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What Is So Great About The Outer Banks NC?

Seashells Beach Outer Banks NC

If you discovered this post, you may or may not have heard of the Outer Banks until recently. Commonly referred to as “OBX” the Outer Banks are a group of narrow barrier islands that sit off the coast of inland North Carolina.

A few reasons why the Outer Banks of North Carolina is so great:

  • Over 100 miles of pristine coastline with very easy accessibility to the area beaches.
  • Little commercial development – this is not Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach or Hilton Head!
  • There are many, many beautiful vacation rental homes as well as condominiums to select from.

These are just a few quick bulleted reasons why we are confident that once you vacation on NC’s Outer Banks the first time; you will be back for more before too long. Many, many individuals who visit the area once decide to carve in a week-long stay annually on the islands.

More Reasons Why the OBX is Special

Just being able to relax on the beach with a cold drink in hand is enough for many individuals - we get it! One of the great things about the Outer Banks is that you can either spend your entire week-long stay at the beach, or you can venture out and enjoy everything the area has to offer for visitors.

  • If you enjoy fishing, you'll be pleased to learn that there are several world-class piers as well as a couple of area marinas that offer both offshore and inshore fishing charter adventures.
  • The Outer Banks is home to some of the best waves on the East Coast of the United States. Just before a tropical storm or nor'easter is typically when the waves are at their pinnacle. There are several places on the Outer Banks that surfers and seasoned bodyboarders flock to that you'll want to pay attention to. 
  • Dozens of fantastic locally-owned restaurants to choose from. If you love fresh seafood then you're in for a treat! Some of our favorite eateries include Sam & Omie's, Tale of the Whale, and The Blue Point. 
  • Plenty of activities for any adrenaline junkie to partake in. From hang gliding off the sand dunes of Jockey's Ridge State Park, to kiteboarding on the sound side in Rodanthe, there is so much to do during your vacation.
  • Lighthouses! Need we say more? Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Currituck, Ocracoke, and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouses are all worth a visit. Some of these structures you can climb to the top of... others are just for photos and history. We put together a map of all the lighthouses on the Outer Banks to help you plan your stay accordingly.

Have we listed enough compelling reasons to stop what you're doing and plan a trip to the Outer Banks immediately? Hopefully!

When planning your getaway, be sure to consider the time of year you're visiting - there is a huge difference when vacationing during the summer versus the fall or "shoulder season" months.


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