The pair of National Park Campgrounds are only one type of place to stay in Buxton. An RV park gives options to those with a large fifth-wheel or a jumbo-sized camper. Several mom-and-pop hotels and motels offer accommodations in classic beach motel style. And The Inn on Pamlico Sound, an inn and restaurant not far from the entrance to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, offers a more luxurious stay than some other places. Add these to the oceanfront and soundside rental homes and you’ll see Buxton has a full array of accommodations on hand.
Buxton has one of the few family run grocery stores on the Island and Conner’s Supermarket – with its green siding and crisp white lettering – is a landmark. Another landmark is Buxton Books, a charming little bookstore with a great selection of local interest (history, cooking, even fiction set on the Outer Banks), general fiction, and nonfiction books on hand. And another is Orange Blossom Bakery where you’ll find a pre-dawn crowd of anglers grabbing breakfast sandwiches, biscuits, and the local delicacy: Apple Uglies.
Throughout Buxton there are gift shops, souvenir stores and tackle shops, so you can get your fix of tee shirts and fudge, but also advice on fishing and setting up your rig to handle the waves and currents when surfcasting. Several restaurants dish up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and options range from biscuit sandwiches and Apple Uglies to pizza and subs to casual pub grub and fine dining. There are also seafood markets selling fresh fish, oysters, clams and more, so you can feast on seafood regardless of your skills as an angler.