Beaches

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!

Coquina Beach on Bodie Island

Coquina Beach on Bodie Island

Coquina Beach is located on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and not far from the historic Wright Brothers monument. Local activities include swimming, crabbing, surf fishing, surfing, shell collecting, bird and wildlife watching and sightseeing. Coquina Beach is considered by many visitors to be among the loveliest beaches in the Outer Banks. The beach is named for the tiny Coquina clams on the water's edge.
Location: Bodie Island, 8 miles south of Nags Head off Hwy 12. NC
Cape Hatteras Beach

Cape Hatteras Beach

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore as one of the best beaches in America. Enjoy miles of pristine shoreline and crystal clear waters of Cape Hatteras Beach.
Location: Cape Hatteras, NC
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach

Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach

Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach, Outer Banks, North Carolina, is located to the north of Ocracoke Village on Ocracoke island, located 26 miles off the Carolina Coast in the Atlantic Ocean. The island where the beach is found is a half mile wide and 16 miles long. It is part of the 72 mile Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The beach is on the Atlantic Ocean with the Palmico Sound on the opposite side of the island from the beach. Surfing, kite boarding, parasailing and snorkeling are popular at Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach, Outer Banks, North Carolina, and equipment can be rented from shops near the beach.
Location: Ocracoke Island, NC
Canadian Hole

Canadian Hole

A hot spot for windsurfers, Canadian Hole is a family-friendly beach with great facilities. Pack the cooler, its a great place to watch a sunset.
Location: Soundside of NC Highway 12, just south of Avon