Frisco's split personality has something for everyone. The canal and sound frontage in Brigand's Bay in northern Frisco is hugely popular with guests seeking calmer waters for swimming, kayaking, and fishing. Wind sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding are also popular soundside activities here. Southern Frisco offers miles of beaches for shelling and traditional surfing as well as surf fishing. And the friendly folks at Frisco Rod and Gun will be happy to get you started or up your game. A National Park Service beach access at the southern end of the village offers handicap access, a bathhouse, and lifeguards in season. North of Frisco, you’ll find Rodanthe, Salvo, Waves, Avon, and Buxton. Read more.
Frisco, a small town that is part of North Carolina's Outer Banks, is located on the southern end of Hatteras Island, a popular tourist destination, going south on Highway 12. It is south of Avon, NC, and north of Buxton, NC. After heading south over the Marc Basnight bridge and entering Hatteras Island, it is about an hour's drive to Frisco. The trip south will seem magical as you see the vast pristine beaches on one side of you and the marsh on the other. The town of Frisco borders the Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve.
Yes, you may access one of the conveniently located beach off-road vehicle ramps throughout Hatteras Island, but you will need to get a permit to do so. If you need to get a permit, visit Cape Hatteras National Seashore Orv Permit, Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Recreation.gov, or call 1-877-444-6777. Also, make sure you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle and deflate the tires before getting on the beach. A tire pressure of less than 20 psi is recommended for most vehicles. The softer the sand, the lower the pressure needed. Re-inflate tires to normal pressure as soon as possible after you return to paved roads. If you get stuck and cannot get your vehicle out, your best bet is to call a commercial towing service.
Frisco has one of the island's most popular beach driving access ramps located adjacent to the local Hatteras
Island airstrip. The access is a great location for fishing and relaxing.
There are no lifeguards on the beaches of Frisco, NC. The closest one is a 10-minute drive north at the Hatteras Island Lighthouse beach. Those guards are on the stand from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon, Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Hatteras Island beach access is available at numbered beach ramps which will be marked for pedestrian or off-road vehicle use. Parking is free at Hatteras beach access points and many offer bathrooms, showers, and handicapped access. Depending on the season, some beach ramps may be closed temporarily for wildlife protection and will be indicated as such with on-site signage or on the National Park Service website.
Any of the KEES Frisco beach rentals will be a quick walk and/or drive to a beach access.
There are over 60 KEES vacation rentals on Hatteras Island. They range from one bedroom to 14. Over 30 of them are either oceanfront, oceanside, or semi-ocean. Several of our rentals include private pools and a hot tub. We offer internet access and include professional housekeepers to welcome you with a clean and fresh Frisco beach rental. Make sure you check out the KEES Frisco pet-friendly rentals. Dogs are allowed on the beach (with a leash). Our Frisco/Hatteras Island beach rentals are within proximity to the peaceful beaches in Frisco. All of the KEES vacation rentals include our standard vacation rental amenities.
The most popular time to book a Frisco vacation is the summer. Summer on the Outer Banks has the warmest months of the year and contains the most sunshine. With this comes the days that are mostly filled with other visitors. Spring and fall on the Outer Banks, while cooler, do provide for some really great beach days. In addition, during these seasons, the roads, stores, and restaurants are the least crowded. During the winter months, the weather is cooler and there are fewer people in town. Also, many businesses close during the winter to give their teams time for some rest. However, the winter provides peace and tranquility and there are still sunshine-filled days. Being further south, this area is prone to being in the path of hurricanes. Just listen to the weather forecasts and make sure you are prepared.
Other tourist destinations are reachable while vacationing in Frisco. Just nine miles south, you will come to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and will experience the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Driving a little further, you can take a nice ferry ride to Ocracoke. Right in Frisco is the Frisco Native American Museum as well as the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Below is a listing of other tourist destinations that are easily accessible from Frisco.
Corolla: 90 miles (2 hours10 mins)
Wright Brother's National Memorial: 63 miles (1 hour 23 mins)
Nags Head: 58 miles (1 hour 13 mins)
Roanoke Island: 70 miles (1 hour 25 mins)
Bodie Island Lighthouse: 49 miles (1 hour 5 mins)
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse: 8 miles (15 mins)
In addition, Frisco is 46 miles from Oregon Inlet where you can book boat charters for the whole group.
At KEES, our goal is to provide the very best vacation rentals in Frisco, flexibility in your stay dates, popular amenities that make your stay more enjoyable, and service that will bring you back. Click here for the list of signature amenities found in all of our vacation rentals. We also are proud of our FlexStay™ program. This allows visitors to begin their vacation any day of the week with no 7-night minimum restrictions! This allows KEES guests to choose a traditional full-week or partial-week Frisco vacation. KEES has a great array of house rentals on Hatteras Island that are sure to fit your needs. Many have private hot tubs and pools and are close to the beach.
Although small, there are several activities to enjoy in the town of Frisco. Here you will find the Frisco Native American Museum. This museum is 0pen year-round and features walls and walls of artifacts, ranging from the local Hatteras natives to the North Carolina Cherokees to national tribes from the East Coast to the Western US and beyond. Virtually every room and hallway are filled with treasures, and in April, the museum comes alive with special events with the annual powwow, featuring guests, dancers, merchants, and historians from Native American tribes across the country. The museum also features a well-stocked gift shop, a birding room, and a nature trail that offers a slice of the local Frisco Woods habitat.
Fun family activities include the mini golf course and the go-cart track. If you enjoy kiteboarding and windsurfing, Frisco is the place for you. Watersports fanatics will love Hatteras Island! And art lovers will enjoy the art galleries that are part of the town and illustrate some local flair. This coastal town also offers the fisherman in your group abundant fishing opportunities.
A short distance from Frisco, in Buxton, you will find the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. This exquisite beacon on Hatteras Island is a must-see. If you have the energy, you can climb to the top for an amazing view of your surroundings or take the lighthouse tour that is offered. It's truly breathtaking and something everyone should do once in their life and especially while on vacation.
Frisco is home to the Billy Mitchel airport (Frisco Airstrip). This unattended airport is open daily. You will find the airstrip across the street from the popular Frisco Rod and Gun store and close to the 4-wheel drive ramp - one of the most popular beach accesses on Hatteras Island. This beach access is amazing in that you face south (as opposed to east like all other beach accesses) which gives you a fabulous view of a sunset over the ocean. For those interested, you can take a plane out for an aerial tour of the Outer Banks which leaves from the Frisco airport.
Although small, Frisco has a good number of locally owned eateries. Be sure to check out local restaurants Pamlico Deli and Tavern on 12 or enjoy fresh seafood at the Quarterdeck Restaurant. If it's sweets you need, visit the Gingerbread House Bakery and Hatteras Sno-Balls. You are sure to find friendly staff wherever you go.
Frisco is a friendly town, small and quaint, at the southern end of Hatteras Island. You will not miss the hustle and bustle of the more northern towns but will enjoy the solitude, the ocean, the sites, and the sounds. You will love an Outer Banks vacation in Frisco as well as our KEES Frisco house rentals. Allow KEES to help you find the perfect place for your next Outer Banks vacation.