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.