Read All About It – “The Outer Banks”

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One of the best things about vacationing on the Outer Banks is sitting back, relaxing, and reading a good book by the sea. But have you ever read a book about the Outer Banks while enjoying your OBX vacation? We at Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates would love to share with you books about the Outer Banks for adults and kids too.

Children’s Books

Book cover of Tammy Turtle by Suzanne Tate showing a sea turtle entering the ocean
Photo Courtesy of Suzanne Tate

Tammy Turtle – This book is great for kids who want to learn more about loggerhead turtles and how to help protect them. The author, Suzanne Tate, a local resident of the OBX has many other books about the beach and nature that will make your kids want them all. Other books include Salty Seagull, Sammy Shrimp, Spunky Spot, and Flossie Flounder. With so many books to choose from, which would be your favorite?

 

picture of a dog surfing surf dogs beach safety tips
Photo Courtesy of Kim Mosher Designs

Surf Dog’s Beach Safety Tips – If you have young children and are looking for a way to help them learn about beach safety, this book is for you! Surf Dog’s Beach Safety Tips is a book that will help them learn about safety when on vacation. The author is Kevin Mosher, and his wife, Kim Mosher, did all of the illustrations in the book.

Picture of a black cat on a beach ball on the beach with sand dunes behind it
Photo Courtesy of Tamara Hoffmann Shipp

Bosley the Cat – Bosley the cat loves adventures and has two books in the series, The Bosley Books. The first book is Bosley the Beach Cat, and the other is Bosley the Pirate Cat. These books take place in the Outer Banks and are so much fun to read for kids. The author is Tamara Shipp and illustrated by Sarah Glaser.

Photo of two children sleeping in beds with the outer banks lighthouse in the background
Photo Courtesy of Adam Gamble & Mark Jasper

Good Night Outer Banks – This book is a great book to read at bedtime for the younger kids and highlights several locations on the OBX. Those locations include Wright Brothers National Memorial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and Duck Town Boardwalk. Written by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper, this book will soon become a favorite for your kids every night!

Picture of book cover with young girl drawing and window in background showing people walking on the beach
Photo Courtesy of H.C. Friesen

Janey Olsen, Famous Artist of the Beach – This book was written and published by a long-time guest, H.C. Friesen. It’s based in one of our rental houses, unit 016, and back when it was yellow. This is a book to get and keep in your children’s book collection at home.

Photo of book showing a little feature of book with a picture of the Outer Banks and a picture of Unit 016

Adult Books

On This Day in Outer Banks History – This book is about the Outer Banks and how it’s so much more than a vacation destination. It tells the stories of the OBX and how amazing it is with all the history it holds. The author, Sarah Downing, is a former Joe Lamb Jr & Associates employee, and we couldn’t be any prouder of her success!

Hatteras Island, Keeper of the Outer Banks – Written by Ray McAllister, a regional author who visits the OBX often with this family. This book portrays the beauty and history of the Outer Banks and how it has remained like a secret vacation destination. He has another book about the OBX, Ocracoke, The Pearl of the Outer Banks, that you must also check out.

The Beach Lover’s Guide to the Outer Banks – If you’ve been searching for a guide on how to fall in love with the beach of the OBX, this is the book for you. Written by Tamara Shipp, you’ll find this series has two volumes. The first is The Beach Lover’s Guide to the Outer Banks Volume 1 focuses on Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head. Volume 2 focuses on Avon, Buxton, and Hatteras.

We hope you enjoyed this fun blog post on books about the OBX as much as we did writing it. If you pick up one of these books while on vacation and want to share it, be sure to check out one of the Little Free Libraries around the Outer Banks. Staying in one of our OBX vacation rentals will have you wanting never to return home!

Birds of the Outer Banks: A Birding Guide

The Outer Banks is recognized nationally as one of the best birding locations on the East Coast. It is one of the many stops along the Atlantic Flyway, a well-known bird migration route. The OBX offers many trails to watch birds in their natural habitat as they stop along the shores of the Outer Banks. 

Bird watching has become a popular pastime on the Outer Banks for locals and visitors alike. It is so prevalent that a week-long annual birdwatching festival is held in the OBX every year. When you stay with Joe Lamb Jr, you can see what birding on the Outer Banks is all about. Spot birds you never would have thought you would have seen in your lifetime!

Birds of the Outer Banks

There are hundreds of different bird species that migrate above the coastal waters of the Outer Banks. Here are some types of birds you will encounter here on the OBX.

