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The year-round sun and warm temperatures of North Carolina and the Outer Banks region, in addition to the sand, sun, water, and fun the area has to offer makes them an ideal destination for your next getaway. There are several islands and areas to choose from, but Cape Hatteras is full of fun, as well as all that sand, sun, and water activities you came to enjoy.

There are plenty of things to do and see to make it a trip to remember. You’ll need and want to do some shopping while you’re here, so add a stop at some of their unique farmers and craft North Carolina markets to your must-do list.

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Old Trent Market

Stop by and pick up unique items created by local artists and craftspeople as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, jam, honey, and more. Add them to your next home-cooked meal, or as a fun souvenir to remember your trip.

Markets are held every Thursday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the fun at the Frisco Woods Campground in Frisco. The market is open now, and will continue through summer and into the fall.

Tri Villages Memorial Day Market

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day with a trip to Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras. The summer season will be getting underway, and that includes the premier weekend for the market. Explore the market and its many artists’ and makers’ tent setups featuring clothing, art, baked goods, fresh produce, and more.

Head to the Camp Hatteras Campground located at 24798 NC Hwy 12. The event takes place one day only, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Rock the Cape

The annual celebration shines a spotlight on performing as well as visual arts in Cape Hatteras. Enjoy live music from styles such as contemporary Celtic, pop, funk, soul, and more. The concert is free and take place all afternoon on June 6.

On the 7th you can visit handmade fine arts and crafts by local artists. Stop by the “Friday Arts on the Island” – a First Friday tour of the art galleries of Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras. The 2024 festival is June 6-7.

Avon Farmers Market

The market is one of the top markets on Hatteras Island, including Cape Hatteras. Open seasonally, the 2024 season starts in June. Shop the market for items including custom tea blends, handcrafted sauces, seasonings, and jellies, art, textile accessories, jewelry, wood crafts, baked goods, fresh produce, and more. Check their website for this year’s list of vendors, as well as their website and social media information for each.

The market is located at 41156 NC Hwy 12 in Avon. It runs June 11-September 10, 2024, and takes places Tuesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tri Villages Market

Once the market kicks off during the Memorial Day weekend, you’ll want to add its regular day to your calendar, too. The market takes a break to fully stock up, so you’ll have to wait until mid-June. Stop by the ocean- and soundfront camp ground to find clothing, accessories, fresh produce, arts, crafts, and more.

Visit them at Camp Hatteras Campground located at 24798 NC Hwy 12. The event takes place 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Wednesday, June 12 – September 25, 2024.

Light House Local Artists Shows

The shows start in spring and run through fall. Stop by on select Fridays and Saturdays to see and purchase local art, crafts, jewelry, homemade foods, and more.

See their Facebook page for the full schedule. Each event is held Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Find them at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Family Life Center, across from the Cape Hatteras Secondary School tennis courts in Buxton.

Hatteras Island Arts & Crafts Guild

The Guild is a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to boosting the work of young local artists across Hatteras Island and throughout Cape Hatteras. Since its inception nearly 35 years ago, the Guild has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships for deserving artists.

Not only can you score unique items, but you can enter a raffle to help raise the funds for scholarships. The Guild hosts two shows annually, one in August and one the weekend of Thanksgiving – just in time to kick off holiday shopping.

The August date has not yet been announced.

Craft Your Perfect Cape Hatteras Escape

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your Cape Hatteras retreat full of farmers and craft market fun, make booking comfortable accommodations a priority when you book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

Prepare and serve delicious home-cooked meal in the fully-equipped kitchen. Spread out in an open living space, or spend some time outdoors on a private patio or balcony. We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so all your loved ones can join in the farmers and craft market fun.

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Take some time away with the one you call dad this Father’s Day. Dad can enjoy the weekend with loved ones surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for every dad and all his loved ones during a Father’s Day trip. Relax and unwind indoors or out or find something fun and exciting Cape Hatteras to do on-shore or off-shore for the perfect Father’s Day retreat.

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Beaches

A Father’s Day island escape means plenty of beach time. The warm weather and waters of summer during the Father’s Day holiday mean you can spend a little extra time out in the sun on your beach days. Lay out and sunbathe, get some exercise, watch the kids play on the sand, or brave the water for a swim.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse officially opens for the season the third Friday in April, meaning taking a tour is a must for your Father’s Day itinerary. The majestic black and white structure towers over and protects what is known as one of the most hazardous sections of the whole Atlantic Coast.

It is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Unfortunately, the popular stair climb of the 248-stair iron spiral staircase will not be available due to restoration efforts. If dad just can’t stay away, you can still stop by to see renovations so far, including newly stripped paint that has revealed brick dating back to 1873!

Fishing

If dad or any of his loved ones are anglers, you can let them know there are plenty of places and ways to drop a line and try their luck this Father’s Day. Charter a boat, stick to shore and do a little surf fishing, or head to some of the most popular fishing piers in the area.

Avon Fishing Pier is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and stretches 665 feet out into the Atlantic. Fishing off the end undoubtedly scores some interesting catches you won’t find if you stay closer to shore. Another good spot to cast a line is the Rodanthe Pier, where dad’s next big fish story may include sea mullet, spot, bluefish, trout, and many others. The pier is open daily 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Dad and his loved ones can help improve the environment this Father’s Day. The center stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound and is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. The center is a great place for nature lovers of all ages and is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village. Explore on a kayak nature tour, go on “Turtle Patrol” and learn about the area’s sea turtles and see active nests, or learn about birding in the barrier islands. Its programs will be in full swing for the summer season, but contact them to double check if dad’s favorite program will be available.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Along with the historic lighthouse, dad may also want a tour of the historic wood-frame building, built in 1901. During its commission (1902-1946), it provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast. Once it was decommissioned as a weather station, it became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel, and has since been used as a research station by the universities and other higher education institutions in North Carolina.

Water Activities

In addition to the many beach activities that attracted you and dad to Cape Hatteras, there are water sports to experience while you’re here, too. Dad and his loved ones can make their way through calmer waters on a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe through the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuary of the area. Up the adrenaline and speed and take off on a jet ski. Take the fun below the waves on a snorkeling or SCUBA tour.

Add in some lessons for a new skill, too. Certified surf instructors will take you and dad from land classes to catching your first wave in no time. Choose traditional surfing, wind surfing, or both. Once you’re comfortable with your skills, rent some gear and start catching your own waves.

Father’s Day Your Way in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for dad’s Cape Hatteras Father’s Day retreat, make booking comfortable accommodations for dad and his loved ones a priority when you book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

Prepare and serve delicious home-cooked meals, including dad’s favorites and Father’s Day cookout fixin’s in the fully equipped kitchen. Spread out in an open living space or spend some time outdoors on a private patio or balcony. We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom for dad’s solo getaway, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so dad and all his loved ones can enjoy an island adventure.

