About The Area

Constant breezes, sunny skies, friendly people an eclectic, coastal village where nary a stoplight is to be found. Welcome to Oriental on the Inner Banks of NC!

No need to winterize the boat here. Locals and semi-locals enjoy extended sailing conditions with four distinct seasons. Nestled on the Neuse River, seven miles across at its widest point, and a wind velocity second only to San Francisco makes this an optimal sailing destination for those who love the water and casual, coastal living.

For fishing enthusiasts, the Neuse River is where fresh waters meet salt waters creating a variety of estuaries hosting Red Drum, Tarpon, Croaker, Channel Bass, Trout, Spanish Mackerel and Spot just to name a few species. Enjoy salt water fishing? Twenty three nautical miles east of Oriental brings you to the boating community of Ocracoke Island, rich in history including the haunts of the legendary pirate, Blackbeard, unique eateries and great art. The Gulf Stream lies 45 miles away where you will find Bill Fish, Sail Fish, Grouper, Cobia and Stripers aplenty.
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Explore OffShore
Inflatable boat tours of the area. Also, offer Fishing, Surfing, Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddle and Kiteboarding Lessons. Full day and half day rates.
Explore Offshore

Oriental’s School of Sailing
Weekly class for the “big kids”. Learn to sail in the sailing capital of NC. For more information contact Will Flannery. 1400 Tosto Circle, Oriental, NC 28571, Phone: 252-249-0960 Oriental’s School of Sailing

Renowned Children’s Camps

The Oriental area is home to a number of world class summer camps. Prestigious Camp SeaGull for boys and Camp Seafarer for girls. Families come from across the country to allow their children the opportunity to make lifelong memories on the water learning to sail, fish, and enjoy all types of water sports. Pamlico County residents can enroll their children and grandchildren in day camps at these camps for a signficant savings. Other area camps such as Camp Don Lee and Camp Caroline also offers unforgettable educational and recreation experiences for youth along the beautiful shores of the Neuse River.
Camp Sea Gull and Seafarer: Camp Sea Gull/Seafarer
Camp Don Lee: Camp Don Lee
Camp Carolina: Camp Caroline

Local Links

Oriental Events & News
For local events and happenings including live web cams on the Harbor and the Neuse River.

River Dunes Community Events
To stay updated on activities happening in the River Dunes community
River Dunes Community Calendar

Ferry Schedule
Click the link listed below to view NC ferry routes and schedules.
NC DOT Ferry Schedule

Pamlico Guide
Pamlico Guide offers visitors guided fishing trips on fully equipped boats with patient and experienced guides.
1907 Paulette Road
Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone: 252-249-3101
Pamlico Guide

Town of Oriental
Helpful information about the town of Oriental. Tax rates, connection fees, ordinaces. Town of Oriental

Pamlico County
Information about Pamlico County, local government agencies, Board of Commissioners, Recyling, Tax Rates and much more.
Pamlico County Website

National Weather Service Marine Forecast4

Access this site for up-to-date marine weather information.
National Weather Service Marine Forecast

Local Weather

Useful link for weather conditions.
Oriental Weather


Captain Joe Schute’s Bait and Tackle
Capt. Joe’s offers up-to-date inshore and offshore fishing reports and fishing tackle, frozen baits and a wide variety of rods and reels.
601 Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
Phone: 800-868-0941
Captain Joe Schute’s Bait and Tackle

Fly Fishing the Salt
Here you will find information and tips on fly fishing equipment and locations.
Fly Fishing the Salt

Minnesott Beach Bait & Tackle & Knee Deep Custom Charters
Shop hours are Wed – Sun 8am-6pm. Carries live bait (shrimp in-season & minnows), all trout, flounder drum needs. Carries fresh bait for big drum and tarpon by request orders. A NC Marine Fisheries Official Weigh Station. Sells fresh shrimp in season by order of 25# or more, price based on market but lower than retail. Guarantee fresh. Carries rods, reels, nets, and can get all boating needs with a day most of the time. Charter service is ½ and whole day charters for same fish as mentioned and also custom site seeing etc arranged on a 2003 196 Key West Bay Reef. Can accommodate 2 people fishing and 4 people site-seeing. Guarantee good time with a lot of local knowledge.
Behind Sunset Grille, Hwy 306 just before ferry
Minnesott Beach, NC 28510
Phone: 252 249-1786
Pamlico Tackle

