• Hammocks Beach State Park

The Outer Banks

The picturesque Outer Banks have been drawing visitors to the North Carolina coast since before the Mayflower reached Plymouth Rock. 

With the wide range of activities, historic sites and fabulous dining options available it's no wonder that this collection of towns and villages proves to still be popular with visitors today.

Kitty Hawk made it into the history books when brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright chose the charming Outer Bank town for the site of their aviation experiments. Visit the traditional village, friendly beach community and explore the 461 acre of maritime forest reserve of Kitty Hawk Woods where you can spot a wide variety of plant and animal life.

If you want to explore more of the Wright Brothers' heritage, a trip to Kill Devil Hills will see you at the site of the first heavier than air powered flight, now part of the Wright Brothers National Memorial. However the Outer Banks' most populated town has so much more to recommend it - hit the waves for great surfing, head to Avalon Fishing Pier where on a good day anglers can expect to reel in a vast wrath of local catches, and enjoy a selection of beach bites and fine dining options in this beautiful beach town.

Nags Head is known for its historic district, thriving artistic community and fantastic fishing opportunities. This historic town is also home to Jockeys Ridge State Park- the tallest natural sand dune system in the eastern USA and Bodie Island Lighthouse with its signature black and white horizontal stripes. 

When it comes to shopping in the Outer Banks, think locally owned boutiques and speciality stores - you'll not find large outlets or strip malls here, but you will discover some charming and homey privately owned stores.

If you are looking for lively nightlife in the Outer Banks - while Kill Devil Hills may be no NYC, this beach community still offers plenty of live entertainment, local brews and after hours action to keep you entertained. 

With more than 100 miles of beaches on islands one mile wide and an ample supply of nature preserves and wildlife refuges you'll not find yourself short of outdoor activities.

You'll find everything here from air-boat tours, fishing and crabbing to sailing, surfing, snorkelling and kayaking. If you prefer to keep your feet on terra firma there are plenty of golf courses, spas, museums and galleries to explore. Not to mention the state parks, birdwatching, biking and beachfront horseback riding.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Climb historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
  • Sample fresh seafood at a local independent restaurant
  • Unwind on one of the spectacular beaches

Time Zone

GMT - 5 hours


US - US Dollar

Visa Information

British Passport holders require an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) to visit the Outer Banks. You can obtain an ESTA from www.cbp.gov/esta



Health Information

No vaccinations are required for travel to the Outer Banks. All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations. It is important to contact your GP to check for the latest recommendations.

Types of The Outer Banks holidays

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