Outer Banks – Delightful Vacations Within a Budget
Outer Banks was once a home to pirates, including the famous Blackbeard. Today, it is a popular resort, thanks to its wonderful beaches, thrilling water sports and well-priced accommodation options. Segregated from the mainland by the Intercoastal Waterway, it is a long stretch of narrow barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina.
Bodie, Roanoke, Hatteras, Ocracoke and several other islands, which collectively form the Outer banks, are inter-connected by bridges and ferries. Bodie Island dwellings of Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head are well developed with fried fish joints, outdoor bars, motels and dozens of shops selling sea articles. Roanoke Island is home to the tiny fishing hamlet of Wanchese, offering you the opportunity of having a laid-back holiday. Hatteras Island which has been granted the status of protected national seashore has a few small villages and mesmerizing coastal beauty. Ocracoke, one of the most remote islands in the Outer Banks, has some of the best beaches in the country as well as a tall lighthouse which offers sweeping views of the sea.
Not very long ago, Outer Banks had the reputation of being the Graveyard of the Atlantic. In the past 450-odd years, more than a thousand ships ran aground on the hidden shoals of the Outer Banks. Now, the region is a popular destination for shipwreck divers. Shipwrecks here, which are the part of the underwater cultural heritage of the United States, present a new skill challenge for scuba divers.
Surfing on the Outer Banks is some of the best on the eastern US coast. The waves are giant with a good break. A trip to Hatteras can offer surfers the time of their life. With a long coastline, you are sure to find a favorite spot of your own. Surf shops are abundant in almost all islands of the Outer Banks. You can get all sorts of surfing equipment here as well as the lessons if you are a beginner.
If you enjoy catching monster fish, deep sea fishing is an option in the Outer Banks. The boats leave early morning and return by evening to the shore. Deep sea fishing boats should be booked at least a day in advance. The catch is split between all the passengers after the day. You can also ask the boat operators to cut and prepare the fish for you. And if you know how to cook delicious fish, you can do it yourself.
White sand beaches of the Outer Banks islands are a great place to relax, swim, thrill or just get a good tan. The beaches line the entire coast and homes and commercial buildings are on the other sides of the dunes. There are several beaches here which are still untouched by the tide of development, providing visitors the option to pass some time in solitude. You can lay down on sand for as long as you want, watching unending waters or reading your favorite book.
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