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Outer Banks Beach Things to Know

Kitty Hawk Ocean Rescue

Beach Safety Tips

  • When red flags are flying , do not swim in the ocean, these red flags fly during dangerous conditions, which aren’t always evident to the untrained eye.
  • Familiarize yourself with rip currents. Rip currents often look like muddy rivers flowing away from shore. If caught in a rip current, swim sideways until free; don’t swim against the pull of the current.
  • Stay 300 feet from all fishing piers while in the water.
  • Flotation devices are NOT a substitute for swimming ability. Strong breezes and tide changes can cause dangerous drifting.
  • Keep an eye on your children at all times! Do not let them swim alone.
  • Always face the waves & walk or wade into the water. Don't stand with your back facing the waves.
  • Choose a beach with a Lifeguard on duty. We do have roving ATV's in our community that patrol all day long.
  • Apply sunscreen liberally & often. Don’t forget the tops of your feet, ears, & the backs of your legs.
  • Wear UV protective sunglasses.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration & heat exhaustion.
  • Avoid jellyfish (most are harmless). For some, a sting can cause minor discomfort, but for some it may cause complications.

Tropical Storm and Hurricane Advice

Visit our Emergency Information Page

In the unlikely event a hurricane is threatening your stay, we recommend the following procedures:

  1. Stay tuned to the Weather Channel or local radio stations for updates and any notice of evacuation.
  2. Turn off all electrical appliances and turn the AC to 80 degrees.
  3. Please help out the homeowner by securing deck furniture. Secure trash containers, grills, and other loose objects in the outside showers or under the home.
  4. Close and lock all windows and doors, pull the shades or blinds.
  5. Take all of your belongings in case you are unable to return.
  6. Come by the Joe Lamb Office to return the keys to your vacation home.

There are no emergency shelters in Dare County or surrounding areas. Gas up your vehicle and leave early. There are only two routes off the island. Head inland or head home, depending on the situation. There is a possibility that once the storm has passed you can return to finish out your vacation. For re-entry information call us, or the Tourist Bureau at 1-800-446-6262. You can also listen to local radio/television stations for instructions. Dial 911 for emergencies only.

Fireworks on the Outer Banks

The beauty of nighttime fireworks is a spectacle of wonder, and a sure way to create a brilliant Outer Banks vacation memory.  However, you need to know that the only allowed fireworks in our area are sparklers, cone fountains, illuminated torches, smoke devices, and ground displays. 

North Carolina prohibits the possession and/or use of any pyrotechnics which launch or propel into the air, or which explode making a sound or “report” such as bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers.  Fireworks are illegal in all towns and villages here in Dare County.

If you do choose to set -off fireworks, do so away from buildings, dry fields and lawns and always while exercising extreme caution and fire prevention. Visitors love to light fireworks to commemorate their vacation at the beach with a fireworks show by the ocean. If you do make sure you take a flashlight and bucket to fill with water. Be sure to extinguish and take the remains with you in your bucket and dispose of them properly. Never set fireworks off from or on the beach dunes or from your vacation home decks or walkways.

Always use fireworks under adult supervision and when exercising extreme caution and fire prevention. Remember to have fun and be watchful so you can enjoy your vacation here with us on the Outer Banks.


Dare County PROHIBITS parking on the street. Vehicles parked on public streets will be towed. Limit the number of cars to the designated space provided.  Please do not park on the grass or sandy areas around your vacation home.

Respect the dunes

Use dune walkovers and designated beach access points and paths. Please don’t let children slide, climb on or play on the dunes. Foot traffic causes erosion. Leave sea oats, cactuses & other vegetation on the dune. Don’t pick for decoration on your sandcastle or dining room table.

Address: 4607 N. Croatan Hwy | P.O. Box 1030/ Mile Post 2.7 | Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 27949
252-261-4444 / 800-JLambJR / 252-261-3270 (Fax) /
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