Check out our list of things to do during your visit to Hatteras. Activities include hiking, walking, biking, kayaking, birding, surfing, lighthouse climbs, fishing, beaches, wildlife viewing, swimming, camping, SUP, golf, scenic spots, boating, educational activities, museums, shelling, kiteboarding, windsurfing, nightlife, and crabbing.… (More)
Learn about history, geography, elevation, population, unique features, parks and area claims of fame with this list of fun facts and trivia. The term "Hatteras" refers both to Hatteras Island itself, which is the long barrier island that stretches from Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Inlet, and Hatteras Village, which is the southernmost community on the island. Hatteras Island is 50 miles long and about 3.5 miles wide at most at its widest point in Buxton. There are seven villages scattered… (More)
There are seven villages on Hatteras Island, including the "tri-villages" of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo, which are located adjacent to each other, and essentially feel like one, long town. Every community has its own charm, and own selection of attractions and amenities, and visitors are encouraged to take a long drive along NC Highway 12 to explore every unique village.… (More)
Hatteras Island is well known as the naturally family-friendly destination on the Outer Banks, and for good reason. The sprawling collection of museums, shops, and miles of outdoor terrain makes this barrier island a kids' paradise. Both on and off the beach, active children will find plenty to do to keep their sandy hands busy. … (More)
The occasional summer squall can be the perfect excuse to explore the innumerable attractions, shops and restaurants that Hatteras Island has to offer. These Hatteras Island Rainy Day Activities will keep everyone in your vacationing party entertained until the sun starts shining again.… (More)
Hatteras Island's first tourists were fishermen, and fishing along the 50 miles of shoreline has become an institution on the island that is still enjoyed today, in every season. Before casting, visitors will want to read up on the local regulations, guidelines, and tips for securing the best chance to reel in a big catch. With exceptional fishing conditions on the soundside, the oceanside, and even offshore, it's no wonder that Hatteras Island is still recognized as one of the best fishing vacation destinations on the Eastern Seaboard.… (More)
The Hatteras Island shoreline, from Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Inlet, is under the management of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. As a result, certain National Park Service (NPS) rules and regulations apply for all Hatteras Island beach goers. Review the following outline of beach information to ensure that your family has a safe and fun-filled day at the beach.… (More)
Find out what's going on in Hatteras with our list of the best, annual events. Ring in the New Year by supporting a great local cause at this annual Hatteras Village dance that's become the place to be when the ball drops. The evening features a selection of hors d'oeuvres and mixers for attendees, as well as live music throughout the night, and a champagne toast at midnight. For tickets or to enter the annual raffle,… (More)
Hatteras Island has been occupied for more than 1,500 years, and as a result, the small barrier island is filled with historic sites, headline-grabbing events, and impressive archeological finds. Be sure and check out the historic local attractions on a Hatteras Island vacation to dig deeper into this unique Outer Banks' community's amazingly far-reaching roots.… (More)
Hatteras Island has a few motels, more than a dozen regional campgrounds, and even a couple Bed and Breakfast' which have gained national recognition and acclaim, but the main form of accommodations for visitors are vacation rentals. The island boasts more than 2,500 vacation rental homes and condos, which are found in abundance throughout all seven villages, and which vary in size, style, and amenities. From the classic two-bedroom "beach box" to the 12-bedroom… (More)
Explore Hatteras Island at its natural best with a visit to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Covering 13 miles of Cape Hatteras National Seashore land, this attraction is hard to miss, although there aren't many giant signs, hotels or businesses to point the way. Instead, visitors will find a completely undeveloped parcel of land, that's well-stocked with gorgeous views and serene nature trails that are ideal for off-the-beaten path excursions. … (More)
The Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station is one of Rodanthe's greatest treasures. This historical lifesaving station has been a popular attraction for Hatteras Island visitors for decades, and stands on the very edge of the small town of Rodanthe. Over the years, this station has been battered by hurricanes, ocean and soundside flooding, and ferocious gusts of winds, and yet it is still standing, and serves as a proud reminder of Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks' rich lifesaving history.… (More)
The Rodanthe Fishing Pier has been beckoning Hatteras Island anglers for decades, with a location that's convenient to folks staying in all three villages. Many Rodanthe vacationers find that they can simply walk over to the pier with their gear in hand, while Salvo and Waves visitors can drive over along NC Highway 12 and be fishing off the pier within minutes.… (More)