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Take some time to get away this summer. Enjoy time with loved ones surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for everyone. There are plenty of things to see and do while you’re here, including budget-friendly ones, that are fun for the whole family. Consider these fun activities to plan a cheap Outer Banks vacation.

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Beaches

An island escape means time on the beach. The warm weather and water mean you can spend a little extra time out in the sun on your beach days. Lay out and sunbathe, get some exercise, watch the kids play on the sand, or splash around in the ocean for a swim. Make sure to pack plenty of sun protection, beach snacks, and all the other gear you’ll need for a fun day on the sand or water. Some beaches may have parking fees, or access fees for piers, but they are nominal and won’t break the budget.

Escape Hatteras

The activity has been growing in popularity, and you’ll want to add it to your Cape Hatteras To Do List. Located in Frisco, you can challenge yourself to stories like “The Crazy Keeper,” “The Spanish Flu,” and more. Each room is rated by difficulty and an ideal group is 2-6 participants. While they are open during the off-season, hours may vary. Advanced reservations need to be made online. The best part? The experience is less than $40 per group.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse officially opens for the season on the third Friday in April. It’s a great way to step inside and beat the heat. The majestic black and white structure towers over and protects one of the most hazardous sections of the whole Atlantic Coast.

The lighthouse is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Unfortunately, the popular stair climb of the 248-stair iron spiral staircase will not be available due to restoration efforts. You can still stop by to see renovations so far, including brick dating back to 1873 revealed by recently stripped paint. The Museum of the Sea and Park Store will be open, too. If you want to “experience” the climb, there is a virtual tour and live webcam available for viewing through the National Park Service website for the lighthouse.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

The center stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound and is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. It’s a must-do for nature lovers of all ages and is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village.

Explore on a kayak nature tour, go on “Turtle Patrol” and learn about the area’s sea turtles and see active nests, or learn about birding in the barrier islands. The center’s full schedule of programs is available during the summer months. Activity fees are as low as $10/person to $40/person, and some programs are free!

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

There’s another historic building to include in your ‘beat the heat’ itinerary aside from the lighthouse. The wood-frame building was built in 1901 and served as a weather station from 1902 to 1946. During that time, it provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast.

Once it was decommissioned as a weather station, it became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel, and has since been used as a research station by the many universities in North Carolina studying marine invertebrates and other species.

Water Activities

In addition to the many beach activities that attracted you to Cape Hatteras, there are water activities to experience while you’re here, too. Paddle your way through calmer waters on a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe through the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuary of the area. Prices vary depending on the rental company or activity provider. You can just take a dip, too.

Fishing

For the anglers of the group, there are plenty of places and ways to drop a line and try their luck during spring break. Charter a boat, stick to shore, or head to the Avon Fishing Pier to see what’s biting. The pier is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and wanders 665 feet out into the Atlantic – fishing off the end will no doubt net some interesting catches that you won’t find if you stay closer to shore. Fishing passes are $8-12 a day per person, depending on age. Sightseeing is just $1/person.

Another great spot is Rodanthe Pier, where you’ll cast a line in search of sea mullet, spot, bluefish, trout, and many others. The pier is open daily 6 a.m. – 12 a.m. Daily fishing passes range from $10-15, and sightseeing is just $2/day.

An Island Retreat on a Budget

While planning all the budget-friendly fun activities and adventures for your Cape Hatteras getaway, make booking comfortable and affordable accommodations a priority and book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

Prepare and serve delicious home-cooked meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Spread out in an open living space or soak up the sun and sea air on a private patio or balcony.

We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy an island adventure.

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Imagine a place where the waves whisper secrets of early mariners, where the sun paints the sky with hues of gold and pink twice a day, and where the sand under your feet tells tales of ages past. This place is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Nestled on the Outer Banks, this sliver of paradise offers an escape that’s adventurous and tranquil. Join us on a journey through the top 10 reasons why you should visit Cape Hatteras!

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It’s a Food Lovers Paradise

The Outer Banks are as rich in flavor as they are in scenery. You can begin your day with a freshly brewed coffee from a cozy café and end it with gourmet dining with a coastal view under a canopy of stars.

Feast on the bounty of the sea at a variety of seafood restaurants. Savor the catch of the day, your way. From seasoned broiled flounder to hearty clam chowders. Whatever you decide, it’s sure you warm your soul and put a smile on your face.

In between the surf shops and the lighthouses, you’ll discover restaurants ranging from the delightfully casual to the enchantingly elegant. Try the local oyster bars for a taste of the ocean’s brine or indulge in a southern barbecue that competes with the sea’s breeze for your senses. Each establishment comes with its own charm, where great food and southern hospitality converge in Cape Hatteras.

Breathtaking Scenery and Nature’s Art

The landscape of Cape Hatteras is a masterclass in beauty designed by nature’s own hand. With expansive beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, bordered by towering dunes – it just begs you to sit and bask in its beauty. If you love taking photos or just being in nature, you are sure to find endless sources of inspiration in the sunrises and sunsets of Cape Hatteras.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a sanctuary for diverse wildlife and plant life. Roam along its paths and see what animal species you notice that call this beautiful place home.  Watch as the pelicans dive for their dinner or spot the wild ponies play in the distance. Nature in Cape Hatteras is still wild and free.

Horseback Riding on Serene Beaches

For a different experience and slower pace, try horseback riding along the shores. Feel the gentle rhythm of your steed as you meander along the water’s edge, the ocean’s symphony providing a serene soundtrack – it’s truly a magical experience.

Whether you’re an experienced rider or it’s your first time in the saddle, local stables offer guided tours that cater to all levels. With the wind in your hair and the salt in the air, riding allows you to connect with the land and create memories that will gallop with you for a lifetime.

Water Sports and Activities

The waters of the Outer Banks are famous for their waves and winds, making them an ideal setting for trying out water sports. Ride the waves on a surfboard, harness the wind while kiteboarding, or explore beneath the surface with scuba diving. In Cape Hatteras, there’s an abundance of aquatic adventures waiting for you.

If you’re just starting out with water sports, don’t be shy. Many local shops and schools offer lessons in surfing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. Under the watchful eye and guidance of experienced instructors, you can safely dip your toes into these exhilarating sports. And with rental gear available, there’s no need to bring anything but your excitement.

For those who prefer a calmer encounter with the water, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking through the tranquil Pamlico Sound offer moments of peace. Glide over clear waters and explore the rich habitat of the marshlands, where you might just spot a dolphin or a heron going about their day.

