Outer Banks Articles

If you’re like a lot of people – like hundreds of thousands of people – you love the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You might consider us presumptuous drawing this conclusion so quickly, and we would agree with you . . . except for the fact that we’re right. You love the Outer Banks beaches, the Outer Banks watersports, the Outer Banks towns, Outer Banks shops, the Outer Banks events and Outer Banks activities…everything about this place (you wouldn’t be on this site if you didn’t). We do too. And, lucky for you, we also love writing about the Outer Banks. Locals and visitors alike value our Outer Banks information.

Outer Banks Articles Give You the Details

We write about how to negotiate dining out if you have a big crowd. We show you, step by step, how to pick a crab. We’ve written articles highlighting Corolla and the Currituck Outer Banks or about charming Manteo on Roanoke Island or telling you the mysteries of Ocracoke Island. We cover the events happening on the Outer Banks – and, boy, are there a lot of them to cover! Outer Banks activities, everything from water sports to walking tours to lighthouse tours to birdwatching trips, are focal points. Businesses, rituals and legends local to the Outer Banks are detailed in our articles. You’ll find out how that restaurant got its name or the modest history of that now booming business. We give you insider Outer Banks information about staying safe in the ocean; how to navigate those pesky turn lanes; which restaurants to check out for the best southern cuisine in the area and resorts’ present and future aspirations. Our Outer Banks articles are good reading. You’ll feel like a local with all the knowledge you’re sure to collect! And we’re adding to them all the time. Click on in to learn about the Outer Banks from the local’s side!

 

Discover the Sound Side

By Molly Harrison
There are two sides to every coin, and the Outer Banks is no exception. On one side of the barrier islands is the deep, majestic Atlantic Ocean with its salty flavor and moody waves and currents. One day it can be as calm as a lamb, and the next it can be as wild and roaring as a lion. On the other side of the... Read More

Ocracoke Island's Rich History

By Anonymous
By Jenny Scarborough A common question from first-time visitors is, “How do you pronounce the name of this place?” It seems people have been asking that for years. The earliest record of the island’s name, on a map made by English explorer John White in 1585, designates the inlet as “Wokokon.” Subsequent spellings... Read More

Corolla Ghost Stories from Norris Austin

By Anonymous
Until he passed away in 2017, Norris Austin was the oldest living Corolla native. His grew up in Corolla and lived there almost all of his life. Like his father before him, he was the postmaster of Corolla for years. Austin had a great memory and a gift for telling stories. Here are a few of the stories he told about... Read More

Say It Like a Local

By Molly Harrison
Locals get a good chuckle when a visitor mispronounces an Outer Banks place name, but honestly, we all have to admit that some of the place names on the Outer Banks are a little strange and difficult to pronounce. How are you supposed to know that Corolla is not pronounced like the car made by Toyota? If you’re... Read More

The Best Family-Friendly Things to Do on the Outer Banks

By Molly Harrison
You’re on vacation – you’ve got hours of free time. It’s the perfect time to try something new or do something just for the fun of it. We promise you’ll never be bored on the Outer Banks. When you’ve exhausted the obvious things to do with the family — the beach, the pool and ice cream — check out these ideas for... Read More