Avon has roots in an early boat-building industry tied to cedar trees, and with the introduction of modern materials and techniques, the village still acts as a sort of anchored center for Hatteras Island in terms of geography and amenities. You get a nice mix of casual beach grub, seafood restaurants and some land-loving options in the dozen or so local eateries. There is also a hardware store, several tackle shops, and retail stores selling souvenirs and beach gear. If you’re staying on Hatteras, expect to find yourself in Avon for groceries, lunch and dinner, supply runs and shopping.
The Avon Fishing Pier – one of two wooden fishing piers on Hatteras Island – sees tens of thousands of anglers and sightseers from spring late into fall. Surfers frequent the breaks here and the beach strand is a spacious summertime playground.
Visitors to Avon will find rental homes in standalone neighborhoods and intermixed with full-time residents. There’s also Koru Village, a collection of villas and rental homes (that come with access to the Koru facilities), a beach club and pool, restaurants, a spa, and a raft of activities for kids and adults. There are plenty of restaurants in Avon ranging from fine dining to food trucks, all but guaranteeing that wherever you stay on Hatteras Island, you’ll find yourself here for a meal or two.