While staying at your Outer Banks vacation rental home, relax into our laid-back island lifestyle by planning a day trip to explore our southern beaches. If you plan your beach vacation without a trip to the Hatteras area, you’ll “shorely” miss one of our best kept secrets. Hatteras Island is the place to go for those who enjoy history, nature, unique boutiques and North Carolina seafood. Imagine picturesque miles of undeveloped beach wilderness and stretches of sand dunes that connect the seven village communities; Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.
It’s true that Hatteras promises serene nature walks, bird watching and quiet beaches, but don’t mistake this area for being completely desolate. Small businesses cater to recreational activities for the whole family, distinctive art galleries and unique shops. While we can’t promise you the typical fast food chains, there are many quaint local eateries to choose from that will not disappoint!
Here’s a sampling of just a few businesses to visit during your trip:
With over 30 years of professional food service experience, combined with a cookbook of island family recipes, this restaurant has long been a favorite for both locals and tourists. Known for their award winning Key Lime Pie, be sure to stop in for a meal or plan a coffee and dessert break during your trip.
Rusty’s Surf & Turf
Enjoy flavors of the island, cheerful local art and premium beef and local seafood boldly prepared with influences from the Caribbean, Pacific Rim and the Mexican Riviera. This culturally rich dining experience is created by Hatteras native, Chef Rusty Midgett, who honed his culinary skills in some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants.
Ocean Air Sports
Whether you are an expert kite boarder or a beginner kayaker, Ocean Air Sports has planned activities for everyone in your group. They offer both lessons and rentals for windsurfing, kite boarding, standup paddle boarding, surfing, kayaks, sailing and Waverunners. If you’re in search of a Hatteras Island adventure, let it begin here!
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
With more than 265 species of birds, such as Canadian and snow geese, heron, egret and tern, Pea Island is considered a birder’s paradise. Guided bird walk programs are offered year round and there are hiking trails along Pea Island beaches to observe all the magnificent wildlife the island has to offer.