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Surf fishing along the shoreline of Hatteras Island is truly unparalleled, and local and vacationing anglers alike can enjoy a full weekend of casting and reeling in the good coastal...more
Hatteras Island's Southernmost community, Hatteras village is best known for fishing, tourism, history and its remote, pristine beaches. But if you had to define Hatteras village in a word, it would be "fishing."
It started out that way, back in the 1700s when the first settlers relied on the abundance of one of the largest estuarine systems in the world for their sustenance. Eventually the small fishing village evolved into a major sports fishing destination and is now known as the "blue marlin capital of he world." Only 15 miles from the Gulf Stream, the area offers some of the best charter fishing off the North Carolina Coast.
But you don't have to have a boat to fish in Hatteras, which boasts that surf fishing along its beaches is "like no other anywhere else in the world." The beaches offer pedestrian and vehicular access, and every September the village hosts an Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, with over 90 teams competing. And there's a number of other water sports to enjoy, both ocean and sound side, particularly surfing. The shore's proximity to where the cold water Labrador Current collides with the warm water Gulf Stream results in some of the largest waves available on the East Coast. On the west side of the village, the Pamlico Sound offers plenty of other water activities, including swimming, windsurfing, kiteboarding, canoeing and kayaking.
Vacation rental homes are the most popular way to stay in the Outer Banks. Rental homes are available in Hatteras from:
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Sun Realty offers the largest selection of rentals in the Outer Banks. 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 all villages... www.sunrealtync.com
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Hatteras Realty has a large selection of Hatteras Island rental homes perched in the best locations. Find the right vacation home that fits your budget. Cast your sights on over 70 miles of pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Hatteras Island is a one of a kind place and Hatteras Realty is a one of a kind Outer Banks vacation rental company. Visit www.hatterasrealty.com today or call 800-428-8372.
Hatteras Landing - The focus of Hatteras Village is Hatteras Landing, a soundfront complex offering shops, restaurnts, live music and a self-service marina. Located at the Southern end of Hatteras Island next to the NCDOT Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry terminal, visitors will find bicycle and moped rentals, fishing charter boats, and great sunset views.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum - The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is one of the newer attractions along Hatteras Island, but it is also one of its most comprehensive, covering centuries of maritime history within its distinctive, ship-haul style structure. Located at the very edge of Hatteras Village, adjacent to the Hatteras / Ocracoke Ferry Docks, this museum pays homage to the shipwrecks, US Lifesaving Service crews, hurricanes, and other local legacies that have made the island the historic gold mine that it is today. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the First Order Fresnel Light that originally topped the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, or learn about the first all-African American lifesaving crew in history that rose to fame after their courageous rescue of the E.S. Newman. With all these stories perfectly detailed within the museum, in addition to a fantastic on-site gift shop and beach access located just across the street, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a must see for anyone who wants to dive into the fascinating stories of Hatteras Island's dangerous and centuries-old relationship with the sea.
Hatteras/Ocaracoke Ferry - Ocracoke Island is only accessable via boat or airplane, and most people take their cars via the official NCDOT ferry. Schedules and fees are available online.
Fishing - Hatteras is synonymous with fishing. Surf fishing, fishing charters, deep sea fishing, fishing tournaments, etc. You'll find it all here.
The Beach - If you dream of secluded beaches, look no further than Hatteras Island. The beaches of Hatteras Island are managed by the National Park Service as part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Here are some things to know about Rodanthe beach policies:
Surf fishing along the shoreline of Hatteras Island is truly unparalleled, and local and vacationing anglers alike can enjoy a full weekend of casting and reeling in the good coastal...more
Come celebrate the tradition of Hatteras Island’s working watermen at this annual event in the heart of Hatteras Village that has become a tradition for fall visitors and locals...more
The group which hosts the tournament, Capitol City Four Wheelers, is based out of Virginia and is always looking for new members who love and promote safe 4WD accessible driving. For an...more
Join in the fun of one of the most festive celebrations on Hatteras Island with this annual Christmas parade that has become a decades-long tradition for locals and holiday visitors alike...more
Though the focus of fishing changed over the years, it remains a major source of revenue for the village and has become the backbone of its tourism industry. Locals consider the commercial and charter fleets based at Hatteras village as its "anchor" as well as "the core that unites" all seven Hatteras Island communities. To celebrate the industry's importance in the "Spirit of Hatteras," every year this close-knit community sets aside a "Day at the Dock," when boats parade into the harbor for a ceremonial "Blessing of the Fleets."
