Hatteras Island North Carolina
We welcome you to Hatteras Island of the Outer Banks of North Carolina! This stretch of land is one of the most popular vacation areas on the East Coast. Seventy-two miles of wide, unspoiled and uncluttered ocean beaches beckon you to Hatteras Island. Our crystal white sand and warm blue water are among the best in the world. You can visit a life guarded beach where safety and comfort are assured or even at the peak of the season, search out and find your own isolated spot in the sandy dunes.
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There are seven villages on the island: (from north to south) Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Rodanthe is situated about 10 miles south of the Oregon Inlet Bridge, adjacent to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Waves lies directly between Rodanthe and Salvo. Just south of Salvo is a 13 mile stretch of untouched National Park land. As you travel further south on Highway 12, you'll reach the central village of Avon. Avon has gained popularity as a vacation destination as the sport of windsurfing has grown, and shops offering lessons and rental equipment abound. Continuing south, the village of Buxton is best-known as the home of the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The Buxton Woods, which runs from Buxton to Frisco, is one of the largest remaining barrier island maritime forests in the southeastern United States. Frisco, just south of Buxton, is the least developed village on the island in terms of "tourist" activities. However, it is home to unique art galleries, the island's only air strip, and executive-style golf course, as well as the Native American Museum. Hatteras is the southernmost village on Hatteras Island. This village is probably best-known for its world-famous offshore fishing fleet. At several marinas, including Hatteras Landing, Teach's Lair Marina, Hatteras Harbor Marina and Oden's Dock, headboats and charter boats are available to take visitors fishing in the sound, inlet or even the beautiful blue waters of the Gulf Stream.
Hatteras beaches are within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the nation's first recreational seashore park. Created by Congress in 1935, the park has evolved into the premiere destination for nearly every recreational pursuit under the sun. Blessed by the proximity to the Gulf Stream, a great warm water oceanic current rising from the Yucatan Channel and flowing north where it touches the American mainland at Cape Hatteras, the island enjoys the most temperate year 'round climate north of Florida. Our water temperatures can be as much as 10 degrees higher that those areas immediately to the north such as Nags Head and Duck. Dunes caressed in golden sea oats and the dogleg shape of Hatteras Island provides a sheltered and safe beach from any wind direction except southeast to due east. Oceanfront homes border the National Park Service beach line and the ocean is only a short walk away. From the topside decks of most oceanfront homes, you should be able to see the ocean and the beach clearly. Come to Hatteras Island and enjoy our wonderful beach. From swimming to shell collecting, sun bathing to surf fishing, and from bird watching to relaxing and windsurfing to world-class seafood dining, Hatteras Island invites you to experience your best vacation ever.
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