The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton is an icon of the Outer Banks. Historically, the lighthouse was a lifesaver for mariners. Located on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the waters off the barrier islands have fast currents, which is excellent for shipping because they help vessels travel quickly. However, Diamond Shoals, a deadly area just offshore of Cape Hatteras, is where the fast-moving Gulf Stream Current runs into the cold Labrador Current, creating big waves and powerful storms.
If you’re looking for a special way to spend Christmas this year, the Outer Banks is a magical place to make Christmas memories. The weather is temperate, with average highs of 55 degrees and lows of 37 degrees, so there’s just enough chill in the air to let you know the holidays have arrived. Beach rentals are a great value, and there are no crowds or traffic to interrupt your tranquility.
There is perhaps nothing as iconic to the Outer Banks as the lighthouses that stand above the shoreline from Corolla to Ocracoke Island. Soaring above the beach, they were some of the first guardians of the coast, warning mariners of dangerous shoals and treacherous seas. They maintain that function even today, their lights flashing distinctive patterns into the night sky and their particular color and paint arrangements giving sailors visual reckoning as they pass the North Carolina coast.
Whether it’s your first time vacationing in the Outer Banks or you’re a regular visitor, one of the top ways to get to know North Carolina’s special barrier islands is to take a tour. Plenty of small group excursions highlight the best of land and sea in almost every area of the Outer Banks. Here are some of our favorite tours:
Word came this week the venerable Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was malfunctioning. The light stopped flashing this past weekend.
The Cape Hatteras light is known for flashing every 7.5 seconds, but the spindle motor that moves the light in its circular motion malfunctioned and it effectively darkened the light. The Coast Guard, which maintains the light as a navigation aide, has been working on the problem since Monday of this week, but is not predicting when the light will be fully functional again.
Photo Memory Montage
This week’s Memory Monday Photo memory comes to us from Andrea Ehret of Easton, Pennsylvania who stayed with at Outer Banks Blue us this past August in the vacation rental property “Dreamer’s Paradise” in Corolla. We actually should say “Photo Memories” because Andrea has taken some amazing pictures and shares with us 6 of the best shots we’ve seen in a while.
Having a Blast On The Outer Banks
This week’s Memory Monday Photo Submission comes to us from a visitor that forgot to give us her name. Sorry we can’t give credit where it is due on the photos this week, but we enjoyed the pictures anyway.
More Fun Family Vacation Pictures
One of the real treats we get to enjoy at Outer Banks Blue is to provide hard working families a place to stay for their beach vacation. That is what Memory Monday is all about here at “Everything Outer Banks.” This week’s Memory Monday photo submissions bring that into view yet again.
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Planning a Self-Guided Coastal Lighthouse Tour on the Outer Banks
Way back in colonial days, lighthouses were built to warn sailors of dangerous coastlines – whether it be rocky shores that would tear the hulls of ships or dangerous shoals (like those in the Outer Banks) that caused ships to run aground or wreck.
You wait all year long for the one week you can relax, sleep late and do whatever your little heart desires. However, just a few days into your Outer Banks vacation, reality can come creeping in and threaten to ruin your well-deserved break.