About Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Ocracoke, N.C., beach. CL shot

DRAMATIC SKIES. Ocracoke Island, N.C., is an ever-changing landscape of sea and sky. Photo: C. Leinbach

We hope you enjoy your visit to our beautiful island, the last island on the Outer Banks, N.C.

Ocracoke is the southernmost island of the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

As you will see, Ocracoke is very different from most any other East Coast shore point. Here are some tips about our unique island:

The easiest mode of transportation around the village is by foot, bicycle or golf cart.

–The speed limit is 20 mph village-wide.  Please drive slowly at all times.

The village streets are narrow and shared with cats, dogs, ducks, chickens, pedestrians, bicycles, skateboarders and golf carts, all of which might suddenly lurch into the streets.

-Walk facing traffic.   That is, “walk left; bike right.” Carry a light at night.

Never, ever pass anyone or anything on the right. This is an offense with a $250 fine.

-Learn and follow the traffic laws for golf carts–especially that golf carts are not allowed beyond Howard’s Pub. Children must be 16 to drive golf carts. Children under 16 cannot sit on a parent’s lap and hold the wheel.

–If you are staying at a cottage, know your street name and house number should you need emergency assistance.

–Hyde County has an animal feces removal ordinance. Please pick up after your dog.  While there is no leash law, Hyde County has an ordinance against “vicious” dogs.

–Ocracoke cares about how the island looks and we recycle. Please do not toss your trash out of car window. Glass and metal recyclables (separated) can be taken to the dump.

–Driving on the beach requires a permit that can be purchased at the NPS Visitor Center on the southern end of the island across from the ferry docks.

–Public restrooms can be found at the NPS visitor center, the lifeguard beach and in Community Square.

Please remember to tip your servers. Our restaurant workers have about eight months to earn a living and rely on receiving tips of at least 20 percent.  

Fireworks of any kind are prohibited on Ocracoke.

Like Texas, the stars at night here are big and bright. Want to see even more of the Milky Way? Please turn off outside lights at night. 

Shops and restaurants have limited parking spaces. The public may park for the day in the NPS lot near the southern-end ferry terminal.

For more information about the village visit www.visitocracokeNC.com.

Ocracoke Village free tram operates daily.

Ocracoke Village, NC

Ocracoke Village on Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, N.C.