Here it is ... everything you need to know about the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Everything.
It’s what the Outer Banks locals know, written by locals. We update this information annually, so it's always current and inclusive. What you read here is more comprehensive than any other Outer Banks info you'll find anywhere. We include writeups on every visitor-oriented business found here — every single one — so you can feel confident that you have the complete scoop. When you're searching for Outer Banks hotels, you can make a better choice about what fits your personality and budget when you know you're comparing them all. We include the big hotels, quaint motor lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds. Once you know where you want to stay, you can decide which Outer Banks restaurants you'll want to try out while you're here. We have such a vast variety on these islands now, and you can choose the gamut from hamburger shack to five-star gourmet. Of course, our calling card is the fresh bounty of Outer Banks seafood from our own waters, but if you're more of a meat eater — or a vegan — you'll have more options than you can ever patronize in a single visit! Our Outer Banks attractions bring people here from far and wide. Is there any other destination that can offer lighthouses, wild horses, the longest-running outdoor drama, monuments to historic first events, gardens, aquariums, museums and more, all in addition to Mother Nature's amazing offerings of giant sand dunes, the ocean and the sound? That's the Outer Banks, like no other place on earth.
Get Active on Your Outer Banks Visit
We know you come here to have a great time too! The plethora of Outer Banks things to do is limited only by your energy and time to do them! Water sports top most people's list of chosen activities, but you can also take dolphin or horse tours, star gaze, go to a movie on a rainy day, attend an arts and crafts class, relax at a spa, bike or skate, run in a race (we have tons of them here), walk in an Outer Banks maritime forest, go birding ... shall we continue? Wait, we didn't mention fishing! Anglers have called the Outer Banks their favored home for centuries — from the shoreline, in the sound, out on the Gulf Stream or dangling a line from a dock or pier. Of course, some will say that Outer Banks shopping is their recreation of choice, and if so they can spend days honing their skills. Whether you wander around Duck, Manteo or Ocracoke on foot or use our info to hop from shop to shop by car in other Outer Banks towns, you can be at it from sunup to sundown if you want to be.
Over the past decade, the Outer Banks has become a hugely popular wedding destination. If you're planning to marry your sweetie any time soon, our information on Outer Banks weddings will be a huge help. Maybe you're years past a wedding and are more of the age to look for a vacation home on the Outer Banks? Our Outer Banks real estate section will introduce you to all the companies to choose from to start your search.
As you can tell by now, there's so much to see and do on the Outer Banks that you'll definitely want to stay for at least a week. Many visitors have learned that coming to the Outer Banks during the off-seasons is also a great choice. For an extended stay, check out Outer Banks vacation rentals. These companies represent houses from Corolla to Ocracoke, mansions to old-fashioned cottages.
Outer Banks This Week
It's like we said, you've found the site to tell you everything about the Outer Banks — its shops, activities, accommodations, attractions and more. But there's one more thing: To find out what's happening on the Outer Banks on a daily (and nightly!) basis, jump on over to OuterBanksThisWeek.com. You'll discover what the daily specials are at local restaurants, the current sales events at shops, today's fishing reports, the bands playing at local bars, the daytime activities and more. There are money-saving coupons there too!
Six Outer Banks Vacations in One
From this home page you can jump to a distinct area and find out everything about that one place. Do you like wild horses, lighthouses and shopping galore? Then check out our Corolla guide or the Ocracoke guide. Want to be right in the center of the Outer Banks and know all about the recreation and opportunities for dining, bar hopping and fun? (Who doesn’t?) Then check out our Nags Head guide. Have a penchant for beautiful gardens, outdoor dramas and arts performances and a lovely waterfront town? Then you should read our guide to Roanoke Island from start to finish. Are you an avid angler, kite boarder or wanting a vacation away from all the stuff of life? You definitely want to follow all the info in our Hatteras guide. Conversely, if your idea of the perfect vacation is to be in a town with hugely popular restaurants, shopping and events, then our Duck guide is going to be your game. Or, you can go to a specific interest, such as Outer Banks real estate, shopping, vacation rentals or Outer Banks recreation, and then find each area’s offerings from there. In short, this one website will give you all the information you need to plan your visit, so settle in for a great session of Outer Banks vacation “surfing.”
Outer Banks islands encompass six different areas that are quite diverse, so vacationing here is like getting six Outer Banks vacations in one. Corolla, Duck, the central beach towns of Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, Hatteras Island, Ocracoke Island and Roanoke Island each have distinct characters and offerings for visitors. You’ll discover 125 miles of clean Atlantic Ocean beach, much of it the undeveloped beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. You’ll romp through marshes, wildlife refuges, dense maritime forests and the largest open sand dune on the East Coast.
You’ll be amazed by more than 400 years of Outer Banks history ... and learn about the 16th-century English colonization efforts, a Freedman’s Colony established on Roanoke Island during the Civil War, the wreck of the USS Monitor, the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright and the monument to their achievements in flight in Kill Devil Hills, shipwrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic and much more. You’ll climb lighthouses such as the world-famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse or Currituck Beach Lighthouse, visit an old life-saving station or a 1925 mansion and step aboard a 16th-century sailing ship. You’ll possibly get to know the Outer Banks area better than some locals if you follow all the information we’re giving you in this site.
You’ll definitely get in, on or around the water. Try your hand at Outer Banks fishing, surfing, windsurfing, kite boarding, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, Jet Skiing, parasailing, boating ... you name it. Or, if you want to stay dry, try air tours, golfing, tennis, beachcombing, birding, jogging, walking, off-road driving, wild horse watching safaris, outdoor dramas and arts performances, miniature golf and go-carts … Outer Banks recreation information at its best.
You’ll find everything you could possibly need for a great Outer Banks vacation experience. You’ll stay in fine accommodations, from Outer Banks hotels and motels to bed and breakfast inns to campgrounds to rental homes. You’ll eat delectable fare in any of the Outer Banks restaurants. You’ll find everything you want and need in local stores and shops, from groceries and souvenirs to bathing suits and water sports gear to gifts for the people you left back home. You’ll learn about the Outer Banks real estate market.
Whether you plan to get out there and do everything — but we don’t think anyone could possibly do it all in one week! — or you plan to plop down in a beach chair and snooze your vacation away, we know you’re going to love the Outer Banks. Have fun planning out every detail of your visit through this site, your guide to the Outer Banks!