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Best Times to Visit Cape Hatteras

Whether you’re a beach-lover, history enthusiast, or an adrenaline junkie, Cape Hatteras is a place where there’s always something to do, see, and experience. Depending on what you’re seeking in a vacation experience, the best time to visit Cape Hatteras can vary.


Cape Hatteras in springtime is a wonderland full of wildflowers and sunshine. The weather is pleasantly warm, and the island comes alive with vibrant colors as plants come into bloom. Bring your binoculars as this time of year is ideal for birdwatching! Migratory birds will have started to make their pit stops along Cape Hatteras which is a real sight to see. Anglers will enjoy the bounteous fishing opportunities where species like bluefish, drum, and cobia fill the waters.


All beach-lovers prefer to visit Cape Hatteras during the summer months. Summer is undeniably a great time to visit Cape Hatteras thanks to the sunny and warm weather. Ideal weather conditions like these give you the perfect opportunity to swim, surf, and sunbathe! Summer also is a great time of year to gather with fellow anglers at the Avon Fishing Pier for some good fishing. Keep in mind that summer is the peak travel season for Cape Hatteras. Because of this, the island may get crowded with lots of visitors.


The fall months in Cape Hatteras are known for their cooler temperatures and great fishing. This is another great time of year for birdwatchers who will enjoy the fall migrations. The temperature takes a slight dip, making the weather perfect for hiking or biking. Hike the Buxton Woods Trail for great views of the natural landscapes, while the Hammock Hills Trail leads you along salt marshes and offers beautiful views of Pamlico Sound.


Winter in Cape Hatteras is quieter than the other seasons, offering you a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle. You can enjoy the serene beauty of the island as the crowds that flock to Cape Hatteras during the summer will have thinned out. Tour the lighthouse, visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and do so much more without the usual crowds. This is the time of year that the swans migrate to Hatteras Island. Visit Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to see the swans and geese.

Cape Hatteras is a great place to visit year-round offering you a unique experience in all seasons. Get ready for an unforgettable time on this stunning island. Contact the team at Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging for a list of the best things to do and awesome places to stay during your next stay during the best time to visit Cape Hatteras!

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