Also commonly known as, “OBX”, the Outer Banks of North Carolina are a nearly 200-mile long string of narrow barrier islands. These North Carolina beaches attract millions of tourists each year. The islands cover approximately half the northern North Carolina coastline, and are comprised of intricate eco-systems ranging from salt marshes and estuaries to desert-like areas of shifting sands.
Many consider the Outer Banks the “quintessential beach towns” and find allure in the unspoiled natural terrain and wide sandy beaches. Still, the miles of uncrowded, pristine beach is not the only thing brings vacationers back year after year. From friendly local restaurants, gallery shopping, world-class fishing and boating, jet-skiing, and surfing -there is something here for everyone! Also, the Outer Banks is a bike rider’s and runner’s dream come true–beautiful scenery, relatively flat with miles after mile of interconnecting paved bike paths. It is possible to ride or run from the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla to Bodie Island Light in South Nags Head, and except for some short stretches, never be on the main road!
The lighthouses that line the shoreline of the Outer Banks are another part of the fascination of the area–for this is a place that is rich in history. The lighthouses are the most visible evidence of that, yet there are stories dating back to the first European settlers ( The Lost Colony), and archeological digs are unearthing even earlier stories. Even more recently, there are the 20th century tales of the Wright Brothers, the explosive growth of the Hunt Clubs along the Outer Banks sounds and Cape Hatteras National Seashore which was established in 1953.
It’s a place where pirates once roamed and wild ponies still play, where adventure is still possible and romance thrives. All in all, a pretty complex place, yet for all of that, life on the Outer Banks seems to move to a slightly slower beat. Come find out for yourself at one of our Outer Banks, North Carolina beach rentals!