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    Miles of Sandy Beaches on the Atlantic Ocean

    by jmpncsu Written Feb 20, 2012

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    Nags Head on the outer banks is most known for its beaches, so a visit here is not complete without seeing the beach. There are a few public access parking areas, but they're generally small and fill quickly in peak times, so plan ahead. The beach is obviously most crowded in the summer, so a good time to visit is late spring or early fall, when the crowds aren't as bad. The water is generally warm from May to October, so going towards the beginning or end of this period can reduce crowds. And even when the water is too cold for swimming (although I had some friends to a very short Polar Bear swim in February), the beach is still beautiful even in the winter. This can be one of the best times to go to just enjoy the beach without the crowds and traffic.

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    Lighthouses, Lighthouses, Lighthouses.

    by tvdandy Written Jan 7, 2008

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    Sunrise rakes the field near a Lighthouse
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    I have a fascination with Lighthouses. I think they are so mysterious, and lonley, and haunting. They are the overseers of the ocean, beckoning the boats to safe passage. On your drive down the
    main road through the Outer Banks, there are many to stop and gaze at, or learn the history of, or simply get that camera and be all cool and artsy. Morning is a great time to shoot these, because of the wonderful colors in the sky as backdrop and the interesting shadows that rake across the fields.

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    Find your favorite beach.

    by tvdandy Written Jan 7, 2008
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    There are miles and miles of endless, uncluttered beaches, all the way from Nags Head to Cape Hateras and beyond. Sure, you get a summer crowd, but nowhere near as crazy as Florida or Myrtle Beach during peak season. Pull over, grab your favorite book, an ice cold beverage and hit the beach. Feel the weight of the world slide down your shoulders as it mixes in with your sunblock.
    The water is usually warm from May until October. Beautiful to look at year round though.

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    Wake up, Wake up, it's time to shoot photos.

    by tvdandy Updated Jan 7, 2008

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    Sunrise near Nags Head
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    Ok, you have to be a crazy photo buff like myself to get into this, but since the sun does not set on the ocean you have to wake up at sunrise to catch a sun/ocean shot. To me, it was absolutly worth it!. The colors are amazing! We are talking dramatic here. So grab that cup of Joe, and go shoot like a pro.

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    Bodie Island Lighthouse & Marshes

    by sabogg01 Written Oct 8, 2007

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    What a better way to spend the morning than to visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse!! You cannot climb this lighthouse yet but its beautiful to walk around and just admire. There is a keeper's house that has been converted to a museum that is very nice and informative. There are also many paths and trails to hike out into the marsh area. Don't make the same mistake that I did though--which is I did not bring bug repellant and got ate up by mosquitos!
    This place is truly beautiful though and easy to find. Don't miss it!

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    Jockey Ridge State Park

    by sabogg01 Written Oct 8, 2007

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    We loved Jockey Ridge, it may have been my favorite thing that we did in the Outer Banks. It is defiantly a workout to get to the top but it is worth it once you get to the top and see the view. It is free which is another bonus of visiting. We were here for about 2 hours so I would say to allow yourself at least that much time to visit . Not only is there hiking but you can fly kites, windsurf, hang glide, etc. There is so much to do for everyone!

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    The beaches

    by b1bob Updated Aug 18, 2007

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    Nags Head Beach: August, 1975

    The beaches are the reason my family and I went to Nags Head in the mid 1970s and why I have kept coming back ever since. The sands are a powdery white and, in high summer, the water temperature runs from 70-80° (22-26°C). It can get colder after a Noreaster or other such storm and a prolonged heat wave could get the water temperatures slightly higher than 80° (26°C). What sets Nags Head and other beaches along the Outer Banks apart from nearby Virginia beach is that North Carolina requires hotels and other developments to be a certain distance from the water's edge partly to protect the endangered sea oat (it is a criminal offence to try to pick one). While the Outer Banks tends to develop and attract more holidaymakers, there are still plenty of unspoilt areas.

