people on the beach on Ocracoke Island

Why You Need to Take a Day Trip to Ocracoke Island?

12/04/2020 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Travel Tips

You’ll never run out of fun and exciting opportunities to explore the beautiful coastline during your time in the Outer Banks. If you want to venture away from Roanoke Island and Kill Devil Hills, head south for a day trip to Ocracoke Island. This secluded and tranquil island offers a quiet escape to untouched shores and charming town well worth exploring! 

For more ways to make the most of your time in the Outer Banks, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best things to do and places to see in our area! 

Everything You Need to Know About a Day Trip to Ocracoke Island 

Why Take a Day Trip to Ocracoke Island? 

Taking a day trip to Ocracoke Island is a fantastic way to escape the Outer Banks’ crowds during the peak summer season. This isolated strip of land along North Carolina’s coastal barrier islands is one of the top-ranked beaches in the country, receiving rave reviews and even topping famed stretches of sand on the Hawaiian Islands. The relaxed atmosphere with very few things to do other than soak in the sun’s rays is a nice contrast to the wide variety of attractions in Nags HeadManteo, and Kill Devil Hills. 

Ocracoke Island Sights and Activities 

The best way to spend a day trip to Ocracoke Island is on the beach. There aren’t any condos, homes, or apartments along the ocean shoreline, so the natural beauty is second to none. This is about as close as you will get to spending time on a deserted island, and it’s simply fantastic. It’s just you, your family, and the sound of waves lapping the seashore. The small town on the southeastern corner of the island has an assortment of shops, restaurants, and historical attractions that are fun to explore before driving to the beach. 

Getting to Ocracoke Island 

The journey from Manteo to Ocracoke Island requires multiple forms of transportation, but it’s well worth the effort. Hop in your car early in the morning and drive east on Highway 64 to Nags Head before turning south on Highway 12. From there, you’ll travel down the scenic coastal road past lighthouses, over bridges, and through wildlife refuges until you reach the town of Hatteras about an hour and twenty minutes later. Then, purchase your ferry ticket (make sure you arrive at least 20 minutes ahead of departure time) for the short ferry ride to the island. Once you arrive, soak in the serene setting for a memorable day trip to Ocracoke Island! 

Plan Your Outer Banks Day TripShallowbag Bay aerial view 

Pirate’s Cove Realty is your key to the ultimate Outer Banks getaway. Our extensive line of condos and home rentals on Roanoke Island offers a unique stay in a beautiful setting that is minutes from the beach. Whether you’re taking day trips to nearby islands, relaxing on the beautiful OBX beaches, or exploring Manteo, our gated community is the perfect place to call home on your coastal getaway. 

Browse our list of rentals and start planning your Outer Banks trip today! We look forward to welcoming you to the Pirate’s Cove family. 

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