Outer Banks, North Carolina, has a charm all its own. With over 100 miles of coastline, public beach access is easy to find and there is a beach to suit essentially any lifestyle or preference. You can even find Outer Banks vacation rentals right on the beach. Unlike what travelers typically find in most big city beach areas, the Outer Banks is not home to one specific beach to which “everyone goes.” However, some of the most popular are those listed below:
Northern Outer Banks
Beaches located in the Northern Outer Banks towns of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Duck, and Southern Shores have an ideal mix of wooden crossovers, paved footpaths, and free public parking. The beaches in this area are considered modern and many have public facilities.
Duck Beach is often referred to as the country’s most pet-friendly beach. Dogs are allowed on the beach and as long as they are under their owner’s control, leashes are not required. However, there is no public beach access in the town, and therefore access is limited to vacationers who rent properties with shore access or who are staying in private resorts.
Southern Shores has great public beaches, but it is difficult to find parking in this area. Therefore, these beaches are ideal for those who are staying within walking distance.
Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk beaches are renowned for great skimboarding and surfing opportunities. They typically feature the biggest waves on the northern end of the Outer Banks. Public parking is not difficult to find at either beach.
Nags Head beach was recently widened to increase its sand and play areas. This has made it quite popular among vacationers with children.
Salvo, Waves, and Rodanthe–also called the “Tri-Village Beaches” since they share the same borders–are famous for large waves and their close proximity to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beaches. The main beach in Hatteras offers terrific dining and shopping opportunities, and large swaths of pristine sand. It is perfect for both sunbathers and water sports fans.
Buxton Beach is ideal for essentially anyone, as it is conveniently located near shops and restaurants. In addition, this beach is located near “Cape Point,” the latter of which is a popular tourist area, as well as home to America’s tallest lighthouse.
Frisco Beach is a terrific choice for those who enjoy camping and 4×4 beach driving. Vacationers who find rustic adventures appealing should definitely consider Frisco Beach.
Regardless of the type of beach one enjoys, a visit to North Carolina’s lovely Outer Banks will never be forgotten.