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During your stay in the Outer Banks, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to beach options. Take a road on the coastal highway of NC 12 and find the perfect beach for you along 100 miles of shoreline. From well-maintained, family friendly public beaches such as the one at Duck to the protected Cape Hatteras National Seashore, you can simply walk right in, or zoom over the dunes on an ATV. Once you’ve found the right beach for your family, even more options are at hand: fish from one of the docks; hop on a jet ski; hunt for shells; even light a sparkler as the sun goes down. The Outer Banks makes it easy to forge lasting memories.
There’s plenty to explore in the historically rich small towns dotting North Carolina’s seashore. Take in the lay of the land from the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, whose distinctive black and white design has served as a beacon to sailors since 1870. The Outer Banks is also famed as the spot where the Wright Brothers’ first planes took flight at the turn of the 20th century—a history you can explore for yourself at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where you can even simulate flying a bronze replica of their original crafts! Feel the burn as you climb to the top of Jockey’s Ridge, the largest sand dune on the East coast, and part of an extensive State Park frequented by hang gliders and hikers. As the Billfish Capital of the World, the Outer Banks is a boon to experienced fishermen. Charter a boat and let your experienced guide pilot you into the Gulf Stream, or cast a line from Jeannette’s Pier to catch your supper. With seven renowned golf courses as well, you can enjoy the same ocean views directly from the links.
Order up the Outer Banks Catch at one of the many restaurants along the coast, where you can dine on crab or clams from a rooftop deck or window-paneled dining room. Casual options abound, too, or simply head back to your rental property and boil up a feast to remember in your fully stocked kitchen. Shopping in the Outer Banks is all about experiencing the individual charms of towns such as Duck and Hatteras Village. Immerse yourself in a treasure hunt for art, souvenirs, or locally made gifts while gabbing with the friendly proprietors. Don’t let the small town atmosphere fool you, however—the Outer Banks can still pull in quite a crowd to live music on the beach or within a homey tavern.
With their triple-layered decks and perfectly weathered exteriors, luxury beach houses of the Outer Banks offer the whole family a place to relax, socialize, and even take a cannonball straight into the pool. The best part of it all? You’ll be just steps away from North Carolina’s beaches and activities in the sun.