Fishing Adventures

For anglers, the waters of Cape Hatteras are what dreams are made of. With a coastline that’s a magnet for a variety of fish species, you’re in for a treat in any season. Cast your line right from the shore or venture out into the deep blue on a chartered fishing excursion where the big fish roam.

Local marinas are staffed with seasoned fishermen who can guide you to the best spots and share tips on how to reel in a prize catch. From the thrill of hooking a charging bluefish to the patience required for flounder, fishing here is always interesting.

Join in on local tournaments or simply enjoy the quiet satisfaction of a personal catch. And don’t forget to ask about the local fish-cleaning services—many will prepare and package your catch, making it ready for a delicious meal back at your vacation rental.

Local History and Culture

Cape Hatteras is steeped in rich history and culture. The iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stands as a sentinel, its spiraling stripes a symbol of the island’s maritime heritage. Climbing its steps offers not only an elevated journey into the past but also gives amazing views of the surrounding natural splendor.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum provides a deeper dive into the local lore, with exhibits that tell the tales of shipwrecks and the courageous efforts of the U.S. Lifesaving Service. Meanwhile, the Native American history of the region is preserved and celebrated at cultural centers and during special events throughout the year.

The culture of the early inhabitants is woven through the threads of time—from the English settlers to the resilient Hatteras Indians. Participating in a local storytelling night or visiting a historical reenactment can transport you through time, offering a profound connection to Cape Hatteras and its people.

Community Events and Festivals

The community spirit of Cape Hatteras shines brightly during its many events and festivals. These gatherings are a core part of the island’s charm, celebrating everything from local music and art to kite flying and seafood!

Summer brings the Hatteras Grand Slam Fishing Tournament, where sport fishing’s finest compete for the biggest catch of the day. The Day at the Docks celebration honors the nautical way of life, complete with seafood cook-offs, boat shows, and educational exhibits.

Autumn ushers in the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a week-long event dedicated to the observation and appreciation of the Outer Banks’ abundant birdlife and natural habitats. The holiday season isn’t left out either, with festive parades and markets that feature handcrafted gifts and decorations. These occasions are perfect for taking a piece of Hatteras home with you for the holidays.

These events and festivals allow you to live like the locals and get a glimpse into the heart of the community. In the next segment, we’ll discover the treasures to be found in local shops and how relaxation and wellness are redefined in Cape Hatteras. Keep reading as we dive deeper into the experiences that make this Cape Hatteras unforgettable.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Shopping in Cape Hatteras is as unique as the destination itself.  Quaint boutiques and art galleries showcase handmade goods, made right on the island. Each local shop is like a treasure chest full one-of-a-kind gems.

As you stroll through the villages, you’ll find handcrafted jewelry, nautical home decor, and artwork inspired by the sea. Each piece tells a story, crafted by the skilled hands of local artists.

Search for the perfect beach ensemble, a whimsical wind chime, or a piece of hand-blown glass art. All of the shops here give you the chance to take a piece of Cape Hatteras home with you. For the bookworms, local bookstores sell novels by regional authors and historical accounts of the island’s past!

And for the foodies on this trip – don’t miss out on the local markets. Here, you can pick up homemade jams, fresh seafood, or a bottle of wine from a nearby vineyard. These make not only great souvenirs but also the ingredients for a memorable meal back at your vacation rental.

Relaxation and Wellness

Make time to relax and take care of yourself during your time in Cape Hatteras. Spas and other wellness centers make that easy to do. After days filled with adventure, the island’s relaxation and wellness options provide the perfect balance. Cape Hatteras understands the art of rejuvenation, offering a plethora of services to soothe both body and mind. From yoga on the beach at dawn to a full-service spa that pampers you from head to toe, wellness is an essential part of life here.

Massage therapy services range from therapeutic deep tissue to gentle relaxation massages, perfect for unwinding after a day of surfing or fishing. Many of the local spas also offer beauty treatments, using natural, locally sourced products that reflect the island’s code of being in harmony with nature.

Wellness extends beyond the spas, with meditation retreats and wellness workshops and fitness centers that utilize the island’s serene setting as a backdrop. If you’re looking to maintain your fitness routine while on vacation, take advantage of the gyms, fitness centers, and bike rentals for a leisurely ride on the island’s bike-friendly paths.

Exclusive Vacation Rentals

The key to a great experience when you visit Cape Hatteras is making sure you find the right place to call home. Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging is proud to offer a selection of amazing cottages, suites and beachfront rentals that will elevate your Cape Hatteras experience. Live like a local in your coastal cottage or spacious beachfront homes. All vacation rentals with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging have been outfitted to ensure your utmost comfort. Air conditioning offers a cool respite from the warmth of the southern sun, while modern conveniences such as washers, dryers, and fully equipped kitchens ensure you have all you need at your fingertips.

With thoughtful amenities like smart locks for secure, hassle-free entry, to the inclusion of linens, towels, and even extra pillows and blankets, every detail is catered for. The living room becomes a place of gathering, equipped with TVs and plush seating, inviting families and friends to share the day’s stories and plan out the next day’s activities.

For those wanting to stay connected or share their adventures, high-speed internet and smart TV access are standard. Step outside and you might find private decks with ocean views, outdoor showers to rinse off sand, and BBQ grills ready for a cookout under the stars. These rentals are designed to make every moment of your stay memorable.

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Cape Hatteras is a gem of the Outer Banks, a locale where each day promises a new adventure and every night beckons you to stay just a little longer. With its vast array of restaurants, stunning natural vistas, and unique activities like horseback riding on the beach, this island can be your slice of paradise.

The enchantment of Cape Hatteras is evident in every wave that caresses its shores and every breeze that dances through its grassy dunes. It’s a place where time slows down just enough for you to savor every moment. So, pack your bags, bring your spirit of adventure, and prepare for an escape that will linger in your heart long after the sands have washed from your shoes.

Whether you come for history, the festivals, the fishing, or simply the joy of relaxing by the ocean, Cape Hatteras has something special for you. When it comes to finding the perfect seaside retreat, look no further than Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. With their exclusive vacation rentals that come with all the comforts of home, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect base to explore all that Cape Hatteras has to offer.

So, why wait? Make your next vacation one for the books. Embrace the adventure, the relaxation, and the memories waiting to be made in Cape Hatteras, NC. Check out Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging to book your perfect beachfront getaway today. Experience these 10 reasons and so much more when you visit Cape Hatteras. See you at the shore!

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The year-round sun and beautiful weather of North Carolina, the Outer Banks, and Cape Hatteras makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break. No matter what brings you here, you need somewhere to stay. Consider a Cape Hatteras vacation rental provided by Lighthouse View.

