Surround yourself with nature
If you want to take "getting away from it all" to the next level, then Hatteras Island is a perfect choice. Hatteras Island stretches nearly half the distance of the entire Outer Banks. At the heart of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, first time visitors and veterans alike are amazed at just how much undeveloped beach wilderness exists between the island's seven village communities. Imagine endless stretches of natural beaches, sand dunes and sea oats, with the Atlantic Ocean gently roaring to the east, and the vast shallow bay of the Pamlico Sound to your west.
On Hatteras Island, reconnect with family and friends, and yourself, through a variety of recreation. For example, you can fish right from the beach or take a charter boat out to the deep blue water of the Gulf Stream. Learn to harness the wind on a kiteboard or take lessons in leisure on paddleboards with your crew. There's little in the way of franchises and fast food but don’t confuse “doing without” with “going without.” Instead, think of soulful coastal restaurants and interesting mom-and-pop shops. While your setting will be a bit more on the untamed side of nature, accommodations are as modest or modern as you like. The beauty of Hatteras is that you can easily reach all the other OBX hotspots, but call a simpler and quieter part of the barrier islands your home away from home.
YourStretchofBeach.com highlights winter on Hatteras Island, with businesses that are open and activities that are occurring during this special season.