We've visited Hatteras and Ocracoke in the summer and fall but not yet in winter. We're wondering what we should know before we decide to make the trip in January. Will there be at least a few restaurants open? All you need to know about visiting in winter can be found in the recently ongoing thread here of the adventurous and free spirited JessicaBoyd. That young lady knows how to live.
Yes!!! I so agree!
I might also add, bring rain/snow boots to play on the beach in so you can chase down that seashell just inside the wave break, and be prepared for anything from cold biting wind chills, to nice warmish breezes. Also be prepared to see more wildlife than in summer months, especially birds and dolphins on the beach. Check ahead on restaurants you want to eat at so that you don't get your heart set on something only to find it closed. While you may not have your pick of restaurants, there are usually enough open to where you could eat somewhere different for every meal of a long weekend, especially if you're willing to drive a little. Expect the more local type joints to be open, and the more touristy ones to be closed. Rent with a view incase it's too cold to venture out much, but still aim to venture out because the beach in the winter is well worth it.