We’ve got everything you need to know before you visit the Outer Banks

A lot of residents and visitors would agree that the Outer Banks truly are the East Coast’s best-kept secret. Located off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks are actually barrier islands that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the mainland. The area offers plenty for visitors of all ages and interests, as it is a popular vacation destination with open-sea beaches, state parks, and shipwreck diving sites and more. With about 58,000 residents that call the Outer Banks home all year-round, it’s a great place for those looking to not only relax, but also get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The Outer Banks are the picture-perfect beach destination

One of the reasons why the Outer Banks usually isn’t in a traveler’s list of top destinations to see, many locals in and around the Carolina states love it for its tranquil and laidback lifestyle. After all, life doesn’t get any better than while on the beach, right? In addition to its picture-perfect beaches, it’s also got so much to offer, especially when it comes to local history. The historic towns of Corolla and Whalehead Club are a must. It’s also noted that Williamsburg is not a far drive from the area, either.

Now, as far as what you need to check off from your must-see list, The Outer Banks offer a lot of laidback and free activities, which makes this an ideal destination for travelers of almost every budget. Some of the free things you can do and see are Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the Roanoke Island Festival Park or the Elizabethan Gardens. Yep, there is just so much to see!

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Sea life, cruises and so much more

If that weren’t enough, there’s also the Outer Banks Paradise Dolphin Cruise on the Kokomo. And while you can’t technically swim with the dolphins (as many kids ask all the time), a 40-passenger catamaran will take you to see the dolphins in the Roanoke Sound. A lot of visitors have said that it is a great way to see these beautiful creatures in their national habitat. Make room in your phone’s storage because you are going to need it!

And yep, you guessed it: whales swim by the Outer Banks as well. If you are lucky enough you might see these mystical creatures during the winter months, including the humpback whale. Keep in mind that yes, there are certain places in the Outer Banks that guests can swim in, but it’s mostly by the ocean. However, the sound is one place that you wouldn’t want to swim in as most of it is about eight feet deep.

A destination of both yesterday and today

Simply put, there are so many different reasons why you should consider visiting the Outer Banks, regardless of what season or time of the year it is.

What makes the area so ideal, is that it’s right smack in the middle of the East Coast, making it a great stop, whether you are driving south to north or vice versa. Plus, it’s not only a popular holiday destination but one of the oldest, too.

As many historians in the area will tell you, Roanoke Island was the site of England’s first settlement in the New World, which was spearheaded by Sir Walter Raleigh. Centuries later and it’s still a top destination for travelers, both near and far.

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