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    Avalon Fishing Pier & Arcade!!

    by HillyCaye Written Jul 10, 2007

    This place is great. Around milepost 6 is a huge fishing pier (you wont miss it, its massive). As far as I know they are open all night. We've made many-a-late-night drunken visits to the pier for pool, claw machines, classic arcade games & Oh! More beer! Haven't yet been out fishing, maybe next time. But there are poles and bait for rent/sale at the back of the peir. There are some drinks and snacks, a jukebox, snotty-nosed kids running amuck. Great atmosphere for partying by the beach.

    I'm sure it's fun during the daytime too ;)

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    Kite Flying at Jockeys Ridge State Park

    by MIdgiemoon Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    Kite Flyers on the Ridge...
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    Every night, after supper, families and friends gather on top of Jockey Ridge to fly kites, slide down the sand dunes, and have fun. The everpresent stiff breeze and great views draw crowds every night. There are so many different kinds of kites that the sky is full of them. The variety and colors are stunning.

    The park closes at 9:00, so he rangers ride around on ATVs at 8:30 to move people out., so get there early and have fun. Although it is windy all day, the sand is HOT until after supper..... During the day, you'll see people hang gliding on the dunes, and lessons are offered at the park.
    Jockeys Ridge is a fun and FREE was to spend an evening outside, relaxing, and having fun.

    Time to Go Fly a kite!

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    Just Enjoy...

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 5, 2005

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    Sunset at Nags Head

    Call me a hopeless romantic, but when I see a sunset such as this or a sparkling sunrise, I feel it is meant to shared with someone... Though we are made better for the experience even if alone, it is a special time and view somehow wasted unless we share it!

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    Beautimous Landscape!

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 3, 2005

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    Where's a Zoom Lens When you Need It?

    One of the benefits of getting older is hopefully some greater common sense... Notice that I did say "hopefully".

    And so, I think I will just say nothing here and draw your attention to the sand, the waves, the sky and...

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    Wonder Why No One is in the Water?

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 3, 2005

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    I'll Tell You... IT'S COLD!  BRRRRRR!

    I must say that this is the first time I've ever been to the beach in June without swimming in the ocean. There's a good reason... The water is really cold! It seems that an unusual condition has brought the prevailing wind from the west and off of the Sound instead of the normal wind from the Atlantic. The result is a water temperature of 58 degrees when we arrived and not much warmer when we left.

    This also caused a lack of fish to be caught from the surf as well as from the pier. Oh well, it's a good thing the pool is there! It was cold too but began to warm as the week progressed.

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    Go To The Beach While You're At The Beach!

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 3, 2005

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    Helloooooooo...

    I Love the Beach! "I always have and probably always will!" That's a line from an old beach song with beach music being unique to North & South Carolina. There is also a dance called the "Shag" that goes along with the music, but that's another story for another time...

    I spent the first day here on the beach catching some rays and enjoying the sights (you guys know what I mean!). The beach itself is a bit steep compared to others I've visited... I'm not sure if this was deliberate or natural. It did make for some difficult walking as you walk up & down and up & down again and so it goes the whole way. But the beach was very clean, well-kept and generally good. Very few shells to be found and no shark's teeth... bummer!

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    A View of the Ocean from Our House

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 3, 2005

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    Public Access Where You See the Cars!

    This picture was taken from the upper deck of the house facing the beach and ocean. You can see the distance from the beach access and as you return there is a shower to wash the sand from your feet... a nice touch! Nags Head does it good!

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    Nag's Head Pier

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 3, 2005

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    Nag's Head Pier

    The pier is always a happening place at the beach, yes? This one has a restaurant or diner at the entrance but we didn't try it. Some of our group did do some fishing from the pier with the greatest excitement being the catch of an Angel Shark about 4 feet in length that happened to take a bite out of Michael as he attempted to remove the hook... Ouuch! Not a serious injury however, but an attention getting one!

    The cost to fish from the pier is $8 per day which is good for 24 hours. I'm not sure if you can simply go onto the pier and if any cost is associated with this... I forgot to ask! As with lots of piers on the North & South Carolina coasts, this one has been beaten up a bit from the recent storms and hurricanes the past few years.

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