Many, many drivers get stuck because they don't let air out of their tires before driving on the beaches. The National Park Service says its rangers generally drive with 20 pounds of pressure in their tires. This applies to vehicles of any size. Lowering the pressure also helps prevent the engine from overheating when traveling through soft sand. Rangers advise reinflating tires when returning to the paved roads.
Once on the beach, try to drive on the firm, wet sand below the high-tide line and if there are previously made tracks, follow them. Areas with no tracks may be avoided for good reason. Watch out for areas of the beach with shell-laden, reddish sand and depressions with a bit of standing water. These can be very soft.
Please don't block the beach ramps when you lock hubs or deflate tires. I suggest pulling well off to the side of the ramp or using the parking areas found at most vehicle accesses.
You are prohibited from driving on, over, or in between the dunes for any reason at any time. The dunes and their fragile vegetation create our protective barrier and are extremely vital to the delicate ecology of animal and plant life.
Please obey all the area designations on the beaches. Many portions of the beach are roped off, allowing shorebirds and turtles to nest. These areas change throughout the seasons, so areas that were open in April could be closed in August. Through traffic can be curtailed by these closings, especially at high tide. Stay alert for changes, and respect the limitations. Violations can bring substantial fines.
When driving by the waterline, always drive behind surf anglers. You don't want to snap their nearly invisible monofilament fishing line or upset their fishing activity.
Beach Driving Regulations
The maximum speed for beach driving is 25 mph, but even that can be too fast on a crowded day. The speed limit is strictly enforced by park rangers and local law officials. Where the sand is soft, you may have to drive slower than 25 mph.
Beach drivers follow the same rules that apply when driving on asphalt: Keep to the right, pass on the left, etc. All vehicles must be street-legal with valid plates, insurance, and inspection stickers, and driven by a licensed individual. Seat belts must be worn by anyone in the front seat. Standing is not allowed in any vehicle. If you are riding in the back of a pickup truck, you must sit on the bed, not on the side rail or wheel well. Jeep passengers must be seated and may not stand and hold onto the roll bar. No open containers of alcohol are allowed in vehicles.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way at all times on the beach, regardless of where they are in relation to your vehicle. Look out for children, pets, sunbathers, and anglers. Expect the unexpected. Often, the wind hampers hearing, so use caution when approaching pedestrians. If the wind is blowing away from them and toward you, they may not hear your approach.
When driving back to the road, please keep your eye on pedestrian traffic. The edge of the Beach Road grabs the wheels a bit and can pull you to one side or another abruptly. Maintain a wide berth for anyone walking near you.
And a caution to pedestrians: Wear light clothing at night if you intend to walk near car traffic. While most drivers respect driving safety rules, some really let their hair down at the beach. Pedestrians need to be as conscientious as drivers on both sand and roadways.
Getting to the Outer Banks is...
Getting to the Outer Banks is done only by car or charter plane. The nearest airport is Norfork, Virgina. At Norfork you can arrange for a 'taxi' to drive you your Hotel or rental any where on the banks . Most charged by the trip a set price . To Avon $125 for 6 people one way. The drive from airport is 2 1/2 hours. You can also get a charter flight into Dare regional airport which is on the banks rental cars are avaivable in the regional also. Dare Co. Regional Airport
410 Airport Rd
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: (252) 473-2600
FAX: (252) 473-1196
Air Transportation Hub of the Outer Banks. Air history museum. Services offered: air charters, air tours, auto rental, taxi services
Outer Banks Airways
Dare Co. Regional Airport
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: (252) 441-7677
Fastest, safest, loveliest way to & from Norfolk Airport. We'll wing you there in style. Other destinations.
2730 Rouse Road Ext
Kinston, NC 28504-7321
Phone: (252) 208-1414
FAX: (252) 559-1388
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I don't know what the rates are we drove in from Pittsburgh.You can also land your own charter at Dare county airport.