5 Hatteras Island Beach Reads to Enjoy on Your OBX Vacation!

Hatteras Island Beach Reads

Your Hatteras Island vacation is the perfect time to catch up on all those books you have been wanting to read. There is nothing more relaxing than escaping into a good book when you do not have to worry about getting to work, or picking up the kids! And chances are they will too occupied playing in the sand to disturb you.  

Many of our homeowners and guests leave behind books they have read while staying on Hatteras Island. You will often find these books on the shelves or coffee tables of your vacation rental. Go ahead…dive into any that catch your eye. However, if you want to read books that take place on the island you are visiting, we have pulled together this list of 5 fun (and intriguing) beach reads that take place on Hatteras Island. 

Hatteras Blue By David Poyer

Hatteras Blue Book

FROM AMAZON: “On a moonless night in March, 1945, a Coast Guard destroyer sank a German U-Boat fifty miles off Hatteras Island, the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Now, a half-century later, the mummified corpses of three of its crewmen, wrapped in a decaying rubber raft, come to light during the excavation for a new shopping development. Their reappearance unleashes a tide of powerful forces . . . neo-Nazis with a ruthless plan to corner the South American drug market, an Isreali intelligence operative, and a shadowy, wealthy “historian” with his own, even more dangerous plan.”


The Lost Colony & Hatteras Island By Scott Dawson

FROM AMAZON: “The legend of the Lost Colony has been captivating imaginations for nearly a century. When they left Roanoke Island, where did they go? What is the meaning of the mysterious word Croatoan? In the sixteenth century, Croatoan was the name of an island to the south now known as Hatteras. Scholars have long considered the island as one of the colonists’ possible destinations, but only recently has anyone set out to prove it. Archaeologists from the University of Bristol, working with local residents through the Croatoan Archaeological Society, have uncovered tantalizing clues to the fate of the colony.”


Murder at Ocracoke By Joe C Ellis

FROM AMAZON: “A dark shadow has fallen upon the pristine, unspoiled gem of the Outer Banks–Ocracoke Island. Developers and investors long to get their greedy hands on its protected shores. On a moonlit September night, six people have gathered at Springer’s Point to seek out the ghosts of Ocracoke. Do the spirits care what happens to the island? A strange, glowing eagle appears and scatters the ghost hunters into the woods. One of them will not emerge alive.”


The Prayer Box By Lisa Wingate

FROM AMAZON: “When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house. Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. “


A Vast and Gracious Tide By Lisa Carter

FROM AMAZON: “Caden Wallis has suffered several devastating blows that have left him reeling. He’s lost friends and now his girlfriend to the ravages of war. He arrives on the Outer Banks for one final mission—to thank the woman who sent him a quilt while he was recuperating from his wounds at Walter Reed Army Hospital. McKenna Dockery knows all about loss. She lost her mother at a young age, and her father has never been the same since he came home from his own war. She juggles the family business, her ailing father, and an aging grandmother. Much to Caden’s surprise, she is the quilter—not some elderly lady. The quilt was something she’d begun for her future husband but shipped to the military hospital after the tragic death of her fiancé.”

Whether you are looking to escape into a book or want to learn more about Hatteras Island, these books will take you there. Be sure to pick them up before you arrive at your Hatteras Island vacation home, or download a digital copy before your stay. Now there is only one other thing you need to do….and that is