Outer Banks Shopping — Fun from Corolla to Ocracoke
We all know the national pastime isn’t really baseball, right? It’s shopping, with a capital S.
And the sport of Outer Banks Shopping is doing its part to redefine that pastime. It’s the thrill of the hunt. It’s bringing the bounty home. It’s indulgence…and it’s just plain fun. Outer Banks shopping is right up there with the best of areas. In fact, we even laugh that Duck is our own local Rodeo Drive (see Duck Shopping). And, while some areas have a reputation as a shopper’s mecca, all the towns here have plenty to please even the most skilled in the pursuit of a purchase. Corolla Shopping can help you navigate that area’s upscale offerings. Nags Head (see Nags Head Shopping) and its neighbors Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk, can keep you in an Outer Banks shopping frenzy with its outlet and plethora of locally owned, cool shops. Roanoke Island Shopping is characterized by the enjoyable walkability of it. Wandering around the waterfront town of Manteo, moseying in and out of shops and galleries, is a perfect way to spend the day. The same is true with Ocracoke Shopping. On this island, many of the houses along quiet streets have been repurposed for retail. It's charming! And Hatteras Shopping puts the seven towns and their many shops right at your fingertips.
Individually Owned Outer Banks Shops with Tons of Variety
As with Outer Banks dining, Outer Banks shopping is surprisingly varied. You’ll enjoy high-end art galleries featuring the watercolors, oils and other medias of local and national artists. On the opposite end, if you want the kitschiest of souvenirs, that’s here too. Clothing stores feature bathing suits, casual sportswear, formal dresses and suits, all the current surf shop styles, high style, easy style. If you lose your suitcase, no worries, you’re set. Want to prepare a fresh seafood dinner at home tonight? Choose a locally owned seafood market to purchase fresh Outer Banks seafood and marinades, and then stop off at a specialty wine shop for a bottle to make the evening complete. Set your sights on antiques, fishing tackle, books, watersports equipment, home décor items, hammocks, handmade jewelry, gifts with an historic theme, nautically inspired selections – whew, you’ll be out all day and not begin to indulge your Outer Banks shopping jones.
Shopping here is, for the most part, a far cry from shopping in a mall or in a superstore where homogeny rules. The boutiques and specialty shops found throughout the towns are unique, individually owned and each reflects the personality of its owners. You will find a few of the national chain stores, but only a few.
Remember that on rainy days, every Outer Banks vacationer will be out there shopping with you. So, if you’re an aficionado, you might want to take some time away from the beach to have a more leisurely experience in our shops.