Hatteras Travel Guide

  • Seagulls from the ferry
    Seagulls from the ferry
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  • The Dunes at Hatteras
    The Dunes at Hatteras
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Hatteras Things to Do

  • Take a dip

    The swimming is good here but it can be a little ruff, so watch the undertow. The water is cleaner down this end of the Outer Banks and the waves are bigger too. The only people you see are the ones that rented the houses on the beach.

  • Who is that guy in the hat on Cape...

    I actually reached the point of the cape at Cape Hatteras. This historic point has many stories it can tell. From the days when Black Beard the pirate raided the shores here to the present this point has fascinated many people. The Italian explorer Amerigo Vespoucci originally set foot on this beach in the 16th century. Perhaps right were I was...

  • View from the original site

    Standing in the circle of the original location of the lighthouse I took this picture to show where the lighthouse was moved. In 1999 the light house was raised in its entirety and moved back to the location where it now stands. It was a major excavation and is documented day by day at the museum.

  • Original Site for the Lighthouse

    The Cape Hatteras light house was built much closer to the shore than where it stands today. The sea shore gradually eroded over the years and the lighthouses existence was threatened by the very waters if protected. Pictured here is the original site of the base of the light house.

  • Lighthouse Keepers House and Museum

    Here is another view of the lighthouse keepers house. These brave men lived a rugged life and protected the coasts and the many ships that passed this way. You can learn of their story and hardships when you visit the museum.

  • Lighthouse Keepers House

    The lighthouse keepers house has been renovated and is now a museum. The romantic idea of the lighthouse keeper living out on the cape tending the light was in reality a very harse and isloated life. The keeper was forced to live out here alone for many months isolated in cold windy weather. His family had to live inland where it was more...

  • Another View From the Lighthouse

    This view is looking down at the parking lot below the lighthouse. We had to climb 268 steps to arrive at the top of the light house. If you look back at the opening picture on this page you can see me standing at the bottom of the stairs as they wind there way up the narrow lighthouse.

  • View From The Lighthouse

    From the top of the lighthouse you can look out directly into the ocean and see the waves hitting the shore. There are so many legends about this area and so much history. We had a very clear but windy view the day we visited.

  • The Actual Cape

    To me this was real exciting. To be able to actually see Cape Hatteras. This picture was taken from the top of the lighthouse. Why is this exciting for me? Let me explain. Growing up my mother was a weather fanatic. She had a terrible fear of thunderstorms. So she constantly watched the weather channel on televsion to monitor the weather. So many...


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Hatteras Restaurants

  • Best "sammies" on the island!

    Great specialty sandwiches or "sammies", as they call them. Also had a fantastic Sunday Brunch with live music in the courtyard. Stayed in Frisco, but well worth the short drive to Hatteras Village to spend a couple of lunches in the open air courtyard while taking a a break from shopping at the boutiques in the Stowe on Twelve shopping center....

  • Good coffee in the morning!

    Great coffe shop and good prices, fresh coffee, fast/friendly service, what more can you say, it was perfect. Got us on our way with java in no time!

  • Here is a list of some of my...

    Here is a list of some of my favorite places to visit while there:1. Duck – The Sanderling Inn: Very upscale resort/restaurant2. Kitty Hawk – John’s: A little shack of a place that serves the best fresh milk shakes!3. Kill Devil Hills – Awful Authur’s: The original restaurant/bar burned down. The new restaurant is much bigger and has lost some of...


Hatteras Nightlife

  • Sunsets

    The sunsets here at hatteras are really pretty and colorful. If you look toward the sound side, inland, you can catch some beautiful sunsets almost every night. So grab you camera.

  • Sunsets over the Sound

    If you are lucky enough to be staying in a house on the Outer Banks with ocean and sound views off your decks, the sunsets over the sound can be wonderful and full of color. Grab your camera and run to the top deck and watch the sun set over the sound, make sure you check the ocean for some great views while the sun is setting also.