  • American Avocets-this shorebird is noticeable by its white and black plumage and upturned beak. They can often be spotted sweeping through the shallow waters as they search for food. They tend to visit the OBX year-round, especially during the breeding season.
  • American Black Duck-this bird is typically found among a mix of other waterfowl but can be easily spotted by the yellow bills of the males, the greenish bills of the females, and their shy personalities.
  • American Kestrels-also known as North America’s smallest falcon, the Kestrel can typically be found on the OBX during the fall migration and in the winter. It is noticeable due to its colorful appearance. The males can be spotted with their blue heads, red backs, and tails. The females are apparent by their red wings, backs, and tails. Look at natural perches as these birds can be seen feeding from a high spot.
An American Kestrel peering down inquisitively
An American Kestrel peering down inquisitively
  • American Oystercatchers-just as the name implies, the Oystercatcher can be found along the shore or on salt marshes, feeding on various oysters, mussels, or clams. These birds can be characterized by their colorful bills.
  • American Wigeons-this commonly found duck can be differentiated from most ducks by its small bill and by the white-colored forehead of the males. These birds can be found from October to April and can be seen feeding on small aquatic plants.
A flock of American Wigeons on the Outer Banks taking off into the air.
A flock of American Wigeons on the Outer Banks taking off into the air.
  • Black-bellied Plovers-this is a large Plover bird found in North America. Typically seen during the winter and the spring and fall migration, you can find this bird on grassy lawns and mudflats. They are characterized by their black and white breeding plumage and gray and white plumage during the rest of the year.
  • Brown Pelican-this is one of the most commonly seen birds on the Outer Banks. These large water birds are characterized by their large bills, dark body, and throat pouch which they use to typically scoop up small fish and crustaceans. Spot these birds gliding along the surf or in a squad, rising and falling with the waves.
A pair of Brown Pelicans floating in the waters of the Outer Banks.
A pair of Brown Pelicans floating in the waters of the Outer Banks.
  • Canada Goose-Canada geese are large water birds that can be seen flying around the OBX in a V-formation. These “honkers” migrate through the area yearly, characterized by their long necks, brown bodies, and white chinstrap.
  • Canvasbacks-this waterfowl can be differentiated from other ducks just by their long and sloping profile. Males are characterized by a red head, white body, and black crest.
  • Double-crested Cormorant-this large waterbird is known for its small head sitting on top of a kinked neck, hooked bills, and dark bodies.
  • Eastern Willet-these birds are a famous sight in the Outer Banks. They can be identified by their long bill, gray legs, and stunning white striped wings. They tend to frequent the mudflats or hang around shallow water where they constantly probe for food.
  • Eurasian Wigeons-these birds can be a rare sight in the Outer Banks. You can typically find them flying in a flock of American Wigeons. They are characterized by their rust-colored heads. They frequent the Outer Banks from October to late March.
  • Great Blue Heron-This large bird can typically be found wading through shallow water, scanning for prey. With a large wingspan, these birds can be spotted year-round on the Outer Banks, though not typically during the breeding season.
A Great Blue Heron, standing majestically as it watches its surroundings.
A Great Blue Heron, standing majestically as it watches its surroundings.
  • Great Egret-this large bird is distinguishable thanks to its sizable white body, yellow bill, and black legs. Typically, bird watchers can find this bird stalking the shores in a Heron-like fashion.
  • Gray Plover-don’t let the small size of this shorebird fool you. They are feisty and resilient little birds. This bird is characterized by its gray to grayish brown plumage. During the breeding season, a dark neck band will appear, though it will appear incomplete on females.
  • Laughing Gull-this is one of the most common gulls you can find in the Outer Banks. These birds are characterized by their white and gray bodies and loud and raucous calls.
A Laughing Gull prowling the shoreline of the Outer Banks.
A Laughing Gull prowling the shoreline of the Outer Banks.
  • Killdeer-this bird is a member of the plover family. They can be seen year-round near parking lots, campgrounds, or flats in the Outer Banks.
  • Mallard-this common duck is characterized by the male’s trademark green heads, black tail curls, and gray flanks. On the other hand, the females can be identified by their brown with orange plumage and black bills.
  • Northern Gannets-this exciting bird find can be found thanks to their black wingtips. They can often be seen diving into the ocean in large groups of over a hundred or more birds. 
  • Northern Harrier-this slender hawk is characterized by their owlish appearance. They have a v-shaped wingspan and long tail feathers. Males are identifiable due to their gray and white feathers, while females are classified by the brown plumage.
  • Northern Pintail-this is another common duck found in the Outer Banks. It is a medium-sized “puddle” duck, identified due to its long, thin neck. The “pin” tail is long in males.
  • Osprey-the Osprey is a raptor known to feed on live fish and for grabbing its prey by plunging directly into the water. These birds are characterized by their white bellies, black beaks, and “crooked-winged” flight.
A beautiful Osprey in flight over the Outer Banks.
A beautiful Osprey in flight over the Outer Banks.
  • Peregrine Falcon-another raptor found in the Outer Banks. It is one of the fastest flying birds alive. During the fall migration, you can find these birds characterized by their striped underbellies and dark heads.
  • Snowy Egret-this bird is noticeable because of its crazy head of feathers. They are characterized by their heron-like behavior and large snow-white bodies. You can catch them in shallow bays or tide pools where they can pursue fish.
  • Yellow-Rumped Warbler-this bird is known as the most common warbler in North America. They are easily identifiable by their bright yellow patch of feathers right above the tail, yellow streaks on their breast, and a yellow crown during the spring.
A small Yellow Rumped Warbler enjoying the warm weather on its perch.
A small Yellow Rumped Warbler enjoying the warm weather on its perch.
  • White Ibis-this bird is a definite must-see for all birdwatchers or visitors of the OBX. It is a medium-sized wading bird classified by its red face, red legs, red bill, and prominent black tips along the wings.

