Ocracoke Island sunsets are spectacular. So it’s no surprise that watching the sunset is one of our favorite Ocracoke Island activities. Depending on where you are on the island, you will experience a different view of the sky, the water, and the landscape. You can even see the sunset from the water on a boat cruise or a late day kayak.
There’s nothing better than taking in the last light of the day on Ocracoke Island and everyone has their favorite spot. You could spend a lifetime discovering new ways to see the sun’s rays dance across the surf and sand. Let’s discover the top spots to watch the sunset on Ocracoke.
Experience an Ocracoke sunset aboard the schooner Windfall II. Departing from Ocracoke’s historic Community Square for a 1.5-hour sail, you will visit Teach’s Hole where the infamous Blackbeard the pirate met his demise in 1718. Sit back and relax or join Captain Rob Temple in hoisting the sails.
Visitors to Ocracoke will enjoy the new spacious waterfront decks at Ocracoke’s Community Square. Relax and enjoy views of Silver Lake Harbor at sunset. Afterward, stop for an evening treat at The Fudge & Ice Cream Shop in the Community Square or stroll to one of Ocracoke’s other popular ice cream shops.
The National Park Service Boat Ramp in Ocracoke village not only offers boaters access to Pamlico Sound. It is a favorite spot for panoramic views of Ocracoke sunsets over the sound. Take a stroll, grab your bike or golf cart. Prefer to drive? There is plenty of parking. You will find this popular spot on the waterfront at the end of the large parking lot near the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferry docks.
Be sure to visit the Ocracoke Lighthouse at sunset. As the sun sets over the Pamlico Sound to the west, the sky surrounding the lighthouse becomes ablaze with colors.
Walk or bike down historic Lighthouse Road passing by the Ocracoke Lighthouse and on to Loop Road where you will find the Coastal Land Trust’s Springer’s Point Preserve. Arrive early, explore the trail leading to the Pamlico Sound. Enjoy a spectacular sunset before heading back to the village from this preserve that is open during daylight hours. Legend tells that this site was a favorite haunt of the legendary pirate, Blackbeard, who met his fate at Teach’s Hole, off Springer’s Point. Dogs are welcome on leash. Plan to travel to the preserve by foot or bicycle as there is no parking available.
SmacNally’s Raw Bar and Grill is a casual outdoor restaurant located at the Anchorage Inn Marina. The marina is home to several of Ocracoke’s offshore charter boats. Enjoy an amazing sunset view or you might want to arrive around 4 p.m. to view the day’s catch being unloaded from the boats. Lunch, dinner or drinks be sure to visit this popular waterfront restaurant. Pets are welcome!
Ocracoke offers several popular places for dinner or drinks with a sunset view. Jolly Roger Pub & Marina is an authentic waterfront restaurant. For decades, the Jolly Roger has been a favorite of both locals and visitors. Located on Silver Lake Harbor, the Jolly Roger offers sunset views from covered and open dining or take a stroll out on the dock. Sail into the Jolly Roger Pub & Marina and tie up at the dock for lunch or dinner. Located at the north end of Ocracoke village you will find Howard’s Pub and 1718 Brewing/Plum Point Kitchen. Both of these popular businesses offer delicious food and drinks. Their second floor decks offer panoramic views, perfect for relaxation. Enjoy a refreshing beverage and an Ocracoke sunset. Howard’s Pub even offers distant ocean views!
There is nothing more peaceful than the breathtaking beauty of the beach at sunset. At Southpoint beach, you can view the sun gently fading into the Pamlico Sound.
There is nothing more amazing than a ferry ride complimented by a spectacular sunset. Ferry sunsets offer panoramic views of the illuminated sky as the sun dips into the Pamlico Sound.
Enjoy the sunset from your vacation rental. Ocracoke Island Realty offers a wide variety of homes with sunset views. You will find several of these homes located in the Pamlico Sound and Silver Lake Harbor areas. Throughout the village, many homes offer decks with sunset views. Homes with rooftop and lookout decks offer amazing panoramic views without leaving home!
Kayaking the Pamlico Sound at sunset is a great way to end your day. Launch your own kayak or sign up for a Sunset Eco Tour with Ride the Wind Surf Shop. Their two-hour tour explores the Pamlico Sound and adjoining tidal marshes. You will experience an awesome sunset on your return to Ocracoke Village.
Thank you for learning about the top sunset spots on Ocracoke Island. We look forward to sharing an Ocracoke sunset with you.