Northern, but central to everything.
Some of the best places to go on the Outer Banks are on the northern beaches – Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. This area has the claim to fame of, among other things, being the site of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight, and Jockey's Ridge State Park, where the tallest sand dunes on the East Coast are your playground.
You’ll notice the numerous free public beach accesses on the Beach Road, also known as Virginia Dare Trail or NC12, which runs the entire length of the OBX. Here you'll find familiar hotel brands, mixed with mom and pop motels, and lots of colorful cottages catering to one or multiple families.
On the northern beaches, you’ll have no trouble finding many little beach shops and a wide variety of locally owned restaurants. Geographically, it's a long peninsula, also known as Bodie Island on the map. These communities are linked by bridges to Hatteras Island to the south and Roanoke Island in the west. One of the appeals for many people is the central proximity of these beach towns to the other barrier islands. Of course, if you enjoy just setting up and staying put, that is all good too.