When we started planning our trip to Outer Banks, North Carolina we thought of sticking out to North as most of our friends suggested. Then we started exploring about the majestic barrier islands that spread about 200 miles long. The thought of driving on the thin strip of land running amidst vast Atlantic Ocean was very inviting to change our minds. So, we changed our itinerary and included to drive the Outer Banks Scenic byway all the way till Ocracoke and stay there.
Ocracoke is a small village town on the Ocracoke Island which is about 15-mile long. Only way to reach is taking a ferry or small plane. We took the free ferry from Hatteras Island that got us to this beautiful island in about 45 minutes. When coming from down South or west, you can take the toll ferry from Cedar Island or Swan quarter which takes about 2 ½ hours.
We instantly fell in love with the place. The small roads, serene beaches, breathtaking sunsets, an old lighthouse, mouth-watering food, small airport, warm and friendly people. Ocracoke would never disappoint you.
The best way to explore the city is on foot or you could rent a bike or golf cart. We chose our mode as bike with child seats. Our kids were so excited to be sitting pillion and enjoying the views. We steered our ways in and out of streets leisurely looking at the beautiful houses, children playing, sitting and watching the sun paint the sky with those warm colors…..just felt the breath of fresh air.
We did not have mobile connectivity during our stay. Although this worked to our advantage as we could enjoy our laid back vacation in Ocracoke to the fullest, no tring tring.
It was time to bid adieu to this picture-postcard place which now holds a special place in our hearts. We took our ferry from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter which took us 2 hours 15 minutes to come out of sight, but never out of mind.
1.There is a long waiting queue for ferry from Hatteras during peak season, so plan to come about 1 hour early. Please check the ferry schedule online for timings.
2.There is very limited mobile connectivity, although there is wi-fi in hotels and cafes.
3.The ferries to and from Cedar Island and Swan Quarter run 2-3 times a day and you can make reservations in advance online. For exact schedules and reservations, do check the website https://ferry.ncdot.gov/
1.Eduardo’s Taco Stand : mouth-watering Mexican food. Know more
2.Ocracoke harbor Inn – great place to stay. Check in more.