The History of Durant Lifesaving Station

Durant Station – Photo by Outer Beaches Realty

Durant Lifesaving Station was built in 1879 as a part of the U.S. Lifesaving Service. It has since become a monument of the Durant Station Condominium complex.

Durant was part of a series of stations across Hatteras Island and the east coast. It was formerly named Hatteras, but it was changed in 1883 due to a naming complication with the Cape Hatteras station further north.

The station was decommissioned In 1939 after functioning for almost six decades.

Left: The Durant Lifesaving Station, built in 1878 Right: As it appeared prior to Hurricane Isabel Photos via

The station lived connected to the Durant Station motel complex as a memorial until 2003 when Hurricane Isabel hit. Only a large cistern survived the hurricane.

The lot would stay empty until 2007 until the Durant Station condominium complex, named to honor the station’s legacy, was constructed.

Photo from National Park Service

The U.S. Lifesaving Service was dedicated to rescuing sailors and citizens from the perils of the ocean. These surfmen would patrol the banks to spot and promptly respond to emergencies at sea from their station only a few hundred feet off the shore. The location allowed for the smooth equipment transition from land to sea.

The lifesaving service came from the importance of the Outer Banks commercial shipping system. Centuries ago, wooden ships would transport goods such as coal and sugar along the coast of the Outer Banks. The casualties from the shoals of Hatteras Island earned this area the nickname: The Graveyard of the Atlantic. Since the risk of a shipwreck was high, it was important for these men to be ready at any moment.

Durant aided in many rescues in its lifetime, including that of a Captain Heal, who thanked and commended the surfmen in this letter.

But as time went on, the need for many lifesaving stations diminished, and many were abandoned. Some were torn down, others were destroyed by nature, and few were memorialized.

Experience the history of Durant Station for yourself. Look out on the porch and imagine the daring rescues and the pride these men felt in their work.

History adds another layer of meaning and depth to the present. Take part in the history of Durant and book your stay here today with up to 3-bedroom condos, pool, game rooms, and lounges!

durant station community room

Durant Clubhouse has all you’ll need for family, friends, or business groups! Take full advantage of amenities like wireless internet, a fully equipped kitchen, pool table, kids game room, and lounge!

Book a condo at Durant Station today and live in a part of history!

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Luxurious Hatteras Island Homes

Live it up on vacation! Treat yourself to a 5-star experience in our high-standard luxurious homes with amenities including fully-equipped kitchens, upgraded linens and bath towels, and a welcome gift.

Get a taste of these seven staff-picked and Guest-approved homes, now booking for 2020!

The multiple levels of outdoor decks and massive inside areas are the perfect place to enjoy both sunrises and sunsets. The private pool and hot tub are the perfect places to cool off.

“The view was amazing and access to beach perfect! Kitchen had everything!!”
Diana Call

Tropical Wave #227, Oceanside in Rodanthe | 8 BR + 8 BA

Moonscape has three decks, a large hot tub sits on the back deck of the first level, and the sundeck on the second level is a lovely sitting area with solid oak chairs and a bench centered around a coffee table that makes for a perfect view of the sunrise over the ocean.

“We really enjoyed Moonscape & would definitely stay again!! Beautiful home, very clean & tastefully decorated.”
Fiona Ailor

Moonscape #96, Oceanside in Avon | 4 BR + 3F, 1H BA

Watch a movie in the theater room with 119-inch projection screen, play a game of pool, poker or table-hockey in the game room, complete with plasma TV and kitchenette. The gourmet kitchen with island bar, 2 sinks, 2 cook tops, 2 dishwashers and wine cooler is a chef’s dream and will allow you to prepare delicious meals to be savored at the 8-person dining table, 4-person dinette or kitchen bar.

“We loved this house. We have stayed at a few other properties before using other companies but we enjoyed this one the most. The movie room was unreal. Our kids loved it and so did we. The pool and hot tub were nice also and offered more privacy than other homes we saw in the area. The kitchen was great and fully stocked with everything we needed to cook. Keyless entry was awesome too. We were especially happy that the yard was well kept and there were not sand spurs at all. Our dog was limp free while hanging out in the yard. Overall, very happy with our stay. The small extras that Outer Beaches Realty offers were wonderful too!”
Brittney Fojtik

Island Royale #889 Soundside in Avon | 6 BR + 6F, 1H BA

Outside, a private path to the beach, convenient outdoor shower, and short walk to ice cream and other shops add to the many vacation amenities. The oceanfront deck has a spacious picnic table, propane grill, and balcony-height Adirondack chairs, perfect for sipping coffee while watching the sun rise over the water or enjoying a refreshing beverage at the end of the day.

“Sea Salt is a lovely home and one of my favorites. I have rented, I believe, 13 different OBR properties, and this is one of the best.”
Mark Simons

Sea Salt #269 Oceanfront in Avon | 4 BR + 4F, 1H BA

Two levels of outdoor decks offer great places to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic or curl up with a good book. Preparing meals is a breeze in the custom kitchen equipped with all new stainless-steel appliances, new granite counters, and a large stainless-steel sink.

