Boating in the Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Fabled Barrier Islands
North Carolina's Outer Banks span well over 100 miles from Currituck to Ocracoke including the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Shaped by nature just like the Outer Banks were swept from the Atlantic Ocean. The first colonists to settle the Americas only to mysteriously disappear. The first flight launched by two brothers, forever changing the trajectory of the human race. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the first national seashore of its kind, complete with rolling sand dunes and menagerie of wildlife. And still today, after hundreds of years, the Outer Banks has a way of changing people and opening their eyes to new experiences and new passions.
What to do
Fishing is one of the most prominent activites in the Outer Banks. The sheer quantity of angling opportunities make the Outer Banks' waters some of the best in the world. They have every kind of fish you could imagine throughout the year. For more information on the types of fish, and fishing in general, visit www.outerbanks.org/outerbanks-fishing/.
Enjoy a trip to the beaches nearby. Work on your tan or enjoy a splash in the ocean on the beautiful beaches along the Outer Banks' shores. The beaches are free and rarely crowded, and you can partake in every type of water sport imaginable.
Take a trip to climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, also known as America’s Lighthouse, is the tallest brick beacon in the country standing 208 feet. The familiar black and white spiral-striped landmark serves as a warning to mariners of submerged and shifting sandbars. The view from the top is sensational and well worth a visit. Click here for more information.
Go golfing. Several championship golf courses can be found and all will test every aspect of your game. Try the Duck Woods Country Club championship golf course, designed by Ellis Maple. (50 S. Dogwood Trail, 252-261-2744, www.duckwoodscc.com/)
Wild Horse Adventure Tours come highly recommended by both locals and visitors alike and was voted #1 thing to do in OBX. Take a 4X4 ride onto the northern beaches to find the wild mustangs (we recommend the sunset or sunrise tours). See sights that you would never expect and enjoy the lively, friendly, and energetic tour guides that will take you through the tour. (610 Currituck Clubhouse Drv. Corolla, 252-489-2020, wildhorsetour.com/)
Where to Dine
Ocean Boulevard is open Seven Nights a Week, all Year Long! (252-261-2546, www.obbistro.com) The OceanSide Patio is open with live music from 6pm-9pm, Friday through Sunday! It's a great place to relax and wait for a table, or just stop by for a drink and some music! It is an American Bistro with a seasonal menu, a unique and comprehensive wine list, and great martinis.
Kill Devil Hills
Flying Fish Cafe is considered one of the top Outer Banks Restaurants. They provide good food and good times in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and take special care to ensure they provide delicious food and an ambiance that will suit anyone’s taste. Take a drink from one of the wines on their award winning wine list and indulge in their delicious fare.
The Colington Cafe is known as Kill Devil Hills' best kept secret. They offfer one of the most extensive menus of any restaurant in the Outer Banks. You get a great meal with fantastic service and well priced wine. Try the roasted halibut topped with crab meat and country ham, or the coconut shrimp, tuna, and wonderful homemade desserts. (1029 Colington Road, 252-480-1123, www.colingtoncafe.com/)
Owens is the only restaurant on the Outer Banks still owned and operated by the founding family. Owens' Restaurant serves the rich cuisine of the Coastal South, influenced by the provocative culinary flavors of today. Menu highlights are fresh off the boat - seafood and shellfish, Whole Maine lobster, tender aged Angus beef, ribs, pasta, and outrageous homemade desserts. ( Milepost 16 1/2, Beach Road, 252-441-7309, www.owensrestaurant.com/)
Torgtuga's Lie a delicious slice of the Caribbean. Tortugas' is home to some of the beach's finest fare, from mouthwatering appetizers to dinners and desserts so delicious you can't help but go back again and again. (3014 S Virginia Dare Trail, 252-441-7299, www.tortugaslie.com/)
1587 is committed to creating a distinctive atmosphere where food is prepared with artistry and presented with flair. You'll find world-class chefs who blend the freshest of ingredients, including herbs grown from the Inn's own gardens, today's Atlantic seafood, meats and fowl plus vegetables from the Outer Banks' finest growers. (405 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, 252-473-1587,www.1587.com/)
Where to Dock
Pirate Cove Marina is a protected, deep water, full service marina with 195 slips and a charter fleet of 21 sport fish boats for offshore, nearshore and inlet fishing. It is one of the largest world class marinas on the East Coast and offers a fuel dock and in-slip fueling, showers, a Ship's Store for light provisions, and a courtesy van.