Welcome to Ocracoke Island
Ocracoke Village is a funky little community that moves at a slower pace. With the exception of the village, the National Park Service owns the island. The older residents still speak in the 17th-century British dialect known as 'Hoi Toide' (their pronunciation of 'high tide') and refer to non-islanders as 'dingbatters'. Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard the pirate, used to hide out in the area and was killed here in 1718. You can camp by Pony Pen, filled with the descendants of wild ponies abandoned by explorers hundreds of years ago, have a fish sandwich in a local pub, bike around the village's narrow streets or nestle into holes in the sand dunes along 16 miles of coastline and catch some rays.