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Ocracoke Hotels, Inns and Bed & Breakfasts

Ocracoke hotels are individually run and therefore have a lot of character. There are no chain hotels on Ocracoke Island. The options here range from homey bed and breakfasts to elegant inns and from mom-and-pop Ocracoke motels to luxurious condominium-style suites. Make your reservations well ahead of time, especially for the spring, summer and fall. Some Ocracoke hotels stay open year round, while others close for the winter; call ahead. In general, the Ocracoke motels and inns in the center of the village and around the harbor are closer to shops, while those on the north end of the village are closer to restaurants. Everything, however, is within walking distance, if you’re willing to trek (in the most extreme cases) up to a mile in one direction. Rates generally change with the seasons, and you can expect to pay more in summer.

Ocracoke is a small island, so if you’re new to the area all you need do is hop on a bike, rent a golf cart or stroll around a little and you’ll be navigating like a local in no time. Plus, anyone you meet here will happily help guide you. Lots of Ocracoke’s hotels provide bikes for their guests to use, or you can rent one at several local shops. Golf carts are also rented at many locations on the island.

Check out a service called Island Food Fetcher, which will bring groceries, beer and island cuisine to your door with deliveries available from every island restaurant. Call them at (252) 588-2136.

Blackbeard’s Lodge

111 Back Road
(252) 928-3421
Toll free
(800) 892-5314

Blackbeard’s Lodge, Ocracoke’s most historic hotel, is full of charm and classic beach hotel ambiance. It has the atmosphere of a B&B but with hotel privacy and is within easy walking and biking distance to island shops, restaurants and attractions. The lodge has 38 rooms, suites, efficiencies and apartments. Some rooms have a whirlpool bath and kitchen. Blackbeard’s is family oriented with an outdoor pool and game room with pool table, foosball tables, air hockey table, video and board games. They offer bicycle and golf cart rentals, a fish-cleaning station, and a large porch with rockers and swings. WiFi access available.

Captain’s Landing

324 Irvin Garrish Highway
(252) 928-1999

Captain’s Landing has elegant waterfront suites, a penthouse and a cottage. All accommodations have excellent waterfront views and are located on Silver Lake Harbor. Each suite offers a private deck, fully equipped kitchen, a queen-size bedroom, a full-size sleep sofa in the living room and one and a half baths. The penthouse features a gourmet kitchen, a large living room and dining area, master suite, guest bedroom, an office/den with sleep sofa, two full baths and a laundry room. The cottage has two bedrooms, two baths, a living/dining area with queen sofa and a laundry room. Two large decks, enclosed outdoor shower, private courtyard with a gas grill and picnic table round out the amenities. All accommodations offer WiFi, DVD players, linens and daily maid service. Bicycles and golf carts are for rent. Boat dockage is available upon request.

Ocracoke Harbor Inn

144 Silver Lake Drive on Silver Lake Harbor
(252) 928-5731
Toll free
(888) 456-1998

This aptly named inn overlooks Silver Lake harbor and has private decks off most rooms so no one misses the view. The inn has 16 rooms and seven suites, all tastefully decorated. The studio-style suites offer two-person whirlpool tubs and kitchenettes. Continental breakfast is complimentary. Guests have access to wireless internet in all rooms along with boat docks, picnic areas with gas grills, outdoor showers and bikes and golf carts that can be rented on-site. For a little more room, ask about the two-bedroom apartment or their one-, two- or three-bedroom cottages. The cottages have a three-night minimum. The inn is open mid-March through November.

