Grassy, wind-swept beaches brushed by the Atlantic’s rolling foam. Secluded Pamlico Sound fishing communities somehow overlooked by time. Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, treasures of the Atlantic coast, rejuvenate vacationers, carrying them beyond the clutches of their day-to-day humdrum to a place where tranquility has survived the centuries.
A river of sand flowing between the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound, the historic islands are among America’s most unique vacation destinations. From atop the famous Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke lighthouses, you can witness the stillness of the dawn give way to a bustle of activity. Bicycle tours, making their way through Ocracoke, are glimpsed beneath the canopy of oak and red cedar groves. Kayaks glide across Silver Lake Harbor while crabbers and anglers drop their lines from the pier. As deep-sea fishing boat charters return to port with their morning haul, surfers usher the white-capped tide ashore. A parade of waverunners, windsurfers and kiteboarders take to the wind and waves while the sun climbs the sky.
Steeped in centuries of history, Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands are home to several amazing museums. The Graveyard of the Atlantic and Frisco Native American museums, as well as the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum, tell the islands’ tale. For a glimpse of life in Hatteras before human history, spend some time strolling the trails at Hammock Hills and the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, or shelling and bird watching at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Shopping and dining in Hatteras and Ocracoke are no less unique than the islands themselves. Take a break from an afternoon of swimsuit shopping to indulge in a rich cappuccino. Fill your bike basket with a picnic lunch for an afternoon of kite flying with the kids. Attend a wine and cheese tasting event after touring the eclectic art galleries. Whether you’re in the mood for local flavor or cosmopolitan cuisine, the islands’ many restaurants cater to every taste. Local artisans, renowned for their craftsmanship, invite you to explore their collections of locally handmade works and unique imports.
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