Overview of Outer Banks Islands

Outer Banks islands

Curious about the Outer Banks islands? You’re not alone. The Outer Banks, as a whole, stretch across 130 miles along the North Carolina coast. However, each island has its own personality. Here’s an overview to share a few insights that will allow you to choose the best spots for your Outer Banks vacation.

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Memory Monday 8/26/13

Look At My New Pet Mom!

This week’s Memory Monday Photo submission comes to us from Chris Weidenhammer of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania who stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past June in the property “Coastal Comfort” in the Whalehead Beach area of Corolla.

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Wright Memorial Bridge To Close for 8 Months

It was announced this week that access to and from the Outer Banks will be more difficult this winter.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced in a press release this week one of the two bridges that serves as the main connection to the Outer Banks will be closed for a period of 8 months beginning in Mid-September of this year and continuing until Mid-May of 2014.
Traffic headed onto the Outer Banks on the W.M. Bridge
The westbound bridge which provides two lanes of outgoing traffic will be shut down beginning September 15th and the 2nd bridge will be converted to allow one way traffic in each direction during the repair process.   The N.C.D.O.T. has awarded a $6.3 million contract to G.A & F. C Wagman, Inc of York, Pa to repair the bridge, which crosses the Currituck sound and is the only way off of the northern Outer Banks. Plans are to replace the sagging pavement with a layer of latex-modified concrete that the highway department says will smooth out the riding surface.  In addition, seals will be replaced in joints that allow the bridge to expand and contract with the weather. Since the bridge opened in the early 1990’s a series of dips on the deck of the heavily traveled span has made for bouncy, and potentially dangerous, driving for motorists heading west between the Outer Banks and mainland Currituck County. Weather conditions will play a large role in the placement of the new pavement as the statement released by the D.O.T. indicated that air temperatures must be between 50 and 85 degrees with surface temperatures between 40 and 85 degrees.  Wind speeds cannot be more than 10 MPH during the process.
The Bridge on the Left will be closed for 8 months
There was no comment in the news release related to potential evacuations that may be called due to hurricanes. The contract is one of 29 contracts that total $107.5 million which were awarded in June for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina, the statement said. By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

OBX July 4th 2013 Firework & Parade Information

Going on vacation the week of July 4th this year?  It is going to be amazing, and the memories will last a lifetime!       

The Outer Banks is the place to be this July 4th!  The morning begins with an exciting parade in the heart of Duck, NC.  Get there early, park, and walk to get a Duck Donut and have your beach buckets ready for candy & goodies!  If you are staying in Duck, just pack up the stroller or wagon and make your way to the perfect spot for your family!  The parade is followed by a day of celebration together with live music and refreshments. 

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Memory Monday 4/29/13

Lazy OBX Morning

This week’s Memory Monday Photo submission comes to us from Mark Bridge, of East Pittsburgh, PA who stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past fall in the property “Long Distance Voyager II.”   We love Mark’s picture showing a foggy early morning scene taken off of the back deck of this property.

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Leave your mark on the Outer Banks this year!

Families have been traveling for vacations on the Outer Banks for over 100 years!



For many years, the Outer Banks has been a hot spot for historic travel because of the battles fought on the sand, the challenges won in the air, and the memories made beyond the dunes.  When you are counting down and awaiting your next steps on the sand, make sure to take photos and share your memories with the rest of the world!  It is amazing to think of how much progress was made in such a small area in the past 100 years as far as technology and vacation luxuries go, imagine what might change in the next 100 years?

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Memory Monday 3/18/13

Fishin’ on the Outer Banks

This week’s Memory Monday photo submission comes to us from Holly Miller of Hanover, Pennsylvania who stayed with Outer Banks Blue last September in the property “Rum Runner” in Southern Shores.   “Rum Runner” is right beside the Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier, and these photos prove you don’t have to go out on the pier to catch great fish on the Outer Banks.

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Memory Monday 2/18/13

Surf’s Up!

This week’s Memory Monday photo comes to us from Susan Roy of Great Falls, Virginia who stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past September in the property “Our Sand Castle” in Corolla.  Susan is pictured here at the Whalehead Club soundfront basin on a stand up surfboard also known as a paddle board.

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Memory Monday 2/11/13

Friends!


This week’s Memory Monday Photo submission comes to us from Jenny Harsin of Salisbury, Maryland who stayed with Outer Banks Blue Realty Services this past August in the property “Long Time Coming II” in the Ocean Lakes area of Corolla.

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