No matter what your definition of vacation and adventure are, Hatteras Island offers both. From leisurely beach walks collecting shells to scuba diving the Graveyard of the Atlantic, flying across the Pamlico Sound on a kite board, deep sea fishing, historical exploration and everything in between, your ideal coastal escape is waiting for you here. Browse through our Local Area Guide below to explore and plan your next favorite vacation.


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, but no matter where you stay, there's sure to be plenty of things to do.


The Cape Hatteras National Seashore stretches from Bodie Island down to Ocracoke Island, a unique and diverse shoreline of desolate dunes, glistening ocean water and no shortage of sandy attractions. Travel Channel`s Dr. Beach agrees, the Outer Banks has some of the best beaches on the East Coast. So pack your beach bag, let`s head to the beach!

Eating Out

Eating out on vacation is always a treat and here on Hatteras Island you are spoilt for choice! Fresh seafood overlooking the harbor as you soak up the local atmosphere, burger and beer as you catch up on some sport, pizza night with the kids and ice-cream sundaes after a round of mini-golf! Let our Eating Out guide take you on a journey for the palette!

Local Services

Hatteras Island is known for it`s laid back lifestyle, small town atmosphere and friendly enthusiastic locals waiting to share their local knowledge with you. Whether you are wanting a wedding planner, family portraits on the beach, a fishing charter or a couple of lessons on a kite-board, we`ve got you covered.


At Outer Beaches, we love our furry family members! Many of our cottages allow pets, so if you`re bringing yours along, check out our tail wagging pet-friendly activities and attractions. Please note there is a leash law on Cape Hatteras National Seashore, so don`t forget to keep your dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet when on the beach.


Shopping in Hatteras is a local affair! You won`t come across big name chain stores and you`ll have to drive to Nag`s Head for the nearest outlet stores. Here you`ll find a variety of unique gift stores with fun novelties and souvenirs, general stores with all your need to make a good home cooked meal and specialty stores to cover your beach gear and rentals.

Sports & Recreation

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore stretches for miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound and is hands-down a sportsman`s paradise on all levels! Offering recreational opportunities at every turn, Hatteras Island is home to some the nation`s best angling waters, world-class windsurfing, scenic trails through maritime forests and miles of pristine shoreline where kids beachcomb and chase crabs. Let the adventures begin!