5 Awesome Places on the OBX Beach Road

best-obx-beach-roadThe Outer Banks’ "beach road”, also known as Virginia Dare Trail, is a favorite place to hang out during the summer months. Since the area has no true boardwalk area, locals and visitors alike spend their time in the stores, delis, and burger drive-ins adjacent to the road when not on the beach. If you are new to the area and would like make sure you visit all of the classic beach road destinations on your Outer Banks vacation, check out our list below!

John’s Drive In

There is no beach road destination more synonymous with an awesome summer day than John’s Drive In. Their menu features all of the summer lunch classics such as burgers but they are known for their legendary milk shakes and fresh fried fish sandwiches! If you happen to be cruising down the beach road in Kitty Hawk, definitely stop and grab yourself some amazing food.


If you need a quick snack or beverage but don’t want to leave the beach road area, then Wee Winks Market in Kitty Hawk is for you! They have excellent deli sandwiches, daily specials, and so much more. Stop in and see why they have been serving Outer Banks beach goers for decades!

Dune Burger

This classic burger destination has recently been purchased and remodeled to resemble its glory days. If you find yourself in Nags Head near Whalebone Junction, be sure to go grab some ice cream or a burger at Dune Burger!

Surfin’ Spoon

Don’t miss out on Surfin’ Spoon in the Gallery Row District of Nags Head. One of the Outer Banks’ few frozen yogurt bars, Surfin’ Spoon is owned by professional surfer Jesse Hines and his wife Whitney. With that said, expect to have a groovy time as soon as you walk in the door. The friendly staff and excellent sweet treats make this spot a popular choice when cruising down the beach road!

T-Shirt Whirl

Want to make your very own t-shirt! Check out the T-Shirt Whirl on the beach road at Milepost 11.5 across from Nags Head Fishing Pier. Like the many other awesome spots in town, the T-Shirt Whirl is a great place to ride bikes to when staying in a Nags Head vacation rental. Create an Outer Banks souvenir that will remind your family and friends of the good times you’ve had for years to come!

Keep in mind that there is likely no better way to navigate the beach road than on a beach cruiser. However, not every town on the Outer Banks has a large bike path. Nags Head is great for biking but if you are in Kill Devil Hills or Kitty Hawk, it is in your best interest to ride in an automobile. When spending your day cruising up and down the beach road, don’t forget to spend some quality time on the beach! No matter how much fun you have at the local shops and restaurants, that fun doesn’t compare to the good times spent in the sand and water.

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