Oriental is known as The Sailing Capital Of North Carolina. It is a little village of just 875 people, but over 2,700 boats. Folks visit to enjoy the fine sailing off Oriental and the peaceful village lifestyle. A ferry from Bath to Aurora makes it a quick trip by car.
Oriental is a frequent destination for fisherman and paddlers too.Oriental is supporting a growing art colony, with offerings in both fine arts and the performing arts. Exhibits are held in town throughout the year and continuously at galleries. The Pamlico County Civic and Cultural Center is housed in the "Old Theater" and serves as the home of the Pelican Players. The Pamlico Music Society hosts visiting musicians at the Old theater too.
Events in Oriental range from regattas to some rather quirky festivals. You wont find a Florida theme park, but you will find a real town with a real harbor and friendly people.