“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” — RACHEL CARSON, SILENT SPRING

The seasons bring natural changes that make this place a wonderful area to explore and experience year round. From kite boarding, surfing, swimming and shelling to duck hunting, hiking and bird watching, these communities offer outdoor adventures beyond compare. For those who wish to watch beautiful sunsets and explore night skies, to those who want to ride the waves, catch the big fish, or kayak through the marsh grass for new discoveries, this is a place for you.

The “great outdoors” is no greater anywhere than along the Outer Banks of North Carolina; its fragile barrier island system and its sound side maritime forests provide unequaled opportunities for those who long for a place to explore the natural world.

The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge bird list boasts more than 365 species, with concentrations of ducks, geese, swans, wading birds, shore birds, raptors, neotropical migrants seasonally abundant.
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    Outer Banks Kiting

    Our mission is to provide personalized comprehensive instruction that will teach you the skills and knowledge necessary to safely and confidently kiteboard on your own. We also offer sailboat lessons, sunset charters, paddleboard lessons, foilboarding lessons, and surfing lessons.

    40073 Harbor Road, Avon, NC
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    Hatteras Island Surf and Sail

    Hatteras Island’s First Surf Shop – Established 1971 in Waves. Hatteras Island Surf & Sail is comprised of two shops. The Surf Shop is our original shop since 1971 and has everything for your surfing, skim boarding, and body boarding needs. The Sail Shop services everything for your kiteboarding, windsurfing, paddleboarding, and kayak needs. Both […]

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    Hatteras Watersports

    We rent kayaks, sailboats, jet skis, and paddleboards. We operate Hatteras Watersports from the Pamlico Sound waterfront property of our home, the historic Pea Island United States Life-Saving Station #17. Granddad Harvey purchased the station in 1967. He relocated it from its original site just north in the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge to its current […]

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    Natural Art Surf Shop

    You’ll find handcrafted In the Eye surfboards and handmade, one-of-a-kind shirts, dresses and skirts at our shop.  We also rent out surfboards, bodyboards, skimboards, standups and wetsuits and offer surfing lessons.

    47331 Hwy 12, Buxton, NC
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    Rose's Vacation Rentals

    We rent cottages and rv and camper sites. Our business is family oriented and many of our guests enjoy kayaking, yolo boarding, and bird and wildlife observation and photography during stays with us. We started this business in the late 1980s when the demand for wooden boats was declining. Mr. Rose has built 60 traditional […]

    287 Bayview Drive, Harkers Island, NC
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    Sail Ocracoke

    Tour the waters of Ocracoke and get a feel for the sailing days of yore aboard the schooner WINDFALL II or Skipjack Wilma Lee. Trips sail out onto Pamlico Sound and visits Teach’s Hole where the infamous pirate Blackbeard was beheaded in 1718.  

    288 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC