Hi everyone! I am so excited to be planning a trip to OBX at the end of August! My group has decided to try something different - we will be renting a home in the more southern part of the OBX (somewhere between Rodanthe and Hatteras). We have always stayed in Corolla or Duck in the years before. Since we will be so much further south, I am interested in taking the ferry to Ocracoke for a day to explore but I will have my dogs with me. Is Ocracoke dog friendly? Will we be able to eat somewhere? Would it be better to spend less time there without the dogs (leave the dogs in the rental home)? On a separate note: if anyone has any tips, advice, must dos (restaurants, experiences) in the area where we are staying it would be much appreciated! We have not selected our house yet but would ideally like to stay as close to Hatteras Island as possible. We do plan on visiting the Shipwreck museum (I am so excited about this!). Thank you so much!!!
Our dog, although extremely friendly, was a bit overwhelmed by Ocracoke. We took her in 2016 and between trying to navigate her on the tiny/windy streets and her being overwhelmed, we didn't have much luck having a relaxing trip through the town. I can't imagine what it would've been like if it were hot/humid (we went in Sept).Last year we left her in her crate at the rental and went on our own and had a much more enjoyable time. We love our dog more than anything but sometimes it's best for all parties involved (dog and humans).Hope you enjoy your trip to Ocracoke either way, we love it there!
Thanks AmyS - that sounds great!Question: Do I need to purchase a permit to drive on the beach in Ocracoke? I've driven the Corolla/Carova 4x4 beach and we didn't need a permit but I'm not sure how things work at this end of the OBX. If so, where/how do I go about obtaining one? Thanks!
Yes, Brad is correct. There is a permit and a fee. If you do not wish to purchase a permit, simply find a public access with a parking lot. The one across from the pony pasture has a lifegaurd.
Yes, Brad is correct. There is a permit and a fee. If you do not wish to purchase a permit, simply find a public access with a parking lot. The one across from the pony pasture has a lifegaurd. Actually, the lifeguard beach is just outside the village. There is no lifeguard at the pony pen access.