Ocracoke Shopping

We Describe Every Ocracoke Shop Here

Ocracoke shops are distinctive and full of character.

You’ll often find the owners themselves tending their shops, reinforcing the unique vision that is found in each one. Many Ocracoke shops feature handcrafted local artwork. The best thing to do is to set out on foot or on a bicycle and just explore. Surprises will await you around every corner of Ocracoke village. Some of the shops are tucked back off the road, so keep your eyes open for a special find. For the necessities, there are tackle shops, a hardware store and several community grocery stores. Gas is available on the north end of Ocracoke village on Irvin Garrish Highway.

One of the most charming aspects of Ocracoke Island shopping is that so many of the shops are located in older island homes that have been converted for their new lives as retail establishments. Down this lane and around the corner is an art studio. Meander up a ways and at the end of the driveway is a cool gift store. A short amble up the street brings you to a great book store. This is the pace and fun of Ocracoke shopping.

Ocracoke Shops by Category

Community Store

294 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke

The Community Store was reopened in 2014, breathing life back into the Community Square of Ocracoke. They have a fresh selection of organic produce and natural foods, homemade breads, specialty grocery items and stock craft beer, wine, drinks and snacks. Also shop here for locally made gifts and art, beach toys, buck knives, foul weather gear and essentials.

Mermaid's Folly

259 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-7247

Mermaid’s Folly is an airy, friendly, sunlit Outer Banks shop that stocks affordable and tasteful casual clothing for dress up or dress down. This fun shop boasts the largest selection on Ocracoke of well-designed, excellent-quality unisex T-shirts. While you're there be sure to shop the women’s fine casual clothing, graceful comfortable dresses, sarongs, carefree ladies-cut tees, flowing skirts and soft pants. Then accessorize from their... read more

Ocracoke Preservation Society and Museum

49 Water Plant Road, Ocracoke
(252) 928-7375

For a peek into Ocracoke’s past, visit Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Museum. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving the island’s history and cultural heritage and to protecting its environment. Housed in the turn-of-the-century home of Coast Guard Capt. David Williams, the museum lets visitors glimpse island life in the early to mid-1900s. Many of the architectural elements are intact, and a bedroom, living room and... read more

Ride the Wind Surf Shop

486 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-6311

Ride the Wind is a complete water sports center offering the gear you need for surfing and kayaking (see Things to Do for tour and rental information). The surf shop offers the island's best selection of swimwear and beach apparel and sunglasses for men and women in all the popular name brands. They also rent and sell surfboards, standup paddleboards and kayaks.