Top 6 Reasons To Visit The Outer Banks In The Spring


By Kelly Allman,

March is here and spring is doing her thing! It's time to get outside and appreciate the longer days, warmer air and the unspoiled beauty that is the Outer Banks. There are so many things that we love about spring on the OBX, but here are a few of our top reasons:

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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge - Located on the north end of Hatteras Island, Pea Island boasts more than 365 species; the wildlife list has 25 species of mammals, 24 species of reptiles, and 5 species of amphibians.  Bring a camera as photos opps are everywhere. Check their website for guided tours and special programs.

Restaurant Revelry!  Nearly all of our seasonal restaurants and shops open up in early March. And the bonus? No long waits!  A must-do for all foodies is the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, a fantastic way to sample the fare of many of our fine restaurants in one fun-filled, food-centric weekend.

Isolated Beaches - "Unpopulated", "unspoiled", and "undeniably beautiful" are some of the terms frequently used when describing the beaches of the Outer Banks. Our serene stretch of sand often finds itself on a number of National "Best Beaches" lists, including Coastal Living Magazine's list, and world renowned beach expert "Dr. Beach's" annual round-up of best American beaches.  

National Parks - The NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island and Jennette's Pier bring you closer to the fish and sea life that both sustain and captivate us. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a wealth of interesting facts and artifacts from the thousands of shipwrecks off our coast. While it's not really a national park, the NC Ferry System is much more than a mere means of transportation, carrying passengers and cars between Hatteras and Ocracoke and other points beyond. Consider a day trip along the picturesque stretch of Highway 12 that leads to the ferry.  Head back on land and step back in time with a tour of the enchanting Elizabethan Gardens and then immerse yourself in a celebration of the first English settlers at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

Jockey's Ridge State Park, one of NC's most visited attractions and home to the East Coast's tallest natural sand dune - offers the best views of the OBX.  It's also the perfect location for the hang-gliding classes and events that take place there annually. Also a pretty fantastic place to fly a kite!

Go Fish!  Visitors and locals alike will tell you that Outer Banks fishing is at its finest in the spring. From March-May, some of the best surf fishing can be found on the shores of the OBX. And offshore fishermen find May-June better for large tuna, mackerel, wahoo and dolphin catches.  Surf and pier fishing, brackish, fly and sound fishing, inshore and offshore charter fishing - you'll find an array of catch that is unmatched on the Outer Banks. Drop a line and discover why so many anglers consider spring to be the best time of year to land the big one. 

Check out our events calendar for a complete listing of spring activities on the Outer Banks. Whether you're in search of adventure or solitude, a fun-filled family trip or a romantic getaway, spring is a truly special time on the Outer Banks, and with these off-the-hook off-season rates, you can't afford to miss this opportunity to come for a visit. 

See you at the beach!



Wednesday, March 15, 2017


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