As I talked about in my last post, last week was spent at the beautiful island of Ocracoke. Lying just off the coast of North Carolina at the tail end of the Outer Banks, you find this gem of a vacation spot!
Ferry View: Silver Lake with Ocracoke Village in the background. [Yes, I took this when we were leaving…we were in the car anxious to get off the ferry when we arrived!]
To reach the island, you have 3 options: ferry from 3 different locations [Hatteras, Swan Quarter, and Cedar Island]; fly your private plane [if only] or swim [yea right]! We chose the most realistic option: the Cedar Island ferry. It was a beautiful day, perfect for cruising across the Pamlico Sound to reach the island.
Our first stop was…you guessed it [the Florida girl definitely comes out here]…the beach [once we did the whole check-in, pick up bikes, catch up with friends, etc]. But, I was still at the beach a mere 3 hours after we arrived! And proceeded to visit all but 1 day – I know, sad but true. We went parasailing and I did SEE the ocean waves from the sky…so that counts, right?
The sound of the ocean is so relaxing!
We flew a HUGE kite….
Before heading back for cocktail hour and dinner. We stayed in a great house with a huge screened-in porch [essential in Ocracoke; the mosquitoes will eat you alive!] far enough away from town to be peaceful, but like everything in Ocracoke, all the conveniences are just a short bike ride away.
Photo from Ocracoke Island Realty
Here’s our home away from home, the Beachbreak. We spent hours on the porch enjoying books, great company, and completing a puzzle. The house was furnished with all the necessities and we loved the outdoor shower!
We enjoyed a few other activities while we were on the island:
Double scoop waffle cones at the Slushie Stand. Yes, I ate ALL of mine – hey, I did run before I went for ice cream and its vacation so does it really count?
Relaxing and reading by the ocean.
Frozen cocktails at the Jolly Roger Pub & Marina – easily my favorite bar/restaurant on the island! Seriously, check out that view!
Tons of shrimp – these were coconut shrimp with a sweet Thai chili sauce.
Some random bird watching. This guy refused to let any seagull touch the pilings!
Late afternoons at the beach and watched the colors of dusk move over the sky.
Remote beaches at the end of a nature trail.
And finally, we waved goodbye to Ocracoke following the same path we traveled just a week before.
I can’t forget the people we spent the week with, Nick’s family and longtime family friends. We traveled from near and far [Charlotte, Boone, Boston, New York, Tunis] to spend a week at the beach. This was definitely a vacation to remember!