Ocracoke hotels are individually run and therefore have a lot of character. There are no chain hotels on Ocracoke Island. The options here range from homey bed and breakfasts to elegant inns and from mom-and-pop Ocracoke motels to luxurious condominium-style suites. Make your reservations well ahead of time, especially for the spring, summer and fall. Some Ocracoke hotels stay open year round, while others close for the winter; call ahead. In general, the Ocracoke motels and inns in the center of the village and around the harbor are closer to shops, while those on the north end of the village are closer to restaurants. Everything, however, is within walking distance, if you’re willing to trek (in the most extreme cases) up to a mile in one direction. Rates generally change with the seasons, and you can expect to pay more in summer.
Ocracoke is a small island, so if you’re new to the area all you need do is hop on a bike, rent a golf cart or stroll around a little and you’ll be navigating like a local in no time. Plus, anyone you meet here will happily help guide you. Lots of Ocracoke’s hotels provide bikes for their guests to use, or you can rent one at several local shops. Golf carts are also rented at many locations on the island.
Check out a service called Island Food Fetcher, which will bring groceries, beer and island cuisine to your door with deliveries available from every island restaurant. Call them at (252) 588-2136.
- 205 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 928-1101
The Anchorage Inn offers lodging located on Silver Lake with an outdoor pool overlooking the harbor and a seasonally opened outdoor café. The inn offers fabulous views of the sunset, harbor activity, the Ocracoke lighthouse and Pamlico Sound. Shops and restaurants are just steps away. Anchorage provides pet-friendly rooms on the first floor for $25 extra per night. The Anchorage Marina has transient dockage, fuel, ice and bait. Charter fishing trips for the Gulf Stream and inshore are available here. Nearby, you can rent bikes, golf carts, small boats and scooters. The inn and marina are open mid-March through mid-November.
- 111 Back Road
- (252) 928-3421, (800) 892-5314
Blackbeard’s Lodge, Ocracoke’s most historic hotel, is full of charm and classic beach hotel ambiance. It has the atmosphere of a B&B but with hotel privacy and is within easy walking and biking distance to island shops, restaurants and attractions. The lodge has 38 rooms, suites, efficiencies and apartments. Some rooms have a whirlpool bath and kitchen. Blackbeard’s is family oriented with an outdoor pool and game room with pool table, foosball tables, air hockey table, video and board games. They offer bicycle and golf cart rentals, a fish-cleaning station, and a large porch with rockers and swings. WiFi access available.
- 324 Irvin Garrish Highway
- (252) 928-1999
Captain’s Landing has elegant waterfront suites, a penthouse and a cottage. All accommodations have excellent waterfront views and are located on Silver Lake Harbor. Each suite offers a private deck, fully equipped kitchen, a queen-size bedroom, a full-size sleep sofa in the living room and one and a half baths. The penthouse features a gourmet kitchen, a large living room and dining area, master suite, guest bedroom, an office/den with sleep sofa, two full baths and a laundry room. The cottage has two bedrooms, two baths, a living/dining area with queen sofa and a laundry room. Two large decks, enclosed outdoor shower, private courtyard with a gas grill and picnic table round out the amenities. All accommodations offer WiFi, DVD players, linens and daily maid service. Bicycles and golf carts are for rent. Boat dockage is available upon request.
- 144 Silver Lake Drive on Silver Lake Harbor
- (252) 928-5731, (888) 456-1998
This aptly named inn overlooks Silver Lake harbor and has private decks off most rooms so no one misses the view. The inn has 16 rooms and seven suites, all tastefully decorated. The studio-style suites offer two-person whirlpool tubs and kitchenettes. Continental breakfast is complimentary. Guests have access to wireless internet in all rooms along with boat docks, picnic areas with gas grills, outdoor showers and bikes and golf carts that can be rented on-site. For a little more room, ask about the two-bedroom apartment or their one-, two- or three-bedroom cottages. The cottages have a three-night minimum. The inn is open mid-March through November.
- 660 Irvin Garrish Highway
- (252) 928-1311
Offering bed and breakfast since 1984, Oscar’s House has welcomed folks from all over the world. Now in its 31st season, this 1940 island home was built by Captain Joe Burrus, one of the island’s last lighthouse keepers. A gem of an inn, Oscar’s has four guest rooms with three private half-baths, one full bath and an unforgettable outdoor shower. Innkeeper Ann Ehringhaus is a photographer, author, interfaith minister and massage therapist. Oscar’s is located in the heart of Ocracoke village and is an easy walk to the harbor and other historic sites. It offers rest and renewal with good conversation and fun, free bicycles and massage therapy. Healthy full breakfasts are served, and special diets are happily accommodated. Retreats and Reiki workshops are offered in the off-season. Ann’s new book,Ten Thousand Breakfasts, A Tale of Wonder, a memoir of 30 years in the B&B business, is available this year at Oscar’s and around the island.
