Tourist Destinations on Hatteras Island
Hatteras Island is located off the North Carolina Shore running parallel to the coast. The island is know for a number of activities including sport fishing, kite boarding, wind surfing and regular old every day surfing. The island is roughly fifty miles long and has a land area of roughly 33 square miles.
Ever since the Bonner Bridge was built to connect Hatteras Island to the northern Outer Banks, hatteras island tourism has greatly increased. With its laid back style, the island is an ethereal retreat from the everyday hustle and bustle. Even though Hatteras island tourism has increased, the seven island villages have maintained their quaintness and charm. Many flock to Hatteras Island to enjoy the marine setting of the Pamlico Sound and Atlantic Ocean.
Villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo
Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo are three picturesque villages which run together without any borders. All three are close to the central Outer Bank attractions, such as The Lost Colony, the NC Aquarium and the Wright Brothers memorial. Lined with scenic beaches, each provides easy access to the sound for lovers of windsurfing and kite boarding. The villages are teeming with natural beauty and house the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge for bird watchers. The borders of all three villages run along the 13 miles of the National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge comprises stretches of beaches, marshes and wetland. As the predecessor of the Coast Guard, the Chicamacomco Lifesaving Station is a point of interest to many visitors to the village.
Known as the hub of Hatteras Island, Avon has a long fishing pier and miles of white sandy beaches. Anglers flock to the pier, as it is known for the best red drum fishing. Avon is a village for water lovers. Along the Pamlico Sound, many of the resort communities offer rigging and launching access with small docks for crabbing and boating. Many visitors head to Kite Point and Canadian Hole for windsurfing and kite boarding access. Across the street is Ego Beach, where daring kite boarders can test their skills in the Atlantic Ocean. With old fashioned North Carolina charm, Avon is a welcoming village to visit.
Buxton is a peaceful maritime village and home to the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Other attractions in Buxton are Cape Point, Buxton Woods and Buxton Lifeguard Beach. Because of its close proximity to the Gulf Stream, thousands of fish migrate the Cape Point Beach every day. Anglers flock to the beach for a catch of Spanish mackerel, pompano, bluefish, red drum and flounder. Beachcombers who love to collect shells can often find moon snails, augers, Scotch Bonnets and sand dollars. You can take a tour and climb up Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for a panoramic view of the Outer Banks. The waters off of Buxton were known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. There were hundreds of shipwrecks due to the Diamond Shoals for over four centuries. It was the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse that was the warning beacon of the approaching Diamond Shoals.
Frisco exudes of classic beach charm with great fishing holes and miles of beautiful shoreline. Its major attractions are the Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier, the Frisco Native American Museum, Frisco Woods and the Billy Mitchell Airstrip. With long sandbars and gentle waves, the beaches are perfect for both children and anglers. The Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier welcomes surf fisherman with a tackle store for refreshments and drinks. Frisco offers a wide variety of fun activities for a great beach adventure. Equine Adventures will take you on tours by horseback along the beaches and through the Frisco Woods. Burrus Flightseeing Tours will take you up to the skies for a panoramic view of the island.
Since the Gulf Stream is only 15 miles away, Hatteras Village is home to the finest of charter fishing off the coast. This small village has the most marinas of any of the Outer Banks, including Oden’s Dock, Hatteras Harbor Marina and Teach’s Lair. There’s also a ferry that leads from the Hatteras Inlet to the Ocracoke Island for a quick visit. Hatteras Village also sports a wide variety of galleries, restaurants and shops for those rainy days.