Oscar’s House Bed And Breakfast

660 Irvin Garrish Highway
(252) 928-1311

Offering bed and breakfast since 1984, Oscar’s House has welcomed folks from all over the world. Now in its 32nd season, this 1940 island home was built by Captain Joe Burrus, one of the island’s last lighthouse keepers. A gem of an inn, Oscar’s has four guest rooms with three private half-baths, one full bath and an unforgettable outdoor shower. Innkeeper Ann Ehringhaus is a photographer, author, interfaith minister and massage therapist. Oscar’s is located in the heart of Ocracoke village and is an easy walk to the harbor and other historic sites. It offers rest and renewal with good conversation and fun, free bicycles and massage therapy by arrangement. Healthy full breakfasts are served, and special diets are happily accommodated. Retreats and Reiki workshops are offered in the off-season. Ann’s book,Ten Thousand Breakfasts, A Tale of Wonder, a memoir of 30 years in the B&B business, is available at Oscar’s and around the island.

Pam’s Pelican Bed And Breakfast

1021 Irvin Garrish Highway
(252) 928-1661

Pam’s Pelican Bed and Breakfast has four comfortable private rooms available for rent. Each air-conditioned room has a queen-size bed, private bath, WiFi, satellite TV, microwave, coffee maker, mini fridge and alarm clock. Two of the four rooms also include either a full-size futon or twin bed. A hearty home-cooked breakfast is served each morning. Grills, ice and coolers, bikes and beach chairs are available for guests to use. They are pet friendly. Pam’s is open from March until November. Join them for a weekly "potluck and porch pickin" on Sunday evenings in-season.

Pony Island Motel

785 Irvin Garrish Highway
(252) 928-4411
Toll free
(866) 928-4411

Open for more than 40 years, Pony Island is a family-owned, family-oriented, clean, comfortable and friendly motel. It offers 50 units, including motel-style rooms, efficiencies and luxury suites and four cottages that accommodate up to six people. Wireless internet, bike rentals, boat dockage and a swimming pool are available. Guests can take advantage of the Pony Island Motel’s spacious lawns, grills and picnic tables. The popular Pony Island Restaurant is next door.

Sand Dollar Motel

70 Sand Dollar Road
(252) 928-5571
(866) 928-5571

This motel is tucked away in a quiet residential setting. It’s a 12-unit complex and has suites and cottages available for nightly and weekly rentals. Guests can enjoy the secluded outdoor pool in season and complimentary WiFi year round. Experience true island hospitality, and be prepared to be treated and welcomed like family. The office is open from April through October. Call for winter availability.

The Castle On Silver Lake

155 Silver Lake Drive on Silver Lake Harbor
(252) 928-3505
(800) 471-8848

With gables galore and a steep-pitched roof, The Castle looks like a magical sandcastle sitting on the Ocracoke harbor. This bed and breakfast occupies a renovated historic structure built by Ocracoke legend Sam Jones and local craftsmen. The Castle has 11 rooms, each with a private bath. A full breakfast is served. Also on the property are 18 Courtyard Villas providing accommodations for longer stays. All Castle property guests have access to the on-site spa, heated pool, marina, sauna, conference room, wireless internet and bicycles.

The Cove B&B

21 Loop Road
(252) 928-4192

Off the beaten path at the end of Lighthouse Road, The Cove occupies a beautiful house with views of the Pamlico Sound, the lighthouse and spectacular sunsets. The house is large and rambling and has three suites (with jetted tubs) and four rooms, each with its own bath, balcony or screened porch, satellite DirecTV, AC, WiFi and flannel sheets in the winter. They are known for their delicious full breakfasts! Guests are greeted with a complimentary wine reception and provided bikes for roaming. This is a nonsmoking inn for people 15 and older. The whole house can be reserved for retreats or wedding groups. It is closed for the month of January.

Thurston House Inn

685 Irvin Garrish Highway
(252) 928-6037

This cozy bed and breakfast inn occupies two buildings—a 1920s island home that is a contributing structure in Ocracoke’s Historic District and a newer adjacent building constructed in 1999. Decorated in charming island style, the inn offers nine rooms, each with a private bath, queen- or king-size bed and TV. Wireless internet is available for all guests. One can also book a massage with a local massage therapist who works on-site. Full breakfasts are provided. Decks and porches are perfect places for relaxing. The inn is open year round.