Birdwatching OBX FAQs

What is the best season for birdwatching?

What month is best for bird watching on the OBX? It depends on the migration paths of birds. Typically, the best time to go birding in the Outer Banks is March because this is when the spring migration officially kicks off. However, any month or season can be a great time to see birds as they make the OBX their home.

Best birdwatching locations on the Outer Banks?

Where is the best place to watch birds on the Outer Banks? Several spots along the OBX allow you to break out the binoculars and watch these migrating birds without disturbing them.

North Carolina Birding Trail

This comprehensive network of trails spans the state, from the mountains to the coast. There are many sites on the Outer Banks which have been recognized as portions of the birding trail, and many bird watchers consider these areas to be the best spots to find flocking birds.

  • The Elizabethan Gardens
  • Roanoke Island Marsh Game Land
  • Jockey’s Ridge State Park
  • Bodie Island Lighthouse
  • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
  • Duck Town Boardwalk
  • Kitty Hawk Woods
  • Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

The Outer Banks is home to thousands of different species of birds passing through on their way to migrate south. With plenty of marshland and hundreds of miles of sandy shores, there are plenty of locations you and the family can stake out and watch the Outer Banks’ most popular feathered visitors in their natural beauty.

 

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

The Famous Outer Banks

Sunrise from Nags Head Pier in North Carolina

The Outer Banks is well known worldwide (or just in the US) as the perfect location for a relaxing vacation. But did you know that it has also caught the eye of many series and movie directors who wanted to glimpse our beautiful islands? We at Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates wanted to share a pop-culture blog post on what famous movies and series have been filmed on the Outer Banks.

Movies

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The Peanut Butter Falcon – This movie was filmed by local Outer Banks native Tyler Nilson and was out in 2019. This movie not only shows the beauty of our islands but also the dreams of one young man who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. You can find The Peanut Butter Falcon on several streaming services & is out for you to add to your movie collection at home. 

Brainstorm – While this movie was not filmed entirely on the Outer Banks, it has one scene. That location was at the Wrights Brothers National Monument in Kill Devil Hills. Have you seen this film before?

Call Sign Romeo – Another movie that should be hitting the big screen that was filmed on the OBX is “Call Sign Romeo.” It’s based on events during a State Championship wrestler in 2016 at First Flight High School.

Nights in Rodanthe – This film is based on a Nicholas Sparks book that made people fall in love with the Outer Banks even more as soon as it hit the theaters. This was filmed in the Village of Rodanthe, which you can view as you drive down Highway 12.

Message in a Bottle – Another film based on Nicholas Sparks’ book is Message in a Bottle. This film was released in 1999 and featured Kevin Costner and Robin Penn. It’s a love story that will make you want to have a romantic getaway to the OBX soon.

TV Series’

A marina / boat dock in Outer Banks, NC at sunset. The sun is setting on anchored fishing boats.

Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks – You can catch this series on the National Geographic Channel or Discovery Plus. It follows local fishermen navigating out through the Oregon Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean, where they battle for Bluefin Tuna. This series has been on the air for over seven seasons and is still going. Become a fisherman for the day and try your luck at catching a Bluefin Tuna too!

American Horror Story: Roanoke – Roanoke was the 6th season of American Horror Story TV series. While the season was not filmed on the Outer Banks, it follows The Lost Colony’s true story. The original farmhouse they based their “farmhouse” on in the series is nearby Martin County, NC.

Outer Banks – As an honorable mention, Netflix’s hit TV Series Outer Banks is not filmed on the Outer Banks but is filmed on location in Charleston, SC. In this series, you will see where they make it seem like it takes 30 minutes to get from the OBX to our Capital City, Raleigh…but we must tell you it takes roughly 3 ½ hours. 

We hope you enjoyed this fun blog post on our “Famous” Outer Banks as much as we did writing it. Staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will have you feeling like a “star!” Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates hope you and your family experience the OBX just like the movie stars do.   


Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

Guide to Shelling in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks’ is a treasure trove for avid seashell hunters. Out of all of the things to do in the Outer Banks, shelling is perhaps one of our most popular pastimes. How could it not be with miles of shoreline to explore and plenty of beaches left untouched? There are piles of shells just waiting to be found. Shelling in the Outer Banks is just a matter of being at the right place at the right time and just a little bit of luck.

OBX Shelling: Common Shells on North Carolina Beaches

You will find a variety of different shells washed up on our North Caroline beaches. Some are more common than others. Here are some of the common seashells on the OBX you will want to keep an eye out for.

  • Scotch Bonnet
  • Whelks
  • Olive Shell
  • Clam
  • Scallops
  • Moon Snails
  • Auger Shells
  • Keyhole Sand Dollars
  • Shark Teeth (bonus find)
Seashells washed ashore on a beach in the Outer Banks.
Seashells washed ashore on a beach in the Outer Banks.

Best Time to Go Shelling in the Outer Banks

Virtually any stretch of beach you visit can have an abundance of seashells. However, to give yourself a competitive edge, there are specific times you will want to take advantage of. This will help increase the likelihood of finding the rarest shells.

