About Us

The PONY ISLAND MOTEL was opened in 1958 and has been owned and operated by the Esham Family since 1973.  David Scott and Melinda Esham, both island natives, have been employed by the PIM for more than 25 years and became owners in 2004. We are involved in all aspects of the business from cleaning rooms and cutting grass to working the front desk and cleaning the pool.  During the slower winter months we are continually updating and modernizing the motel.  We strive to give all guests the BEST vacation possible.

Our front desk staff, all island natives, have many years of Ocracoke knowledge and are willing to share their knowledge with our guests to make their stay on Ocracoke and at the PONY ISLAND MOTEL an enjoyable one.  Our cleaning staff, all return year after year and continue to keep the rooms at the standard the PONY ISLAND MOTEL is known for.

Whether you plan to stay with us for one night or a week or more, let our friendly staff make your stay unforgettable.  We have many guests that stay with us year after year and we are honored to be part of their traditions on Ocracoke Island.

At Pony Island Motel & Cottages, vacationing families can enjoy cooking out under the trees and newlyweds or even 2nd honeymooners can enjoy the privacy of the spacious suites.  We welcome fishermen, kayakers, birdwatchers and beachcombers to our island and to island hospitality at the….PONY ISLAND MOTEL & COTTAGES.