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From endless beaches and rolling waves to local shops and art galleries to hidden history, there’s something new to discover on every trip to Hatteras Island, and we’re here to help you do just that. Each of the seven villages along Highway 12 has its own unique flavor (scroll down to learn more about them!), but no matter where you stay, there’s sure to be plenty of things to do. Browse through our tools below to explore and plan your next favorite vacation.










As you reach these towns at the southern end of the island, the scenery begins to change. Summer cottages are spread out along the oceanfront among residential communities and nestled in wooded areas that border the sound. The area affords privacy and quiet for those who need a retreat from every-day pressures.

The famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is open to the public, is located in Buxton – the tallest operational brick lighthouse in North America at more than 200 feet – along with a Visitors Center and nature trail. The 3,000 acre Buxton Woods is a maritime forest and is perfect for a relaxing hike beneath the canopy of towering oaks. A stable nearby offers horseback rides on the beach or through the woods.

The village of Frisco lies between Buxton and Hatteras and remains a small community without much commercialization. The popular Brigands’ Bay subdivision is located in Frisco to the delight of windsurfers, sound fishermen, kayakers and sailors. Frisco is also the home of the Frisco Native American Museum and History Center. Have some fun at the wooded miniature golf course or take a spin around the track at the go-cart park. The Billy Mitchell Airfield is located off Highway 12 just west of Frisco.

The best fishing on the East Coast can be found on Hatteras Island. Hatteras Village is home to numerous charter boats that offer abundant sport fishing in the Pamlico Sound or the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop by the marinas late in the afternoon to see the day’s catch displayed along the docks, including dolphin, wahoo, tuna and king mackerel. Billfish such as blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are normally tagged and released. At the southern end of Highway 12, guests can visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum or take the free ferry to Ocracoke.



Avon is the central village of Hatteras Island located about 30 miles south of Oregon Inlet and about 20 miles north of Hatteras Inlet. Food Lion, the island’s only major grocery store, brings most vacationers here at one time or another. Avon is also the home office of Outer Beaches Realty where you’ll find our swimming pool available exclusively to our guests.

The beaches here are perhaps the nicest on Hatteras Island. Most oceanfront cottages are either on or very close to the dunes, providing beach views and short walks to the water. Bring your bikes (or rent them from places like Ocean Atlantic Rentals or Island Cycles). You can bike the entire village in minimal time on Highway 12. Browse or take a class at Studio 12 while you’re there, too! For world-renowned windsurfing, Canadian Hole is only two minutes south of Avon. Bring your boards or come to watch the thrill and beauty of hundreds of windsurfers shredding the wind.



The Tri-Village area offers vacationers plenty of opportunity to relax and take in the surrounding natural beauty of spacious beaches, rolling dunes, and abundant wildlife. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, we can accommodate you as well. You can take lessons and rent most kinds of water sport equipment. If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to visit the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station which has been refurbished as a museum with lifesaving re-enactments each week. Just to the north is the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge–a bird watcher’s paradise!