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Hatteras & Ocracoke Area Features

Hatteras & Ocracoke Area Features

The area is known throughout the world for its natural beauty, watersports hot spots, and historical treasures. No matter your vacation style, everyone can find an ideal getaway on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. The villages offer unique wartime stories, fishing lore, and genealogical ties dating back centuries. Island time at any time of the year!

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  • Jewels by the Sea

    If youd like to treat yourself to some lovely new jewelry or youre looking for a nice gift, visit Jewels By The Sea.

  • Down Creek Gallery

    If youd like to admire beautiful works of art created by the local community visit Down Creek Gallery.

  • Trip Ideas

  • Blackbeard Took a Liking to Ocracoke Island

    Named for the pirate who frequented these waters, Teachs Hole channel is a stretch of water that connects the Atlantic Ocean and Ocracoke Inlet with the deeper waters of the Pamlico Sound. It's the perfect deep-water anchorage for pirates to keep a lookout for approaching vessels.

  • Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

    The complex dates to 1874, when the first seven U.S. Life-Saving Stations were built in North Carolina.

  • Day-Tripping to the Northern Outer Banks

    Things to-do while day-tripping to the Northern Outer Banks.

  • Hatteras Village

    For what appears to be a speck on a world map, Hatteras Village has an impressive local, state, national and even global history. And the culture is seasoned with sea salt, folklore, and a distinctive friendliness.

  • Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

    The waters off the Outer Banks are among the most dangerous in the world. So many ships and lives have been lost along these shores. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of our heritage for present and future generations.

  • Ocracoke Ponies

    The Ocracoke ponies can be seen every day from two viewing platforms at the pony pens located seven miles north of Ocracoke village.

  • Kayaking On Hatteras & Ocracoke Islands

    There are plenty of quality kayak outfitters on Hatteras and Ocracoke, and boats are generally available by the hour, day, and week.

  • Welcome to Ocracoke Island

    The unblemished coastal environment and the quaint neighboring village of Ocracoke is perfect for a relaxing getaway.

  • Portsmouth Island: Across The Ocracoke Inlet

    Across the Ocracoke Inlet from Ocracoke Island lies the ghost town of Portsmouth Village.

  • Lighthouses of the Outer Banks Coast

    From north to south, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Ocracoke Lighthouse are beloved attractions on the Outer Banks.

  • Surfing Hatteras & Ocracoke Islands

    Once you cross the Oregon Inlet Bridge into Hatteras and Ocracoke, youve reached the epicenter of East Coast surfing heaven.

  • Birding on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

    Information on birding at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Windsurfing & Kiteboarding in Hatteras

    If you are new to these wind-driven sports, Hatteras Island provides shallow waters and clean winds that will make learning a lot easier.

  • Hatteras Village Welcome Center

    Several years ago, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau expanded their string of welcome centers along the Outer Banks to include the old Weather Bureau Station in Hatteras Village.

  • Welcome to Hatteras Island

    Hatteras Island is known for its natural beauty, water sports hot spots, and historical treasures.

  • What's New?

    On the quiet islands of Hatteras and Ocracoke some things do change a little bit but only for the better!

  • Beach Tips & Tricks

    These are a few of our favorite hacks for a great day at the beach!

  • Visitor Info

  • Water Safety

    Safety for Swimmers.

  • Off Road Vehicle Use On Cape Hatteras

    Many off-road vehicles (ORVs) may drive on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but only on specific routes established by the National Park Service (NPS).

  • Area Services

    Phone numbers for the services and information you need.

  • Ferry Schedule

    Ferry Schedule

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