8 Reasons Why an Outer Banks Vacation should be Your New Year’s Resolution


Touter-banks-reasons-to-visithe New Year may have passed, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make your New Year’s resolutions. If you have visited the Outer Banks before, then you are well aware that vacationing here should be a resolution you should make every year. For those of you who have not visited our beautiful area and may need some convincing, read below to find out why traveling to the OBX should be on your 2015 "to do” list!

The Beach Can’t Be Beat

While many vacationers are starting to find ways to enjoy the beach on a year-round basis, the beach simply can’t be beat during the summer months. The Outer Banks shoreline’s natural beauty is second to none. Wind swept dunes, uncrowded beach, and a beautiful ocean bring vacationers back year after year! Our area may be growing in popularity, but our beaches remain pristine.

Our Rich History

Where else can you visit the birthplace of the first American child and the location where man first flew in the same day? On the Outer Banks, this feat is as simple as crossing a bridge. Learn about our nation’s first English settlers and the mystery surrounding Roanoke Island or find out why the rolling dunes of Kill Devil Hills (formerly Kitty Hawk) made for the perfect flying destination.

Top Notch Dining

Are you a seafood lover? If so, you will be convinced you have visited the mecca of seafood dining after one trip to the Outer Banks. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a simple piece of fried flounder or an elegant sampling of pan seared mahi-mahi, Outer Banks restaurants will deliver! For the member of your family who is looking for a good burger or steak, visiting one of our steakhouses or beach side burger restaurants is a must! Many of our dining locations have signature dishes that have become quite famous so don’t miss out on your chance to try them all.

Nightlife for Everyone

For those looking for a little excitement once the sun sets, our restaurants and bars know how to serve up a good time! From pier bars with a million dollar view, to classic beach pubs, we have it all. Like most Outer Banks vacations, your group will most likely include people of all ages. Don’t worry, many of our local retailers and ice cream shops are open late during the summer. This means that you can find that perfect OBX souvenir and enjoy a scoop of ice cream well after dinner.

A Plethora of Parks

Our area features a wide variety of both National and State Parks. The Wright Brothers National Memorial and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are a few of the more popular destinations, but there are other fantastic choices as well. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is a bird watcher’s paradise and Bodie Island Lighthouse just north of Oregon Inlet just opened for visitors to climb in 2013.

It’s a Watersports Paradise

Do you have a surf, kite, SUP, or kayak enthusiast in your group? If so, the Outer Banks will more than suit their needs. Our diverse beaches and waterways create ideal conditions for your athletes to enjoy the sport that they love most! It doesn’t matter if you are staying in a Nags Head vacation rental or anywhere else on the Outer Banks, there’s always a great watersport location just around the corner.

Sport fishing Hotspot

The Outer Banks sit just 30-50 miles from the Gulf Stream. Our geographic location has made the area a world class off shore fishing destination. There are many sport fishing charters that will be more than happy to help you reel in the catch of a lifetime! If you are looking for a simpler fishing experience, consider a near shore fishing charter or simply throw a line in from the beach or off one of the many piers.

Comfortable Vacation Homes

There are Outer Banks vacation rentals to suit any family that visits the area. Rental properties of all sizes and amenities make up our beach town so finding a home that suits your family’s needs will be quite easy! In addition to which town they are located in, homes are broken down into a variety of property types. These categories include oceanfront, oceanside, semi oceanfront, and soundfront. Simply choose where your family wants to spend its vacation and go from there!

After one trip you will know that vacationing on the Outer Banks should be an annual New Year’s resolution. Come see why families have been returning to our beaches for decades!