Hatteras Village is located on the southern part of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks. It is separated from the island of Ocracoke by the Hatteras Inlet and shares the name with Cape Hatteras, located further north in the village of Buxton. Originally only accessible by ferry or footpath, Hatteras became a more heavily visited tourist location upon the construction and completion of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which connected the village to the northern Outer Banks. At the southern point of Hatteras, you will find the Hatteras / Ocracoke Ferry, offering a year-round ferry ride to Ocracoke Island lasting about forty minutes.
The word "Hatteras" is a version of a Native American word meaning 'there is little vegetation.' This word was also used by colonists of Fort Raleigh in reference to Pea Island north of what is modern day Hatteras Island. Though vegetation may be limited in the area, the abundance of pristine, white sandy beaches and crystal, clear blue ocean water is not, drawing thousands of visitors to Hatteras every year. A unique fact about the village of Hatteras is that it was able to keep its historical name, while many other neighboring villages were renamed in the 19th and 20th centuries by the U.S. Postal Service.
Hatteras has a rich history in Native American culture. Many Native American artifacts are still being found in the area to this day, as it is believed they occupied a huge expanse of the area. Historians believe that Hatteras may have been an area settled by some British colonists who left a settlement on Roanoke Island that was attached to the mystery of The Lost Colony. After a brief time away from the settlement, John White returned to find all the settlers gone, with nothing remaining except for a sign that said 'Croatoan.' It is heavily debated whether the colonists were destroyed by the natives or if they simply packed up and joined the natives, but John White always believed it meant they had moved to 'Croatoan Island,' now known as Hatteras Island, but he was never able to find out.
In addition to its historical roots, Hatteras offers a great deal of attractions and fun activities for both locals and visitors alike. Fishing is one of the most popular recreational activities and is also a strong industry as well. With the Pamlico Sound separating Hatteras and Ocracoke Island, the fishing opportunities are almost limitless and can yield catches such as dolphin, tuna, king mackerel and wahoo. These types of catches can make their way into local restaurants, giving you the chance to taste some of the freshest and most delicious seafood dishes you will taste anywhere.
Many other fun recreational activities can be enjoyed in Hatteras such as surfing, kiteboarding, kayaking and more. The convergence of the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current produces some of the best and biggest surf that can be found on the East Coast, and its close proximity makes Hatteras a popular destination for any water sports enthusiasts. For those seeking calmer but no less exciting forms of water activity, the protected side of the Pamlico Sound will be a great place for those looking to kayak, kiteboard and windsurf.
Another great attraction not to be missed while vacationing in Hatteras is the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Here, visitors will be able to learn about the shipwrecks and maritime history of the Outer Banks. The Graveyard refers to a coastal area that contains one of the highest densities of shipwrecks in the world, due to war, weather or piracy. Adults and young ones alike will be enthralled at the models, exhibits and many artifacts that have been recovered from the shipwrecks.
Hatteras village offers many beautiful vacation rental homes for visitors to stay in, as well as a variety of locally-owned restaurants and shops. With miles of beautiful beaches and crystal clear ocean water, in addition to fun, recreational activities and a background rich in history, you will find Hatteras more than rises to the challenge of offering one of the best and most relaxing vacation spots anywhere in the Outer Banks.