On the Water on the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks owe their existence to the elements. The same core ingredients at the heart of your perfect beach daydream also bring it to life. Two of the planet’s big driving ocean currents, the cool Labrador from the North and the warm Gulf Stream running up from the South, converge off our coast teeming with fish.

Eons of underwater kneading have brought this family of islands up from the deep, groomed and guided by the whimsy of ever-present breeze. Effectively, what you are left with are more than 100 miles of beaches on islands one mile wide, most of them protected from development, preserved for recreation and wildlife. Always close to the water, there are no bad seats.

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