The Cedar Island and Swan Quarter
ferries are located on
Highway 12 at the southern tip of the island.
These ferries carry
from Swan Quarter and Cedar
It takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes to
The Cedar Island ferry,
located just north of Morehead City, NC,
runs six trips each day. The Swan
Quarter ferry enters and
departs at Silver Lake Harbor.
Lake Harbor, in the heart
of the village, is a
popular place with waterfront
shopping, cafes, or if you just want to
watch the fishing industry
The Swan Quarter ferry carries about 50
vehicles, takes 2 hours and 30 minutes, and runs four round trips each
day crossing the Pamlico Sound.
a charge to use these ferries and advanced reservations are recommended.
This is such a peaceful place,
and it gives
you a feeling as if you jumped back in time! The island is small, so you
can't get lost! When you get to the village you really
needing your vehicle.
The best way to explore the island is by
walking. You can walk or rent a
bicycle and go from one end of
the village to the other in about an hour!
Walking is the best way to
discover Ocracoke Island's history, and so
you won't miss anything on your visit, I have included a link for an Ocracoke
tour guide to print out and take with you.
on the island is very casual and laid back, so all you
really need is shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, and maybe a sweater, so
leave your city attire at home! No high heels, no neckties.
going to be a true "beach bum" while you're here!
One of the first things visitors notice about the island is the
dialect, or brogue
(a unique dialect of American English). Many think that the
brogue began in the 1700's with the first English-Irish settlers.
Because the island is so isolated,
with little influence from the North
Carolina mainland, the natives developed their own
dialect. Right off you will hear how the "i" vowel sound is
pronounced as "oy" sound in the word "boy". So the words "high
tide" is prounced as "hoi toid".
someone from off the island quamish-
upset stomach meehonkey-
hide & seek, silly pizer-
"piazza," small gathering place outside. Porch, patio, veranda, deck mommuck-
make a mess scud-
ride up the beach in an auto slick
cam- smooth water conditions louard-
Lord or lowered ococker-
native Ocracocker puck-
friend or sweetheart
Outer Banks English
With the continued growth of tourism over the years, the native brogue has started to fade
away quite a bit, but it helps to distinquish the "natives"
from the "non-natives" and preserve part of their history.
Are you into scuba diving or want to try it? When it comes to
shipwreck scuba diving,
Ocracoke Island is one of the top destinations
in the world to explore the many shipwrecks! It has been said
that more than a thousand shipwrecks lay off the Ocracoke Island coast!
the Pirate? He made
Ocracoke Island famous!
You will be walking on the same
beaches that Blackbeard walked! How cool is that? Ocracoke
Island was Blackbeard's hideout, and he was killed in a battle
Ocracoke Inlet in 1718.
Blackbeard's given name was Edward Teach,
so the area where the famous battle took place is called "Teach's
In the village you will find a life-size
recreation of the
famous Blackbeard in an exibit displaying facts and memorabilia
life and death at Teach's Hole Museum.
This is a pirate
speciality shop with over a thousand pirate items for you to purchase
as souvenirs to take home.
As the legend goes, Ocracoke got it's
name because Blackbeard, who was impatiently waiting for morning to
come, kept shouting "O Crow Cock", "O
Crow Cock", over and over to his
rooster so the rooster would welcome the dawn of the new day.
that for some great history? So, while you're here, be sure to
check out the Blackbeard exhibit at "Teach's Hole" Museum!
of the main tourist attractions at the point of Ocracoke Inlet is
the Ocracoke Lighthouse.
It is the shortest of all our
lighthouses, and is the second oldest
operating lighthouse in the United States.
The lighthouse is not
open to the public for climbing, but you can walk around the grounds
free of charge to get a closeup view and take great pictures!
The constant white beam of the75 feet structure can be seen up
miles out to sea.
The lighthouse was built as an inlet
guide ships near the inlet, so it did not have to be as tall as a
coastal light. When you look up at the lighthouse you will see
that the lantern room is off-center, it was built this way to
accommodate the ladder that leads to the top.
will also find several gift shops and restaurants in the area. Ride the
Wind Surf Shop pictured here offers surf boards, surf equipment, surf
lessons, and a surf camp for the kids! Nice collection of bathing
suits, clothing, and sunglasses, too! They also offer guided
kayak tours and rentals.
You're going to get hungry and Ocracoke
Island's restaurants are
fantastic! Just a few, on a
long list, includes Howard's Pub,
Highway 12, serves a wonderful
lunch and dinner every day in a fun and casual atmosphere!
Back Porch Restaurant is the place if you want a quiet, romantic
atmosphere with great seafood, and an elegant wine bar.
check out the Ocracoke Coffee Company.
They offer fresh-roasted
coffee and espresso, teas, smoothies, and absolutely wonderful baked
goods and bagels!
Want to do a little shopping while
you're on the island? The fun
thing about shopping on Ocracoke Island is that most of the shops are
older island homes that have been renovated and are full of the
island's charm and character.
Some of the gift shops are off the beaten
path on the "back roads", so
watch for the ones that may be tucked away
around the corner! Shown below are just a few of the charming shops you
will find on the island.
wonderful in Ocracoke, but there are very few major hotel