Avon, NC, USA

Avon, NC, USA

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Avon's promise of boundless beach adventures

Book one of the many fabulous Avon vacation rentals strung along this shoreline of this tiny Outer Banks resort, and you're guaranteed a spot on the beach. Its golden strands and sun-kissed surf stretch 25 miles, both north and south. That's a lot of beach to enjoy. Kiteboarders and windsurfers put those brisk Outer Banks winds to good use, as they twist and leap for ever more air. And there's plenty of play to be had offshore too. This is reckoned to be the blue marlin capital of the world, while Avon's pier is a legendary surf fishing spot.

Go sport fishing for mahi-mahi

It's unsurprising that many of the popular activities in Avon are water based. In the calm sea around the island, you can hop on sea kayaks to glide across the surface in search of playful dolphins. Alternatively, you can learn to windsurf at the water sports school or charter a boat to go sports fishing and hook in a sailfish or mahi-mahi. Of course, the area is also ideal if you just want to kick back and let your cares float away. You can simply pack some good books and find a quiet spot along the clean beach or head to the Koru Beach Club to listen to live music and have a cold beer.

Moonshine production and botanical gardens

While staying in a waterfront Avon vacation rental, you have the whole Outer Banks to explore. Once a thriving logging town, Buffalo City became the center for illegal moonshine production, the story of which is told at the exhibit inside the Bluegrass Island Store. While you're there, be sure to visit the Elizabethan Gardens in Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, 10 acres of botanical gardens which change throughout the seasons. For maritime enthusiasts, a visit to the late 19th-century Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a must.

Late spring escapes to NC

There's no better time to visit Avon than late spring, when temperatures soar but the breeze coming off the ocean cools the town down and it's still outside of hurricane season. If you're lucky enough to nap a seafront Avon vacation rental, you'll be just a few steps from the miles of unspoiled beach. Though winter is the low season, the temperature rarely drops below freezing, and the days tend to be dry. Take bracing walks along the beach with the dogs, or dive into one of the many cozy restaurants to gorge on seafood while you listen to the lapping ocean.

Watch wild horses gallop along the beach

With the lack of much human contact, the wildlife on the Outer Banks has thrived. Wild horses have galloped along the beaches for centuries and can still be seen today. During different seasons, turtles drag themselves onto the beach to lay eggs, and later the young hatch and make their perilous journey into the sea. The islands are used as a stop off point for many migrating birds, as well as millions of monarch butterflies which cross the banks on their way to Mexico. From your oceanfront Avon vacation rental, you can often spot bottlenose dolphins frolicking nearby.