Area Information

Vacations on Ocracoke Island are at sea level, 24 miles offshore, in the midst of a National Seashore widely recognized for its miles of pristine beaches. The village itself is small—only two square miles surrounding an 1823 lighthouse and Silver Lake harbor. The same families have lived on the island for generations and are proud of their rich history of seafaring and providing hospitality to those seeking the solitude and solace only a true island can inspire.

You can come to the island and spend a week—or a lifetime—finding deep satisfaction in one pursuit, like fishing, surfing, birding, swimming, beach-combing, star-gazing, or just relaxing. Or you can round out your primary interest with a wealth of activities and amenities such as sunset sails, spa treatments, historic ghost tours, wine tastings and moonlit kayaking. Great craft galleries, book stores, boutiques and seafood restaurants fill the village, which also boasts a nature preserve and two small museums, one highlighting local history, the other the history of piracy. Most people get around on bicycles (widely available for rent) or on foot.

There are no national chains, nor traffic lights, nor stores open 24 hours. Instead you will find genial locals, plenty of bare feet, a vibrant local music scene, a beloved coffee shop and a fishermen's cooperative offering seafood fresh from the boat. We look forward to seeing you around the village! is a website that was created to promote Independent Restaurants and Caterers by providing area residents and travelers with detailed information for making the decision to enjoy The Independent Experience™. Access the database by location or restaurant name and then narrow your search by type of restaurant and dining preferences.

Whether you choose to dine in, make arrangements for delivery, elect to take out, or require catering services, this site will help you select a Locally Owned Restaurant or Caterer that will entice you with unique menu selections, superior food quality, excellent service, and cater to your specific dietary needs.