Cape Hatteras beaches have proven to be some of the most fun family friendly in all of the east coast United States. They are composed of beaches along the Cape Hatteras barrier island off of North Carolina and are home to some of the best windsurfers and kiteboarders in this part of the world. And Dr. Beach has name Cape Hatteras the number 4 beach of the top 10 for 2010!
Surfers take advantage as well and skimboarding has become a favorite of young boys, and some girls. The lighthouse at Cape Hatteras is probably one of the most famous landmarks in the state. You can spend the day here just walking up and down the beach, and if you’re a fisherman, you’re in luck, too.
This is the country’s very first governed seashore along with a fine National Park. But if you don’t like beaches, know that the area isn’t really developed for much else. Many of the great beaches are off limits to people as the US Government tries to protect the piping plover (a bird.) So the infrastructure around the National Seashore is limited to a few small stores and restaurants. Maybe that’s a good thing, but just know that if you tire of the beaches, there aren’t shopping malls here or other sight-seeing – but do what we suggest and drive to nearby Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers took their first flight.
The drive to get to Cape Hatteras is long. You’ll pass through many towns where you can stop and visit the local shops, or just keep on your way to the bed and breakfasts you reserved, or stay in nearby Nags Head. To most it’s beautiful and something that will keep you coming back time and again.
Expect lots of sea life, like pelicans, dolphin and other such critters. The kids will love it. And some claim that William Teach, also known as Blackbeard, buried some treasure on Ocracoke. Lots of history in this area.
To eat, try the local restaurants in Cape Hatteras and don’t pass up wahoo or dolphin fish. Don’t expect the large food chains here. You will enjoy coming to know the locals who make this place one of the most hospitable on earth.
– Miles of undisturbed beach, along with family beaches
– Facilities at many of the pull-off parking areas
– Fine powdered sand, tightly packed in some areas
– Windy at times