08/10/08

National Park Service Guidelines and Rules

Before you start exploring the 70 miles of gorgeous National Seashore that comprises Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following Park Service rules and guidelines to make your beach days breezy and worry free.

Pets on the Beach

Pets are allowed on most Hatteras Island beaches as long as they are kept on a 6 foot leash. The park service will issue a ticket for an unleashed pet. Always clean up after your pet.

Surf Fishing

North Carolina State law regulates fishing within the National Seashore. Limits, seasons and licensing requirements are set by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, which can be contacted at (800) 682-2632 www.ncfisheries.net. Size and limit sheets can also be found at most local tackle shops. Continue reading


08/10/08

Hatteras Island Attractions

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

One of the most famous and recognizable in the world because of its black and white candy cane stripes, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a definite “must see” on every Hatteras Island vacation.
The lighthouse is located in Buxton and is open for climbing in the summer season for a small fee. At 208 feet, the steep narrow climb is not for the faint of heart. There is also a visitor’s center and gift shop, nearby nature trails, and a wooded picnic area.

A Day Trip to Ocracoke

Ocracoke Island is south of Hatteras Island and is accessed from Hatteras Village by a free ferry that leaves Hatteras Landing. The ferries depart hourly from 5 a.m. until midnight, and every half hour on heavy traffic days. Call (252) 986-2353 for more information on the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry.
The village of Ocracoke is a small community, just 4 square miles in diameter. The Ocracoke lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse still in operation in America. You can park and stroll around the locally owned shops and restaurants and catch a sparkling sunset over Silver Lake Harbor. Continue reading


08/8/08

A Day at the Spa on Hatteras Island

Just because you’re on an island doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little upscale pampering, and enjoy a workout or exercise class to boot.

Hatteras Island’s only full service spa, Spa Koru, is a welcome site for visitors who need to relax, look their best, or simply stretch their muscles. A selection of our premier rental homes offer complimentary passes to the fitness center, but daily and weekly passes to the fitness center are available to everyone and can be obtained simply by calling the spa at (252) 995-3125 or by stopping by during your stay.

Seasonal classes are available every morning and afternoon, and can range from aerobics to yoga to salsa dancing. Call or visit www.spakoru.com for an online calendar of classes available during your stay.

If you want to forego the workout and just relax, the spa offers a number of massage and body treatments, and even half and full day retreats. An adjacent salon provides hair and nail services, and all organic products used in the salon can be purchased at the spa’s store.

For brides-to-be, the spa offers a full day of treatment before the ceremony, with a number of pampering packages for you and your wedding party, and a lounge to relax in between sessions. Reservations are necessary, and can be made via phone. A full spa menu and list of packages is also available online.


08/6/08

Hot Nights on Hatteras Island

Forget Montana. Hatteras Island is big sky country, and anyone who has settled on a beach blanket under a canopy of stars would agree. Nature loving night owls adore the island for its peaceful, quiet evening with nothing but the sound of the ocean in the background. So what is there to do in the great outdoors after dark?

Believe it or not, Hatteras Island nights can be just as lively as Hatteras Island days.

The basics of bonfires: Bonfires are perfectly legal on Hatteras Island, provided that the fire is below the high tide line, accompanied by an adult, and completely extinguished after you leave the site. Make sure you do not leave behind any litter that will not burn completely, particularly any glass or metal. Local grocery stores and many convenience stores sell firewood for your beach fire, or you can simply bring some from home.

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08/4/08

Hatteras Island Community Walk

Looking for an easy to use, comprehensive map to find just about everything there is to see, do, and explore on Hatteras Island? No worries. Simply click on the link below to view our Community Walk map with locators for most of the stores, restaurants, businesses, fishing centers, ORV ramps, post offices, on the island.

Finding everything on Hatteras Island is a breeze with this easy-to-use guide.

http://www.communitywalk.com/surf_or_sound_realty/map/196084


08/4/08

Hatteras Island Drinking Holes

Hatteras Island is a semi-dry island, which means that only beer and wine are served restaurants and bars. A limited number of establishments have “brown bag policies” where you can bring your own liquor, and the restaurant will provide the mixes and garnishes for a fee.

More common, for cocktail lovers, local restaurants offer wine-based mixed drinks. These are popular drinks made with a wine based liquor, and many folks attest it’s hard to tell the difference between these cocktails and the so-called real thing. For a refreshing post beach treat, try a wine based margarita, daiquiri or pina colada before your meal. Continue reading


08/3/08

Hatteras Island Galleries & Mementos

Everyone needs a memento to remind them of their beach vacation, whether it’s a shell discovered on an early morning beach walk, or coastal furnishings to make home always feel like a favorite vacation on the shore.

Here on the island, you won’t find the towering beach emporiums that clutter other resort destinations. Instead, the villages feature a blend of smaller but brightly colored stores and cottage-style shops that offer a unique blend of souvenirs that are strictly Hatteras style. Continue reading