Hatteras, NC, USA

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Hatteras, NC, USA

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Beach blanket babylon in North Carolina's Hatteras Island

Snaking through Oregon Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean, Hatteras Island is a 42-mile long sand bar in North Carolina's Outer banks. A protected national seashore, it has a wild, windswept appeal and draws families and the eternally romantic. There are 7 quaint fishing villages dotted around the island. At the helm is Hatteras Village, which has a wealth of Hatteras vacation rentals. Aside from beach hopping, visitors come to climb the 248 steps of the red-and-white striped Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, or visit the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Haul in a Blue Marlin like Ernest Hemingway

Bordered by hundreds of miles of roaring Atlantic Ocean and over 50 miles of sands, it will come as no surprise that Hatteras Island is a beach-lovers paradise. Book a pastel-hued Hatteras vacation rental and you're moments from rolling buttery sands, a wild surf, and an ocean full of fish. Big game fishing is a popular pastime on the island, and game fishing fanatics descend from all over the country to try and land a Blue Marlin, Hemingway-style. Fishing aside, the wild Atlantic waves are also great for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.

A wave from the Graveyard of the Deep

What Hatteras lacks in neon-lit fairground attractions and fairy floss, it makes up for with incredible sandy beaches, fantastic fishing, and fascinating museums. The Graveyard of the Atlantic, on the southwest of the island, is a modern-built maritime museum focusing on the shipwrecks found off the Outer Banks. It has a varied collection, from old-fashioned diving helmets to curious artifacts dredged up from the deep. It's open Monday to Saturday all year round, and hosts scavenger hunts and expert talks.

Hatteras is (quite) hot, hot, hot!

Hatteras Island has a humid subtropical climate, which is generally mild throughout the year, but spring and summer bring the rain. The most popular time to visit is in summer, when temperatures reach highs of 70°F and 80°F. It's worth booking Hatteras vacation rentals well in advance, as summer is the island's peak season. The shoulder seasons of April and May, or September and October, still attract a solid weekend crowd. For many, winter is the nicest time to visit, when the crowds have gone and you get the beaches all to yourself.

Harretas' wild and windswept shores are reserved for nature

The Outer Banks is not always about lazing on the beach. Located on the northern end of Hatteras Island, the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is a year-round habitat for migratory birds, including shorebirds, wading birds, and great snow geese. Established in 1938, it has more than 365 species of birds, mammals, and reptiles, including endangered Loggerhead sea turtles. The refuge is open daily and, volunteers depending, can offer guided canoe tours and wildlife trails.