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Towns & Villages

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Thank goodness, there are no cities here. Just quaint towns and sleepy fishing villages, each wonderfully weather worn to a varying degree. Even spanning hundreds of years and despite millions of visitors, each town retains its own individual character. To the north, Duck and Southern Shores are the newest communities on the Outer Banks, populated by services of all kinds and beautiful vacation homes. Centrally located, the towns of Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head are more populated, especially in the summer, with plenty of locally owned restaurants, bars and beach shops. And then to the south, on Hatteras Island, a bevy of quaint, neatly isolated towns sit nestled right along the ocean. Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras: one road leads to them all.

Featured Town

Duck

Incorporated in 2002, Duck is the Outer Bank’s newest town, but already owning an impressive reputation for great beaches, water sports and outdoor adventures, fine dining and eclectic shopping. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Pet-Friendly Beach, Waterfront Shopping and Dining, Duck Jazz Festival, Soundside Boardwalk

Southern Shores

Nestled between the towns of Kitty Hawk and Duck, you’ll find Southern Shores, predominately a vacation-oriented town though it has many more year-round residents than Duck. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Shell Collecting, Residential Beach Community, Golf, Northern Beach Town, Extensive Walking and Cycling Paths

Kitty Hawk

Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in Dare County, the Town of Kitty Hawk offers year-round residents and visitors alike a unique and relaxing environment. Read More

KNOWN FOR: First Flight Namesake, Surfing, Boating, Kayaking, Golf, Maritime Forest, Welcome Center

Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills received its municipal charter in 1953. Situated in the near geographic middle of the Northern Beaches, it is the largest municipality in Dare County with a year-round population of about 6,800 people. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Most Populated Town in OBX, Skatepark, Surfing, Fishing Pier

Nags Head

Nags Head, from its earliest beginnings in the 1800's, has predominately consisted of single family cottages and a few small hotels and cottage courts. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Jockeys Ridge State Park, Fishing Piers, Historic and Art Districts, Charter Fishing, Golf, Nag Head Woods, Walking and Biking Paths, Bodie Island Lighthouse

Manteo

The town of Manteo wraps around Shallowbag Bay on the eastern side of Roanoke Island. Named the seat of government for Dare County in 1870, this waterfront community incorporated in. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Historic Waterfront, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Civil War, Bed & Breakfasts, African-American Heritage, Lost Colony, Elizabethan Gardens and NC Aquarium, Dare County Regional Airport, Charter Fishing

Wanchese

The Village of Wanchese is at the southernmost end of Roanoke Island, opposite the town of Manteo to the north. Wanchese is a charming fishing village that retains its old world charm and sense of identity. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Commercial Fishing, Fresh Seafood, Charter Fishing, Seafaring Heritage, Boatbuilding

Rodanthe

Today, Rodanthe is home to the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, the first such station established along the North Carolina Coast, and more recently was the setting for the major motion picture Nights in Rodanthe. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Part of the Tri-Villages, Kiteboarding, Nights in Rodanthe, Windsurfing, Surfing, Fishing Pier, Chicamacomico, Campgrounds, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beaches, Adjacent to Pea Island Wildlife Refuge

Waves

The area is a haven for water sports like kiteboarding and windsurfing, bird watchers will love the proximity to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Part of the Tri-Villages, Kiteboarding, Nights in Rodanthe, Windsurfing, Surfing, Fishing Pier, Chicamacomico, Campgrounds, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beaches, Adjacent to Pea Island Wildlife Refuge

Salvo

Today, a drive through parts of Salvo will revel stacked crab pots, fish boxes and Banker fisherman at work just as they were generations ago. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Part of the Tri-Villages, Kiteboarding, Nights in Rodanthe, Windsurfing, Surfing, Fishing Pier, Chicamacomico, Campgrounds, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beaches, Adjacent to Pea Island Wildlife Refuge

Avon

Just north of Buxton, this once tiny village of watermen and their families has grown to be a highly coveted vacationing experience with pristine, natural beaches and beautiful rental cottages. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Largest Hatteras Island Population, Paddleboarding, Canadian Hole Watersports, Commercial Seafood, Fishing Pier, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beaches

Buxton

The Village of Buxton is located just off Cape Hatteras, and in fact, used to be called simply "The Cape." It is home to the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, America's tallest brick lighthouse at 208-feet. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Surfing, Cape Point, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beaches, Maritime Forest, Biking and Walking Paths

Frisco

The village of Frisco is known for its heavily wooded maritime forests on the soundside or western edge. Situated at the edge of what is known as Buxton Woods, between the villages of Buxton and Hatteras. Read More

KNOWN FOR: Horseback Riding, Native American Museum, Campgrounds, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beaches

Hatteras

Hatteras Village is the southernmost community on Hatteras Island. Not to be confused with Hatteras Inlet, the channel of water between Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island. Read More

KNOWN FOR: NC Ferry, Charter Fishing, Seafaring Heritage, Civil War, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beaches, US Weather Bureau Welcome Center
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