What draws visitors to the OBX is as diverse as the Outer Banks itself. There are not many places on this earth that you can experience an island with such a vast ecosystem 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 Humpback whale. In the winter you'll occasionally see a seal basking in the sun, relaxing on the beach. The many smaller crustaceans make for perfect shell hunting expeditions where you'll find anything from a sand dollar, to a conch and sometimes even a starfish but the real favorite is sea glass!! The west side of a little peninsula exhibits a brackish sound. With waters that provide us the delectable selection of fish, 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, the Outer Banks is heaven! The list of watersports to participate in is almost endless. From wakeboarding, to surfing, body boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding and more. 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 been featured in national publications and on national television shows.
Ask any local and they will be sure to tell you their personal favorites. We do hope to see you on The Outer Banks soon!