For families travelling to the beach, or fishermen carrying tackle/coolers, a beach cart can be the best purchase of your vacation. These carts feature extra-wide wheels to move across soft sand, even when loaded. Carts are often built for specific scenarios, so think about the gear you’d be putting on your cart before making a decision.

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Alumacart Big Kahuna beach cart made in the USA

Big Kahuna Beach Wagon by Alumacart (made in the USA!)

The Big Kahuna Beach Wagon by Alumacart is a high-quality aluminum cart made in the USA (Hobie Sound, FL)! They are ergonomically designed to maneuver with ease while hauling extremely bulky and heavy loads. They utilize commerical-grade welded aluminum construction with stainless steel hardware to resist salty beach environments. This is the Cadillac of beach carts! The Big Kahuna only weighs 65 lbs. but can carry 350 lbs. This cart will haul up to a Yeti Tundra 125, Tundra 210 and Engel 123. A four-rod holder is available for fishing applications. Includes removable aluminum wagon walls. And once again, this cart is manufactured in the USA!

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Rio Beach Wonder Wheeler Wide Beach Cart

We love the Rio backpack chair, and we also love their Wonder Wheeler. This foldable cart features 15 cubic feet of storage, a 100 lb. capacity, wide, sand-worthy wheels, a neoprene grip and Removable tote. There is a side umbrella holder, and a very handy beach chair rack (for up to 4 chairs). The large mesh pouch makes stuffing towels and gear a breeze, and the bottom tray prevents everything from dragging along. If you have a cooler, we recommend placing it on the bottom tray and then stuffing your other gear into the mesh pouch above.

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Berkley Fishing Cart

Surf and pier fishing enthusiasts will appreciate all the features of the Brekley fishing cart. The star here are the large pneumatic tires float across soft sand. The cart is rated for 200 lbs. Need to cut bait? This cart comes with its own cutting board and knife storage. The frame is aluminum with electrostatic finish. This durable cart weighs in at about 30lbs. Six removable rod holders flank the cart’s basket. The main basket is large enough for a cooler and tackle box. The comfort grip handle is adjustable. Leg stands are sturdy and keep the cart upright. And, this cart folds down at the end of the day (or night).

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Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible Folding Utility Cart

Our pick for all-purpose wagon cart goes to the Mac Sports Utility Beach Wagon. This cart features 4 wide wheels that navigate sand with ease. The large 18x30” interior will haul coolers, tackle boxes, toys, games, and more. When folded, the cart is only 10 inches thick. The adjustable handle allows for comfortable pulling by anyone. Load rating is 150 lbs and the bottom is sturdy. We recommend putting your heaviest items in the back between the wide wheels for stability.

Aluminum fishing beach cart

Reels on Wheels Jr. Fishing Cart

The Cadillac of fishing carts is the Reels on Wheels Jr. and its easy to see why. This cart has a thick aluminum cage-style frame with large pneumatic tires. Cargo capacity is rated over 200 lbs. There are 5 vertical rod holders mounted around the cart, and a detachable tackle station and bait basket mounted on an aluminum post. One visit to a pier is all it takes to see why so many fishermen choose Reels on Wheels.

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Surf/Pier fishing Cart by Plus One

This cart takes a different approach than our other picks. Weighing in at 22lbs, ball style wheels sit below a tough, expandable plastic tray. Carry up to 300lbs. on hard ground, or 60lbs in the soft sand. It can be submerged in saltwater because there are no wheel bearings. Removable front and back cargo walls and bungee straps are included. We like the simplicity and portability of this cart. Made in the USA and comes with a 2 year parts warranty.

 

The Cotton Gin

The Cotton Gin

Jarvisburg location is temporally closed. For those traveling to the Outer Banks, The Cotton Gin is a beloved landmark with its large windmill and picturesque gardens. The Cotton Gin has stood in the same location since 1929, starting as a working cotton gin and growing to a gift store with 4 locations. Visitors are treated to a unique shopping experience in our main store in Jarvisburg, as well as our beach stores in Corolla, Duck, and Nags Head. Explore room after room filled with décor for your home and coastal fashions for both men and women. Discover the brands you really want, like, Vera Bradley, Vineyard Vines, La Mer Luex, Simply Southern, Lindsay Phillips, Scout, Pandora, Kameleon, Brighton, Spartina, Tommy Bahama, Southern Tide and Salt Life and Old Guys Rule - all under one roof!

 

Don’t forget the gourmet market, or shop our beautiful linens for your bedroom and bath. We also feature coastal books and fine art, or just a whimsical fun gift to bring home to family and friends. Stop by soon and don’t forget to try our estate grown wines in our stores or visit our vineyard and winery, Sanctuary Vineyards, located adjacent to the original Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg.

 

Most know The Cotton Gin as a must-stop shop for fine gifts, beachwear, souvenirs and so much more, but this retailer has a long-standing history within the Outer Banks. A local landmark that holds almost a century of memories, The Cotton Gin started from humble beginnings and continues to adapt to the times and tourists. Tommy Wright’s family has been in the Outer Banks for nearly 200 years. His great-great grandfather, Jacob Francis Wright, shipwrecked in Duck back in the early 1800s. Calling these barrier islands his new home, Wright and his family acclimated to their new environment.

 

Adaptation is a common theme for the Wright family. Tommy and his wife Candace, who continue to steer The Cotton Gin, have seen not only their business change with the times, but the Outer Banks as a vacation destination as well. A farm market in Jarvisburg eventually transformed and flourished into several retail locations dotting the Outer Banks.

 

“As the area changed and tourism took off in the 1960s, the family saw people coming for vacations, so they began to grow vegetables and things developed from there,” says Tommy Wright. The Wright family expanded upon the farm market and began to remodel a working cotton gin, later transforming the gin into The Cotton Gin general store in the late 1960s. While the additions to the farm store drew visitors, it was their encounters with the Wright family that kept people coming back year after year, which is something that remains true today.

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Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Welcome to the home of the happy oyster where for over 35 years the oyster has been our world. The Outer Banks only authentic oyster bar is the place to enjoy sensational fare from the sea washed down with your favorite brew or cocktail. We serve by the peck, pound, and dozen, raw or steamed to perfection. Kicked back casual, down to earth friendly staff, and reasonable prices make Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar the all-time favorite of locals and travelers alike.

The idea wasn’t to set out and establish a new concept restaurant on the Outer Banks, but that’s exactly what Awful Arthur’s owner Jo Whitehead and her late husband, Jay, accomplished more than 35 years ago when they opened the area’s first authentic oyster bar.

 

Awful Arthur’s opened in May 1984 on the Outer Banks. “We embraced the concept of an authentic copper top bar with the idea of it being a major drawing card and it still is,” explains Whitehead. “I get oysters wherever they are local. We follow the warm waters.” 

 

Just across from the ocean, in Kill Devil Hills, oyster season is year-round at Awful Arthur’s. Diners can take a seat at the copper-topped bar to observe the staff shucking oysters, served raw or steamed, along with shrimp, crab legs and clams all steamed to perfection. 

 

It’s not just the raw bar that’s earned Awful Arthur’s both local and national recognition, including being named one of America’s greatest oyster bars by Coastal Living magazine. The restaurant is a seafood-lover’s paradise, offering the freshest catches available.