Situated around the harbor, creeks and shore of the Neuse River, Oriental, N.C., is considered the “Sailing Capital of North Carolina." A popular stop along the Intracoastal Waterway, this charming riverfront town on the “Inner Banks” of North Carolina offers a thriving village center with shops, restaurants and delightful homes, a rich cultural scene, beautiful waterfront real estate along the river and creeks, and a strong retirement community.
Oriental’s village area is a big draw for tourists and locals alike. Visitors can stay in a bed and breakfast, walk or bike along the village streets, stop in shops, galleries and restaurants, or rest along the waterfront. Many visitors also come to learn new skills through one of the town’s many sailing schools.
Oriental and its surrounding Pamlico County communities lure many retirees and relocators from the North. With affordable homes, a strong sense of community, mild weather and proximity to the beaches, Oriental is a small town with a big draw.
Background knowledge of an area is important whether you’re making a decision to relocate, start a business or travel for fun. For that reason, this section introduces you to the history, culture and economic climate of Oriental. Our Getting Around section tells you how to get to Oriental, whether by plane, by boat or by your own vehicle, and how to get around once you’ve arrived here. We’ve also included a media section with the hope that local radio stations, television stations, magazines and newspapers may aid you in enjoying Oriental to its fullest potential.