While summer has always been the most popular time of the year to visit the Outer Banks, spring offers mild weather, fewer crowds, affordable rates, and more. As spring begins to bloom on Ocracoke Island, outdoor activities are abundant and offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy peace and seclusion.
Shelling is a fun and relaxing activity along the beaches of Ocracoke Island. This time of the year is even better because even the most popular beaches remain uncrowded and wide-open. It’s best to search for shells at low tide. Early morning is also a good time to go, before others get out to the beach. You can also find treasures after a storm or when the wind was blowing from the east. A few spots to visit on your shelling adventure include South Point and the Northern Beaches. However, shells are found anywhere in between on Ocracoke. If you would like a shelling adventure, you can arrange a boat trip to nearby Portsmouth Island.
The Pamlico Sound offers pristine, warm, and calm waters ideal for kayaking, paddleboarding, and even canoeing.
Ocracoke is also known to have the best fishing on the Outer Banks with miles of unspoiled shoreline, close proximity to the Gulf Stream, and knowledgable fishing charter boat captains to get you out on the water. You can go surf fishing, sound fishing, near shore, along with off shore fishing in the Gulf Stream or wreck fishing.
Hammock Hills Nature Trail, Springer’s Point Preserve, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are ideal for those wanting to get out in nature. The Hammock Hills Nature Trail is a short and easy 3/4-mile trail that leads to an observation deck overlooking the Pamlico Sound. Springer’s Point Preserve is located on the Pamlico Sound on the edge of Ocracoke Village. The preserve encompasses 120 acres of maritime forest, tidal red cedar forest, salt marsh, tidal ponds, grasslands, and a sound front beach.
No matter your skill level, you’ll love getting around Ocracoke Village by bike. For bike rentals visit Beach Outfitters.
The spring and fall are the best times of the year for birdwatching on Ocracoke. Cape Hatteras National Seashore is an excellent spot for birdwatching. Migrating waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds, birds of prey, and more visit the Outer Banks. Kayaks are a great way to explore the wildlife filled marshes and creeks. Grab your binoculars and head out to explore natue.
Ocracoke Island is a perfect spring getaway destination. Ocracoke Village and our miles of beaches are wonderful for families and small groups seeking some quiet and tranquility along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
With fewer tourists during the shoulder season, you’ll also find that there aren’t crowds at restaurants, the local grocery store, and other businesses.
While you’ll want to be sure you bring layers with you during the spring, Ocracoke Island offers beautiful, warm weather this time of the year. Between March and May, temperatures range from the low 60s and into the mid-70s by late spring. Keep in mind weather can change at the drop of a hat on Ocracoke so come prepared for the possibility of cooler temperatures.
Being the shoulder season, spring offers attractive rates, more affordable than high traffic seasons like summer. Spring is a great time to travel to Ocracoke on a budget. Browse through our entire inventory of Ocracoke Island vacation rentals to find the perfect one for your needs. We offer a wide variety of accommodations, including waterfront rentals and pet friendly rentals.