New for 2020!

Castle on the Beach, Oceanfront in Salvo | 5 BR + 3F, 1H BA

Your backyard is the beach! Take in some beautiful panoramic ocean views from the furnished sundecks and great room with a gas fireplace. Enjoy access to Kinnakeet Shores Pool and Tennis when you need a break from the beach.

“The house has a great view, and is nicely updated. The mattresses are very comfortable. We appreciate the sound system.”
Laura Dobell

Paws in the Water #312, Oceanfront in Avon | 5 BR + 3F, 1H BA

Watch the waves roll in from the hot tub on the expansive sundeck, the screened porch, well-equipped kitchen, or great room. Soak in the dazzling view from the novel gathering room that combines a living room/bar area with surround sound, and an adjacent covered oceanfront privacy deck.

“Luna Tuna is a lovely home. It’s very accommodating and the location is great. We’ve been coming to Hatteras with our family since 1980. I would stay at Luna Tuna again. Also our first time with Outer Beaches.”
Brenda Eshelman

Luna Tuna #768, Oceanfront in Hatteras | 4 BR + 3F, 1H BA

Looking for more Luxury?

These amenities are sure to crank your vacation to an 11/10!

Enjoy $250 worth of beach gear included in select houses from mid-May to October! Check for an email with your house and check-in date in the subject line from our partner VayK Gear. Use your invitation link and reservation information to pick from a variety of kayaks, bikes, beach loungers, umbrellas, carts, paddle boards, and more. VayK Gear will use your $250 applied credit for purchase and deliver your rentals to your home on check-in day!

Klub Koru gives you access to fish and sight-see on the Avon Pier and exclusive daytime access to the Beach Klub oceanfront pool and tiki bar. Look for Klub Koru under the amenities tab of select premium homes.

For more information on Klub Koru click here!

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Gobble Gobble Recap 2019

OBR gobble gobble giveaway

Outer Beaches Realty & Conner’s Supermarket’s 7th Annual Gobble Gobble Giveaway 


Another heartwarming Gobble Gobble Giveaway has come and gone. Today, friends and family gathered at Conner’s Supermarket for a great cause.

10 lucky finalists from Rodanthe to Hatteras were randomly selected for the contest. Each showed up with their respective crews, all eager to take the reins behind an unregulated shopping cart for 2.5 minutes at our one-of-a-kind “supermarket sweepstakes” style event. The goal: get as much in your cart so OBR and Conner’s can match the amount for each of the local food pantries. Spectators were able to jump in on the fun as well, placing early guesses pre-event on what our winner’s cart might total in hopes of winning $100. Guesses ranged from $150 to over $600

As the drawing began, all finalist’s names were called out (thanks Kayla!) until one chosen warrior stood behind. Charles Young was this year’s winner! They answered all three bonus time trivia questions with ease and stepped up to cart like a boss, ready to execute their well-planned strategy.

It’s Go Time!

The Young family barreled through Conner’s, whipping through each aisle like true professionals, grabbing anything and everything in sight. All while grabbing 6 gold balloons – each valued as a $10 gift card!

After a fast few minutes, it was time to see how everything stacked up at the counter. Gracefully, they were able to pull in $836.95 with little more than a salsa spill. Wow, what a haul!

Outer Beaches Realty and Conner’s Supermarket stepped in to match the grand total, each donating $836.95 to Lifeline Outreach OBX and $836.95 to the Hatteras Island Food Pantry, for a grand total of $3,350 donated!

After all the madness, items in their cart were bagged and ready to go. The Young family informed everyone that they were donating the majority of the of items in their cart to the Hatteras Island Food Pantry and Lifeline Outreach OBX Food Pantry. How heart-warming is it to see people giving back to the community?

What an event! There’s nothing better than giving back in your community with friends, family, neighbors, and visitors. We are SO lucky to live in a special place like this where people pride themselves on helping others. And it’s been a tough year, so all the little things we can do together like this add up to make a big impact. We hope everyone enjoys the rest of Thanksgiving week with family and friends. Until next year… Gobble, gobble!

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Hatteras After Dark Guide

The Night Owl’s Guide to Hatteras Island

Now what?

That’s a question I’ve asked myself many times during my trips. I have never been a fan of going to bed early, around eight or nine I’m ready for the next adventure. It’s hard to know what late-night adventures await in an unfamiliar area without a guide.

This list of nightlife activities is here to give you ideas on how to complete your nights on Hatteras Island, from family to parents only activities.

Cape Hatteras is bursting with food, bars, and entertainment. If that’s not your style, create your own night in the the Outer Banks.