  • Early Morning. The earlier you can get to the beach, the higher probability you have of finding shells. This will give you the best chance to find rare shells before everybody else.
  • Low Tide. Perhaps the best time to find shells is just before and right after low tide. During high tide, a variety of shells are brought inland. This leaves these beautiful finds once the tide recedes. Be sure to check tide charts to ensure you visit a beach at the right time.
  • After a storm. A great time to find shells is after a storm. Typically, we recommend visiting the beach a day or so after a storm has passed. Furthermore, try to visit once the incoming waves have calmed down. Just a few steps in and you’ll notice a plethora of shells just waiting to be picked up!
  • Off-season. If you are worried about not having the opportunity to find shells while other tourists are in the area, come visit us during the off-season. Typically, the best times are between the months of October through April. There are better opportunities to find different shell varieties without having to compete with other people on the beach.

 Best Shelling on the OBX: How to Find Shells

woman walking on the beach shelling at low tide
A woman walking on the beach. shelling at low tide.

One of the best things about beaches on the OBX is that you can find plenty of shells practically anywhere. You just need to look under the right conditions.

  • Sift through the seaweed Another great way to find shells is to get your hands dirty and dig through some seaweed. Typically, when shells wash up on shore, they do not come alone. They tend to be mixed in with piles of seagrass and seaweed. Sift through these grasses and you may stumble upon a great shell find.
  • Explore shallow water. Just off the shoreline in approximately 1 to 2 inches of water or just a little past ankle deep is another potential trove for seashells. Use a small net to scoop out sections of sand and catch shells before they are scattered by other incoming waves. Using a net, you may come across periwinkles, scallops, clams and olive shelves if you are lucky.
  • Scour the inlets. Known for being close to the sound and ocean currents, inlets can be a great place to find a variety of shell varieties. Shelling can be very good by the Oregon Inlet beaches, and especially near the 4WD accessible beaches on the northern side of the inlet. Shelling is also good at the dredge spoil islands in the middle of the inlet, which can be reached by a boat or kayak. Typically, the best inlets to check for shells include:
    • Oregon Inlet-near the southern end next to the original Coast Guard Station to reach the beach on foot
    • Hatteras Inlet
    • Ocracoke Inlet

Best Shelling Beaches on the OBX

A Scotch Bonnet seashell on the outer banks
A Scotch Bonnet seashell on the outer banks.

On the OBX, there are some beaches that are better than others when it comes to shelling. Of course, these beaches can change on a whim, especially with the changes in ocean currents and sandbars constantly forming and dissipating. As a rule of thumb, try to stick with beaches without a known drop off. In addition, keep to south facing beaches where the ocean brings in more tropical shell species.

In general, we recommend staying away from beaches such as the northern Currituck beaches and the southern Outer Banks beaches. You will want to make sure you visit beaches such as the 4WD beaches of Carova, Coquina Beach, Irene’s Inlet, South Beach, Frisco Beach, Hatteras beach, Ocracoke Island, and the Outer Banks piers. Be sure to check out our Beach Access Map for a full list of accessible beaches. 

  • Coquina Beach-If you can’t resist a splash of color, then take a visit to Coquina Beach, located just along NC Highway 12. Approximately 8 miles south of Nags Head town borders and part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, shellers will find plenty of coquina clams along the sand of this beach. The best time to visit this beach is between late May to early September, where you can watch as thousands of coquinas shimmy their way to the surface before scurrying back beneath the sand.
  • Irene’s Inlet-This is another great beach to visit to find shells along the oceanside and soundside beaches. Here, shellers are likely to find Quahogs and scallops in heaps. These shells are perfect to find for those who want to make shell ornaments or containers full of previously found shells.
  • South Beach-This southern facing beach is the best place for shelling, hands down. Even though it is only open seasonally, South Beach  resides in the perfect area between Labrador and Gulf Stream currents. Typically, this beach is deserted so you will have plenty of chances to find those rarer shells such as conchs, whelks and even Scotch Bonnets.
  • Frisco Beach & Hatteras Beach-these beaches are classified by their shallow ocean floor, which allows shells from the ocean to wash up on shore without any scratches or abrasions upon their surfaces. Visit these beaches right after low tide to find some truly incredible finds such as augers, olive shells and whelks.
  • The Outer Banks Piersdue to the structure of the pier, small clusters of smaller shells can wash up on the shore. Keep in mind, virtually any pier along the Outer Banks will do. However, because of their accessibility, be prepared to look for shells through piles of shells that have already been picked through.

There is no better adventure to take with the family than shelling on the Outer Banks. Regardless of what kind of shells you find, we know you will have fun finding them. Shells can be great for home décor, showcasing a special memento from your vacation or to use for crafts. We know you’ll love it!

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

What To Pack In Your Beach Tote When Visiting The OBX

Do you have a family vacation planned to The Outer Banks of NC this year? If the answer is yes, then we here at Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates understand that spending a week or more sitting on the beach soaking up the rays is just what you need.  Staying in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals will keep the beach at your backdoor, but having the right things in your beach tote will allow you to enjoy your vacation even more. Let’s look at what we recommend you pack in your beach bag so you can have a fun family vacation when visiting the Outer Banks . 

