Outdoor activities in Hatteras Island

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Outdoor Activities in Hatteras Island

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  • Tara G
    Grover, NC3 contributions
    By far the best vacation spot! All the history, scenery is just beautiful, plenty to see and places to go. Also its a quiet little town. The only thing I can't stress enough is BE CAREFUL in the ocean because that rip current is very rough and constant, be aware at all times when in the ocean that current can take you under fast.
    Written 14 December 2022
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  • Vickie P
    Virginia38 contributions
    Here now for my second time. Such a relaxing atmosphere and quiet even in mid July. We are loving our stay with family. Great memories
    Written 12 July 2022
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  • Stephane F
    Scottsdale, AZ4 contributions
    This is a fabulous spot for windsurfers. Parking is great, and there is a lovely outdoor shower. The water is slightly deeper here, so you can bring a hydrofoil. Have fun!
    Written 3 August 2022
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  • TashaPasha
    Penn Yan, NY83 contributions
    If I was not shopping I was in the sand or the water .
    Very clean beach .
    Pleasant people and very pet friendly.
    Not a morning person , but relished every sunrise but one .
    Was so hard leaving , but can't wait to get back and make more memories.
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • Nate L
    Severna Park, MD30 contributions
    We drove 2 hours south from Kitty Hawk to surprise our kids with a horseback ride on the beach! It was worth the 2 hour drive!

    The kids walked freely on 2 beautiful horses, Gus and Shadow, along the beach. The horses were extremely calm and well-trained. There were 2 very kind and personable guides that walked beside the horses. The horses walked on the beach and in the surf. They walked the whole time, so perfect for young kids. They even let mom ride with son for a portion of the ride. They also were very friendly in taking lots of family pictures we asked them to take.

    They sanitized the provided helmets before giving them to our kids.

    They also allowed our kids to feed the horses carrots (which we brought with us) after the ride. The kids LOVED this part!

    We wore shorts, shirts and water shoes - no need for jeans or tennis shoes. This is definitely a casual beach ride, no shoes is fine!

    We would highly recommend making a day of your trip down here. We wish we would’ve brought our bathing suits and beach gear, as the beach down here is calm, clear, not crowded and beautiful! There are also tons of amazing shells to collect!
    Written 4 September 2020
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  • ShirleyOT
    Collingwood, Canada86 contributions
    An easy walk with interpretive signs beside the famous lighthouse.
    We found the explanations helpful and enjoyed the habitat variety.
    Written 9 November 2022
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  • Paul P
    Morris County, NJ127 contributions
    Shelly Island, an instant shoal created by the vigorous tides at Cape Hatteras Point, popped up in 2017 and is gone now (in 2018) - one year and over. It is fascinating that the tides are so strong here than it can create and then bury a half-mile-long island. With a four-wheel drive vehicle and a permit (very important!) one can drive out to the point when the shorebirds are not nesting. Usually that begins in July, but this year the nesting season is running late and an August opening is expected.
    Written 29 July 2018
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  • andrew f
    6 contributions
    I booked this adventure for my wife and I with no expectations and no experience with horses. When we arrived they gave us some tips on how to ride the horses and placed us on them. The horses were all very friendly and seem well trained. The guides were also very professional and knew the trail to get to the beach well. The trail cuts through some forest and it does take some time to get there. Once we got the beach I was amazed by the experience and scenery. There were only about ten people in our group, plus our two guides, and we practically had the beach to ourselves. They gave us an opportunity to gallop on the beach then, they took our picture on the horses before heading back down the trail. Overall it took us about two and a half hours from start to finish. I recommend getting there early. Also, be prepared to travel through a forest that has mosquitos and brush near the trail.
    Written 19 October 2022
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  • Jen C
    Cooksville, MD78 contributions
    A temporary bridge made of other pieces of bridges is pretty cool - as is the awesome power of mother nature to shift and modify the outer banks at her will. Making this a stop of interest on Trip Advisor seems a bit of a stretch (particularly since it's closed to foot traffic). That said, I do always slow down and smile.
    Written 17 October 2016
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  • minivercheevy95
    Eaton, OH2 contributions
    We’ve been coming here to OBX for 25 years and always rent from OAR if we need something for the beach. We’ve never had a bad experience. Great people to rent from!
    Written 30 September 2022
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  • Bekah F
    3 contributions
    Had a wonderful experience renting 2 sup boards. Staff super accommodating for pick up and drop off. Highly recommend and will be using them each year for our rental needs.
    Written 26 October 2021
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  • Travelling_GI
    Hampton, VA67 contributions
    We had an excellent experience with our Jeep rental, from the initial reservation, the pick up & orientation to the vehicle, the time spent exploring the Outer Banks, and finally, the hassle-free return process. We really appreciated Valerie and Eric taking the time to go over the Jeep's details and operation. The travel binder provided by Valerie was outstanding; very detailed and greatly appreciated.
    Written 18 June 2021
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  • Kellie M
    6 contributions
    This was absolutely magical. We were brought to an island and found dozens of conch shells and even some sand dollars, and so much more. We were the only people on the island most of the day and snorkeled too. It was the highlight of our week long vacation
    Written 19 January 2023
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  • lizzyrunsfar
    Washington DC, DC29 contributions
    So much fun! We rented a boat and motored around the sound. We are established and die hard landlubbers, yet managing (driving?) the boat was easy. There was zero chance of drifting off to sea Gilligan-style, so don't worry about it. Reasonable fees, great crew, and great location. We will talk about this excursion for many years. Rent your vessel and enjoy!
    Written 30 December 2022
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