Oregon Inlet Fishing Report
The Online Oregon Inlet Fishing Report details the daily reports coming out of Oregon Inlet, NC.
98 NC Highway 12, NC
Phone: 252-441-6301
Oregon Inlet Fishing Report

Local Sailing Associations

Neuse Sailing Association
The oldest and most active sailing club of its kind in North Carolina.
Neuse Sailing Association

Neuse Yacht Racing Association
The Neuse Yacht Racing Association is an organization centered around the exciting sport of sailing. Visit the web site for more information about our organization and upcoming events.
Phone: 919-510-9325
Neuse Yacht Racing Association

Oriental Dinghy Club
Provides both small and large boat owners an opportunity to race one-design and PHRF sailing events and enjoy related social gatherings on the windy Neuse river.
Oriental Dinghy Club


Carolina East Medical Center
Hospital located in New Bern.
Carolina East Medical Center

Nova Pain Management & Urgent Care
Located in Alliance next to Hardee’s on HWY 55. Walk-ins welcome.
Nova Urgent Care

Pet Services

Oriental Village Veterinary Hospital
Oriental Village Veterinary Hospital


Paul’s Produce
Stop by for fresh, local produce. On hwy 55 just before Oriental.
Paul’s Produce

Food Lion
Located in Grantsboro on Hwy 55.

Arts & Culture

Pamlico Music Society
The Pamlico Musical Society was formed in the Spring of 1997 and has since strived to provide increased and ongoing access to professional-level music. Check out the dates and times of visiting artists:
Pamlico Music Society

The Old Theater
You’ll find “The Old Theater” at the corner of Broad and Church Streets in Oriental. The Old Theater is home to most of the area’s cultural performances, including music, plays, dance and even old time movies. Check out their calendar of events:
The Old Theatre


Marsh Harbor Studio
Jewelry Design, Bead Gallery and Coffee Bar.
They are forever researching, traveling, and seeking out the unique, unusual, and divine. Marsh Harbor Studio


Meets on Wednesdays and Sundays for rides around the area.
Bike Club

Partners in Health Yoga
A fitness studio that provides a safe non-competitive, compassionate environment for healthy lifestyle practices and general wellness.
705 Broad Street, Oriental, NC 28571, Phone: 252-249-2220
Partners in Health Yoga

Village Health and Fitness
You can purchase guest passes at reasonable rates to the fitness club as well as the swimming pool, spas and hot tubs. Physical therapy services offered.
Village Health and Fitness

Local Grub

Follow the link for information on restaurants located within the Village of Oriental.
Local Restaurants


Military Retirees

Eastern and Coastal North Carolina are home to top military installations including Camp Lejeune Marine Base, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro and Fort Bragg Army Base in Fayetteville. Many military personnel enjoy retirement living in picturesque Oriental/New Bern/Beaufort and surrounding areas along the Inner Banks

Combining a coastal lifestyle with easy access to military services such as commissaries and medical centers is very appealing. Oriental is short twenty-minute free ferry ride across the Neuse River to the impressive Cherry Point facilities, making this a perfect location to savor retirement.

Tax advantages for Retired Military in North Carolina
Retired Military Pay: If an individual had five years of creditable service as of August 12, 1989, all military retired pay is exempt from taxes. Otherwise, a deduction of up to $4,000 is allowed for military pay or survivor’s benefits.

Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before Sept. 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

For further information, visit the North Carolina Department of Revenue site.
NC Department of Revenue

• NC State Income Tax for Retired Military

• NC Military Benefits