Beach Tote Items:

Beach Towels

OBX beach accessories

When you are on vacation making sure you have packed everything before you leave home is essential. So be sure to pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones. Having a beach towel with a different design for each family member can help keep track of whose towel is who’s. This can help keep you organized not only on the beach but in the laundry room to avoid any misunderstandings between siblings or cousins. For a more detailed search on rental properties offering in-home washer and dryers you use our amenities detail search feature.

Sunscreen

The sun in North Carolina is hot along the coast, so making sure sunscreen is in your beach bag is a must. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists suggest that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. Be sure to reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day you’re here with a sunburn. If you happen to get a little more sun than you expected be sure to pack a bottle of Aloe Vera. To help cool the sunburn a little more, place the bottle of Aloe in the fridge and it will help soothe the burn a little better.


Mesh Bag For The Sand Toys

Summer in OBX

Anytime you go on vacation with kids, you have to bring a ton of sand toys with you. We understand bringing sand back with you into your vacation rental is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. Packing a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.

Water Resistant Phone Pouch or Plastic Bag

Between the water, sun and sand, the beach is filled with many things that can damage your phone. Bringing a water-resistant pouch to the beach can be a lifesaver for many. If you come on vacation and realize you don’t have one, a sandwich bag or resealable bag will do the same as the phone pouch. They will keep your phone protected from the elements at the beach and you can even use it while it’s in the bag or pouch.  This way you can keep in touch with family members, coordinate meeting times, and order pick-up or delivery meals while sitting in your beach chair without having to worry about your phone being damaged.

Books & E-Books

Enjoying a Book on OBX

Be sure to pack a book or two when preparing to visit the Outer Banks this summer.  If digital books are more your thing then take a moment and download a few new book releases to your favorite e-reader before you arrive and be certain to bring your power cord. You don’t want to be stuck without being able to power-up your e-reader halfway through.


Beach Spike for Drinks

One thing that is often missed when packing items to go inside their beach bag is something to keep your drink sand-free. You can purchase a beach spike from any local beachwear store on the Outer Banks. With a beach spike, you can rest assured that your drink will be safe from the sand. You may often find them that include a place for your cell phone or sunglasses and your drink.

A Little First Aid Kit

When you are on vacation, having kids means that someone will get hurt or injured even on the beach. Having a little first aid kit with shells that can be broken along the shoreline or kids just being kids is a must. You can use a waterproof reusable cosmetic bag and add band-aids, Neosporin, aloe, burn cream, ace bandage, Benadryl, Motrin, or Tylenol. Just be sure to have enough for a quick dosage before heading back to your vacation rental for the day.


Sand-Free Hack

This is one item that you may not have thought about, but it is a must whenever you visit the Outer Banks. Whether you are staying in a vacation rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just the kids. 

Vacationing With Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach tote, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. For a full list of all the items we suggest to bring on your next visit please check out the vacation packing section of our website. Out of an abundance of caution we also direct you to stay informed about health and safety updates due to COVID-19 before you visit. Please take a moment to review the latest area travel status for the Outer Banks.

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates, a trusted name in Outer Banks rentals for over 50 years with the largest selection of quality vacation homes to choose from. If you haven’t made your reservations for your vacation, then check out all of our outer banks vacation rentals today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us! 

 

OBX Beach Safety Tips – Staying Safe

Taking a trip to the Outer Banks can be an enjoyable and memorable experience. As much fun as it can be, beach safety must be a top priority for those who visit the OBX. Whether you are taking a stroll on the beach, going sailing or taking a dip in the ocean, we want to ensure your trip to the beach is just as safe as it is fun. Here are our top five OBX beach safety tips for those who want to stay safe in the Outer Banks.

OBX Beach Safety Tips:

1. Rip Currents

A collection images that shows various beach safety flags. From top left and going right Green for calm, yellow for moderate and red for hazardous
A collection images that shows various beach safety flags. From top left and going right Green for calm, yellow for moderate and red for hazardous

A rip current is a localized current that flows away from the shoreline. In fact, it can be so strong, even the strongest swimmers can struggle to escape one of these. With the possibility of rip currents being as large as 50 feet to 100 feet wide, these currents can drag people away from the shore in just a matter of seconds.

Remember, respect the power of the ocean. Be wary of the following indicators for rip currents:

  • Churning, choppy water
  • Deviation in normal water color
  • Foam or seaweed moving steadily toward the sea
  • A break in the incoming wave pattern

According to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it is recommended to swim parallel to the shore instead of towards it if you get caught in a rip current. However, if you find yourself being dragged away from shore by a rip current and can’t seem to get out of it, it is important to remain calm. Do not fight against the current. On the contrary, allow yourself to float and be carried. Call or wave for help to the lifeguards on shore or other beach goers nearby.

Be sure to keep an eye out for flags on lifeguard stations on the shore and read any signs thoroughly as you arrive. Flags on our public beaches will indicate rip current conditions as the following:

  • Green-for calm water conditions
  • Yellow-moderate surf conditions
  • Red-high hazards for rip currents

2. Jellyfish

Moon jellyfish washed ashore on a beach of the OBX. Watch where you step!
Moon jellyfish washed ashore on a beach of the OBX. Watch where you step!

