Spend the Day in Nags Head


Nags Head is one of the Outer Banks’ most famous towns. Its family atmosphere and scenic beauty create a destination that visitors and locals love. If you are going to get the most out of a beautiful Nags Head day, it is best to have a plan. Follow the agenda below to maximize your Nags Head vacation experience.

Have Coffee at the Beach

There is no better way to start off your Outer Banks vacation than with a morning spent at the beach. Cruise by one of Nags Head’s fabulous coffee shops for a tasty cup of joe and hit the beach. Check out Front Porch Caféor Morning View Coffee Company for a cup of coffee that is sure to please! Those who get to the beach early know it’s the best time to be there. In the morning the beaches are uncrowded and parking is a breeze. As an added bonus, you won’t be going home sun burnt if you leave before the sun gets too high in the sky.

Grab Some Lunch

Nags Head is full of awesome lunch options. No matter what kind of food you are in the mood for, this classic beach town will deliver. Check out Tortuga’s Lie for an amazing burger or stop by Country Delifor a delicious deli sandwich.

Walk Jennette’s Pier

If you feel the need to walk off some of that lunch you had, visit Jennette’s Pier. The pier is one of the longest around and will give you a great visual perspective on the beaches of Nags Head. Since the pier is owned by the North Carolina Aquarium System, those who visit also enjoy aquariums and exhibits both inside the pier house and on the pier.

Watch the Sunset from Jockey’s Ridge

Most locals would agree that the best way to watch the sunset in Nags Head is to climb Jockey’s Ridge and watch the sun melt into the Roanoke Sound. From the highest point of Jockey’s Ridge you can see Roanoke Island, the ocean, and a good portion of Nags Head. On the right summer evening, watching the sunset from Jockey’s ridge is an experience you will remember for a lifetime!

Enjoy a Seafood Dinner

No trip to Nags Head is complete without a seafood dinner. The area’s seafood is some of the best on the east coast, so don’t miss out! Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe, Sugar Creek, and Blue Moon Beach Grillare a few locations that serve up dishes that keep locals and visitors coming back for more!

Go Shopping

Located just a few miles away from any Nags Head vacation rental is the Tanger Outlet Center. This factory outlet offers visitors name brand items at great prices. In addition to the already low prices, many stores in the Tanger Outlet center offer seasonal sales. Nags Head also features a great variety of shops and galleries for those looking for a unique item to take home. Whalebone Surf Shop and Secret Spot Surf Shop are some of the most well-known surf shops around. If you are looking for a piece of art to remind you of the beach, visit Seaside Art Gallery or Yellowhouse Galleryto check out their amazing selections.

Nags Head has so much to offer those who visit that you cannot possibly experience everything in one day. Take the time to see as much as you can during your stay in Nags Head!