Outer banks of North Carolina
It is famous tourist spot with so much to do from surfing to fishing. The beautiful scenes of sunrises and sunsets are really amazing to watch. It is the place having beaches, lighthouses, waves and bridges. It is a 200 mile long chain of barrier islands. The 200 mile long chain forms the eastern portion of the state North Carolina. It has the Atlantic Ocean to the east and sound waters to the west. The breathtaking scenes like sand dunes, ocean views, sound waters, beaches, sunrises and sunsets are truly awesome.
Location of Outer Banks
The islands start from the Virginia-North Carolina border and continue down to the coast to the south to Cape Lookout. The Outer Banks of North Carolina includes several coastal counties, namely, Dare County, Currituck County and Hyde County. The Outer Banks has several towns, cultures, villages, people and dialects. There are many islands surrounded by, which are, Portsmouth Island, Hatteras Island, Ocracoke Island and the Northern Beaches. There is a Lost Colony which is still considered a mystery and for today the stories of it are being played out in outdoor drama at Waterfront Theater.
Outer Banks Activities
There is a lot to do at outer banks of North Carolina. Activities include fishing, surfing, wind surfing, hang gliding, kayaking, pier fishing, surf fishing, sand dune climbing, golf, parasailing, jet skiing, shell hunting, lighthouse climbing and sailing, along with wedding events held there. Following are the activities in detail:
- Outer Banks Fishing: This is one of the best and most enjoyable activities at the Outer Banks. The fishing is great around the year with fishing piers, charter boats, surf fishing, and head boats. The surrounded tackle shops sell everything you need to do fishing and also, advisable staff which would help you to know the techniques of fishing and also guide you on where to catch the big fish on the Outer banks.
- Outer Banks Lighthouses: It has a total of 4 lighthouses each carrying its unique identity. The famous Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a red brick structure around 158 foot tall and is visible from 18 miles over the ocean waters. The Bodie Island Lighthouse is 150 foot tall with horizontal black and white stripes and is visible from 19 miles. The other two lighthouses are Cape Hatteras Lighthouse located on Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Lighthouse located on Ocracoke Islands. Ocracoke Island is the shortest in length and stands 75 feet tall.
North Carolina Ferry System
It is one of the best modes of transport to hope between the islands. The ferry service is provided from Ocracoke to Hatteras, from Hatteras to Ocracoke, from Ocracoke to Cedar and from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter. The ferry ride is really fun seeing. It is recommended to check the schedule for a ferry and book the tickets for it in advance to avoid the last minute hickups.