One of the types of wildlife that you will need to be on the lookout for, are the jellyfish. This is especially true if you plan on visiting our beaches. Local jellyfish deliver a powerful sting, which can result in red welts, mild to severe pain, blisters, swelling, prickling, and itching. Be on the lookout for the most common types of jellyfish found in the OBX below.

  •  Moon Jellyfish-These jellyfish are the most common jellyfish you will find along the beaches of the Outer Banks. They are classified by their clear, disc-shaped tentacles. You will mostly find these jellies washed up on the shore, mostly without their tentacles.
  • Sea Nettles-This jellyfish is the primary culprit behind most of the jellyfish stings on the OBX. They are classified by their reddish-brown color (typical of sea nettles) or their bay coloring (typical of bay nettles). These jellyfish tend to make themselves known during the late summer months. Furthermore, the size of these jellies will ultimately determine the severity of the sting.
  • Cannonball Jellyfish-Just as their name implies, the Cannonball jellyfish is named due to their cannonball-shaped bell. While these jellyfish are rare to see in the OBX, they are easy to spot if they do make an appearance. These jellyfish can usually be seen in the late summer and early fall.
  • Mushroom Cap Jellyfish-Named after their fungus-like appearance, these jellyfish are typically known for their creamy color, mushroom shaped bell, and the dark markings along their tentacles. You can typically see these jellyfish in the late fall and well into the winter.
  • Dwarf Lion’s Mane Jellyfish-As gorgeous as these jellyfish are, their stings are not so fun. The Lion’s Mane jellyfish is known for the pair of stripes running from their bells in a gorgeous floral-like pattern and their Nettle-like coloring. These jellyfish can typically be seen in the late fall and wintertime.
  •  Portuguese Man o’ War-Be on the lookout for these jellyfish later in the summer season. This is when these jellyfish tend to wash up on the shore. These jellyfish can be dangerous, especially with the powerful sting they can deliver with their 16 foot long tentacles. Usually, these jellyfish like to float on the surface to catch their prey with their tentacles, using their balloon body like a buoy. As cool as these jellyfish look, be sure to keep your distance.

3. Sharks

Blacktip reef shark shown swimming in between the sandbars in ocean waters.
Blacktip reef shark shown swimming in between the sandbars in ocean waters.

It is very unlikely that you will encounter a shark during your stay at the Outer Banks. However, it is best to be prepared on the off chance you come across one in the water. The most common types of sharks found in the Outer Banks include:

  • Scalloped Hammerhead
  • Atlantic Sharpnose
  • Blacktip

To stay safe, keep these shark safety tips in mind:

  • Swim near a lifeguard
  • Keep away from waters currently being used by fishermen or avoid water near the pier
  • Always stay close to a group
  • Do not swim at sunset, night or during twilight
  • Refrain from wearing shiny jewelry
  • Avoid excessively splashing water
  • Be cautious when swimming between sandbars and drop offs. This is a regular hangout for sharks
  • If you are bleeding, do not enter the water. Doing so will only attract sharks directly to you

4. Lifeguards on duty

Wooden lifeguard stand with condition warnings located in Kitty Hawk, NC
Wooden lifeguard stand with condition warnings located in Kitty Hawk, NC

Here in the Outer Banks, we welcome several million people every year to our beaches. For those coming from out of the area, be sure to visit beaches with lifeguard stations. Always consult the stations for up-to-date safety information regarding severe weather, shark sightings, jellyfish sightings and rip current risks.

5. Severe weather

Finally, outer Banks weather can change drastically. Be sure to be aware of any weather warning issued by the local authorities. Follow precautionary directions given by public safety officials. Additionally, be sure to keep up with the National Weather Service for hurricane warnings, ocean conditions, and other severe weather warnings such as wind or lightning.

As long as you know the ocean, understand the wildlife within it and respect its power, your next trip to the Outer Banks should be a memorable one. We want to make sure while you are vacationing that you are prepared. We hope our OBX beach safety tips will help you stay safe during your next trip. If you have any questions about risks or your safety, be sure to reach out to local officials, check out our additional beach safety tips here or reach out to the lifeguards on duty on the beach. 

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

2022 Summer Beach Renourishment on the OBX

The Beach Nourishment with the equipment, the crab and a walkover on the OBX.
The Beach Nourishment with the equipment, the crab and a walkover on the OBX.

Do you have a vacation planned on the Outer Banks of North Carolina this summer? If you do, then allow us to share with you a little information about a much needed project taking place on our beach. Staying with us in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will keep you close to the beach. We at Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates wanted to share a little more information with you on what is happening on the OBX this summer with the beach nourishment project.

What is Beach Nourishment?

This is a question that is often asked many times for those who may not live at the beach, “what is beach nourishment?” Beach nourishment is something that is done periodically to most beaches whether it’s on the east coast, the gulf, or the west coast. Beaches are prone to natural erosion due to hurricanes and weather patterns; these types of natural erosion can alter the way the shoreline looks.