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Hatteras Transportation

  • Take the free Ferry to Ocracoke Island

    Take a day trip over to Ocracoke Island, the ferry is free, hold 30 cars and take 40 minutes from Hatteras to Ocracoke Island and 40 Minutes back. The ferry run about every 30 minutes all day from 5:00am to midnight during the Summer Schedule May 1 - Oct. 31, Winter is Nov. 1 - April 30 is the same. It's an easy trip, you can sit in your car or get...

  • The best way to get there is...

    The best way to get there is by car. The closest major airport is in Norfolk, Virginia wich is about a 3 hour drive. There is also a tiny airport for small private planes near by.You must have a car to get around while down in this area. You can get ferry service from here to Ocracoke Island. http://www.ocracokeisland.com/

  • You can simply drive to...

    You can simply drive to Hettaras.We saw this 'cool' extra-long van/truck they made themselves and drove the whole (large) family from Minnesota/Wisconsin.


Hatteras Shopping

  • Got a lot

    They have just about all you may need but the prices can hurt a bit. If you need milk,eggs, butter, stuff like that watch out, ouch! Of course if you had to drive to the Food Lion it would be about 25 to 30 minutes drive or 3 minutes to here, so either pay it to them or the gas tank.

  • Gotta go shopping!

    This is a fun place to walk around and shop, plenty of different types to choose from and places to eat. You can also get fishing trips and tours out of here.

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Hatteras Local Customs

  • Surf fishing

    Surf fishing is a big thing down here so bring your gear if you got it! You can surf fish right in front of your rental house if you want to.

  • The Dunes are protected!

    Please take care of the dunes as they are protected by the National Park Service, and Rangers do ride up and down the 27 miles of beach to keep them safe. They can and will fine you if they catch you. So just a heads up, please use the paths and trails provided and try not to step on the dune grass it is fragile. These dunes serve many purposes and...

  • Sea turtle nest site

    Sea turtle nest sites are protected by the National Park Service, so please take care to not disturb these marked off areas. Would love to see them hatch!


Hatteras Warnings and Dangers

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    by tpangelinan Written Sep 18, 2004

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    This little fellow came to visit just as we got there and had everyone a little jumpy about walking down the stairs for several days. He just sat in the same spot all night, even while I took photos.

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Hatteras What to Pack

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    Beach toys

    by unique2681 Written May 1, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Make sure to bring plenty of beach toys for the little ones. They will have lots of room on the beach to spread out because the only people there are people that rented the homes on the beach.

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Hatteras Sports & Outdoors

  • 4X4 Beach access

    All the way from Corolla at the top of route 12 and the Outer Banks to the bottom tip of Hatteras are many public 4X4 beach access points, just make sure you have all you need to get out and the proper permit. The beaches are patrolled day and night by the National Park Service park rangers in 4X4's.

  • Big Fishing town!

    Fishing is really big here in the Outer Banks, if you follow route 12 south and look to the sound side there are many marinas, all of which have charter boats or rentals and water sports activities of some type. The lower down the coast you go toward Hatteras the shorter the distance to the Hatteras and Ocracoke inlet, which means you get to the...

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Hatteras Favorites

  • PLEASE Respect the beach

    The greatest treasure that Hatteras has to offer is the beautiful beach. Please respect the beach by taking EVERYTHING off the beach that you bring on to the beach. There are no trash cans provided, so be sure to cart out what you cart in.

  • Dune Shots!

    Grab your camera and get some really cool dune photos, I had a lot of fun with these dunes! Hatteras is one place you will really need your camera and lots of batteries to keep you going.

  • ruff tide at times!

    While we were there a few hurricanes were coming toward the Florida coast and Gulf so we had some pretty ruff surf. This made swimming a little tuff but the water was warm and clear. Just be careful of the rip tides and under currants. Now if you are a surfer this is your time to shine!


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