- 1021 Irvin Garrish Highway
- (252) 928-1661
Pam’s Pelican Bed and Breakfast has four comfortable private rooms available for rent. Each air conditioned room has a queen-size bed, private bath, WiFi, satellite TV, microwave, coffee maker, mini fridge and alarm clock. Two of the four rooms also include either a full-size futon or twin bed. A hearty home-cooked breakfast is served each morning. Grills, ice and coolers, bikes and beach chairs are available for guests to use. They are pet friendly. Pam’s is open from March until November.
- 785 Irvin Garrish Highway
- (252) 928-4411, (866) 928-4411
Open for more than 40 years, Pony Island is a family-owned, family-oriented, clean, comfortable and friendly motel. It offers 50 units, including motel-style rooms, efficiencies and luxury suites and four cottages that accommodate up to six people. Wireless internet, bike rentals, boat dockage and a swimming pool are available. Guests can take advantage of the Pony Island Motel’s spacious lawns, grills and picnic tables. The popular Pony Island Restaurant is next door.
- 70 Sand Dollar Road
- (252) 928-5571, (866) 928-5571
This motel is tucked away in a quiet residential setting. It’s a 12-unit complex and has suites and cottages available for weekly rentals. A secluded pool is on site. The office is open from April through October. During the rest of the year, rooms at winter rates can be rented by calling ahead.
- 395 Irvin Garrish Highway on Silver Lake Harbor
- (252) 928-5721
Silver Lake’s 40+ motel rooms and suites are conveniently located in the midst of the bustle around Silver Lake. Guests can enjoy both continental breakfasts and sunsets from one of the three stories of decks overlooking the harbor. The suites boast large floor plans with full kitchens and private decks with hammocks. Enjoy spectacular sunset views from the decks of the quaint Silver Lake Motel and Inn while listening to live music drifting over from the popular Jolly Roger Pub & marina just across the street. They’re open seasonally from April through October and offer pet friendly rooms.
- 155 Silver Lake Drive on Silver Lake Harbor
- (252) 928-3505, (800) 471-8848
With gables galore and a steep-pitched roof, The Castle looks like a magical sandcastle sitting on the Ocracoke harbor. This bed and breakfast occupies a renovated historic structure built by Ocracoke legend Sam Jones and local craftsmen. The Castle has 11 rooms, each with a private bath. A full breakfast is served. Also on the property are 18 Courtyard Villas providing accommodations for longer stays. All Castle property guests have access to the on-site spa, heated pool, marina, sauna, conference room, wireless internet and bicycles. Villas are available year-round; the Castle B&B closes for the month of January.
- 21 Loop Road
- (252) 928-4192
Off the beaten path at the end of Lighthouse Road, The Cove occupies a beautiful beach house with views of the Pamlico Sound, the lighthouse and spectacular sunsets. The house is large and rambling and has three suites (with jetted tubs) and four rooms, each with its own bath, balcony or screened porch, satellite DirecTV, AC, WiFi and flannel sheets in the winter. They are known for their delicious full breakfasts! Guests are greeted with a complimentary wine reception and provided bikes for roaming. This is a nonsmoking inn for people 15 and older. The whole house can be reserved for retreats or wedding groups. It is closed for the month of January. Call for more information about special rates.
- 685 Irvin Garrish Highway
- (252) 928-6037
This cozy bed and breakfast inn occupies two buildings—a 1920s island home that is a contributing structure in Ocracoke’s Historic District and a newer adjacent building constructed in 1999. Decorated in charming island style, the inn offers nine rooms, each with a private bath, queen- or king-size bed and TV. Wireless internet is available for all guests. One can also book a massage with a local massage therapist who works on-site. Full breakfasts are provided. Decks and porches are perfect places for relaxing. The inn is open year round.
- 990 Irvin Garrish Highway
- (252) 928-4031
Behind Ocracoke Station, this campground has camper sites, some for RVs (big rig friendly) with electricity and water hookups, a dump station and tent sites. Hot showers and full bathrooms are available as are picnic tables. Pets are allowed on leashes. They offer free WiFi and a charging station for electronics in the Ocracoke Station. In the summer they have free weekend concerts. The campground is open year round as weather permits. Reservations are recommended. Reservations are handled online at www.ocracokecamping.com.
