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Why You Need to Take a Day Trip to Ocracoke Island?

06/07/2019 | by Kevin | OBX Travel Tips

There’s nothing better than spending time under the sun during your trip to the Outer Banks. North Carolina’s coast holds many fantastic secrets, and if you’re staying in Manteo, a day trip to Ocracoke Island is an incredible excursion for your whole family. The pristine stretches of untouched beach, natural setting, and lack of buildings lining the seashore make for a relaxing day in paradise. For more attractions, activities, and more in the Outer Banks area request our free Travel Guide!

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Why Take a Day Trip to Ocracoke Island from Manteo?

Taking a day trip to Ocracoke Island is a fantastic way to escape the crowds of the Outer Banks during the peak summer season. This isolated strip of land along the North Carolina’s coastal barrier islands is one of the top-ranked beaches in the country, receiving rave reviews and even topping famed stretches of sand on the Hawaiian Islands. The relaxed atmosphere with very few things to do other than soak in the suns rays is a nice contrast to the wide variety of attractions in Nags Head, Manteo, and Kill Devil Hills.

What Can You See and Do?

The best way to spend a day trip to Ocracoke Island is on the beach. There aren’t any condos, homes, or apartments along the ocean shoreline, so the natural beauty is second to none. This is about as close as you will get to spending time on a deserted island and it’s simply fantastic. It’s just you, your family, and the sound of waves lapping the seashore. The small town on the southeastern corner of the island has an assortment of shops, restaurants, and historical attractions that are fun to explore before driving to the beach.

How Do You Get There?

The journey from Manteo to Ocracoke Island requires multiple forms of transportation, but it’s well worth the effort. Hop in your car early in the morning and drive east on Highway 64 to Nags Head before turning south on Highway 12. From there, you’ll travel down the scenic coastal road past lighthouses, over bridges, and through wildlife refuges, until you reach the town of Hatteras about an hour and twenty minutes later. Then, purchase your ferry ticket (make sure you arrive at least 20 minutes ahead of departure time) for the short ferry ride to the island. Once you arrive, soak in the serene setting for a memorable day trip to Ocracoke Island!

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Return to your Pirate’s Cove vacation rental property on Manteo after a day of exploring Ocracoke Island. Our condos and houses provide guests with the perfect combination of excellent locations, spacious living rooms, and comfortable furnishings. Most of our rentals are in and around downtown Manteo and Roanoke Sound so that you can explore the area on foot. We’re also only a 10-minute drive to the beach, meaning you don’t have to deal with all of the traffic coming in and out of the Outer Banks during the big travels days on the weekend.

We hope you come and explore our beautiful area with us. We love it here, and we think you will too! Book one of our properties and start planning your trip today!

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