Even for those who don't fish or get in the water at all, there's still good reason to keep going south after you visit the island's famous lighthouse in Buxton - and stop before crossing over to Ocracoke. The most recent and one of the most interesting attractions for many visitors is the new and expanding Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, located adjacent to the Hatteras Inlet ferry terminal. The facility displays some of the country's most important maritime artifacts from an area with one of the highest densities of shipwrecks in the world.
Whether you want to fish, soak-in the sun or the area's extensive history, mingle with this small amicable community or just be alone on a remote beach, Hatteras Village has it all. And most important, you can take your time getting around to whatever it is. The village's official website makes a point to let you know, "Here, time is slow and gracious... a companion, not a master."
Where is Hatteras, NC?
Hatteras village is located on the very southern end of Hatteras Island. It is bordered to the south by Hatteras Inlet, and is bordered to the north by the town of Frisco, which is just a few miles away.
Is there a difference between Hatteras and Hatteras Island?
Hatteras Island refers to the entire barrier island that is in between Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet, although sometimes this whole area is casually called “Hatteras.” Hatteras is also the name of the southernmost town on the island, Hatteras village.
How do you get to Hatteras, NC?
Visitors can reach Hatteras village from the north via NC Highway 12, and can reach the town from the south via the free Hatteras / Ocracoke vehicular ferry.
What is there to do in Hatteras, NC?
Hatteras is known for its miles of beaches which extend all the way to the edge of Hatteras Inlet. The town is also famed for its recreational fishing charters, which can easily reach the inlet and the offshore Gulf Stream waters from their Hatteras home base. In addition, Hatteras is home to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry docks, and a myriad of shops and restaurants throughout the town, which includes several small shopping plazas.
Where did the name “Hatteras” come from?
The town name originates from one of the area’s earliest explorers, Sir Richard Grenville, who named the region “Hatrask” in 1585. The area’s original Native Americans were also called the “Hatterask,” and were a subset of the Algonquin tribe.
What are the special events in Hatteras?
Hatteras village is home to a number of annual events throughout the year, including the Hatteras Village Christmas Parade in December, and the Day at the Docks Celebration in September. In addition, the town serves as the site for a number of offshore fishing tournaments, as well as charity events at the Hatteras Village Civic Center. Area restaurants and nightlife venues may also have outdoor or indoor live music throughout the summer months.
Where and when is the Hatteras Village Christmas Parade?
The Hatteras Village Christmas Parade is generally held on the first or second Saturday in December every year. The parade route starts near Teach’s Lair Marina on the southern end of the village, and ends at the Hatterasman Drive-In in central Hatteras.
Where and when is Day at the Docks?
Day at the Docks is held on the second or third weekend in September, and takes place all along the waterfront in southern Hatteras village. The event congregates along the local docks, and generally extends from Teach’s Lair Marina to Oden’s Dock and the Breakwater Restaurant.
Where are the beach accesses in Hatteras, NC?
Hatteras village has a number of beach accesses along the outskirts of town, which include large public parking areas next to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, and just north of the village. Hatteras village also has an ORV Ramp – Ramp 55 – on the southern edge of the island. In addition, most all oceanside streets features paths or boardwalks that lead to the shore.
Does it cost any money to park at the Hatteras public beach accesses?
With the exception of seasonal bird or turtle nesting closures, all beaches within Hatteras village and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are free and open to the public.
Are there lifeguards in Hatteras?
There are no lifeguarded beaches in Hatteras village.
What are the attractions in Hatteras, NC?
Hatteras is home to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry docks, and a nature trail along Eagle Pass Road that leads to area marshes. In addition, the town features a half dozen marinas, a number of shops and restaurants, and several landmarks that indicate famed events like the successful test bombing by pilot and Army general Billy Mitchell, who revolutionized air warfare in the early 1900s.
Are there shops and restaurants in Hatteras, NC?
