The Outer Banks, a string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, is a premier vacation destination for those seeking a true beach escape. With its pristine sand beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and rich history, this is a place where travelers come to relax, explore, and immerse themselves in the essence of the coast. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or making your first visit, the following tips will ensure that your trip to the Outer Banks is one to remember.
Discovering the Flavors of the Outer Banks: Local Seafood Delicacies
Nestled on the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks (OBX) is known for its fresh and flavorful seafood, offering a range of dining options to suit every taste. From fine restaurants to more informal eateries, the OBX is a true foodie’s paradise.
5 Nags Head Restaurants the Locals Love
Want to know the best places to eat? Ask the natives. That’s true wherever you go. And it’s especially true in the NC Outer Banks, with their rich tradition of coastal Southern cuisine.
Outer Banks Mom and Pop Restaurants, 6 You Must Try
If you’re going on vacation, why not eat where the locals eat? You can find chain restaurants everywhere you go, but for these 6 “mom and pop” restaurants, you won’t find their delicious recipes or one-of-a-kind atmospheres anywhere other than the Outer Banks.
Outer Banks Visitor Guide
Enjoy a Unique Natural Environment
Natural beauty is undoubtedly one of the biggest draws of the Outer Banks. If you’re a nature lover, rent a kayak and spend the day taking in quiet water trails that wind through the islands, along the shore, through maritime forests, salt marsh canals, and estuaries. Floating in the bay for sunset is an unforgettable experience, as is paddling through a sound as birds and river otters play around you. Of course, no Outer Banks tourism guide would be complete without a mention of the area’s pristine wildlife refuges. Visit Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve,
Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
Plan Some Memorable Girls’ Time in the Outer Banks
A Girl Time Escape to the Outer Banks
Whether it’s you and your daughters, multiple generations, or multiple families sharing a vacation property for the week, the Outer Banks is the perfect spot for the girls to relax and create memories together. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your special “girls-only” time.=&0=&=&1=&
Corolla Vacation Shots: Memory Monday November 3, 2014.
|Sunset in Penny’s Hill|
One of the favorite things for folks to do is to head north of Corolla in the 4 wheel drive territory of the Outer Banks. This is the area of the beach with no paved roads, but with lots of adventures. Beautiful wide beaches await visitors and this is the home of the Corolla Wild Horses.
|Wild Horses roaming in Carova|
We recommend a day trip to Carova when you come to the Outer Banks. There are several touring companies that can take you to this area with their comfortable vehicles and expert guides. Corolla Outback Adventures is one of the best.Thanks again to Bobbie for passing along her photo memories. We look forward to serving you again soon.All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services
Surf, Turf and Other Dining on the Outer Banks
|Mulligan’s Fish Tacos|
When a trip to the coast is on your calendar, visions of seafood and other local fare always fill your mind. The Outer Banks of NC boasts some of the longest-standing and exceptional restaurants from down-home bakeries to seafood shacks and five-star dining that will keep you coming back morning, noon and night.
Tullios Bakery & Pastries – “Hometown” describes this breakfast hotspot that the locals flock to. Located on Duck Road in the town of Duck, you can grab melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon buns, fresh-fruit turnovers, croissants, muffins, apple harvest rings, assorted scones, donuts and other yummy delights that are made fresh daily. Coffee House on Roanoke Island – The Coffee House is simply charming, located in a converted house. You can enjoy your breakfast indoors or out on the expansive porch. Choose from fresh-baked pastries, breads and bagels or cereals. There are also smoothies, specialty coffees, lattes, frappes and loose teas. You’ll find them on Sir Walter Raleigh St. in Manteo.
Dune Burger – Located in Nags Head, across from the ocean, this local lunch shack gives you a quick place for good food fast. As the name suggests, you get burgers as well as hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, fries and other popular favorites. Waveriders Coffee & Deli – On the Bypass in Nags Head, Waveriders features Boar’s Head deli meat piled high on mouthwatering sandwiches. The casual atmosphere and affordable prices make it a great place to grab a quick bite with the family to eat there or take to the beach.
Sugar Creek Seafood – Gorgeous scenery, local flair and scrumptious seafood are what you’ll find here. From steam pots to their award-winning shrimp and grits, you’ll discover several choices in both the “surf” and “turf” categories.
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