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Oriental is a delightful village located in Pamlico County near the Neuse River and Rattan Bay. Known as "The Sailing Capital of North Carolina," Oriental is said to have just 875 people but over 2,700 boats. People from all over come to enjoy the peaceful village atmosphere and for the exceptional sailing just off the coast of Oriental. Local sailing clubs hold races throughout the year and others use Oriental as a convenient base for trips to nearby towns like Beaufort or Ocracoke. Fishing is another popular sport in Oriental where you can hire a guide to take you out for a day of deep-sea fishing, cast off in your own boat from the Wildlife Ramp, or fish right from shore. Canoeing and kayaking in nearby streams or the Neuse River is another popular way to spend some time in the waters around Oriental, while land lovers enjoy the hiking and biking opportunities. Oriental holds a number of special events throughout the year including the Oriental Cup Regatta, the Tarpon Tournament, The Running of the Dragon, and the Croaker Festival. One of the most colorful events is the "Spirit of Christmas" held the second weekend in December, when Santa arrives on a boat, there is a parade of decorated dogs, and boats compete for the best light decorations.

Surrounding areas: New Bern, North Carolina (20.6 mi), Morehead City, North Carolina (21.4 mi), Beaufort, North Carolina (21.7 mi), Cedar Island, North Carolina (22.0 mi), Atlantic Beach, North Carolina (23.1 mi), Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina (23.7 mi), Harkers Island, North Carolina (24.4 mi)

Oriental Vacation Rentals

Oriental Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Tar Heel Inn205 Church StOriental, NC (252) 249-1078
Hampton Inn Havelock105 Tourist Center DrHavelock, NC15.8 mi.(252) 447-9400
Holiday Inn Havelock400 Hwy 70 WHavelock, NC15.8 mi.(252) 444-1111
Comfort Inn1013 E Main StHavelock, NC16.5 mi.(252) 444-8444
Days Inn1220 E Main StHavelock, NC16.5 mi.(252) 447-1122
Bridgepointe Hotel And Marina101 Howell RdNew Bern, NC20.0 mi.(877) 283-7713
Comfort Suites218 E Front StNew Bern, NC20.1 mi.(252) 636-0022
Sheraton Grand New Bern1 Bicentennial ParkNew Bern, NC20.6 mi.(252) 638-3585
Travelodge3465 Dr Martin Luther King Jr BlvdNew Bern, NC20.6 mi.(252) 638-8166
Econo Lodge Crystal Coast3410 Bridges StMorehead City, NC21.3 mi.(252) 247-2940
Amerisuites118 Salter Path RdMorehead City, NC21.4 mi.(252) 247-5118
Best Western Buccaneer Inn2806 Arendell StMorehead City, NC21.4 mi.(252) 726-3115
Comfort Inn3100 Arendell StMorehead City, NC21.4 mi.(252) 247-3434
Holiday Inn Express & Suites5063 Executive DrMorehead City, NC21.4 mi.(252) 247-5001
Beaufort Inn101 Ann StBeaufort, NC21.5 mi.(252) 728-2600
Hampton Inn4035 Arendell StMorehead City, NC21.5 mi.(252) 240-2300
Hampton Inn200 Hotel DrNew Bern, NC22.4 mi.(252) 637-2111
"Triple ""S"" Motel"502 Henderson BlvdAtlantic Beach, NC22.9 mi.(919) 726-8156
Days Inn602 W FT Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC23.1 mi.(919) 247-6400
Fishermans Inn110 Morehego AveAtlantic Beach, NC23.1 mi.(919) 726-2273
Hollowells Motel114 E FT Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC23.1 mi.(919) 726-5227
Iron SteamerAtlantic Beach, NC23.1 mi.(919) 247-4221
Peppertree Atlantic Beach715 West Ft Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC23.1 mi.(252) 247-5841
Sheraton Atlantic Beach2717 W Fort Macon RdAtlantic Beach, NC23.3 mi.(252) 240-1155
Amerisuites Atlantic Beach118 Salter Path RdPine Knoll Shores, NC23.6 mi.(252) 247-5118
Atlantis Lodge Inc123 Salter Path RdPine Knoll Shores, NC23.6 mi.(919) 726-5168
Islander Motor InnEmerald Isle, NC28.4 mi.(919) 354-3464
Bed & Breakfast
New Berne House Inn B&B709 Broad StNew Bern, NC20.6 mi.(866) 782-8366

Oriental Weather & Climate

The North Carolina Coast has a moderate year-round climate. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are very comfortable and considerably lower than those even just a few miles inland. In the winter months, coastal fronts are common and can push inland, bringing warmer than normal temperatures. Opposite the ocean, across the narrow barrier islands behind most beaches, are the "Sounds". These protected inland waters are calm, quiet and sheltered even from the sea breezes. There is no pronounced wet or dry season along the North Carolina coast, although July and August are usually the wettest months and October and November the driest. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to the North Carolina coast to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 55°F 33°F 4.52 in. 49°F
February 58°F 35°F 3.25 in. 46°F
March 66°F 41°F 4.08 in. 52°F
April 74°F 48°F 3.34 in. 59°F
May 80°F 57°F 4.71 in. 68°F
June 86°F 65°F 4.76 in. 73°F
July 89°F 69°F 6.29 in. 77°F
August 87°F 68°F 7.34 in. 80°F
September 84°F 63°F 5.41 in. 77°F
October 75°F 51°F 4.04 in. 70°F
November 67°F 43°F 3.32 in. 58°F
December 58°F 36°F 3.68 in. 55°F

Oriental Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Craven County Regional airport (EWN) located about 19 miles west of Oriental in New Bern, North Carolina, the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located approximately 53 miles west of Oriental in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Kinston Regional Jetport At Stallings Field (ISO) located roughly 55 miles northwest of Oriental in Kinston, North Carolina, the Pitt Greenville airport (PGV) located around 57 miles northwest of Oriental in Greenville, North Carolina, the Northeastern Regional airport (EDE) located about 69 miles north of Oriental in Edenton, North Carolina, and finally the Duplin County airport (DPL) located approximately 72 miles west of Oriental in Kenansville, North Carolina.

Oriental Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Dowdy'sNags HeadNC87.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Minnesott Golf & Country ClubArapahoeNC7.2 mi.
Links Golf ClubHavelockNC16.1 mi.
Carolina Pines Golf & Country ClubNew BernNC20.2 mi.
Emerald Golf ClubNew BernNC20.2 mi.
Fairfield Harbour Country ClubNew BernNC20.2 mi.
River Bend Golf & Country ClubNew BernNC20.2 mi.
Bogue Banks Country ClubPine Knoll ShoresNC24.5 mi.
State Parks
Fort Macon State ParkNC23.6 mi. 
Hammocks Beach State ParkNC37.5 mi. 
Aurora Fossil MusuemAuroraNC19.7 mi.(Science)
North Carolina Maritime MuseumBeaufortNC21.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC23.1 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC83.4 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC99.4 mi.

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