One Visitors Circle, Manteo, NC | Directions 2795435.885914 -75.667812
Southern Outer Banks - from a resident – As a resident of the southern Outer Banks, I was curious to note that none of the reviews were from my home. If you're tired of the cold, dangerous waters, and too many tourists in Nags Head area, head south to my favorite beach, Emerald Isle. Imagine white sand, warm, clear water, tons of houses to rent for the week, great restaurants (Tortugas, yum), & it's all affordable. Granted there is some traffic during peak check in/out hours, but nothing like the Nags Head area. And, since everyone is southern, it's friendly! You can even rent a surfboard from 58 Boards if you need some excitement!! For the kids, there's putt putt, water slides, batting ranges, go carts etc. Also, try Atlantic Beach which offers hotels in addition to home rentals. Atlantic Beach has a boardwalk with tons of family entertainment as well. Hope ya'll come see us!
Native OBXer – Comparing the Outer Banks to Jersey Beaches is like comparing Pop-tarts to Eggs Benedict. OBX is known for it's natural beauty: no malls, no amusement parks, no boardwalks. If you like Myrtle Beach or Ocean City, then you won't like OBX. For one thing, we don't have a traffic light at every block! What we do have is natural beauty, miles of unspoiled beaches, surf, great fishing, sand dunes, wild horses, did I mention natural beauty?! The people are friendly, & the seafood is fresh. We don't have a McDonald's & a Wings on every corner, thank God! If you want to appreciate the beach, the TRUE beach, then please come visit us. If you want to see dolphins frolicking in the surf, & wish to experience the pleasure of a passing stranger smiling and saying hello as you walk past, then drop your cell phone, and get down here!!!
Hatteras Island...the best! – The uncrowded.....I have been vacationing on Hatteras Island since 1986..now my children and grandchildren love it... Hatteras Island is a ribbon of sand 65 miles long..cross the Bonner Bridge..south of Nags Head....mostly National Seashore except the 7 villages where building can occur....Recently my 2 and 5 year old grandsons became junior park rangers by participating in some of the free park programs..crabbing in the sound at the Bodie Lighthouse... the Spanish ponies on Ocracoke..learning about Blackbeard on Ocracoke (a free 40 min.ferry ride from Hatteras Is. to Ocracoke)..the 5 year old walked to the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse with his dad.. collected shells..built sand castles...played in the ocean.....watched the fishing boats unload at Hatteras marina....much history...Civil War...the U Boats off the NC coast WW II...Hatterask indians....the grandkids became pirates after visiting the pirates' store on Ocracoke....beautiful beaches....sunrises and sunsets a marvel...I usually stay in Avon.
OBX=Heaven – My parents took the family for the first time in 1970 as a five year old two lanes all the way from the VA line! My family loves it as I do! .How to surf fish, catch ghost crabs at night..body surf, surf and just relax! They love the smell of the ocean air, taking showers outside at your Beach House, eating big family dinners with family and close friends that share the same values! Best time on the beach 4-5 in the afternoon after playing hard all day sun is over the dunes light filtering off of the ocean sound of waves breaking sea grass is swaying in the wind... light breeze, SWEAT DRIPPING DOWN THAT FIRST COLD BEER...AHHHH. Kids grab the old 7.5 ounce cokes in a glass bottle as I did as a boy and brown cows at night! Pure joy! Only 30 more days!
What a waste! – I have been to OBX several time and it gets worse every time that I go there.
Over crowded with lower than average facilities. If you want to see where the Wright Brother flew, it's fine - if you want a casual summer vacation, look some where else - the Outer Banks are worse than the Jersey Beaches.
Stay in Hatteras Village – I just got back from my first trip to the Outer Banks last weekend from my younger sister's wedding. The entire family went down and made a vacation of it. We stayed in Hatteras Village which is at the southern tip of the island. I used to think what is the big deal about the Outer Banks? NOW I KNOW! It is absolutely beautiful with totally untouched beautiful beaches that are uncrowded and very clean. No high-rise condos. Nothing to spoil the perfect view. Be prepared to never want to leave and go home searching the internet for jobs anywhere near Hatteras! Lots of side trips too, lighthouses, preserved natural areas, many little shops and great local restaurants. Even my kids loved it and normally they go for all the excitement of the bigger beaches. We can't wait to go back next year.
Not a fan of the OBX – I think the people who write most of the reviews must be realtors trying to rent out their homes. The Outerbanks is overcrowded with little for families to do other than go to the beach. If you don't have 4-wheel drive you are missing out on the only exciting thing to do there. Many of the restaurants are nothing more than gift shops, you either have to enter the restaurant though the gift area or you have to exit one to pay your check. If you like looking at large vacation homes covering the dunes than you will love the outerbanks.
I was impressed – I normally go to the NC/Tenn mountains but last April my sister invited us to Corolla. I fell in love with it. In fact, so much, we are going back June 4th. It is laid back, quiet, not crowded except Nags head/Kittly Hawk area. I would recommend it to anyone who just wants to relax and doesn't feel like they have to be doing something constantly.
OBX - 5 Key Points – First, you have to love the beach. Second, you have to love to relax. Third, only come with family/friends that you are comfortable and share the same values/interests. Fourth, watch your little ones grow up after each visit and actually want to keep the tradition of coming to OBX forever! And fifth, be prepared to go into deep depression every time you leave (and immediately start your countdown until the next visit).
We go every other year with friends and it just aint enough! But its the greatest place to go, bar none! Duck is our favorite locale. Now, I could go on and on but you just have to experience it for yourself.
One more thing, when you come back you MUST tell everyone it was the worst trip ever (hey, lets not get the word out too much about this gemits already gaining a lot of popularity).
Love at First Sight! – I just returned from the Outer Banks a week ago. It was so hard to leave the beautiful beaches and island atmosphere. As a college grad, I wanted to celebrate my graduation at the beach but away from the crowds so the Outer Banks was my first choice! It's the perfect place to rekindle love for your significant other. After my trip I plan to have my wedding at the WhaleHead Club. There is a great place to watch the sunset over the sound with the Currituck Lighthouse in the distance.
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