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Privacy

If you’re looking to vacation from everything, a hotel or resort may be the place for you. Having someone else take care of all the chores may sound relaxing, but you’ll have to compromise on privacy. Booking a hotel or resort room means sharing walls with neighboring guests. While you’re trying to relax or sleep, you may be interrupted by TVs blaring all night, or people coming and going in the hallway outside your room. Your relaxing getaway may be a getaway, but not as relaxing as you first thought.

Quiet

All of our vacation rentals are located in residential communities. You’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of the community rather than the fast pace of a resort or hotel full of people. When you want some quiet time to relax with a book or get a quick nap before another activity, you’ll be able to unwind without interruption from the noise of other guests.

Pet Friendly

If you can’t stand a moment away from your furry family members, bring them along! However, your selection of accommodations when it comes to hotels and resorts becomes severely limited. We have multiple pet friendly vacation rentals! Many of them are close to the activities and attractions you came to enjoy. Additionally, while there are restrictions and fees, they may be lower than a hotel’s. Select pet friendly homes offer things for your pets like beds, toys, and pet doors leading to private outdoor spaces where they can do their business in private.

Ample Parking

Our vacation rental homes are located in residential comminutes with plenty of parking. Parking details at your specific rental will be provided with the home-specific information you need. Parking facilities run from reserved spaces to private garages and carports that shield your rental vehicle from the weather.

Wi-Fi

In addition to the privacy and quiet of your own home, there are other conveniences as well. While hotels and resorts have Wi-Fi, that signal is split between all the guests at the hotel, as well as the staff. Our private vacation rentals each have their own, private Wi-Fi connection. You’ll find the network name and password in your welcome information. Just enter the credentials into your wireless devices and be online in moments! Share the latest vacation photos and videos to social media, send a quick email, or confirm reservations with restaurants and attractions.

Full Kitchen

Save money on dining out and put it towards making memories. Each of our vacation rental homes has a fully equipped kitchen. You’ll find all the basics for preparing and serving delicious home-cooked meals. From pots, pans, and utensils to dishes and silverware, you’ll have just about everything you need. Try your hand at your new favorite dish from one of our local restaurants or prepare a home favorite.

Close to Activities & Attractions

Our private vacation rentals are close to many of the activities and attractions you’ve come to enjoy. Our rentals may be just a short drive or even a walk or bike ride away! They are also close to conveniences like grocery stores and other needs.

Outdoor Space

While hotels and resorts have pools, spas, and possibly green space to stretch your legs, it’s not private. In a private vacation rental provided by Lighthouse View Vacation Rentals, the outdoor space is all yours. Sit out on a private patio, deck, or balcony with a glass of wine and a book. Select units offer a private pool and/or spa, and outdoor green space for other outdoor activities with loved ones.

In-Unit Laundry

If you happen to be staying with us for an extended period, don’t worry about bringing all your clothes. Limit the packing to just your favorites and take advantage of in-unit laundry. Most of our rentals offer in-unit laundry with full size washers and dryers. You won’t have to spend precious vacation minutes ‘guarding’ your laundry in hotel laundry rooms or hunting up expensive laundry services in town. You’ll be able to do this mundane chore without interruption to your regular schedule, saving money on overweight bag fees, too.

See You Soon!

As you plan your North Carolina and Cape Hatteras adventure, make your first move booking a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. We have accommodations as small as a one-bedroom suite for a cozy sweetheart getaway all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so you can enjoy your favorite events with all your friends and family.

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Take some time away during the Memorial Day holiday this year. Enjoy the weekend with loved ones surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for everyone during a North Carolina Memorial Day trip. Relax and unwind indoors or out, or find something fun and exciting to do on-shore or off-shore during the unofficial start to the summer season.

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Beaches

An island escape means time on the beach. Add in the ever-warming weather continues of the Memorial Day holiday and you have a recipe for fun. The warmer weather and water mean you can spend a little extra time out in the sun on your beach days. Lay out and sunbathe, get some exercise, watch the kids play on the sand, or brave the water for a swim.

Beach Horseback Riding

Whether you and your loved ones are seasoned equestrians or it’s your first time on a horse, take a trail ride against the beautiful backdrop of the beach and Atlantic Ocean of Cape Hatteras. Call or email to make reservations with your company of choice, and be prepared to provide ages, height, and weight of riders. It helps pair you with the horse that will be most appropriate for you.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse officially opens for the season the third Friday in April, meaning taking a tour is a must for your Memorial Day itinerary. The majestic black and white structure towers over and protects one of the most hazardous sections of the whole Atlantic Coast.

It is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are available in-person on a first-come/first-served basis, but you’ll want to be sure you can negotiate the 248-stair iron spiral staircase leading to the top for the best view.

Fishing

If there are anglers in your Memorial Day traveling group, you can let them know there are plenty of places and ways to drop a line and try their luck this Memorial Day. Charter a boat, stick to shore, or head to some of the most popular fishing piers in the area.

Avon Fishing Pier is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and wanders 665 feet out into the Atlantic. Fishing off the end will undoubtedly hook some interesting catches you won’t find if you stay closer to shore. Another good spot is the Rodanthe Pier, where you can cast a line in search of sea mullet, spot, bluefish, trout, and many others. The pier is open daily 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

The center stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound and is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. It’s a great place for nature lovers of all ages and is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village. Explore on a kayak nature tour, go on “Turtle Patrol” where you’ll learn about the area’s sea turtles and see active nests, or learn about birding in the barrier islands. Many of its programs are getting their start for the summer season, but you’ll want to call to make sure your preferred program is up and running.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Along with the historic lighthouse, add a tour of the historic wood-frame building, built in 1901. From 1902-1946 it provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast. Once decommissioned as a weather station, it became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel, and has since been used as a research station by universities in North Carolina.

Spa Day

Get pampered with a visit to a spa this Memorial Day. Choose from any of the local day spas and book the treatments that will relax your mind and body. A manicure, pedicure, massage or body treatment, are just some of the things that lead to total relaxation this Memorial Day. Some spas offer special men’s services that cater to their specific needs, so everyone can go home rested and rejuvenated.

Water Activities

In addition to the many beach activities that attracted you to Cape Hatteras, there are water sports to experience while you’re here, too. Paddle your way through calmer waters on a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe through the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuary of the area. Up the adrenaline and speed and take off on a jet ski.

Add in some lessons for a new skill while you’re at it. Certified surf instructors will take you from land classes to catching your first wave in no time. Choose traditional surfing, wind surfing, or both. Once you’re comfortable with your skills, rent some gear and start catching your own waves.

Memorial Day, Cape Hatteras Style

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Prepare and serve delicious home-cooked meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Spread out in an open living space or spend some time outdoors on a private patio or balcony. We have accommodations as small as one bedroom, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy an island adventure.

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If your travels have led you to the slender piece of paradise known as Cape Hatteras, well then, you’re in for a real treat. Located in the heart of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Cape Hatteras destination full of lighthouses, pristine beaches, and a rich nautical history.

