The tallest lighthouse in the nation and a famous symbol of North Carolina. You can - for a fee - walk to the top of the lighthouse. Within the park, just south of Avon, you may see tiny OBX deer. You can also stop and see the graves of two British soliders who died after their ships were torpedoed.more
There are several good fishing piers in the Outer Banks, fishing off the piers has been a local customer in these parts for a very very long time. So you can only imagine how many tackle, bait, tours, headboats go out of this area on any given day during the season. The relaxing thing to do is go to the pier and fish, now this can get pretty...more
If you are a seafood lover then Dirty Dick's Crab House is your kinda place. They have several location in the Outer Banks NC, Virginia Beach VA, Panama City Fl, so you might say that Dirty Dick's crabs get around. It's a sit down all you can eat kinda fest! So grab a roll of paper towels and a seat and dig into some good juicy crabs! While your...more
Looks like a total dive, but that's part of the charm. If you want to go where the locals go for a beer and a quick bite, then Pop's is where you need to go.Great local seafood dishes, Oysters, Clams, Shrimp, Crab Cakes, etc...etc...Beer is so cold that sometimes you'll find ice inside!!!DELICIOUS and inexpensive!more
Let me set the stage here, it was a hot and steamy day, the sun baking you like a Thanksgiving turkey, you needed to cool down or you would spontaneous combust in the next ten seconds. YOU NEED ICE CREAM NOW! Well Avon has every bodies favorite, Dairy Queen. Check them out on Highway 12 in Avon. YUM!more
Other than Putt Putt and an ice cream cone, there is not a whole lot to do in Avon.
Unlike Nags Head area, where there is a bar or restaurant every 100 feet, in Avon you will need to learn to entertain youself a bit more. Having said that, this is a perfect time to get to know your family more, find out what your kids' interests are, or just enjoy spending time together.
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....more
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...more
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,...more
You can find art shops, nic nak shops, touristy shops, or any other kind of shop you want on N.C. Highway 12. You can go down to the tip of Hatteras Island where there are plenty of shops including a bathingsuit store and a bakery, just to name a few, or just stay in Avon and stop at the Fisherman's Daughter, a store that has art, clothing, accessories, etc...
If you are into the handbag designer "Vera Bradley," my wife will tell you that the Fisherman's Daughter is the best shop on the East Coast.
If you stay in the lower outer banks as we did there is only one major grocery store other wise they are small general stores that have limted stock ( prices good about same as you wold find in a larger store) For us the food loin was 1 block away from us but I have had friends use this servcie and love it. The prices include the delivery and not that much higher than if you drive to get them. If you stay below Avon you could have a Hour drive to get grocerices for your rental.
Want Groceries in your Cottage the day you arrive on Vacation
There is a reasonable way! Outer Banks Grocery Stockers will provide all your grocery needs while you are on vacation!!Outer Banks Grocery Stockers allows you to order on-line in advance of your arrival date ... they deliver to your cottage on the day of your arrival. Outer Banks Grocery Stockers serves Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Hatteras Island Call 1-252-441-3647 or shop on line at
Naturally, if you are heading to the beach in the middle of Summer, you are going to be packing sunscreen. If for some reason you do get burned, here is a helpful tip that may save your vacation...
Vinegar...yes vinegar. It may sound strange, even disgusting, but this old trick really works.
I would recommend doing this outside, as vinegar does have a, well, strong smell!!!
If you are really are burnt, sometimes aloe has a tendancy of trapping heat. Instead, get yourself a large mixing bowl, fill it up with Apple Cider Vinegar, and soak a couple of your undershirts in it. Pull out your vinegar soaked clothes and put them on just like you were getting fressed for the day. The sensation will be uncomfortable for a few minutes, as the vinegar will feel very cold, but push through it. Soon you will feel the heat from your sunburn excaping from your burn. You need to leave these clothes on for about 30 minutes, so get yourself a book. Repeat the process if necessary.
I know it sounds crazy but it really works. Trust me!
Shorts and t-shirts. Bring a nice change of clothes or two for dinner out.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Cottages do not provide toiletries, so you will need to bring everything, including TP.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Suncreen and a cheap pair of flip flops are musts. An umbrella will help keep you cool and allow you to stay on the beach longer without getting burned.
Miscellaneous: Bring your favorite board game, or book. It is possible that you will have a day with bad weather, and a board game, dominons or just a deck of cards can help pass the time.
Note: Most cottages have some board games, a small library of novels.
Take the ferry over to Ocracoke.Once on Ocracoke Island, there is really only one road. Once you park at the end of that road, leave your car for the day. There are shops, restaurants, a marina, etc...You will also want to stop into the Blackbeard Museum. The exhibit has a lifesize recreation of Blackbeard in full battle garb. The exhibit features...more
Most stick exclusively to the Ocean side of the island.The sound side has a lot to offer, including watersports, no large waves, and the ability to wade out 100s of feet offshore without getting in water over your chest.Give it a try.Also, if you plan to go fishing, the sound offers 1000s of bait fish. Go pick yourself up a casting net, and catch...more
Blackbeard's Hangout Blackbeard, alias Edward Teach, made Ocracoke Island his hideout and on November 22, 1718 was killed in battle near Ocracoke Inlet. Offshore of Springer’s Point, the area where the battle took place is still called Teach's Hole. There is a legend that Ocracoke got its name when Blackbeard, anxious for the battle to begin,...more
If you have a truck or SUV, there is no need to rent a boat, charter a trip, or even go on the prier.Pull onto one of the many ramps on Avon's, Buxton's, or Frisco's beaches. The tackle shops have small brochures with driving tips and a map of the ramps that will make it easy to navigate the beach. With many miles of beach at your fingertips, you...more
Before you do any fishing in Avon, head directly to Frank and Fran's. This is not your everyday bait and tackle shop. These guys really love what they do and are very willing to give you a piece of their extensive local knowledge of what is biting, where it's biting, and what it's biting on! Talk to Ginger, the reident Suft Casting machine. Pay...more
Oregon Inlet and surrounding waters abound with many species of fish, such as spot, croaker, flounder, grey and speckled trout, bluefish, puppydrum, mullet, cobia, sea bass and many others. Bring the entire family and enjoy a day of fishing on the Headboat "Miss Oregon Inlet", a sleek 65 footer. Powered by twin V-8-71 diesels, she is equipped with...more
there are 2 places in avon one must eat at while there, for a bit of a fancier meal try the blue parrot cafe, now on the soundside in avon, fabulous meals ,,, and the owners are just plain wonderfull folk !
also another place not to miss is the dolphin den, nice family resturaunt and again wonderfull waitresses . both places are sure to have something for every palate
Fondest memory: its just a fine place, no loud crowds, very laid back people, and something you dont see in most vacation towns, its nice and quiet by 10 at night . the ocean and the sound are so close together here that any house in town is near if not on some type of water