Where Is Nags Head NC?

Map of Nags Head North Carolina Outer Banks

Nags Head, North Carolina, named one of the top places in the United States for a family vacation by TripAdvisor thanks to the towns’ highly regarded and pristine beaches.

Nags Head is located on a barrier island known as the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina.

The collection of islands is commonly referred to as OBX by area natives and vacationers.

There is much to explore and do in Nags Head, from hang gliding and surfing to fishing and kayaking. The largest hang-gliding school in the world is located at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, which are the huge rolling sand dunes located on the sound side of the town.

Anglers planning a trip to Nags Head will be pleased to learn that there are not one, but three piers in this coastal haven including Nags Head Fishing Pier, Jennette’s Pier and the Outer Banks Fishing Pier.

Unlike tossing a line in the Atlantic from the shore, you won’t need a North Carolina Fishing License when searching for flounder and trout off the docks of one of the area piers.

Some of the very best restaurants on the coast of North Carolina are in the town, including Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe, Tale of the Whale and Blue Moon Beach Grill to name a few.

There are more than a few annual events in Nags Head you may be interested in attending. The OBX Brewtag, Outer Banks Seafood Festival, and Outer Banks Pirate Festival all take place in this popular coastal territory.

Up for sightseeing during your stay? Don’t miss your opportunity to take a photo of Bodie Island Lighthouse in South Nags Head! Take a ride down NC 12 and you won’t miss the structures black and white stripes. Self-guided tours are available a majority of the year and the grounds are open 12-months out of the year.

Most people who vacation in Nags Head stay in a vacation rental home which is available from the sound side to the oceanfront and everywhere in-between!

There are also a few very well-kept condominiums that rent out units primarily during the busy summer months of June, July, and August.

Nags Head is peaceful and quiet for nine months out of the year and in my opinion, is best visited during September and October. Of course, this is difficult to achieve if you have young children in school.

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