North Carolina Surf Trip
So we finally made it to the Outer Banks. My big plan was to type up a blog talking about the surf breaks and camp sites but I have to admit that the timing was bad. All week long the surf was 1-2 feet. So, I have no insight on the surf breaks. Sorry.
During our stay in the Outer Banks, we chose national campgrounds on the beach. The Ocracoke campground was just a short walk to the beach over the dunes. The one thing I would be wary of is the tiny cactus plants sticking out the trails.
There are several breaks along the beach however, it was just too small to try the surfboard. I do enjoy hanging out on the beach off these campsites because, the beaches feel very private.
As most tourists do, we did a little sight seeing while we were there. Ocracoke is such a tiny town. When we went to visit the Ocracoke lighthouse, we had to park across the street, at the church. We put a little donation in the box outside the church to thank them for allowing us to park there.
After visiting the lighthouse, we walked down to a little trail and let to Springer’s Point Preserve. This was such a beautiful little cove. I took several pictures that will surely be a future collection.
A few places we checked out:
- Howard’s Pub – Seafood restaraunt and pub, delicious food.
- 1718 Brewing Ocracoke – A small brewery with outside seating.
- Pony Pen – It’s free to look. These ponies are descendants of the original Ocracoke ponies.
- Ride The Wind Surf Shop – I love this surfshop which is full of boho style clothing an jewelry.
I have to say, the only barely rideable wave I found all week was at the Hatteras lighthouse break. It was still too small to ride since the surf was small and choppy but I had fun, none the less.
When in Hatteras, Climb the Lighthouse
If the surf is small, you might as well put on some sneakers and climb the lighthouse. If you’ve never done it, the view is absolutely amazing.
The wind in this area is constant which is why the Wright Brothers traveled here to test their flying machine. I can see how the wind will make for amazing waves.
If you are into diving you should checkout the shipwreck diving sites. This area is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. If you’d like a guide of the wrecks, I’ve added a link to a book that might be helpful.
While you’re there check out the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.
Hatteras National Seashore
We took a nice long drive on the motorcycle up the Hatteras National Seashore. The dunes are huge and I must say, it was a little nerve wracking driving next to them.
We made our way down to Rodanthe because I wanted to see the ‘Rodanthe Inn’ from the movie ‘Nights in Rodanthe’. Yes, I hate to admit that I’m a Nicholas Sparks sucker.
A few places we checked out:
- Ducks Donuts – these are the yummiest and freshest donuts I’ve ever tasted.
- Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum – This was a quick tour immediately after departing the ferry from Orcracoke to Hatteras
- Wright Brothers National Museum – I highly recommend you visit this museum at least once.
- Bodie Island Lighthouse – I highly recommend checking this one out at sunrise.