Quite the trip from Nags Head, over the Bonner Bridge crossing Hatteras Island and a long ferry ride before you land on Ocracoke. The natural beauty and quaint setting are worth the trip especially if you seek a relaxed, slow-paced vibe. That is exactly what you get.
When arriving at our little waterfront motel, we were greeted warmly and found the accommodations at the Bluff Shoal to be clean and comfortable for a night on an island. First order of business was to acquire a golf cart rental from a stand within walking distance. The guys at Ocracoke Island Golf Carts were friendly and had available carts despite us not having reserved in advance. If planning to ride all night, a cart reservation is probably a good idea in the summer.
Cruising the area in a cart was fun, we made several laps visiting sites and shops such as the Ocracoke lighthouse, the surf shop and a meal and Ocracoke Island Grill where we enjoyed some fish tacos. Although we were rained out briefly, the day was not a complete washout. The view from the dock behind the motel was lovely and the sea breezes kept the rain from making the atmosphere overly humid or muggy. Absolutely perfect for unwinding as there was not much else to do once the sun set.
That evening we crossed the road for a meal at Dajio. The shrimp were fresh and prepared simply, grilled or fried served with slaw and chips. The outdoor patio was missed as the slight rain continued, that would have been preferred over the dining room for our group, but there were no complaints as the service and meal were pleasant. Nothing about Ocracoke was overly luxurious or ostentatious. Quaint, relaxed, just as a coastal town several hours drive from the mainland should be.
Day two brought us to the Pony Island Restaurant for breakfast. This was more typical of a beach town breakfast like you might experience on the central Outer Banks. The coffee was hot and the service was genuine southern hospitality. The smell was divine as we were seated and quickly served a hearty meal. This may have been a favorite experience of our short trip. I would surely return. We waved goodbye to our quaint accommodations and drove North to possibly the most beautiful beach you have ever seen in NC. Generously wide, soft sand and crisp ocean made for the perfect day to enjoy the beach. Hours were spent sunning, swimming and picnicking on the pristine shore. Nothing more than a chair was needed as just watching the waves and enjoying the company of family were entertainment enough.
Being my first trip to Ocracoke, it was very enjoyable. It would be a great anniversary stay or couples retreat. Other than taking kids to the beach, there are no kid type attractions, no lines to wait in, no tickets to buy. If that sounds like heaven, this is the place for you. One night was plenty for our foursome to experience everything on our list and return home with fond memories.