This Cape Hatteras travel guide is crafted to lead you through a 3- to 7-day journey filled with the sights, sounds and soul of Cape Hatteras. You’re encouraged to explore its quiet beaches where locals find peace, and to eat at the restaurants where locals and anglers tell their tales. Get ready to peel back the layers of Cape Hatteras for an extraordinary adventure.

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Day 1: Arrival and Exploration

Welcome to Cape Hatteras, where the air carries a hint of salt and the promise of adventure. Spend your first day getting into the groove of the island. Make yourself comfortable in any of the charming accommodations provided by Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. The selection of cottages and beach homes are dotted along the coastline and give you beachfront views that will take your breath away.

After waking up slowly, and enjoying a homemade breakfast prepared in your cottage kitchen – you’re ready for some exploring. No visit to Hatteras is complete without paying homage to its iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Standing tall against the sky, this black and white beacon has guided sailors for over a century.

Insider tip: Visit in the late afternoon when the sun casts a golden glow over the landscape, perfect for an Instagram-worthy shot. Avoid the midday rush for a quieter and calmer experience, and don’t forget to explore the surrounding grounds. Learn of the lighthouse’s history and walk the beautiful nature paths.

After a day of travel and exploration, grab a bite to eat at the fine dining restaurant known as Café Pamlico. The catch of the day is always fresh, and the stories from the sea are as diverse as the dishes. Try the crab cakes or grilled mahi-mahi, seasoned with local spices that echo the island’s heritage. After such a filling and delicious meal, try to get some rest because the next day is filled with more exploring.

Day 2: Beach Day and Maritime History

Today, you’ve packed some food in the form of sandwiches and charcuterie because you’ll be spending your day at the beach. Begin your day with a visit to Frisco beach. These soft stretches of sand offer you a peaceful retreat from the world. You’ve got your book, snacks, beach toys and everything else you need for a good day in the sunshine.

After you are full of vitamin sea and have received a healthy dose of sunshine, it’s time to cool off at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. This treasure trove of artifacts and stories sheds light onto the shipwrecks, battles, and lives shaped that have been shaped and changed by the sea. Don’t miss the exhibit on Blackbeard, the infamous pirate who once roamed these waters.

Wrap up your day with a casual meal at Diamond Shoals Restaurant. This spot is known for its surf and turf, featuring its very own sushi bar. On this particular night, you should opt for the captain’s platter and clam chowder.

As the day fades, consider a beach bonfire on the Cape Hatteras shoreline (only where regulations allow), for a perfect ending to day two. Gather around the flames, roast marshmallows, and be soothed by the sound of the waves underneath the stars.

Day 3: Adventure and Nature

Day three is for some water fun. Cape Hatteras is home to a variety of water sports, offering some of the best surfing and kiteboarding on the East Coast.

Start your day with a burst of adrenaline by taking surf or kiteboarding lessons from one of the local instructors at REAL Watersports. These seasoned professionals offer insights not just into the sport but know the ocean waves like the back of their hands (and boards).

After the morning’s excitement, slow down and continue your connection with the natural world at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is a stop for many different migratory birds and native wildlife. Bring your binoculars and tread softly along the trails, where you might spot snow geese, piping plovers, or even a sea turtle if you’re lucky.

Cap off your day with a meal that celebrates the farm-to-table movement, Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill. The portions are large and packed full of flavor. The appetizers and fresh catch of the day will have you smiling from ear to ear.

Day 4: Cultural Immersion and Relaxation

Immerse yourself in the local arts scene by visiting a gallery or craft shop that showcases the work of Outer Banks artists. The creativity found here is as vast as the ocean, with pieces inspired by the natural beauty and cultural history of the area. Admire the paintings, pottery, and jewelry that encapsulate the beauty of Cape Hatteras expressed through its artists.

After nourishing your mind with art, pamper your body with a visit to In Touch Massage and Wellness. Unwind and reflect on the adventures of the past days.

There’s no better way to end a day in Hatteras than with live sunset dinner cruise. Gain a new perspective of the island from the water, accompanied by the soothing sounds of the waves and the kaleidoscope of colors in the sky, and blissful tunes as you dine. Life is so much sweeter by the sea.

Day 5: Fishing and History

It’s time for an adventure on the high seas with a charter boat trip with a local captain whose tales are as legendary as the fish you’re aiming to catch. Fishing in the waters off Cape Hatteras lets you reel in anything from mahi-mahi to blue marlin. As you enjoy your time on the water, you’ll learn all about the marine ecosystem from those who know it well. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, and your sense of adventure.

After your morning at sea, delve into the history of the island by touring the historic villages of Hatteras. Each village has its own story, from the early Native American inhabitants to the European settlers and beyond. Pay special attention to the tales of local legends, including those of shipwrecks and pirate hideaways. These stories highlight the resilient spirit of the Outer Banks and its community.

For dinner, have a meal at Dinky’s Waterfront Restaurant. The ambiance is low-key, and the food is delicious. Definitely get the crab stack and the oysters Rockefeller. Finish everything off with a slice of tart key lime pie. That will put a cap on a fun filled day five.

Day 6: Leisure Time

Day 6 is for choosing your own adventure. Whether you’re gliding through the waters of the Pamlico Sound or discovering the charms of Ocracoke Island, day six is about embracing the laid-back lifestyle that defines the Outer Banks.

Opting for a paddleboard or kayak ride through the Pamlico Sound immerses you into the serene side of Cape Hatteras. The calm waters of the Sound make it an ideal spot for both beginners and experienced paddlers. The quiet splashes of your paddle provide a soundtrack to the breathtaking views of marshlands, wildlife, and the distant lighthouse standing as a sentinel over the landscape. Observe the local birdlife and see fish gently gliding under your board or kayak. You might even spot a dolphin in the distance. It’s a moment of tranquility that enriches your soul and deepens your connection to Cape Hatteras.

If you prefer to take it a bit easier and have less work, hop on the ferry to Ocracoke Island. Ocracoke is home to a quaint village charm, with a slower pace of life – like you’re taking a trip back in time. Peruse its unique shops, local restaurants, live like the locals. Relax on the beach and soak up some sun. Make sure you stop at Eduardo’s Taco Stand for some delicious and flavorful Mexican food on the Island.

Day 7: Local Moments and Goodbyes

Day seven sadly concludes your time in Cape Hatteras. Before you say goodbye, make sure to visit the Avon Farmers Market. The Avon Farmers Market showcases of the freshest fruits, vegetables, and herbs, straight from the gardens and farms of local growers of Cape Hatteras.

