25. Stretch of Sand

chairs-on-beach1Most people come to the Outer Banks to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and hundreds of miles of fabulous beaches. From quaint and quiet Ocracoke Island to peaceful, pristine Carova, each part of the Outer Banks has its own special attraction when it comes to the beaches.

Much of Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke islands comprise the Cape Hatteras National Seashore providing a place for eco-friendly ocean activities.  Ocracoke Island has over 16 miles of undeveloped seashore which means that most days you can find a place to be the only towel on the sand.

Hatteras is largely made up of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to the north and Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the south.  Most of the beaches are simply miles of peaceful dunes and quiet stretches of sand.

From the mostly residential area of South Nags Head north to the more developed towns of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk the beaches are famous.  There is plenty of parking at the public accesses along Highway 12 giving all visitors the opportunity to enjoy the surf, sand and sunshine.

Just north of Kitty Hawk lies the quiet, mostly residential town of Southern Shores.  Behind the protective dune line, Southern Shores maintains private beach accesses for its residents and visitors allowing them to enjoy the seemingly endless shoreline.

The town of Duck, like Southern Shores, maintains private beach access.  Residents, renters, and their guests can enjoy the nationally-recognized family-friendly beautiful beaches of Duck.

Corolla’s beaches have been described as “One of the best undiscovered beaches on the East Coast”.  Along the wide beaches there are miles of areas where you might encounter no one at all.

Carova is literally the end of the road so you must have four-wheel drive to access these beaches but it is well worth the trip.  The expanses are amazing, the beaches pristine and the serenity tremendous.

Please remember, every beach has rules and regulations determined by the town or the Federal Government concerning everything from pets to driving on the beach.  Be aware of these regulations to ensure a perfectly peaceful and pleasurable day at the beach.  Also, not all beaches on the Outer Banks have lifeguards. Always be vigilant when at the beach, the ocean can be unpredictable. Be aware of the beach warning flags and take them seriously.  Be safe and just have fun!

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