The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a special destination, steeped in history, tradition, and a culture all its own. Locals refer to it as life on a sandbar or the OBX. What draws visitors to the OBX is as diverse as the Outer Banks themselves. There are not many places on this earth that you can experience an island with ecosystems on either side. The east side has wide open beaches, with free public access to clean ocean waters that bound with sea life from the smallest microbe, to resident dolphin pods and the occasional Hump-back whale. To the west, brackish sound waters give us the delectable fishes, blue crabs, oysters, and clams. Wildlife abounds here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Our coast is a historian's dream. We can study the native Americans who walked the shores of Buxton over 1,000 years ago to the English settlers brought by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587. Many Europeans explored the shores looking for new land and new conquests. What some found was a fate on the shoals of the Atlantic. By the 1700's there were fishermen, traders, and entrepreneurs dotted along the 70 mile long stretch of islands known as the Outer Banks. Lighthouses were constructed to assist ships navigation as early as 1796, which is the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Ocracoke residents defended themselves against the British troops in the Revolutionary War in 1776, before North Carolina even became a state. The Civil War was fought by both sides of the conflict here. The Freedman's Colony evolved from the refugees from the Union headquarters on Roanoke Island after the war ended. The Wright Brothers gave Kitty Hawk it's place in history in 1903.
For those who love the outdoors, well it goes without saying that you are in heaven. The list of watersports to participate in is almost endless. Fishing is not only a way of life but a very popular Outer Banks pastime. There are parks and of course the Cape Hatteras National Seashore begins in South Nags Head. Outer Banks Golf courses are links style courses which are considered amongst the most challenging.
Our little slice of paradise also harbors some of the best restaurants on the East coast! You will have no shortage of delicious eats with a beautiful atmosphere and local fresh catches while vacationing here. Dine anywhere from Corolla to Manteo and you are in for a treat. Some of our restaurants have even been featured in national pulications and on national television shows! Ask any local and they will be sure to tell you their personal favorites!
We do hope you consider a visit to the Outer Banks soon!