Artists also set up here and sell their handmade crafts. Each piece, whether it’s jewelry, pottery, or textiles, tells a story of the Outer Banks. These crafts are not just souvenirs. They’re pieces of Hatteras life created by the talented people who call this place home.

The aroma of freshly baked bread, pastries, and other confections fills the air, drawing you to the stalls of local bakers. These baked goods are made with love and often feature traditional recipes passed down through generations.

Purchase a sweet treat or snack and savor the local flavors one last time before you leave Cape Hatteras. Take a piece of Cape Hatteras home with you. It could be anything, from a jar of homemade jam, a piece of art, or simply the memory of warm hospitality from a local vendor.

Discover the Magic of Cape Hatteras

As your Cape Hatteras visitor guide ends, we hope you’ve learned about some of the unique places that make this island so special. From its windswept beaches and historic lighthouses to the warm hospitality of its people, Cape Hatteras is a place where adventures await around every corner.

The waves of the sea set the pace for your visit to Cape Hatteras. Come here to find relaxation, adventure, and a deeper connection with nature and history. The beauty of the Outer Banks will fill your heart. Remember, the true spirit of Cape Hatteras is found not just in its landmarks, but in the stories shared, the friendships forged, and the memories created. So, come with an open mind and leave with a heart and soul that’s been enriched by the experiences that only be found on Cape Hatteras.

Live the Full Hatteras Experience with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging

Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging is happy to host you in any of their cozy and comfortable vacation rentals. Call their cottages and condos your Cape Hatteras home away from home. With centrally located accommodations, you’ll never be too far away from experiencing Cape Hatteras to the full.

Each accommodation, from cozy cottages to spacious condos, is designed with your comfort in mind. The amenities that cater to every need and decor that reflects the coastal ambiance, Lighthouse View ensures that your stay is as relaxing as it is memorable. The convenience of having your own kitchen, living space, and direct beach access means that your Hatteras adventure can unfold at your own pace.

As you plan your trip to Cape Hatteras, remember that the choice of lodging can profoundly influence your experience. Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging doesn’t just offer a place to stay; it offers an immersive entry point into the heart and soul of the Outer Banks. From the moment you arrive, greeted by the sight of the lighthouse and the sound of the waves, you’ll know you’ve chosen wisely.

Your days at Cape Hatteras, filled with exploration, relaxation, and discovery, will be complemented by the comfort and community found at Lighthouse View. And as you depart, with sand in your shoes and memories in your heart, you’ll carry with you the essence of Hatteras, a reminder of the time spent in a place where the horizon is wide, and the welcome is warm.

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Cape Hatteras is the jewel of the Outer Banks. A gem of a destination where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Pamlico Sound. Did you know that this narrow strip of islands features some delicious places to eat amongst its breathtaking scenery?

The dining scene here is as diverse as the landscape, with options ranging from luxurious gourmet restaurants to cozy, budget-friendly bistros. Consider this your guide to the best restaurants in Cape Hatteras. In Cape Hatteras, local seafood and delicious flavors are the shining stars of these restaurants.

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High-End Dining in Cape Hatteras

Cafe Pamlico

Nothing beats eating a good meal with spectacular views. At Café Pamlico, you can savor the flavors of any dish with uninterrupted view of the Pamlico Sound.

This intimate restaurant is not just about the view. It’s a dining experience that marries local ingredients with gourmet flair. Café Pamlico has its own garden on the property where they grow their own fruits and veggies – talk about farm to table! From fresh local seafood to organic meats, the menu is a tribute to the restaurant’s commitment to quality and sustainability.

Seasonal menus ensure that every visit gives you something new, while special dietary needs are met with grace – offering gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Reservations are highly welcomed, not just for the food, but for the chance to witness one of the most stunning sunsets on the East Coast.

Breakwater Restaurant

Perched atop Oden’s Dockstore, Breakwater Restaurant serves up good food and good views simultaneously. Enjoy the natural beauty of the area without spending a fortune. The menu features a variety of American and seafood dishes, with options like lowcountry she crab soup, buttermilk fried chicken, or Scottish salmon.

Breakwater Restaurant is known for its upscale atmosphere, providing relaxed dining and seasonal menu options. Breakwater is a great option if you’re seeking a romantic dinner with your loved one, or a celebratory dinner with the family. At Breakwater, delicious meals and stunning sunsets are accessible and enjoyed by all.

Mid-Range Must-Visits for Every Foodie

Stay tuned for our next section, where we’ll explore the mid-range must-visits that offer a perfect blend of quality, ambiance, and value. The culinary landscape of Cape Hatteras extends beyond its high-end dining experiences, offering a variety of mid-range restaurants that promise delicious meals, friendly service, and a memorable dining atmosphere without the gourmet price tag.

Dinky’s Waterfront Restaurant

Dinky’s is celebrated not just for its location but for a culinary experience that leaves you raving. The ambiance here is one of understated elegance, where the water views become the perfect backdrop to your meal.

One cannot talk about Dinky’s without mentioning its standout dishes such as the Blue Crab Ravioli, a luxurious combination of cheese-filled ravioli and lump crab meat, bathed in a chardonnay cream sauce and finished with asiago cheese. Or the Cajun Shrimp Gratin, where Carolina shrimp and andouille sausage come together in a Cajun cream sauce, topped with breadcrumbs and asiago cheese, then baked to perfection. These dishes showcase Dinky’s ability to blend flavors and textures in a way that’s innovative and deliciously satisfying.

The restaurant provides a memorable dining experience, from the food to the service. Celebrate happy occasions or treat yourself to a good meal at Dinky’s!

Rusty’s Surf & Turf

Next, let’s venture to Rusty’s Surf & Turf, where the vibrant atmosphere just invites you right in. Chef Rusty Midgett, a surfer with a penchant for good food, infuses his dishes with flavors discovered on his travels.

This Buxton favorite is where local Outer Banks seafood meets international flair, offering diners a unique taste experience. Whether you’re in the mood for a succulent steak, low country shrimp and grits, or Pamlico paella – Rusty’s promises a uniquely memorable meal.

The restaurant’s commitment to community and innovation is evident in every dish, and its casual yet fine dining setting makes it a perfect spot for any occasion.

Froggy Dog Restaurant & Pub

Another gem in the mid-range dining category is the Froggy Dog Restaurant & Pub, a venue that combines the charm of a long-established restaurant with fresh, from-scratch fare. The nautical themed pub and dining room set the stage for a variety of dishes, from seafood and burgers to steaks and pasta. The Froggy Dog is all about quality and variety. They offer gluten-free items, vegetarian options, and a kids’ menu to nobody leaves hungry.

The full bar’s focus on craft brews and North Carolina beers, along with an impressive wine selection curated by their in-house sommelier, enhances your experience. Special occasions are marked with a six-course wine-pairing dinner, and the popular Sunday Brunch is a must-try!

