A 20-minute boat ride south from Ocracoke’s Silver Lake, you will find yourself on Portsmouth Island. This 13-mile stretch of land has a rich history. With the establishment of the town in the 1750s, to the attacks from Union soldiers during the Civil War, and the last residents leaving the island in the 1970s. Portsmouth Island is a beautiful part of the Outer Banks that is a must see for all visitors to North Carolina’s coast. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable and will provide you with amazing stories about the rise and fall of this port village. Walk into historical buildings including the U. S. Life Saving Station, Schoolhouse, Post Office/General Store, Church, and visitor center. Then, it's off to a beautiful, remote beach where you can discover excellent shorebird and dolphin watching, sea turtle tracks, and other fascinating creatures.