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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.

Kiteboard/Windsurf

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.

Fishing

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.

Sightseeing

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.

4×4 Drive

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.

Bonfire

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!

After the wet and windy months of winter, spring brings Hatteras Island back to life, with the return of seasonal feathered friends. Birdwatching enthusiasts from around the world come to experience the majestic wildlife of Buxton NC, and nearby towns throughout the OBX. There are plenty of places to bird-watch on your next spring trip to the Outer Banks. Book one of our Shore Details rentals for picturesque views from the comfort of your rental. Unlike most Hatteras Island hotels, Shore Details features well-maintained homes complete with outstanding amenities.

Things to see on Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is the most populated area of the Outer Banks, and it is home to some of its most iconic and well-loved attractions, like the iconic lighthouses. After touring the tallest brick lighthouse in the world, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, wander through Buxton Woods Trail. Visit, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Which shares the area’s rich maritime history. Walk through the remains of hundreds of shipwrecks that occurred off the Outer Banks coastline as a result of Diamond Shoals. Observe Wildlife at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, or embark on an adventure as you explore uncharted waters in a kayak.

Whether you’re an avid birdwatcher or you want to explore the natural splendor of the Outer Banks, you’ve come to the right spot! Hatteras Island is a primary migratory route for birds spanning the eastern coastline. You’ll have a front-row seat to a striking display of migratory birds. Various bird sanctuaries have been set up along the Outer Banks to protect hundreds of bird species. While reserves and wildlife refuges are some of the best places for birdwatching, there are also many other spots to see birds. Whether you’ve come to spot wildlife or to enjoy a quiet time on the beaches of Hatteras Island before the summer crowds take over, Shore Details has the ideal rental for your Spring trip to the OBX.