Good Winds Seafood & Wine Bar

Next on our list of mid-range must-visits is Good Winds Restaurant, situated in a prime location that offers breathtaking views of the sound. Known for its inventive coastal cuisine and fresh-caught local seafood, Good Winds caters to those looking for great food with stunning natural beauty. The restaurant boasts the widest selection of wine and regional craft beer in the Tri-Villages, making it a favorite among beverage enthusiasts.

Whether you’re refueling after a day of kiteboarding or looking for a scenic spot for a family dinner, Good Winds delivers quality and affordability in one of the most beautiful places on the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill

For those seeking a mid-range dining option that doesn’t compromise on quality or experience, Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill is a must-visit. Located right on the water, this Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill offers amazing views that differ from the aforementioned restaurants. The menu at Hatteras Sol is diverse, catering to a range of dietary preferences with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available.

The seafood Alfredo, crab dip, and oysters Rockefeller are just a few of the starters that many guests favor. Everything is prepared well and packed with flavor.

What sets Hatteras Sol apart is not just its food but its atmosphere. With outdoor seating available, diners can enjoy their meals while taking in the beautiful surroundings. It’s the perfect place to come for dinner and drinks. The live music adds to the ambiance. Hatteras Sol is a prime choice if you’re looking for quality dining without the high price tag.

Now It’s Time for Budget-Friendly Bites

Each of these mid-range restaurants offers a unique dining experience that reflects the diversity and richness of Cape Hatteras’s culinary scene. Stay tuned as we explore budget-friendly bites that prove delicious dining doesn’t have to break the bank.

Diamond Shoals Restaurant

At the heart of Hatteras Island’s dining scene is Diamond Shoals Restaurant, a family-owned establishment that has been welcoming locals and visitors alike for over 30 years.

Known for its extensive selection of fresh fish, award-winning clam chowder, and a full-service sushi bar, Diamond Shoals speaks to the island’s rich seafood traditions.

Come here for a hearty breakfast, a casual lunch, or settling down for a dinner with family and friends. At lunch time, the large salad bar and the unique offering of a sake bar make it a great choice for a boozy and enjoyable lunch option.

Mirro’s Cafe

Mirro’s Cafe in Waves serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a genuine smile, offering a range of dishes that cater to early risers and sunset chasers. Start your day with a hearty breakfast featuring omelets, wraps, biscuit sandwiches, and pancakes. Perhaps you’d rather dive into their lunch and dinner options that include burgers, baskets, wraps, salads, and seafood, perfect for grabbing a bite to eat after a day on the beach. With its welcoming pet-friendly porch, Mirro’s Cafe embodies the laid-back beach lifestyle of Cape Hatteras, making it a favorite among locals and visitors.

Muffins and Scones

For those with a sweet tooth or in search of a quick, satisfying start to their day, make a stop at Muffins and Scones in Avon. Muffins and Scones provide budget-friendly option for breakfast and snack times.

This charming spot offers baked goods like fresh New York-style bagels, an assortment of muffins, and delectably sweet scones! Take something with you to enjoy by the water or make yourself comfy in this cozy bakery and sip a delicious cup of coffee with your pastry.

Low in Price, Rich in Flavor

These budget-friendly options in Cape Hatteras showcase the area’s ability to offer diverse dining experiences that cater to all tastes and budgets. From the homely charm of Mirro’s Cafe to the sweet delights of Muffins and Scones, visitors can enjoy the flavors of the Outer Banks without breaking the bank.

Dining Experiences Unique to Cape Hatteras

Cape Hatteras’s dining scene offers unique experiences along with tasty menu options. Dining by the waterfront makes a meal memorable. Stunning sunset views over the sound or ocean coupled with flavorful seafood will make you return to Cape Hatteras year after year. When good food is paired with live music or the quiet ambiance of a seaside evening, the moment is unforgettable.

Many restaurants in Cape Hatteras take pride in their community involvement, hosting local events or showcasing local produce and seafood. It’s this blend of good food, great views, and a sense of community that makes dining in Cape Hatteras something special.

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As we wrap up our culinary journey through Cape Hatteras, let’s not forget that finding the right place to stay is essential. After a day of exploring and dining at the island’s diverse restaurants, having a cozy, welcoming place to rest is paramount. If you’re planning to come explore the restaurants on this Cape Hatteras restaurant guide, consider the beautiful rental options available at Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. Lighthouse View offers a variety of accommodations that cater to every need and budget, from charming cottages to spacious beach houses.

Choosing a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging places you at the heart of Cape Hatteras so you’ll be geographically close to good eats! Staying with Lighthouse View ensures that you’re never far from the island’s best dining experiences—from cozy cafes serving up fresh, local seafood to charming restaurants where every meal is infused with the unique flavors of the Outer Banks.

Start your day with a sunrise coffee on your oceanfront deck, and then take a short drive to any of these nearby restaurants for a breakfast or lunch prepared with locally sourced ingredients. As the day unfolds, you’ll have the freedom to explore a wealth of dining options, each offering a taste of Cape Hatteras’s rich culinary landscape.

With Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging, you’re not just booking a place to stay; you’re securing a front-row seat to the foodie paradise of Cape Hatteras. These rentals not only provide you with easy access to the island’s best dining spots but also place you steps away from the serene beaches and breathtaking natural beauty the Outer Banks are known for. Whether you’re coming to enjoy the food, the views, or both, Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging is your home away from home, providing the perfect base for all your culinary adventures in Cape Hatteras.

So, as you plan your next getaway to this unique slice of culinary paradise, make sure to consider where you’ll be staying. Lighthouse View offers comfort, convenience, and local charm that will make your trip unforgettable.

As you plan your next visit to Cape Hatteras, remember that the best dining experiences are those that bring together great food, wonderful views, and the company of friends and family. From sunrise breakfasts to sunset dinners, every meal will be enhanced by the knowledge that you have a beautiful, restful place to return to at the end of the day. Explore the accommodations at Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging and be sure to select the perfect spot to complete your Cape Hatteras experience.

Get ready to dive into the culinary delights of the best restaurants in Cape Hatteras and discover the foods that make this island a must-visit destination for foodies and travelers. Happy dining, and happy staying!

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You’re looking forward to a much-needed Spring Break this year. The year-round warmer climate of North Carolina and Cape Hatteras are just what you need to warm up from the winter blahs or squash the cabin fever. We look forward to spring as much as you do! In fact, we celebrate the coming of our even warmer weather and the road leading toward summer with several annual Cape Hatteras events and festivals. Make some of them a part of your spring vacation itinerary for a full experience of Outer Banks fun.

