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How Did the Outer Banks Get Its Name?

It's hard to imagine a time where the letters "OBX" didn't plaster every sign, t-shirt and bumper sticker you encountered during your summer vacation but the Outer Banks of North Carolina has not always been known as such to visitors or locals. So how did this barrier island become known as the Outer Banks? And what about the other towns? Kitty Hawk? Nags Head? Where did these names come from? Keep reading for more.

Oyster Season on the Outer Banks

The saying goes that you only want to eat oysters in the "r" months, meaning mid-October to early April is the best time of year to get your hands on some fresh, local oysters that you won't be able to find anywhere else. Join us on a journey to discover the allure of these briny delights and the best ways to savor them during your off-season coastal escape.

Three people standing in front of a replica of the Vietnam War memorial in DC.

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that tours the country—The Wall That Heals will be on display in Dare County from November 16, 2023 through November 19, 2023 at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head.