Hatteras Village, NC
Just head south
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, nor Cape Hatteras, which is the spit of land jutting into the Atlantic Ocean at Buxton.
The name Hattaras was used by the Fort Raleigh colonists in reference to Pea Island north of modern day Hatteras Island. Croatoan was an area described in Algonkian Indian tongue as west of what is now Cape Hatteras. The village of Hatteras retained its historical name, while the U.S. Postal Service reassigned many of the neighboring communities in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Today, the Outer Banks village is home to a renowned charter fishing fleet, and home to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, where the remnants of the original Fresnel lens that once shone bright atop the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is now displayed, having been recently reunited with its original rotating pedestal. There are numerous artifacts and displays there, and even a gift shop too.
The Ocracoke Ferry Docks at the southern end of the village are a popular place. It doesn't cost anything to make a day trip to nearby Ocracoke Island and the village of Ocracoke, but get there early. The lines form up pretty quick in the middle of summer. It's a fun and winding trip through the Hatteras Inlet, and you can walk around, while seagulls play in your wake. You may even spot a dolphin or two. The ride takes about 40 minutes one way.
Hatteras Village is home to several great restaurants, but you won't find much in the way of famous fast food restaurants, everything here is locally owned and operated. Lavish rental homes sparsely dot part of the oceanfront, but you can also stay in a quaint condo, motel or inn. Whatever meets your needs. You'll find the North Carolina village retains its small community charm, while providing things to do that are worthy of a world-class vacation destination.