Buxton is home to the world-famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest brick lighthouse in the U.S. (and second-tallest in the world), and the actual point of land known as Cape Hatteras. The home also to the Buxton Woods Reserve, which is inside the largest remaining contiguous tract of maritime evergreen forest on the Atlantic coast, Buxton offers a unique combination of sand and greenery not seen on other parts of the island. Surfers love the jetties at the old lighthouse beach, and grocery shoppers with inclinations toward natural and organic goods will love shopping at the family-owned Conner's Supermarket. To the north, you’ll find Rodanthe, Salvo, Waves, and Avon. To the south, you’ll find Frisco and Hatteras. Read More.
There are two ways to get to Buxton on the Outer Banks - driving and flying. The closest international airport is in Norfolk, VA (ORF). After landing in Norfolk, you will then head south on NC-168 and US-158 where you will drive through the Cape Hatteras National Park in Nags Head. Continue to follow North Carolina Hwy 12 S until you reach the town of Buxton.
Yes! You can drive on Buxton beaches. Buxton beaches are managed by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and require visitors to obtain an off-road vehicle permit (ORV) in order to operate a vehicle in designated areas. There is a charge of $50 for a 10-day ORV permit or you can purchase one for the year for $120. You can purchase your permit and route maps at any of the three NPS permit offices. They are located at the Bodie Island Visitor Center, Hatteras Island Visitor Center (in Buxton), or the Ocracoke Visitor Center.
Renting or becoming a local Buxton resident really depends on the person. Renting a Buxton vacation rental for an extended stay can give a taste of what life would be like as a "local". Being that Buxton is more remote than other towns on the Outer Banks, you definitely need to enjoy the peace and quiet and not be too worried about driving to larger shopping centers or other conveniences.
An amenity that would be great to have in a Buxton vacation home rental would be a private pool. Since there aren't resort communities that offer pools and fitness centers, this would be a great bonus!
When staying in Buxton be sure to check out the local historic sites and fun attractions this oceanside town has to offer.
Booking your Buxton vacation rental with KEES gives you the freedom of FlexStay™, where you choose your check-in and check-out days and the length of your stay. KEES Vacations also offers signature amenities that will make your stay that much more relaxing.