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Portsmouth Village

Ocracoke, NC
+1 252-728-2250
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Abandoned Island

If you have the chance, go to Portsmouth Island. We took an ATV tour and had such a great time... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
Very remote preserved village

Portsmouth is an abandoned well preserved village on Portsmouth Island. It is well worth visiting... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2017
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Over a century ago, Portsmouth Village was a bustling port town. Today, the buildings and exhibits tell the story of changing times and life on the Outer Banks. The Theodore and Annie Salter House and Visitor Center, School, Post Office and General Store, U.S. Life-Saving Station, Methodist Church, and Henry Piggot House are open to the public seasonally.Be sure to bring insect repellent, drinking water, food, sunscreen, adequate clothing, a hat, and good walking shoes.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have the chance, go to Portsmouth Island. We took an ATV tour and had such a great time visiting the town and the beaches. The bugs are supposed to be bad (we lucked out and didn't have any except for a few pesky...More

Thank VEE1225
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Portsmouth is an abandoned well preserved village on Portsmouth Island. It is well worth visiting. Take lots of bug spray - the mosquitos and green headed flies are infamous.

Thank Njfoil
Reviewed 17 May 2017

During your stay, charter a boat trip to the now-deserted Portsmouth Village. Stay ON the path, do not get into the grass or the 5-million winged and hungry inhabitants WILL get you, even if you are wearing Deep Woods Off. Make sure you are wearing...More

2  Thank Rheadaria
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Our guide Mark Brown was extremely knowledgeable about Portsmouth Island. I read some reviews that folks complained about "bugs" well yeah, there are bugs. Bring the bug spray along with you. The ATV tour of the beach was wonderful. Mark made various stops along the...More

1  Thank Lin R
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Portsmouth Island was once a thriving community living off the bounty of the sea and the once plentiful ocean shipping that offloaded onto shallower draft vessels to move into North Carolina's sounds. That freight handling died off and the community slowly faded away. Back in...More

Thank Jim D
Reviewed 23 April 2017

On the beach side you will never see water so blue unless you go to maui. Love this beach, get dropped off on this side and bring a lunch and ALOT of water.

1  Thank dorthb1
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We only wanted to go to the beach but due to wind we visited the village first. Well worth the trip to see an old village. Be sure and go up the lifesaving station the views are incredible. Beware though the skeeters are worse than...More

Thank RFissel
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We have visited Portsmouth Village before so on this visit, we asked we be dropped off on the beach. We are avid shell seekers and had heard that the island was a good shelling place. We lucked up almost immediately and brought back Scotch Bonnets...More

4  Thank angelaohedgepeth
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

The more I read about Portsmouth Island the more I wanted to go visit. My husband and I made reservations with Captain Rudy and could not have picked a better time to go. The light northeast breeze made for a pleasant few hours in the...More

2  Thank Neptune1976
Reviewed 28 August 2016

one of the best things we did while on our visit we did the ATV tour as well.. beautiful places there were bugs but if you are prepared its a non issue, the island is beautiful, we found the town to be charming & well...More

2  Thank James M
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Twila C
8 June 2017|
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Response from Jim D | Reviewed this property |
Access to the village is best from the sound side pier, the ocean beach would require a through-the-surf landing.
Nancy W
10 June 2016|
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Response from Johnsotr | Reviewed this property |
It is close enough to kayak if you are strong and in good condition. You won't be out of sight of land but you must pay attention to the tides, wind and wave height. You will want to paddle as the tide turns so there is no... More
Suelynne R
17 May 2016|
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Response from Robert J | Reviewed this property |
I agree with WCUcody, just a boat ride over and back is not that much. I think the ATV was thrown in as a classic exercise in upselling. I believe every time we've gone, we've been able to arrange transport at the dock the... More