Hatteras village has two small shopping plazas, which are located on the northern and southern ends of the village. In addition, the town has several art galleries and boutiques, a locally owned grocery store, a popular general store, a coffee shop, fish markets, and other specialty shops.
Where do you stay in Hatteras, NC?
Hatteras village is home to a small number of hotels and motels which are close to the Hatteras village ferry docks, as well as a wide variety of condos and vacation rental homes. Vacation rentals can range from one bedroom units to 10 bedroom or more homes, and are located throughout the village.
Where is the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry?
The Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry docks are located on the southern edge of Hatteras Island where NC Highway 12 ends, and at the northern end of Ocracoke where NC 12 begins.
Does it cost money to ride the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry?
The Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry is free to all passengers and vehicles.
Can you make reservations for the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry?
The Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry is available on a first come, first serve basis. Certain vendors, residents and employees may obtain a priority pass from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
What are the busiest times for the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry?
What are the departure times for the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry?
The Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry departs every half hour in the summer months, (generally May through September), and every hour on the hour in the winter months.
How long is the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry ride?
The Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry ride is approximately 60 minutes long.
Is there a Hatteras / Ocracoke passenger ferry?
A new Hatteras / Ocracoke passenger ferry is being developed for passengers who want to visit Ocracoke village and the Ocracoke beaches. It is expected to be operational by the summer of 2018.
What can you do on a rainy day in Hatteras, NC?
On a rainy day, visitors can explore the town’s shops, boutiques, and art galleries, or tour the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Rainy days are also popular times for visitors to take a day trip to Ocracoke via the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry.
Are pets allowed on the beach in Hatteras, NC?
Pets are allowed on all Hatteras village beaches, but must be leashed at all times.
Can I drive on the beach in Hatteras, NC?
Yes, with a permit. There is a beach access ramp at the southern edge of the island that leads to Hatteras Inlet, which is marked as Ramp 55.
Are there shells in Hatteras, NC?
Hatteras is a popular shelling destination, as the shallow beaches and gradually sloping shoreline makea it easy for seashells to wash ashore intact. Visitors will have the best luck at remote area beaches, such as the shoreline that borders Hatteras Inlet.
Are beach bonfires allowed in Hatteras?
Beach bonfires are allowed on Hatteras village beaches provided a visitor obtains a permit from the National Park Service. Permits can be obtained online or in person at the Buxton ranger station.
Where can you go charter fishing in Hatteras?
Hatteras village has dozens of inshore and offshore charter businesses that are stationed along the town’s docks and marinas. Visitors can contact the charter business directly to reserve a trip, or can stop by a local marina for information on availability.
How far is Hatteras village from the Gulf Stream?
The exact distance between Hatteras village and the Gulf Stream can vary, but it can be as little as 12 miles from Hatteras Inlet.
When is the best time to visit Hatteras?
Hatteras is most popular in the summer months, when all seasonal businesses are open and the beaches are warm and sunny. Fall is another popular time to visit Hatteras, due to the exceptional surf, inshore and offshore fishing, as well as the annual Day at the Docks festival.
What are the air temperatures each month in Hatteras?
January - high: 53°, low: 40°F
February - high: 54°, low: 41°F
March - high: 60°, low: 46°F
April - high: 67°, low: 54°F
May - high: 74°, low: 62°F
June - high: 81°, low: 69°F
July - high: 85°, low: 75°F
August - high: 84°, low: 74°F
September - high: 81°, low: 69°F
October - high: 73°, low: 60°F
November - high: 64°, low: 52°F
December - high: 57°, low: 44°F
Enjoy what Captain Stuart Wescott calls a guaranteed dolphin watch tour June through October. Not only scenic, the tour on the Captain Johnny is incredibly educational. Learn about the bottlenose dolphins that frequent our waters. See them mate and birth on many cruises, and enjoy their playful behavior.
Long before the summer vacationing families discovered the Outer Banks as a hot tourist destination, fishermen from across the country flocked to coastal North Carolina. With no roads to navigate, and no vacation homes to stay in, anglers would brave the makeshift sandy paths that ran along thebeaches, and would set up makeshift campsites whenever there was protection from the wind and waves. They went through great efforts to visit the Outer Banks for one reason: Exceptional fishing.
