Outer Banks - Rich in Beach and History
The Outer Banks area is a rich and unique collection of beaches along an island strip just east of North Carolina lining the Atlantic Coast, with an eclectic cultural heritage. Not only are the beaches a reason to visit, but exploring the history of the area is worthwhile as well. Lighthouses are one of the unique themes of the OBX area. Just visiting the lighthouses in this area would provide many hours of entertainment, while sprinkled with other site and events that pop up on the way.
Many of the lighthouses are designated historical monuments. One of the oldest lighthouses is located at Hatteras Cape. This famous Lighthouse protects one of the most hazardous areas of the Atlantic Coast, a dangerous twelve-mile long sandbar named Diamond Shoals. Shipwrecks that have taken place here have given it the reputation of the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Because of these treacherous sea waters, many OBX towns have constructed lighthouses, all with interesting history. Among the lighthouses are Hatteras Lighthouse, one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world, Ocracoke Island Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and Currituck Beach Lighthouse.
Geography of Outer Banks
Included in the Outer Banks are the northern beaches of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head; Roanoke Island includes Manteo and Wanchese; Dare Mainland; and Haterras Island to the south which includes Rodanthe , Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. This long strip of barrier Island provides miles of beautiful beach, sand, and sun on The Atlantic Ocean of the east coast of the United States. This long island strip is a popular vacation destination on the east coast. With many short term beach cottages and ocean front homes, many book vacation rentals for the week for even the entire summer. Many movies are set with the Outer Banks as the backdrop, and it is fun to imagine taking your family to the coast for the summer. These beautiful beach islands are the setting of many family vacation memories.
Outer Banks Beaches
The beaches in the Outer Banks area are quite diverse. With over 100 miles of shoreline connected by the two-lane highway—NC 12, you will find public beach accesses with ample paved parking, modern bath houses and convenience shops. If you are a little more adventurous, you can immerse yourself in the primitive beaches of the Cape Hatteras National. This will take an off-road vehicle. However, if you want the sun and fun of the Atlantic Ocean beaches without the big waves, you may want to visit the western side of the islands instead. The water tends to be a little calmer and in many places, a lot shallower. Before booking your vacation beach house, learn a little about the different beach areas: Avon: Offers local flavor, with largest number of local residents that living Hatteras Island permanently. Buxton: The village closest to Cape Hatteras, fishing hotspot “Cape Point” and home of the tallest lighthouse in America. Duck: Known as one of the most pet-friendly beaches in the United States, allowing dogs off-leash if under owner’s control. Frisco: Great 4x4 beach driving and recreation, and a few campgrounds. Hatteras: Great shopping and fine dining with big swaths of beach for both casual beach goers and 4x4 driving south of village limits. Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills: Known for great surfing, usually having the biggest waves on the Northern Beaches. Nags Head: Enjoy and explore the new 12-mile beach nourishment program. Rodanthe: Waves and Salvo: This trio is locally known as the “Tri-Villages” because of shared borders, and also for big waves and proximity to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches. Southern Shores: Great public beaches, but beach parking is limited to vacationers or residents staying in a property within town limits and having a day passes or window stickers. All beach areas offer many outer banks beach vacation homes for short term rentals. This is a great option if you are staying longer than a day or two. Kick off your shoes, put on your flip-flops and enjoy sun and sand in the comfort of a home.
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