FAQs About Reservations, Rooms, Pets & More


  • How far in advance should I make a reservation for a motel room?
  • Will my reservation request guarantee a specific Room?
  • Why don't you guarantee a specific Room?
  • What do you charge for more than 2 adults and 2 children in a room & can we get a cot?
  • Are there refrigerators in the rooms and what all is in my room?
  • Is there an on-site laundry and where do I get change?
  • Is there an exercise room and what are the hours?
  • Do you serve breakfast?
  • Where do you access the beach & can I drive a golf cart or my car on it?
  • What is your pet policy?
  • Do you rent nightly, weekly and monthly?
  • Something has come up... what is your cancellation policy?
  • Do you offer any incentives or customer loyalty programs for guests?
  • What time can I check in? What time is check out?
  • Can I bring my golf cart?
  • Should I bring my bike?
  • Where do I rent and where do I pick up a canoe or kayak?
  • Where do I book a horseback ride on the beach and where do I go for the ride?


How far in advance should I make a reservation for a motel room?
We recommend making a reservation at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival date (6 weeks for holiday weekends: Easter, Spring Break, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Columbus Day). However, we encourage guests to check availability with the Cedar Island Motel even if your lead time is less
than this Book online now!

Will my reservation request guarantee a specific Room?

A confirmed motel reservation, depending on date of reservation guarantees your room type for the dates specified at the time your reservation is made, but not for a specific room number. We do take requests for specific rooms and do everything we can to make that room available for you. We assign our rooms at or just prior to arrival, based on your requests and the date that your request and payment received.

Why don't you guarantee a specific room?

It is our goal to provide you with a room that meets your expectations. Due to the volume of reservations received and the frequent changes in reservation status that occur at our Cedar Island Resort after a reservation is made, this policy enables us to meet a higher rate of satisfaction with our guests than if specific rooms were guaranteed in advance.

For example, if a reservation was confirmed for a specific room in January, and subsequently canceled 2 days prior to the scheduled date of arrival, it would be impossible for us to provide that room to a guest that has already been told it was not available in January. Under our policy, a room is assigned just prior to your date of arrival; this assures that your first requests are always considered. At that time, if we are unable to meet your first request we attempt to honor a second or third request you may have. Overall, this policy assures a higher level of satisfaction for the majority of our guests.

What do you charge for more than 2 adults and 2 children in a room & can we get a cot?
Yes we do have cots and as long as we do not run out we will bring one to your room upon request but they can go fast during the busy season. We charge an additional $10/night/adult over 2 and charge $5/night per child over 2.

Are there refrigerators and microwaves in the rooms and what all is in my room?
Refrigerators are available in all rooms. King rooms have a large 4 drawer dresser, 2 drawer nightstand, king bed, small nightstand, chair with ottoman, desk, flat screen 32" TV, Directv, granite countertops, Full tub and shower. Double bed rooms have a large 4 drawer dresser, 2 drawer nightstand, 2 double full beds, small nightstand, chair, flat screen 32" TV, Directv, granite countertops, Full tub and shower.

Is there an on-site coin laundry and where do I get change?
Our coin laundry is located on the far end towards the beach of the South side of the motel There are 2 commercial coin washers and 2 commercial coin dryers. Change can be made in Sharky's or the Visitor Center during business hours.

Do you serve breakfast?
Lunch and dinner at the Bay Breeze Restaurant during the peak season and during hunting season, but currently breakfast is not being served. 

Where do I access the beach and can I drive a golf cart or car on it?
Beach access is always available by driving or walking to the end of Driftwood Drive at the State boat ramp. At the beach land owner's requests there is no longer beach access with vehicles or golf carts on the campground side of the beach. On the motel side of the beach there is access to the first 200 feet of the beach from the ferry terminal for golf carts. We do ask that no one drive any vehicle beyond our property line.

What is your pet policy?
We are a pet friendly resort. There are no additional fees for pets with the exception of the motel where we have a $15/pet/night fee. Please bring a copy of your pet's vaccination records, keep them leashed at all times and do not leave them unattended unless properly secured in your room. Proper curbing and cleaning up after your pets is also required. Don't forget about the pet friendly beach, available to all of our guests.

Do you offer nightly, weekly and monthly rooms?
Yes, we do offer rooms nightly, weekly and monthly. Rates vary based on the month. Please call for room requests longer than 1 week for our best rate at our office at 252-515-0201 or click here to Email us.

