Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Ocracoke Island - North Carolina Getaway

What makes Ocracoke Island in North Carolina a great getaway? Perhaps because it's one of the few places on the East Coast where the sun sets over the water year-round. Or perhaps because over three quarters of the island is protected Cape Hatteras National Seashore property. Accessible only ferry, private boat, or by air, Ocracoke Island seems to make time stand still on it's 16 mile island.

Within Ocracoke Island North Carolina, there are many different houses, schools, parks, and numerous boat ramps and places for beach access. The community is very friendly here, making it a perfect beach vacation spot for the entire family.

For nearly 12 continuous miles, the dunes and marsh lands of the island are untouched, providing a home for birds, deer, muskrats, rabbits, and other wild animals. The several beaches on the island are some of the last pristine beaches left in America. Fishermen and anglers are allowed to drive on the beach, with surf fishing being truly great here.

If you visit Ocracoke Island in the summer, you'll find that there is always something to do. The island has a happening nightlife as well, which is perfect for those who want more than just the beach on their vacation.

If you live close to North Carolina, Ocracoke Island is possibly closer than you may realize, making it a great weekend vacation getaway.

Attractions on Ocracoke Island

A few attractions not to miss while you're on the island are the 1823 Ocracoke Lighthouse, the British Cemetery and Banker Ponies (descendants from the ponies which came with the Raleigh expeditions) and the quaint village of Ocracoke.

Accommodations

Lodging can be had at Edwards of Ocracoke, located in the heart of Ocracoke Village. Choose from 8 motel rooms, 3 efficiencies, 6 cottage apartments and 2 private cottages. Rates start at $48 in the Spring and Fall and $60 and $69 in the summer and peak seasons (peak season is June 1 to August 20). They offer weekly rental rates as well. Call 252-928-4801 for more information.

Another place for lodging is the Anchorage Inn & Marina, a 35-room, four-story hotel overlooking Ocracoke's scenic harbor, offering sunset views as the sun sinks into the waters of the Pamlico Sound. Choose from smoking or non-smoking rooms, with pet-friendly rooms on the first floor. Off season rates are from $79.00 a night to $209.00 a night. In-season rates are from $125.00 a night to $239.00 a night. For more information call 252-928-1101.

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