The inviting and friendly family atmosphere of Mako Mike’s has made it a favorite Kill Devil Hills restaurant and Outer Banks restaurant for visitors and locals. Families can enjoy a good meal at a good value, a memorable dining experience from their first greeting at the door, amazement and wonder at the fun, colorful and aquatic/shark theme and décor, a satiating experience for the palate, and sincere appreciation from the staff for choosing to dine at Mako Mike’s Kill Devil Hills restaurant.
Mako Mike’s menu has something delicious for every palate featuring: fresh outer banks seafood, Angus beef, authentic jerk chicken, golden fried oysters, tantalizing appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, homemade desserts, gluten free items, and full children’s menus available and wood oven pizzas made in our authentic Italian wood burning oven! One of the most dynamic menus of all Outer Banks restaurants. At Mako Mike’s Kill Devil Hills restaurant everyone is dedicated to creating a great dining experience!
Anyone with a fascination of history and America's European roots will love a day exploring the Elizabeth II, a historic 16th century sailing vessel that is docked along the borders of the Roanoke Island Festival Park. This ship can be admired by virtually anyone who takes a stroll along the downtown Manteo waterfront, as it sticks out like a sore thumb amidst the modern day sail boats, yachts, and fishing boats that are docked nearby. The wooden exterior and brightly colored Tudor flags sail in the breeze, and the sight of the resting ship certainly feels like a step back in time.
Offering full lunch and dinner menus with American and seafood fare and cocktails. Voted best deck dining on the beach. Relaxed and family friendly atmosphere. The spectacular view from Rundown Café’s newly renovated upstairs Hula bar deck is unrivaled on the beach. The restaurant offers seating on the deck, as well as more intimate seating inside either the upstairs bar or more family oriented downstairs dining room.
The drive to your Outer Banks destination can and should be part of the fun of heading to the beach, and with the wealth of roadside attractions, iconic destinations, and hidden gems, it’s easy to transform a long drive into an integral part of your getaway. So instead of making a beeline to the beach, take some time to check out the variety of activities and sites that are found along both the main routes and just slightly off the beaten path. Whether you come to the Outer Banks from the north, south, or west, you’ll find that there’s tons to discover along the way.
Life can get busy, so it’s important to take time out to cherish simple pleasures. Treasured family vacations. Favorite traditions. Conversations that linger. Giggles galore. Whether it’s playing in the waves, savoring our coastal cuisine, exploring our maritime forests, or just soaking up the sun, it’s the experiences that bring us together and keep us coming back to the Outer Banks. It’s the little moments that make life big.
While several of the Outer Banks' most popular sports seemingly flew onto the scene in the past decade or two, like kiteboarding or stand up paddle boarding (SUP), windsurfing has been drawing water sports lovers to the North Carolina coast for nearly fifty years. In essence, windsurfing can pride itself as being the Outer Bank's oldest, and one of its most beloved sound-based sports, and everyone from seasoned riders to windsurfing newcomers can catch an exceptional ride.
For a quick list of local businesses that offer great rainy day activities, check our Rainy Day Listings. Most Outer Banks vacations revolve around the great outdoors, with miles of undeveloped beaches to explore, dozens of watersports, and plenty of activities that thrive under the sun. But even a sunny vacation destination like the Outer Banks experiences a rainy day every now and then, so when the weather drives you off the beach, spend a day exploring these indoor and rainy-day friendly Outer Banks activities.
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For bird lovers, the Outer Banks is hard to beat. This delicate chain of barrier islands is not only home to dozens of different native shorebirds, but also thousands of migrating birds who make a rest stop on the Outer Banks every year. Add to this the fact that the islands have hundreds of miles of deserted beaches, maritime forest, and marshlands for species to quietly flourish, and it's clear that the Outer Banks is literally for the birds.
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Founded in 1984 on the coast of the Outer Banks, NC, Farmer’s Daughter still remains a destination for people wanting great quality, outstanding selection of unique clothing, accessories, and gifts at affordable prices. Committed to offering great customer service, we strive to bring the latest fashions and the most popular brands to our store, while constantly staying in touch with the latest trends. Our store remains one of the most unique shops on the east coast as we offer a huge variety of products, ranging from lifestyle apparel and custom clothing to handcrafted jewelry and gifts.