Ocracoke Island Journals

Really Getting Away on Ocracoke

A November 2001 trip to Ocracoke Island by Kim M.

Surf Fishing Photo, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: My then-significant other and I made a November fishing trip to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. It was the off-season, and I really felt like we were away from it ALL. It was so quiet, and so beautiful, and we did it all on a small budget.

Really Getting Away on Ocracoke

Overview

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With the exception of Ocracoke Village, the whole island is part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is operated by the National Park Service. This keeps everything very unspoiled and enjoyable. If you have 4WD, you can drive on the beach via an access ramp to fish or enjoy the shore. The lighthouse and British cemetery are worth visiting, and you should make a trip to the NPS visitor center to learn some interesting facts.Quick Tips: One thing you need to remember about Ocracoke Island, especially in the off-season, is that you are not on the mainland anymore. It is a small island, and it is its own little world. Time might move a little more slowly than you're accustomed to. Once you get...Read More
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This was a total no-frills place. My boyfriend wanted to stay there because he had spent some vacations there as a child and wanted to relive the memories. My only requirement is that a place be clean and pest-free, unless I'm camping, so I agreed. Coming into the place, you enter a screened porch area with a concrete floor. Then you enter the lobby area with the front desk and sitting room. The sitting room is homey, and there are plenty of things offered to read. We had to wait a while for someone to appear at the front desk. It's a family-run place, and they sometimes slip off for lunch and usually go home at night, leaving things unattended. A very nice older lady eventually greeted us and...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 12, 2003

Blackbeard's Lodge
1 block off Highway 12
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
(800) 852-5314

Howard's Pub & Raw Bar

Restaurant | "Howard's Pub"

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Howard's Pub is an Ocracoke institution. It was also consistently open during our November trip, so we ate there several times. The atmosphere was really fun, as was the waitstaff. The large building was full of memorabilia from darned near everywhere. There were dozens of college pennants from all over the United States tacked up everywhere, along with signed bandanas, flags, etc., from visitors from points around the globe. It was entertaining just to sit there and look at everything, especially if you're trying to locate the pennant for your own alma mater. With so much on the walls, it can take awhile. There were also old vanity license plates that fit the Outer Banks theme. The food was pu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2003

Howard's Pub & Raw Bar
1175 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina 27960
(252) 928-4441

Jason's Restaurant

Restaurant

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Jason's is nothing fancy, but is quite comfortable. There's a large bar and some smaller tables clustered around. The fare here is mainly Italian and pizza. We had the good fortune of catching them on sushi night. Of course, we also had to sample the pizza. Everything was quite good and we brought a few slices back to the hotel for later. At that time of year, it was not really crowded. There were mainly local people there, and most everyone seemed to know each other. It was a friendly sort of place.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2003

Jason's Restaurant
Highway 12
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
928-3434

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We only tried out the patio bar, so I don't have any info on the restaurant. The draw for us was 10-cent shrimp from 3 to 5pm daily. We ate about 30 each, and heavens, they were good! The bartender was very friendly and we had a long chat with him. We even found out that his father-in-law was retired from my boyfriend's office back in the D.C. area. It's a small world--even on a small island. It was a little chilly at that time of year, but the patio bar is walled off and protected from the wind, so we were able to enjoy it without turning into popsicles. There were very few people there in November, and we nearly had the place to ourselves. You can try some local North Carolina brews there or find so...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2003

The Pelican Restaurant and Patio Bar
Highway 12
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

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Back in the days when pirates sailed the high seas, the Outer Banks were often visited by seafaring villains. The most notorious of these was Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. Blackbeard used Ocracoke as a hideout in 1718 and later died there. On Ocracoke's Back Road (yes, that's really the name of the road), you can visit the modern-day Teach's Hole and learn more about this legendary bad guy. There is a Blackbeard exhibit as well as a whole treasure trove of pirate's booty available for purchase. You can find multiple variations of pirate flags as well as the traditional Jolly Roger that we're all used to seeing. They have T-shirts, stickers, maps, books--you name it. I really had a lot of f...Read More

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Surf Fishing Photo, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
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Ocracoke in November was a wonderful, magical place for me. As soon as we got off the ferry from Hatteras, time no longer seemed important. Gone was the sound of traffic, absent were the billboards and the lighted signs, and far behind me were the cares of my day-to-day life. Wind blew in from the ocean, my feet touched sand, and I instantly relaxed. Even the sound of our own tires was muffled as we turned off Highway 12 and drove down sandy tracks to check out the accommodations on the island. We came without reservations or a master plan. Our whole purpose was to relax and fish on one of the quietest islands in the Outer Banks. After a brief driving tour and some investigation of rates, we c...Read More