Something has come up... what is your cancellation policy?

As with any business, cancellations are unfortunate for the guest as well as the resort, so we have designed our policies to be as fair as possible and they are the same as or better than most major brand named facilities.
Reservations made for daily stays must be cancelled at least 24 hours prior to scheduled check-in or 100% of your reservation will be charged. Weekly reservations must cancel 3 days prior to scheduled check-in or 25% of your reservation will be charged. Monthly & annual reservations must cancel 14 days prior to scheduled check-in or 15% of your reservation will be charged.
Cancellations made with the required notice will receive a full refund less a $10 cancellation fee. You may change the date of your reservation (with required notice) one time with no fee if booked the same calendar year. All reservations made during a holiday week must cancel within 7 days of their reservation to receive a refund. Cancellations made inside of 7 days will be billed the entire amount of their stay. No exceptions.

NO SHOWS WILL BE CHARGED THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE RESERVATION.
ALL CANCELLATIONS MUST BE made by (PHONE OR EMAIL) ecm197815@gmail.com or 252-515-0201

Do you offer any incentives or customer loyalty programs for guests?
Coming soon! Please stay tuned

What time can I check in? What time is check out?
Our check-in and check-out times are designed to assure that all of our guests' expectations are met upon arrival. It takes our staff time to make our family resort in Cedar Island your home away from home perfect in every way. Therefore, it is very important that all of our guests abide by these times.
Check-in time for all rooms is 4 p.m. Should you arrive prior to 4 p.m. your room may not be ready.
Check-out time on the day of your departure is 11 a.m. If you wish to stay and enjoy the facilities after 11 a.m. you may register at the office for extended check-out. You still must vacate your site by 11 a.m. but extended check-out will allow you to park your vehicle in a designated area and utilize facilities until 6 p.m. that day.

Can I bring my golf cart?
Yes, golf carts are permitted, may only be operated by a licensed adult, ages 18+, and must be insured for liability. All golf carts must have working front and rear lights. They may only be used on Park roads & posted bike trail areas. Management reserves the right to deny the use of this equipment to anyone who does not demonstrate the ability to follow Park rules and regulations. All golf carts must be registered at the front desk and a user agreement must be signed upon arrival. Cedar Island Resort no longer rents golf carts.

Should I bring my bike?
Yes, you can ride the Outer Banks Scenic Byway for over 30 miles but keep in mind it is a narrow road and has dangerous curves, so use caution when riding. You may also choose to ride your bike on to the Cedar Island Ferry and take it to Ocracoke for a day trip. If you have wide tires you can ride parts of the beach and see some sites.

Can I bring my own firewood?
Firewood is available in the Visitor Center when available. Our RV Park does allow campers to bring in their own firewood from outside the Park. However, please be aware that the NC Department of Environmental Conservation has stated that is illegal to bring untreated firewood into NYS, and it is illegal to transport untreated firewood more than 50 miles from its source.

Where do I rent and where do I pick up a canoe or kayak?
Our Visitor Center is where you can walk in and make a reservation for canoes, kayaks and golf carts or you can call ahead of time at 252-515-0201 to book a reservation, or you can book this online along with your reservation.  Canoes and kayaks will be brought to our private boat ramp located just inside the main entrance of the RV Park. Life jackets and paddles will be in your watercraft and you will return them to the same location and notify the Visitor Center that you have completed your ride. Book online now!

Where do I book a horseback ride on the beach and where do I go for the ride?
Our Visitor Center is where you can walk in and make a reservation for horseback rides or you can call ahead of time at 252-515-9441 to book a reservation. Reservations are required and rides are pre-scheduled so if there is space on a ride the same day we will make it happen for you or we will book you for a different ride. Waiver forms must be filled out as well. Once you have made a reservation, paid and completed your waiver form you will then head out to the barn located inside the main gate and follow the road straight ahead. When you arrive at the barn park on the far left side of the barn and enter the barn door once your trail guide has arrived. Your horses and guide will be straight ahead at the mounting stairs. Book online now!

How is cellular coverage?
AT&T has just added coverage to the area and they have overall good coverage everywhere on the island with a few exceptions. US Cellular coverage has overall good coverage everywhere on the island with a few exceptions. Verizon and Sprint are fair but not good overall. Data is spotty as well. T-Mobile as far as we know still has no coverage on the island.