August 30th was National Beach Day! A time to celebrate the natural wonders of our coastlines and the tranquil beauty of sandy shores. Stretching for over 100 miles along the coast of North Carolina, the OBX is home to some of the most stunning beaches on the East Coast. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the best beaches the OBX has to offer, perfect for both relaxation and adventure.
1. Cape Hatteras National Seashore:
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a haven for nature enthusiasts and beachgoers alike. Its pristine shores are famous for their unspoiled beauty and abundant wildlife that you can catch on one of our paddling eco-tours. Whether you’re strolling along the sandy expanse, birdwatching, kiteboarding with our PASA certified instructors in this natural wind paradise or catching waves, Cape Hatteras offers it all. Plus, the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a must-see attraction nearby!
2. Corolla Beach:
Corolla, located in the northernmost region of the OBX, is known for its picturesque dunes and wild horses that roam freely. Catch these majestic creatures by booking a wild horse tour with Kitty Hawk Kites! This beach is perfect for those seeking a serene escape. Explore the 4×4 accessible areas for a unique adventure or simply relax with your toes in the sand.
3. Nags Head Beach:
Nags Head Beach is a classic OBX destination, offering a blend of natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Here, you can enjoy water sports like surfing and stand up paddleboarding with easy access to rentals in our stores or simply unwind by the shore. Don’t miss the iconic Jockey’s Ridge State Park and our hang-gliding school, just across the road on the sound side!
4. Ocracoke Island:
Accessible only by ferry, Ocracoke Island boasts some of the most pristine and secluded beaches in the OBX. The untouched beauty of Ocracoke’s shores makes it a paradise for those who crave solitude and serenity. Explore the charming village and its shops, including ours, while you’re there.
5. Kill Devil Hills:
Kill Devil Hills offers a blend of family-friendly fun and adventure. It’s a fantastic spot for bodyboarding and surfing, thanks to its consistent waves. History buffs will appreciate the nearby Wright Brothers National Memorial, where the first powered flight took place. In July, Kitty Hawk Kites hosts a world-class kite festival on the memorials grounds every year!
6. Duck Beach:
Duck Beach is known for its upscale atmosphere, with waterfront homes and a charming village center. The pristine beaches are ideal for long walks and relaxation. Duck also has a sound side boardwalk perfect for kayaking, parasailing, and birdwatching.
7. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge:
For a truly untouched and natural beach experience, visit Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. This protected area offers a unique opportunity to observe wildlife, including migratory birds. It’s a peaceful and serene escape from the crowds about 20 mins out from our store in Waves Village.
The OBX: A place for everyone
In the spirit of National Beach Day, there’s no better way to celebrate than by visiting the stunning beaches of the Outer Banks. Whether you’re seeking solitude, adventure, or a mix of both, the OBX has a beach for everyone. So, grab your sunscreen, pack a picnic, and head to the OBX to make lasting memories on the sandy shores that epitomize the beauty of coastal living. These beaches are not just a destination; they are an experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the wonders of nature and the joy of the coast.
Help us keep our beaches special by joining us for a cleanup, partnered with the Surfrider Foundation, this Sunday, September 3rd! We will be meeting starting at 3pm at Jockey’s Ridge Sound Beach access, located on Soundside Road in Nags Head, NC. We’ll see you there!