Shore Details has an extensive collection of premier Hatteras Island vacation rentals affording prime access to some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. Hatteras Island has an ideal subtropical climate as well as one of the longest coastlines in the United States – stretching over 50 miles affording you plenty of things to do on Hatteras Island, including several family-friendly beach activities.
Take advantage of the breeze by going kiteboarding or windsurfing. Miles of open water in the Pamlico Sound–one of the largest lagoons in all of North America–gives you plenty of space to roam free. With Hatteras Island being less populated as well, launching points on shore and traffic in the water itself are minimal, creating an idyllic sense of adventure.
Reword this one, maybe in the sound but not in the ocean where we can have rough surf and dangerous undercurrents. Speaking of Pamlico Sound, you have the opportunity to walk out into the sea up to 100 feet without losing your footing. The shallows, paired with the lack of ocean trenches, makes it a phenomenal beach for surf fishing. The Gulf Stream and Labrador Current also intersect bringing in a unique array of fish that you may have never thought to catch in North Carolina.
Another activity that forges a piece of mind is sightseeing. Hatteras Island has some fascinating spots such as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It oversees one of the most hazardous sections in the Atlantic Coast. Graveyard of the Atlantic is the nickname given to the dangerous sandbar Diamond Shoals just off the coast where hundreds of shipwrecks took place. Just south is Ocracoke Island, where you will likely have to ferry across but will be able to see unique wildlife such as pony herds and migrating birds.
One of the more unique beach activities you can participate in is driving a 4×4 along the shore. Shore Details offers rental packages that include a cooler, a fishing rod rack, and unlimited miles. As long as you have a permit and follow the rules, it can be a memorable experience swerving on the sand and exploring the entire beach where you can claim your own spot for the day.
Wrap up a full day of beach activities with a bonfire. You can get the whole family around it and have hot dogs, brats, or s’mores. Our sandy beaches and incredible ocean views are a perfect setting for a summer memory straight out of a commercial!
Surfers from around the country flock to the Outer Banks, to paddle out into the Atlantic and experience some of the best waves on the East Coast. Both Frisco and Hatteras, offer great OBX surfing opportunities for beginners, with smaller and slower waves. Surfers consistently experience decent waves — making the OBX the perfect destination for surfers. Make sure you book one of Shore Details’ beachfront rentals in Frisco for your next Outer Banks vacations.
Surfing in Hatteras
The stone jetties combined with the beach’s location just north of Cape Point provide consistently exceptional breaks. A parking area gives everyone plenty of room to unload and prepare. The beach can get over-crowded, but the surf is worth it. Many local surfing competitions begin on the first jetty near the Cape Hatteras lighthouse and other Hatteras beaches. After a few visits, surfers will recognize that the combination of waves, and consistent conditions, are the main reason this is an ideal competing location. If you’ve never surfed, this is the perfect spot to learn! You’ll want to start with a longboard- generally longer, wider, and deeper board, making it more stable. Longboards are slower, allowing you more time and room to practice turning and maneuvering. If you booked your Outer Banks vacations with no specific plan, hoping to pick up a new hobby, you definitely should pick up surfing.
Outer Banks Vacations in Frisco
Another OBX surfing hot spot is the 1st turn out in Buxton. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, more specifically, the jetties where the lighthouse was are a renown local surf spot. No matter where you pick to paddle out on the Outer Banks, chances are you’ll find decent waves, waiting to be ridden. Just be very cautious during storms or exceptionally windy conditions. If the ocean is a wild mess of white water and huge waves breaking close to shore, it might be best to sit out that session. Surfing can be an incredibly difficult skill to pick up. It’ll take hours of practice to get the hang of riding the waves entirely. On the upside, if you don’t nail it on your first vacation, you can always come back for more to improve your surfing skills. Shore Details has all your Outer Banks vacations accommodations covered.