Quick Facts

  • 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 throughout the island, which are Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.
  • The year-round population is approximately 3,000-4,000, with the majority of locals living in the more residential communities of Buxton and Frisco. In the summertime, this number skyrockets to 50,000 visitors or more every week.
  • Hatteras Island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and more than half of the island is comprised of undeveloped, natural terrain.
  • The island is bordered to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the west by the Pamlico Sound. This means that the island is, at some points, approximately 30 miles away from the mainland.
  • The island is also cut off from the rest of the Outer Banks' barrier islands by Oregon Inlet to the north, and Hatteras Inlet to the south.
  • The notorious Diamond Shoals are located just offshore of Hatteras Island. These shifting sandbars have caused hundreds of shipwrecks over the past five centuries.
  • To access Hatteras Island, visitors will need to cross over Oregon Inlet via the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, or take the free Ocracoke / Hatteras ferry across Hatteras Inlet.
  • The National Park Service estimates that more than 2 million vehicles cross the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge every year.
  • In 2011, a new inlet also opened up on the island, which is located in between the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe. This inlet has been named "Irene's Inlet" by locals.
  • Hatteras Island is home to the 208' foot tall Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest brick lighthouse in the world.
  • Hatteras Island is also home to several refuges, including the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge north of Rodanthe, and the Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve in Buxton and Frisco.
  • The island "hooks" and veers back towards the mainland at Cape Point in Buxton. Cape Point is subsequently known as one of the top surf fishing destinations on the East Coast.
  • Hatteras Island is also famous for kiteboarding and windsurfing, and thousands of American and Canadian visitors come to the island every year to enjoy these wind-based sports.
  • There are no alligators in the sound, however there are legendary, and rarely seen, alligators in Buxton Woods.
  • There are also more than 350 species of birds on Hatteras Island, which are typically concentrated along the 13-mile-long Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, just north of Rodanthe.


Ocean Atlantic Rentals

Ocean Atlantic Rentals

If you need equipment while you are on vacation, you can be sure to find it at Ocean Atlantic Rentals. Serving families since 1979, this comprehensive rental destination has four locations on the Outer Banks and is happy to deliver to your door.  From baby needs to beach needs, Ocean Atlantic Rentals is ready to serve you. With Ocean Atlantic Rentals here, there is no need to lug your equipment from home if you can rent it when you arrive. Need baby equipment? Ocean Atlantic Rentals has everything from cribs and crib sheets to booster seats and exersaucers. Also in stock are high chairs, tricycles, strollers and more. Here you can find a bike for every family member and rent it for the week. Call 1-800-635-9559 and order before April 1, 2015 and recieve a discount for booking early and have yourequipment wiating at your rental home when you arrive!

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Sun Realty

Sun Realty

The Best Selection of Vacation Rentals on the Outer Banks. Our large selection of Outer Banks rentals means you can choose from a wide range of amenities, including private swimming pools, hot tubs, theater rooms, game rooms, pet friendly lodging and more! Our properties span the entire OBX coast including Carova, Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and South Nags Head. On Hatteras Island, we proudly offer beach cottages in Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village.

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Surf or Sound Realty

Surf or Sound Realty

What is your kind of vacation? Perhaps it is a relaxing day spent sprawled out on the beach under a shady umbrella with the sound of the waves, a good book and drinks in the cooler. Or maybe it is a day spent serenely paddling your kayak on the warm waters of the sound followed by a soothing soak in the hot tub. How about circling the deck chairs under starry skies with best friends after vibrant mealtime conversation over fresh seafood prepared in a gourmet kitchen?

Whether you envision vacationing in an extravagant oceanfront estate, a quiet soundside retreat, or somewhere in between, Surf or Sound Realty has the perfect home to accommodate your kind of vacation.

Surf or Sound Realty is located on Hatteras Island, part of the pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore just south of Nags Head on The Outer Banks of North Carolina. Regularly found on Top Ten lists for the Best Beaches in America, Hatteras Island’s beaches and villages are quiet, family friendly and picturesque. Since 1978, we have offered weekly premier Hatteras Island vacation rentals from single family beach cottages to expansive oceanfront estates with a wide range of luxury amenities. We make it easy to fit an Outer Banks vacation into your budget with several interest-free;flexible payment plans and multiple payment methods. We make vacationing effortless with options like keyless entry and early check-in.

Serving thousands of happy Outer Banks vacationers every year, we look forward to seeing you at the beach this year! Contact us for more information about our beautiful Hatteras Island Vacation Rentals on the finest beaches of the Outer Banks, NC today!