THe outer banks are beautiful. I lived minutes away from them for about a year befor eI started exploring them...
Cape lookout : get there by ferry, you can pay a guy to take you to the end of the island where you can sun bath and swim in total isolation. Find shells and calm, clear waters. Pass by shackelford banks on the way there, where wild ponies live.
Okracoke, a beautiful island you can only reach by ferry! I can't wait to go back there's a civil war museum there plus some historc B&B's.
Hatteras lighthouse: Climb to the top of this historic monument, then view how it was moved away from the beach in the 90's.
Kill Devil Hills: Jockey's ridge (high dunes good for flying kites), Wright memorial (amazing views, tribute to aviators).
Roanoke Island: Elizabethan gardens are beautiful, and during the summer months there is an outdoor play "the Lost colony" that was really good.
An undiscovered gem of the east coast. A Ferry ride to an off shore island . The fifteen minute ride across the Intercoastal Waterway and you arrive at Bear Island and a 1/4 mile walk and you are at the beach. The island is about 4-5 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. The beach is clean and crowds are not a problem. If you are up to it you can camp at one of the 15 or so camp sites. Crowds are down in July in August because of bugs and and lack of shelter. The heat can be hellish! The campsites are secluded and after the last ferry it seems that you have the island to your self. Travel light because of the walking and the heat. A recently constructed bath and shower area make it much more "civilized". You can also boat over or canoe and kayak on a marked trail. Remember! Bug Spray!
45 Reviews and Opinions
801 Cedar Point Blvd, Swansboro, NC 28584
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
This is a restuarant in Kill Devil hills that we ran across, right off the main road by the beach. The food was not very expensive, and I loved it because I got some great bread pudding with some fresh fruit. My friend got a huge omelet with potatoes and bacon, the whole bill was like $14.00 with tip. It's a pretty interesting place to eat.
Favorite Dish: The bread pudding. Can't find that everywhere and it was really great.
The restaurant sits at the top of the hill and you can look down into town. The food was very good and ample. The only problem was that the waitress brought us both sweet tea, and Bob has decided that he likes to put his own sweetening in, so we were both unhappy. This was not a problem on our second visit.
Favorite Dish: In 2001, we both had ribeye, which was good, but was too much to eat. They had sweet potato muffins.
This time (2003) Bob had fried oysters and couldn't finish them all. I had a seafood special - shrimp, stone crab claws and skewers of fish.
The Marines were having their birthday dinner ball - a lot of them were in the restaurant in full dress.
This restaurant is right in town and you can walk to it. But the marina will give you a lift to it and the restaurant gives you a lift back.
We didn't eat here in 2000 because the restaurant was closed on the day we were there, which was probably Monday. We did eat here in November of 2001, but we were a party of 6, and I remember the conversation more than the food. I do remember the chowder.
The meal for the two of us was $34.00.
In 2003, I tried to take a picture from the courtesy car, but wasn't very successful. There is an inset of the town from the air.
Favorite Dish: From a review by Claiborne Young: "My choice as the finest fried-seafood eatery in North Carolina and possibly the world. Open for the evening meal only, Charlie's begins serving at 5 p.m. every day of the week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The restaurant is generally closed the entire month of January and remains closed on Mondays from February through Memorial Day. Charlie's serves a bowl of its down-east chowder with every meal. The restaurant also features clam fritters and deviled crab. Charlie's fried seafood is its greatest attraction. Prepared in some secret way, it has a rich taste that is unique.."
We've been to Dudley's 4 times and really like it. It has some amenities that we like (courtesy truck to go to the grocery store, and free lift to local restaurants) and the deficiencies don't really matter to us (rest rooms are minimalist). They have a phone we can hook a laptop up to. The owner has an old scarlet macaw who sometimes sits out front. You can also walk across the bridge (now that they've finished with the re-construction) up into town to the gift shops.
Equipment: Dudley's Marina is also a BP station (the station is open 24 hours) and boatyard with fixed docks. There are floating finger docks off the north side of B dock, but the water there is too skinny for us. Between the long dock that goes out to B face dock and the long dock that goes out to C face dock is a marine railway. Summer hours are from sunrise to sunset daily and winter hours are from 7AM to 7PM daily. The marina building houses the dock offices, ship's store and tiled HOT showers (although they don't look particularly luxurious). $.75/ft for a slip with no extra charges, and the fuel is also a good price.
There is a good anchorage off the town of Swansboro. Depths run 8 feet or better, and there is good cover from northern and southern winds. Strong blows from the east or west are another matter.
The small Swansboro city pier overlooks the village waterfront northwest of unlighted daybeacon #4.
Our friends anchored here and came in to town by dinghy. There is a general store with fresh fudge, homemade bread, fancy foods and wine as well as a PO. There is also access to various restaurants.
The picture has the chart with an inset photo of our friends in the anchorage which was taken in 2001 at 6 am. The photo also shows the bridge construction barges, which are no longer there as the construction has been finished.
Equipment: Very strong tidal currents in and out of the White Oak River run through this anchorage and also a lot of fishing boats. Tide is 2.6 feet . Be sure your anchor is holding before you head below.
We have not stayed here because Dudley's is cheaper
Claiborne Young says:
"Be on guard against the incredibly strong tidal currents that sweep out of the White Oak River to the east-northeast as they approach Casper's docks. I suggest you employ your largest fenders.
"Limited mechanical repairs are available for gasoline engines. The marina has a 20-ton travel-lift; according to the owners, however, haul-outs are becoming a less and less important part of their business. "
Equipment: This is what their website says:
Currently we are charging $1.25 a foot with a charge of $3.00 for power (either 30 or 50 amp). Included in this price is cable and water. The bathhouse was rebuilt in 1997. It offers a male head, female head and shower (one of each). There is also a pay phone just off the dock. We are working on getting a phone jack hooked up so those of you "on-line" can check your e-mail as you travel. Until that happens, we have a phone upstairs that you can hook up to during office hours. Please bear with us.
As you may or may not know, we are one block from "Downtown" Swansboro with its quaint shops and restaurants. Transportation can be arranged. We do not have a courtesy car.
We encourage reservations, either by phone or e-mail. We also monitor VHF channel 16.
Casper's Marine Service
P.O. Box 749
Swansboro, NC 28584