The Pamlico Sound is literally one of the biggest attractions on the Outer Banks, second only to the miles of shoreline and cool blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Stretching from the borders of Manteo and the Dare County Mainland all the way to Portsmouth Island and the Cape Lookout National Seashore, virtually all southern Outer Banks visitors will catch a glimpse of the Pamlico Sound at some point during their OBX vacation.… (More)
Opening its doors in 1962, Avon Pier was the first pier constructed on Hatteras Island and was instrumental in expanding the southern Outer Banks' reputation as a world-class fishing destination. This reputation was cemented in 1984 when a world-record breaking red drum, clocking in at a little over 94 pounds, was caught just yards away from the pier structure. Since then, drum hunters have flocked to the Avon Pier in hopes of making their own record-breaking catch.… (More)
Considered one of Hatteras Island's biggest attractions, over 175,000 visitors come to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse every year to climb the 257 steps to the top. But don't let those large numbers of tourists scare you - Hatteras Island, and subsequently the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, is known for being unpopulated and uncrowded, even in the height of summer, making it a very attractive destination for Outer Banks vacationers.… (More)
When it comes to exceptional fishing, it's hard to beat the Outer Banks. This coastal region features virtually every type of fishing there is, from charter boat fishing in the Gulf Stream, to surf casting off the sand, to crabbing and cast-netting off a soundfront or canalfront dock. … (More)
Canadian Hole may be an unfamiliar term to the typical, laid-back Hatteras Islander vacationer, but to windsurfers around the world, the phrase invokes thoughts of an exact, postcard-perfect locale on the Outer Banks, where windsurfing and water sports conditions are truly at their global best, and any given day is a fantastic day to enjoy the ride.… (More)
Located in Frisco, the year round Museum holds a collection of Native American artifacts from Hatteras Island as well as other American Indian cultures. There are natural history displays and exhibits to explore that include basketry and pottery, and galleries filled with native art thread through the building that includes educational text as well as a dug-out canoe discovered on museum property and items recovered from the site of East Carolina University's archaeological dig at Buxton Village.… (More)
The shifting offshore currents that compose the Diamond Shoals have destroyed many ships over the past 500 years, most of which are still settled miles offshore on the ocean bottom. But thanks to a number of expeditions and excavations, many artifacts from these shipwrecks have been brought to surface, and are featured prominently at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.… (More)
The southernmost attraction on Hatteras Island is Hatteras Inlet, and fishermen, mariners, beachcombers, and island lovers all know this area of the Outer Banks shoreline very well. Located approximately half mile past the edge of the populated Hatteras village and the Hatteras/ Ocracoke ferry docks, Hatteras Inlet provides plenty of outdoor entertainment and simply incredible scenery for those who pull up a beach chair, or are just passing through en route to Ocracoke Island or the Gulf Stream.… (More)
Located 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina, Hatteras Island is a paradise for vacationers who adore watersports, a laid back atmosphere, and miles of undeveloped beaches.
A Quick Overview of Hatteras Island
Hatteras Island is a natural vacation destination where miles of unspoiled beaches are occasionally interrupted by a handful of coastal beach towns.
NC Highway 12 runs along the length of the island, which at some points is no narrow that travelers can spot both the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound along either side of the road. Considering that much of the island is nothing but sand dunes and thickets of maritime forest, the atmosphere is quiet, peaceful, and completely natural.
Hatteras Island is not a destination for visitors who crave a bustling, busy atmosphere. The seven villages that are scattered along the landscape are filled with a handful of motels and B&Bs, lots of vacation rental homes, a selection of watersports shops, beach stores and restaurants, and not much else.
The island has just one chain grocery store, which is located in Avon, and one or two fast food restaurants. Otherwise, the local restaurants, shops, art galleries and other businesses are locally owned, completely unique, and are liberally spread out along the 50 miles of shoreline.
Devout Outer Banks fans love Hatteras Island for this reason, as even during the height of summer, the beaches are sparsely populated. In the winter months, it's not unusual to walk out to the beach via a public access, (and there's many to choose from), and literally have the shoreline all to oneself.
Isolated, quiet, but completely inviting, Hatteras Island is the preferred Outer Banks destination for weary visitors who truly want to get away from it al.