A peek from the first beach nourishment project at Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, NC.
A peek from the first beach nourishment project at Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head, NC.

You will notice that not all the beaches will be affected at the same time of the nourishment project. The crews will typically work on a section of the beach for about 2-3 days. During this time, they will be dredging sand from the bottom of the ocean floor and pumping it back to the shoreline that needs additional sand. They will use large machinery and large pipes to help pump the sand onto the shoreline. While this is taking place that section of the beach is closed but after the work is completed, they will move onto a new section of the beach.

What Are The Causes of Beach Erosion?

This is "The Crab" a 3-wheeled apparatus to measure what has to be done.
This is “The Crab” a 3-wheeled apparatus to measure what has to be done.

Beach erosion happens often on the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico coast. The reason is due to a high influx of wind & storms including hurricanes that impact the barrier islands. The constant wind wiping and strong waves lapping along the shores of the barrier island change their shape, shoreline, and beaches. Often, we will generally see a change in the way one of the islands looks after a major hurricane comes through the area. But it’s not always just storms that can cause erosion. The wind, waves and tide changes also play a big role in the erosion as it will often take sand back into the ocean causing a change to the beach.

Benefits of Nourishment

A view into what the completed area looks like after it's renourished including a walkover the pipe.
A view into what the completed area looks like after it’s renourished including a walkover the pipe.

The Outer Banks beaches are a big portion of why people continue to vacation here. We continue to keep our beaches clean, and we will continue to invite those back for years and years to come. The Outer Banks is part of the barrier islands of North Carolina and play a big part in keeping the mainland from the brunt of major storms and tides. Just like the upkeep on your home, nourishments on the OBX are required for our beaches. 

Looking out onto the first beach nourishment at Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, NC.
Looking out onto the first beach nourishment at Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head, NC.

We are excited to see the results of the beach renourishment when it’s complete in September 2022 as there will be more beaches to love afterwards. Having strong and wide beaches provide storm protection for coastal structures, create new habitats, and enhance the beach for recreation. Staying in one of our OBX vacation rentals will allow your family to reconnect with each other this summer. We at Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates are looking forward to seeing you and your family this summer as you make new memories.

To learn more about the beach nourishment program and specific information on project updates please click here. 

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

Easter Happenings on the OBX

Bouquet of spring yellow tulip flowers and colorful Easter eggs top view on white wooden background. Easter background with copy space.

t’s hard to believe that Easter is less than a month away. Now is the time to start getting excited over your Easter vacation. Spending the week of Easter here on the Outer Banks has its perks, including all of the fun local events happening. Staying in one of our Kitty Hawk vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the action. Let’s peek below at what fun things you can do this Easter on the OBX.

Fly into Spring & Easter EGGstravaganza

Portrait Of Five Children Wearing Bunny Ears On Easter Egg Hunt In Garden

One of the most awaited Easter events on the Outer Banks each year is the Kite Festival and the Easter EGGStravaganza. The kite festival is sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites and will be on Friday, April 15th, and Saturday, April 16th, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Each day.  As we’re headed into celebrating National Kite Month, Kitty Hawk Kites wants to share their love of kites with everyone. You’ll see demonstrations of different sized kites being flown over Jockey’s Ridge State Park. This festival will also include pictures taken with the Easter Bunny with an egg hunt. Admission to the Kite Festival is free for all, however there is a $5 fee for each child who wants to participate in the egg hunt.  

Easter at Elizabethan Gardens

Another great event on Easter weekend is the egg hunt at The Elizabethan Gardens. This has been deemed one of the largest egg hunts on the OBX. It will include well over a thousand eggs!  Additional activities for your family to participate in include, egg spoon races, hat contest, coloring contest, and more! You will need to purchase your tickets online in advance to participate in the fun event at the gardens. The event is on Saturday, April 16th starting at 10:00 am and will end around 2:00 pm. Joe Lamb Jr & Associates is a proud sponsor of this event and The Elizabethan Gardens.

Easter EGGcitement at your Vacation Rentals

Joyful family wearing bunny ears headbands gathering at table in modern light kitchen and paining Easter eggs together

If you’re looking to explore Easter activities at your vacation rental here’s a short list.

  • Dying & decorating hard-boiled eggs with the entire family. 
  • Filled plastic egg hunt around your vacation rental. 
  • Baking & decorating Easter and Spring themed cupcakes.
  • Watch an Easter movie or your favorite family movie and just relax together.
  • Take an early morning or late night stroll on the beach taking in the sights and calming sounds of Outer Banks this holiday season. 
  • Don’t forget to pack the kids Easter Baskets for the egg hunts.

There are many other things that you can do this Easter weekend, and the possibilities are endless, but we wanted to share these with you. Now is the time if you haven’t booked your next stay in one of our Kitty Hawk vacation rentals. We look forward to seeing you and your family this Easter!

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

Where To Vacation In The Outer Banks

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The Outer Banks, frequently abbreviated OBX, is an ideal place to unwind and relax. The beaches are family-friendly, making them a perfect destination for a family vacation. With miles of sandy beaches fun off-shore activities, the Outer Banks offers a wide variety of activities that are well suited for everyone. There are so many fun things to do in the Outer Banks!