Entertainment for the Whole Family

For those who love a little competition on vacation, these family attractions are guaranteed to light up your night! Frisco Mini Golf and Go Karts is an established local attraction. Relax through a charming eighteen hole mini-golf course, butt heads with bumper cars, or live out your Mario Kart fantasies on the go-kart track. Getting the kids to bed will be easy after a few rounds.HWY 12 Amusements is another compelling option for the gang. Flashing lights and the sound of arcade games fill the air as you enter. Mini-bowling and Mini-golf are fun for the family, but the multi-floored laser tag and massive outdoor rock climbing is where HWY 12 shines. The laser tag arena creates a fun pandemonium – there’s no way you can play just once.

These spots are perfect for a late-night dessert. Uncle Eddy’s Frozen Custard has a wide variety of custards with a gift shop and two lounge areas. Play mini-golf underneath soft lights and lush greenery while you enjoy your custard.

Hatteras Sno-balls is a charming beach shack style snow cone shop with an outdoor seating area, walk-up window, and patio.

Late-night Grub and Nightlife

These late-night establishments across the island serve the sleepless. If you’ve had a long beach day or got a case of the midnight munchies, these locally-owned restaurants and bars truly satisfy. After a fun night, local transit services can help get you back to your vacation home safely.

Taxi Services

  • Island Taxi: (252)-441-2500
  • Island Hopper Shuttle: (252) 995-6771

The Great Outdoors

The night transforms the vibrant seashores into a serene, mysterious experience. Your only companions are the waves, moonlight, and skittery ghost crabs. Beach accesses along Highway 12 are perfect for stargazing or long walks.

Ghost crab hunting is a popular nightly pastime. These pale creatures are most active during the night and pose little to no threat. Be careful to not harm the crabs as you and your kids hunt. Just take a flashlight and your sleuthing skills, and you’re ready to go!

If you happen upon a cloudless night, sit under the steps of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for a fresh perspective.

While some folks are eager to head to the beach, others are grabbing their gear and heading soundside. Still water and the reflection of the moonlight create a glistening scene. Pamlico Sound’s calm water is phenomenal for night kayaking. I highly recommend a solitary full-moon ride at least once in your life.

These are the quiet ends and the simple elegances that make Hatteras Island so unique.

– don’t forget to use our map function to stay close by one of these venues!

Ready for your own late-night adventure?

Start your vacation home search now!

For the best homes on Hatteras Island

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7 Beach Safety Tips for Your Next OBX Vacation

Before you pack your gear, check out these safety tips to guarantee a worry-free day at the beach. These are 7 beach safety tips and things to watch out for during your stay on the Outer Banks.

Rip Currents

Rip Currents pull objects out past the shore break. If you get pulled into one don’t panic, there are multiple ways to escape. Here is a Rip Current safety guide by the National Weather Service.   You can take a short online training course from the NWS on how to identify Rip Currents here or by NOAA here.

  • Relax & Drift
  • Don’t Swim Against The Current (You’ll Get Tired)
  • Float, Wave For Assistance And Swim Parallel to shore 

Weather Safety

We would love endless sunny days, but storms happen from time to time. Stay clear of the beach during storms; the likelihood of being struck by lightning is higher. Outer Beaches communicates the latest storm updates from the NOAA and Dare County, so you won’t have to worry. If you plan on swimming on a cold day, a wet or dry suit will help protect from the frigid water. Take caution in any water temperature below 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 C).


  • Stay Clear Of The Beach
  • Follow Outer Beaches for storm updates, Also Follow NOAA & Dare County
  • On Cold Days, Wear a Wetsuit


The ocean can be unpredictable, be sure you always know your child’s location and take them swimming with a responsible adult. Check your area to see if there are any natural obstacles or fishing lines. Swim away from fishing lines to prevent any accidents.


The ocean is full of unique and admirable creatures, but they need their space. If you see wildlife, respect their territory for their safety and yours.


The beach is a fun and exciting place for you and your furry friend. It’s a law for dogs to be on a leash under 6ft to keep the wildlife and fellow beach goers safe.  Remember to hydrate and keep your dog from the harsh sun and sand.

OBR Pro Tip: Make sure to grab all of your belongings and dispose of any ashes or partially-burnt wood. We live by the “Pack it in, pack it out” rule everywhere on the beach, so please help keep the beaches clean. Enjoy!

Bring sunscreen and other protection to prevent skin damage. SPF 30 sunscreen is the most common and blocks most UVB rays. To maximize efficiency, apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours, and after swimming.

OBR Pro Tip: Make sure to grab all of your belongings and dispose of any ashes or partially-burnt wood. We live by the “Pack it in, pack it out” rule everywhere on the beach, so please help keep the beaches clean. Enjoy!

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach and Frisco Beach have lifeguarded areas and weather safety flags. The lifeguards are trained to watch for and react to any potential dangers. They are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

In case of an emergency always know your location, OBR house number, and address. If you drive onto the beach, or park and walk, remember the ramp number so help can arrive as soon as possible.

Visitors can sign up for beach safety text messages by texting “Join OBXBeachConditions” to 30890

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