Crews Inn B&B
- 503 Back Road
- (252) 928-7011
Crews Inn offers a true Ocracoke Island experience in a secluded 1908 island home set at the end of an oyster-shell driveway. Three guest rooms have a private bath and two share a bath. The top-floor room, the Captain’s Quarters, has a claw-foot tub and small deck. A continental breakfast is served on the wraparound porch. This is a nonsmoking inn.
Edwards of Ocracoke
- 216 Old Beach Road
- (252) 928-4801, (800) 254-1359
Edwards offers classic island lodging with a variety of accommodations — motel rooms, efficiencies, apartment cottages and private cottages. You will find loads of charm, screened porches, a quiet location and affordable rates. All are perfect for the fishing village lifestyle of Ocracoke. Edwards is open from mid-March through Thanksgiving.
- 244 Irvin Garrish Highway on Silver Lake Harbor
- (252) 928-3111
Harborside is located in the heart of Ocracoke and offers 18 rooms and five efficiencies. It has been owned and operated by the same family since 1965. All air-conditioned rooms have a TV, phone, wireless internet and a refrigerator. Guests are welcome to use the sun deck, dock and boat ramps across the street. Continental breakfast is served daily. Harborside is open Easter through mid-November and offers discounts for seniors and AAA members.
- 25 Lighthouse Road on the corner of Irvin Garrish Highway
- (252) 928-4351
Built in 1901, the building that houses the Island Inn is an Ocracoke icon, having served as a lodge, school, private residence and naval headquarters. Guests can choose to stay in the historic building in one of 16 rooms furnished with antiques and quilts or across the street in one of the 12 villas. The villas are one- or two-bedroom condo units with Jacuzzi tubs overlooking the heated pool, which is available to all guests. The inn and the villas are available year round.
Ocracoke Campground – National Park Service
- 4352 N.C. Highway 12
- (252) 928-4531, (877) 444-6777 for reservations
The National Park Service’s Ocracoke Campground is on the oceanfront about 3 miles from Ocracoke Village. It’s tucked behind a row of dunes, beyond which lies the wide, unspoiled Ocracoke beach. The campground is suitable for tents and RVs and offers parking at each site, running water, flush toilets, cold showers, a dump station and charcoal grills. There are very few trees here and, therefore, no shade. There is a paved biking trail between the village and the campground that offers bikers and pedestrians easy access to town. The facility is generally open from the Friday before Easter through Columbus Day. Bring mosquito repellent in the summer. Pets are allowed on leashes. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.recreation.gov.
Sandy Paws Bed & Biscuit Inn
- 136 West End Road
- (252) 928-3093
If you can’t bear to leave your dog at home but your rental cottage or motel doesn’t allow them, Sandy Paws is the answer. This kennel allows owners to take their dogs out as often as they like. Sandy Paws accommodates overnight stays and day care for dogs that need a climate-controlled, safe place while you explore, boat or dine. Call for their current rates. The entrance to West End Road is across the street from the Variety Store.
- 200 British Cemetery Road
- (252) 588-2030
Teeter’s is tucked into the trees down British Cemetery Road, near the heart of the village. It is family-owned and operated since 1976. It offers two full hookup sites, sites with electricity and water hookup and tent sites. Hot showers, grills and picnic tables are available. It’s open March through November. Reservations are recommended.
The Bluff Shoal
- 306 Irvin Garrish Highway
- (252) 928-4301
The Bluff Shoal has been an Ocracoke fixture since the mid 1960s. Located in the heart of the village, this well-maintained, small motel has large comfortable rooms with all the basic amenities including its own boat dock, which offers a great spot for watching harbor activities. It is open all year, and the rates are reasonable and change with the season.
The Williams’ Cottages
- 439 Lighthouse Road
- (252) 928-3811
The Williams’ Cottages, 200 yards past the historic Ocracoke Lighthouse, can be rented weekly or for as few as three days. These little hideaways are for no more than four people and will appeal to the visitor who wants to experience Ocracoke as it used to be. The two cottages each have two bedrooms, a screened porch and are cooled with window AC units. If you want to hear wonderful stories about growing up on the island, visit with the proprietor of the cottages, Della Gaskill, across the street at Woccocon Nursery. She loves to visit and will be happy to tell you about her childhood memories about the life of a fisherman’s family in the 1940s.
Wagon Wheel Cottages
- 105 Silver Lake Drive on Silver Lake Harbor
- (252) 928-5321
These small cottages are beloved by the families, hunters and fishermen who have long rented here. Each has a full kitchen and a simple, homey interior. Located on the harbor, they’ve been owned and operated by the same family for more than 40 years.