Avon is the central town on Hatteras Island. The largest grocery and hardware stores on the island are located here, as are multiple dining and entertainment options. If you want to see all the sights Hatteras Island offers, Avon makes a wonderful jumping-off point with its central location on the island. To the north, you’ll find Rodanthe, Salvo, and Waves. To the south, you’ll find Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras. The Avon Pier offers a one-stop service for all your fishing needs, and there are shopping opportunities from top to bottom along Highway 12.
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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.
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While Corolla, NC is one of the most popular Outer Banks destinations today, this quaint vacation town has all of the characteristics of a classic Outer Banks vacation. Loved by travelers for its seclusion, small-town community, and variety of unique shopping and dining options, Corolla is a town where there’s plenty to do for the visitor while living like an Outer Banks local! Corolla is ideal for families who want to lounge on the wide spacious OBX beaches or visit one of the many historic destinations.
Unlike what you may find in the nearby Outer Banks towns, Corolla has all the best attractions of an oceanside vacation while offering more of a rustic sense of adventure...
Duck beaches, named among the top in the nation, are secluded and can be quieter from the hustle and bustle of the barrier islands’ southern towns. You can enjoy fantastic shell collecting among quaint, less public seashores, especially in the offseason months. Duck Town Park and Boardwalk offer a tranquil environment for top annual events, including the Duck Jazz Festival. Although travelers to the area should have the sound-side views on their must-do list...
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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...
Adored for its ideal Outer Banks location for offshore fishing and surfing, visitors can expect a spectacular environment for watersports. Classic Outer Banks landmarks like the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, iconic Cape Point, and places like The Graveyard of the Atlantic museum offer great opportunities to explore the area. Hatteras is known for its non-commercialized and natural surroundings, retaining the original Outer Banks vibe vacationers know and love...
Kill Devil Hills
The oldest township in the Outer Banks, Kill Devil Hills is the heart of
the Outer Banks and the “central hub” for many Outer Banks visitors
because of the prime location that’s between it all.
The area’s unique name comes from the band of rum found during the colonial period said to be strong enough to “kill the devil”. Forever marking its place in history in 1903 as the location of the Wright brothers’ innovation in flight...
While its name’s origin is debated and mysterious to this day, there’s no arguing the area’s status as one of the best destinations for vacationing along the Outer Banks. A classic beach town with great shopping, dining, and more, Kitty Hawk is also known for its natural experiences and beauty. Ample public beach access allows for an easy day of soaking in the sun on the Atlantic coast. Across the way on the Kitty Hawk Bay is the town’s coastal preserve, offering a serene walk through the woodsy side of the island...
Sitting on the eastern side of Roanoke Island, Manteo is one of the most
unique and charming locations that make up the chain of barrier
islands. Its geography is unlike any of its neighboring towns; although
the island is not along the coast of the Atlantic, it is surrounded by
popular waterfront settings.
Distant yet easily traveled to, Manteo is effortlessly accessible from South Nags Head and connected by the major highway. Wrapped around Shallowbag...
So well-renowned that many use its name to describe the Outer Banks as a
whole, the town of Nags Head epitomizes the OBX experience. From its
earliest beginnings as a summer vacation destination, it has been a
haven for tourists looking to explore the North Carolina coast for over
150 years. Several historic cottages and hotels remain, still accommodating guests just as they have for decades...
A part of the greater Currituck County area, Point Harbor is known for
being the final destination before crossing the Wright Memorial Bridge
into Kitty Hawk or Southern Shores. Offering a more secluded and serene
setting in many of its neighborhoods, the town’s rural environment
allows for a quiet getaway while remaining minutes away from the lively
barrier islands that are across the way...
The Outer Banks isn't the only vacation spot on the Currituck Sound. Poplar Branch is the
peninsula adjacent to the famous barrier islands has a culture all its
own, and a drive across it offers countless opportunities to enjoy the
rustic and refined culture of Currituck County. Drop by a brewery or
vineyard on your way down, or visit one of the area's many golf courses.
Stop by a plant nursery, or check out scenic points...
Want to get away from it all and still be close to everything the Outer Banks has to offer? Rodanthe is the place for you! The first community of the "tri-villages" that greets you when you arrive on Hatteras Island, Rodanthe lets you reach almost everything in a 60-minute drive or less. To the north, you’ll find popular destinations like the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, and the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, To the south, you’ll find towns like Waves, and Salvo.
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Originally called Clarks or Clarksville, the village of Salvo on the
Outer Banks got is name in a most interesting way. The legend goes that
during the Civil War, a sailor aboard a Union ship passing off the coast
of Hatteras Island spied the town of Clarks, but couldn't find a name
for it on the map. He informed his captain who famously said, "Give it a
salvo anyway." They did, and the sailor then wrote "Salvo" on his map
Very similar to its bordering towns of Duck and Kitty Hawk, the town of Southern Shores provides great proximity to both oceanfront and sound-side
activities and attractions. Only 4 miles long and easily accessed by the
highway, visitors will find this town’s charm in its less “busy”
atmosphere and lack of commercial buildings and development. Being mostly residential, the town offers its guests a quiet forested environment - the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle!...
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Located between Rodanthe and Salvo, Waves is part of the triumvirate known as the "tri-villages." In Waves, you can take a walk on the beach in the morning to enjoy a gorgeous sunrise, then cross the island in the evening to see the sun sink into the Pamlico Sound. If you have always wanted to try traditional surfing, kiteboarding, or windsurfing, the kind and knowledgeable pros at Real Watersports love giving lessons. And a dining experience at Watermen's Bar and Grill is always memorable not only for the fare but for the views as well. Located just a short drive away is the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site, a must-see for any history buff.
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