Where To Vacation In The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is filled with quaint towns and fishing villages. An Outer Banks Vacation Rental gives you and your family a private home or condo to call yours for the duration of your vacation.

Three story blue vacation home on the Outer Banks of NC with a private pool.

To the north, Duck and Southern Shores are the newest communities on the Outer Banks.

Centrally located, the towns of Kitty HawkKill Devil HillsNags Head are more populated, especially in the summer, with plenty of locally owned bars, restaurants, and shops. The town of Manteo wraps around Shallowbag Bay on the eastern side of Roanoke Island.

To the south, on Hatteras Island, isolated towns sit nestled right along the ocean. Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras: one road leads to them all.

Explore the Outer Banks and learn more about the OBX Towns. On your way, you’ll pass through Corolla, where you can spot wild horses roaming the beaches.

Brown horse walking along shoreline in Corolla, NC.

What To Bring To The Outer Banks On Your Vacation

What to pack for in the Outer Banks depends on when you’re traveling. The weather on the Outer Banks of North Carolina varies drastically. We have perfect sunny days, windy days, rainy days, and yes even sometimes snowy days. All in all, the Outer Banks has a lot to offer any time of the year. 

Sunscreen, sunglasses, a bathing suit, and layered clothing are all a must. Although if you forget something, you can pick them up at many of the local stores. If you plan on exploring different areas of the island, be sure to bring comfy shoes or flip-flops.

Read more about what to pack in your beach tote when visiting the Outer Banks. You can also view our Outer Banks Weather Guide to see the current or upcoming weather on the OBX.

Waves crashing under the pier with a young boy playing in the surf along the coastline in the Outer Banks, NC

Pet-Friendly Areas Of The Outer Banks

We understand that no one likes having to leave their dog behind when the family goes off for a fun-filled vacation. It’s for that reason that we make sure to have plenty of Outer Banks pet-friendly vacation rentals for our guests. Each Outer Banks town has different beach regulations regarding dogs. Please review information about having your dogs on the beach or feel free to contact us.

Plan Your Outer Banks Vacation Today

No matter where you choose to stay during your vacation to the OBX, we’re sure you’ll have fun! View all of our Outer Banks Vacation Rentals here and start packing your bags for your next family vacation.

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

What’s on your Outer Banks Vacation Bucket List this Summer?

Hand drawn illustration on blue background.

Welcome back to our final installment of the ‘What’s on your Outer Banks Bucket List’ In this post, we will be covering Summer. While it may seem silly to be thinking about your Summer vacation now, we promise that it’s never too early. Summer is an excellent time to visit the Outer Banks as the weather is perfect with just a few afternoon summer showers. Staying in one of our OBX Vacation rentals will allow you and your family to explore the Outer Banks even more this Summer.

40th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival

The little girl in the t-shirt plays on the beach by the sea with a colorful kite. In the background many people are walking on the beach.

As summer vacation begins and the temperature rises, the 40th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival begins. The weekend of June 17th – 19th, 2022, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, is hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Some of the fun things that you can experience at this festival are taking part in a free stunt kite lesson, learning about the different kinds of kites, coloring activities for the kids, or flying your kite. For many families, going to the beach and getting to fly that kite can be the highlight of your trip! Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates are a proud sponsor of the Boardwalk & a Friend of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. 

The Lost Colony

Another great thing that happens every summer is enjoying The Lost Colony shows. This is a production put on by actors and performers sharing the story of the 117 English men, women, and children whose dream was to live in America. This outdoor drama has become a tradition for many families to not miss every summer. This year The Lost Colony is celebrating its 85th year, and we are proud to be sponsors of this incredible act. Be sure to get your tickets today for your next trip to the Outer Banks.

16th Annual Watermelon Festival

Friends having great time on the beach,eating watermelon.

Summertime is a great time to spend with friends and family while enjoying some freshly cut watermelon as you sit on the deck of your OBX vacation rental together. We had to share with you the 16th Annual Watermelon Festival on Thursday, August 4th, 2022, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. This year it will be at Kitty Hawk Kites located in Nags Head and featuring many fun things. Some of the things you can enjoy are Watermelon Themed Competitions, Watermelon Bowling, Face Painting, and more. Plus, there will be plenty of vendors that will have some delicious food to try out. Admission to the festival is free, but you will need to purchase tickets to enjoy the activities. Don’t miss out on this fun adventure this summer with the family.

Honorable Mentions

We know that the possibilities are endless when you vacation to the Outer Banks during the summer, but we wanted to share a few more things on the list.

  • Have a picnic on the beach with the family – pack a lunch with the kids, bring the cooler filled with drinks & enjoy spending time together on the beach.
  • Explore Historic Corolla and visit the Whalehead Club
  • Go Deep Sea Fishing or do a little Surf Fishing with the family
  • Create new memories with the family

The Outer Banks is always a different experience for many during the summer months, and we promise that you’ll enjoy every moment you have. Staying in one of our OBX vacation rentals, you’ll be close to the fun each summer. We’d like to know what is on your #OBXBucketList this summer?

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.