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Rock the Cape

Celebrate spring and the coming of summer to the Cape with food, music, art, and fun on your spring vacation to Cape Hatteras. The 12th annual event is free and family friendly. It features events highlighting the visual and performing arts of Hatteras Island. Enjoy the art show, concerts, and gallery tour during the weekend of fun. Head to Kitty Hawk Kites’ Waves Village Watersports Resort at Milepost 40 in Rodanthe and let the good times roll. The event takes place June 6-7. Stop by on the 6th for a full afternoon of art, live music, and more. Stop by on the 7th and experience “Friday Arts on the Island” a “First Friday” tour of Hatteras Island art galleries.

Easter

If you’re here for an Easter getaway this spring, several churches, community centers, and other local groups host Easter egg hunts, parties, pictures with the Easter bunny, and more family-friendly fun. Churches also offer special Easter services, and area restaurants may be serving up the traditional Easter meal. Contact your church or restaurant of choice to find out just what’s happening and when, and whether or not restaurants require reservations for a meal. Easter is Sunday, March 31, 2024.

Taste of the Beach

The event takes place across all islands of the Outer Banks, including several establishments on Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras. Take a “Tour of the British Isles” at the Lost Colony Tavern in Manteo or enjoy “Life is a La Playa” at Good Winds Restaurant in Rodanthe. The event takes place Friday, April 12, 2024 – Saturday, April 13, 2024. See the event website for a full list of events and restaurants.

British Cemetery Ceremony

Every year in May, representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Navy, British Royal Navy, and National Park Service gather. The event takes place in Buxton and honors the 63 foreign sailors who perished protecting the area’s coast. There is a concurrent ceremony in Ocracoke at the island’s own British cemetery. This year’s ceremony is May 10, 2024.

Dare County KidsFest

Hosted by the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County, the festival celebrates all things “kids.” The 15th annual festival takes place 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. is bursting with everything kids love. A full schedule has yet to be released for the event that takes place on Friday, May 10, 2024.

Hatteras Village Offshore Open

Spring and summer bring a variety of festivals and competitions. This year, anglers will want to visit for a chance to discover the great fishing along the Hatteras Island coastline. The open is one of the most popular fishing tournaments of the year in the southern Outer Banks. The multi-day tournament attracts competitors from all along the East Coast, and further afield. This year’s event takes place Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Saturday, May 18, 2024.

The Lost Colony Opening Night

Head to the famed Waterside Theater in downtown Manteo this spring. The 2024 season of the Lost Colony, one of the country’s most acclaimed outdoor dramas, launches this spring. The Lost Colony is the longest-running outdoor drama in the U.S. and features a premier telling of the story of the first colonists to arrive in the “New World” from England. Opening night is Thursday, May 30, 2024. The show goes on from 7:45 – 10 p.m.

Dare Day Festival

It’s one of the longest-running festivals in Manteo! The full-day event is held along the downtown waterfront and boasts an array of activities and attractions. Each one celebrates local Manteo culture. Throughout the day you’ll experience a number of events for water and OBX lovers of all ages, like the Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs, “Anything that Floats but a Boat” Race, and the Raingutter Regatta. Check out the Kids Zone, as well as the annual competitions for best cake and pie in all of Dare County. The festival takes place 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Celebrate Spring in Cape Hatteras

As you plan your North Carolina and Cape Hatteras springtime adventure, make sure to sprinkle in your favorite events or festivals to the itinerary for your perfect and unique vacation experience. You’ll also want to make part of that planning booking a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. We have accommodations as small as a one-bedroom suite for a cozy sweetheart getaway this spring, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so you can enjoy your favorite spring activities and festivals with all your friends and family.

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https://lighthouseview.com/history-of-lighthouse-view/Take some time away with loved ones to rest and relax during Spring Break surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and loads of fun. Head to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and Cape Hatteras. Everyone in the group will find something to enjoy during a well-deserved respite. Relax and unwind indoors or out, with a myriad of Cape Hatteras activities to choose from.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The over 70 miles of seashore is protected and preserved by the National Park Service. It stretches from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island. Also known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” you may find some old shipwrecks that can be fun to explore with the right touring company. The park’s fishing and surfing conditions are considered some of the best on the East Coast of the U.S. and you’ll find pristine waters to swim in by the shore.

Fishing

For the anglers of the group, there are plenty of places and ways to drop a line and try their luck during Spring Break. Charter a boat, stick to shore, or head to the Avon Fishing Pier to see what’s biting. The pier is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and wanders 665 feet out into the Atlantic – fishing off the end will no doubt net some interesting catches that you won’t find if you stay closer to shore. Another great spot is the Rodanthe Pier, where you’ll cast a line in search of sea mullet, spot, bluefish, trout, and many others. The pier is open daily 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Bike Rentals

Get out into the springtime air! While you can drive all over the island in your rental vehicle, there are some places that vehicles just can’t go. For those nooks and crannies found around Cape Hatteras, rent a bike to take a cruise through some of the tighter passages. It’s close to the beginning of the season, so if biking is part of your itinerary, make advanced online reservations to ensure you get the bike or bikes you want. Most companies provide helmets with their rentals, but you’ll have to ask about other extras including lights, baskets, water bottles, and anything else you may need for a comfortable trip.

Beaches

A springtime island escape means plenty of beach time. The harsh sun has yet to return to full force, allowing you to stay outside and enjoy the weather longer. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get your exercise with a walk or run on the sand, or plant an umbrella for a beach picnic.

If you don’t mind the still-cool waters, take a paddle around on a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe. Check out the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuary of the area. Up the adrenaline and speed when you take off on a jet ski or take to the wild blue yonder for parasailing. Add in some lessons for a new skill and go from land classes to riding waves on a surfboard or windsurfing equipment.

Beach Horseback Ride

Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or first-time rider, it’s a “trail” ride you won’t want to miss. Call or email to make reservations with your preferred company, and be prepared to provide ages, height, and weight of riders: it helps to pair everyone with a horse appropriate for them.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Make the center a part of your Spring Break this year. The center is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Highway, which stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound. It’s a great stop along the route for nature lovers of all ages and is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village! Explore on a kayak nature tour, join the “Turtle Patrol” and learn about the area’s sea turtles, or learn about birding in the barrier islands. Visit their website first to confirm hours and available activities. You may need special reservations.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Built in 1901, the station was in active use 1902-1946. It provided data on Atlantic Ocean conditions from a fixed location farther into the ocean environment than any other station on the Atlantic Coast during that time. After being decommissioned as a weather station, it became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel investigating the area. It has most recently been used as a research station by North Carolina universities.

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Spring into Fun in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your Spring Break trip to Cape Hatteras, make booking comfortable and stylish accommodations are a top priority and book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart break this spring, all the way up to a six-bedroom home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy an island adventure.

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