A New Englander in NC: Ocracoke Island

ferry

One slightly grey day we took the ferry that runs every hour from Hatteras to Ocracoke. It’s a very long ferry ride to cover only a very short distance. The water is shallow close to shore, so the ferry goes way out to sea and then cuts back in to shore.

ferry to ocracoke

From the ferry landing, it was a 12 mile drive through undeveloped land (we actually saw trees for the first time since arriving!) until we reached the village.

Honestly, it’s pretty touristy in the village. There are lots of shops selling trinkets, restaurants, and hotels. We had fun renting beach cruisers and biking around the island though. We stopped at a very picturesque lighthouse but were sad that we weren’t allowed to climb all the way up. I’m sure the view from the top would be gorgeous.

lighthouse on ocracoke

We had lunch at the Jolly Roger and were served by a very friendly South African waiter who had been living on the island for a couple years.  The steamed shrimp and the fried calamari were quite good!

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We got back on our bikes and started pedaling around the island but before too long, raindrops started falling on us.  We spun our legs back to the car as quickly as possible and caught the next ferry off Ocracoke. All in all, it was a nice outing.

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About anewenglanderslife

Hi, I'm Elle. I live in a small town in New England. I love to cook, bake, eat, be outside and active, and go on adventures.
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