day weekend.
Ocracoke Garden Center: Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
Pirates Chest: Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Moonraker Tea Shop: Hopes to open in June with online ordering available sooner.
The Sunglass Shop: Opens Saturday and by appointment. 704-692-1426
Ocracoke Community Library: Open 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays Only 3 people admitted at a time; cannot accept used books.
Sandy Paws Bed & Biscuit Inn (boarding kennel) opens June 13; June 6 at the earliest, please call 252-928-3093.
Books to be Red: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Also available by appointment 252-928-8026
Ocean Atlantic Rentals: Open
Ocracoke Cigars: Open
Over the Moon: Appointment only; a sign on door has contact info
Down Point Decoys: Appointment only; a sign on door has contact info
Island Artworks: TBD
Mermaid’s Folly: TBD
Harborside Motel Gift Shop: After July 4
Angie’s Gym: Closed until Phase 2
Schooner Windfall: Closed until Phase 2

Ocracoke Preservation Society: June 1
Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit: opening TBD

Ocracoke Health Center: Open for telemedicine. 252-928-1511
Island Mobile Medical Care, PA: Open 6 a.m. to midnight. Call 252-996-0511 for appt., Sick visits, non life-threatening urgent care, stitches, urinary tract infections.

Portsmouth Island ATVs: shooting for Memorial Day weekend
Dream Girl Fishing Charter: open
Gecko Sport Fishing: Open
Drum Stick Fishing Charters: Open
Restless Native Boat Rentals: Open
Ocracoke Cycles is open for bike repairs by appointment.
Wheelie Fun Golf Carts: Opens Saturday, May 16
Ocracoke Island Golf Carts: Open May 16 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Beach Ride Rentals: open
OBX Rentals & Shuttle Services: Open
Devil Shoal Oysters: Open June 1
Tradewinds Tackle: Open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily with hours extending as things open up
Anchorage Marina: open daily 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Coyote Music Den 2.0: “Private Livestream.”  Tuesdays, starting May 19: Coyote — Marcy & Lou –streamed live on Facebook page and YouTube channel; Wednesdays, starting May 20: Martin Garrish & Coyote streamed live on The Ocracoke Rockers Facebook page. Free but tips welcome at;



8 replies »

  1. Thank you for this listing and we can’t wait to see you this weekend! A suggestion – add the ABC store to the listing. I called them directly and found out they are open.

  2. Sandy Paws Bed & Biscuit Inn (boarding kennel) is opening on June 13, June 6 at the earliest, please call (252)928-3093.