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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Arts & Crafts Store
“Take the car ferry for free or the passenger ferry for a small fee and enjoy a day on this small island with lots of character, restaurants, some small shops, a brewery and a lighthouse. The ferry ride is about an hour ride and a great experience in and of itself. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Take a day trip or the passenger ferry to the quaint village of Ocracoke. Have authentic Thai food at Thai Moon and visit the Ocracoke Coffee Company for a delicious coffee. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Ocracoke Coffee Company is a staple on Ocracoke. Whether you want a cup of joe, smoothie, bagel, or cinnamon bun, this coffee shop is great to sit and fellowship with friends in the yard or indoors! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Some of the Mexican food you'll ever eat. Lines can be long but you can call ahead to order. It's in the Variety Store parking lot so hard to miss.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bookstore
“More than books, Books to Be Red also has pottery, gifts, jewelry and kids stuff. The book selection is vast and deep. Leslie, the store owner, is one of my favorite people on Ocracoke.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my favorite restaurants on the island. Amazing mix of seafood and New Orleans style cooking in a beautiful new building. Great bar and wine selection.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“A great wine and beer shop that has a huge selection. A great place to go in the evening to have a drink before or after dinner. They also do beer and wine tastings during the summer months.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Transit Station
“Take the car ferry for free or the passenger ferry for $1 from Hatteras Village over to Ocracoke Island where you can see the ponies, sit on miles of wonderful sandy beaches, or get a bite to eat at the South end of the Island. A great place to bring your bikes.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent food, outdoor and indoor seating, great live music, stone baked pizza, family owned and operated, limited parking/no reservations. My favorite is their Caesar salad with grilled shrimp, burger, tempura fried tuna (rare), beautiful cuts of meat, all things seafood are wonderful, great desserts. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Marcy and Lou have really created something special here, right on Silver Lake harbor. Friday night shows with island native Martin Garrish are a particular treat.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Gym
“Open 24 hours! Day rates, great owner, great place to work out and meet healthy folks!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Don't miss a cup of coffee or tea and a treat at the Magic Bean. Awesome place to hang out, work, meet new folks, just chill.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“OPS will give you a terrific introduction to the island. Don't be fooled by the cozy rooms; they are jam-full of history and culture.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great day trip. Take the free car ferry over for a day trip or pay a few dollars for the passenger ferry and make use of the free transit system to enjoy this small quaint villages that has many great restaurants. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
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American Restaurant
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“They have fantastic food but it's a uniquely special spot for drinks and a delicious nosh. House made desserts. My favorite is poke appetizer, fried shrimp.”
  • 1 local recommends