05/27/11

Cape Hatteras Named #5 Best Beach in America!

Once again, Cape Hatteras has been declared one of THE BEST beaches in the country by famous Dr. Beach! Each year Dr. Beach travels the nation’s coastlines, searching for beaches that meet his strict criteria for “best beach.” The 2011 list has just been released and Cape Hatteras came in at an impressive #5! Those of us that live and vacation here think it is #1!

Dr. Beach uses a list containing 50 criteria, rating sand softness to scenery to the amount of jellyfish in the water! Here is what Dr. Beach said about Hatteras Island:

“Bulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape Hatteras was the first National Seashore. Providing some of the best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the excellent beachcombing and superb fishing.”

Those are just a few reasons so many people choose Cape Hatteras as their vacation destination. It is the perfect place to relax with your toes in the sand OR participate in an adventure on the water. There is no other place in the country like Hatteras Island. It truly is a unique area with gorgeous, clean beaches, breathtaking scenery and bountiful history.

Every day is like a vacation and all of us here at Surf or Sound Realty are proud to work on one of THE BEST beaches in the country and happy to share it with our vacation guests who love it, too!


01/13/11

“Fee Free” Holiday Weekend at Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wright Brothers National Memorial will be joining other national park sites across the country in celebrating the up-coming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by waiving admission fees January 15-17, 2011.

Recently Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service will waive admission fees on seventeen selected dates through-out 2011. Fee free days will also be offered during National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 11-13). Additional information can be found on line at http://www.nps.gov.

“Our national park system continues to provide opportunities for affordable family vacations close to home,” said Superintendent Mike Murray. “National parks are places for everyone to recreate, reconnect with nature, build a sense of ownership and stewardship toward parks and the environment, and to learn more about our great country.”

The staff of Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore encourages everyone to visit one of our national treasures this year. Enjoy exploring the nation’s site of first powered flight, the site of the first English settlement or our nation’s first national seashore.

Entrance fees are not charged at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site or Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For more information on winter hours and available services, please visit the park’s websites at www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/fora, and www.nps.gov/caha, or call 252-473-2111.

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08/3/10

Beach Bonfires Offer Evening Fun on Hatteras Island

Beach bonfires are a fun way to enjoy the Cape Hatteras beach at night. Far from bright city lights, there is nothing quite like the crackling sound and campfire smell of a beach bonfire – with its warm glow illuminating the night sky. Be sure to stop by area convenience, grocery or tackle stores for conveniently bundled firewood and a shovel. Don’t forget to grab graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows for making warm gooey s’mores! Simply delicious and oh so fun! Sitting around a beach bonfire is a great way to end the day, sharing stories and spending time with family and friends.
Before heading to the beach with all of your supplies in tow, be sure to read, print, sign and date your Beach Fire Permit. These permits are required as of May 1, 2012.

Please review the rules set forth by the Cape Hatteras Seashore Recreational Area to ensure the safety of you, your family, and the surrounding natural environment.

National Park Service Rules for Beach Bonfires:
-Bonfires are allowed from 6am to 10pm (prohibited between 10pm and 6am).
-From May 1 to November 15, bonfires are allowed on the ocean beaches of Coquina Beach, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras, and the Ocracoke Day Use area.
-From November 16 to April 30, bonfires are allowed throughout the park.
-The bonfire permit must be present and signed by the reponsible adult (18 years of age or older) in attendance.
-Fires are prohibited within resource protection closures or within 100 meters of any turtle nest closure.
-Bonfires are to be no greater than 3 feet in diameter and may only be ignited and maintained seaward of the ocean dune, below the high tide mark and at least 50 feet from any vegetation.
-The use of non-wood products or wood products containing non-wood items (e.g., metal, glass, plastic) for fire construction is prohibited.
-Fires cannot be left unattended and must be completely extinguished (cold to the touch) upon termination of use.
Please be sure to clear your area of all trash before leaving the beach and remember the to leave the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches in a clean and safe condition for the next visitor.


04/9/10

Important Workshops on Beach Access Have Been Scheduled

Three sessions have been planned by The Coalition for Beach Access to help the public better understand and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) of Access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Attend these free sessions and learn how YOU can help save beach access!

The workshops will be held:

  • Tuesday, 6:30p.m., Buxton, Cape Hatteras Secondary School
  • Wednesday 7 p.m., Ocracoke, Community Building
  • Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Kill Devil Hills, First Flight High School

For details about the workshops, click here.

For more information about the issue of beach access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area, click here.


02/24/10

Bodie Island restoration project is underway

The Bodie Island Lighthouse, located in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore just north of the Bonner Bridge, is getting a much needed and long awaited facelift.

The $2.8 million project to restore and refurbish the lighthouse got underway late last year and is expected to take about 18 months. Continue reading


09/4/09

Beach Access for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that would require the National Park Service to reinstate the Interim Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

This was the plan that the Park Service was using to govern pedestrian and vehicular access to the seashore before a Consent Decree was signed in 2008. The Consent Decree required the Park Service to close off the majority of Cape Hatteras’ beaches during the 2008 and 2009 spring and summer seasons. Continue reading


06/12/09

Free Things to Do on Hatteras Island

One of the best aspects of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is that a day at the beach on Hatteras Island doesn’t cost a thing. There are plenty of free public accesses all along the 70 miles of National Seashore, with lots of parking, and even shower and restroom facilities. Most folks can also find free easy beach access right outside the door of their vacation rental home, but no matter where you hit the beach, you’ll never have to pay for a long, sunny day on the sand. Continue reading


05/15/09

National Park Service announces May Programs

During May, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group will be providing scheduled public programs for the pre-summer season at Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. These spring program schedules will run through May 22. Continue reading


09/9/08

Hatteras Island enjoys being the “Best”

A USA Today travel feature has listed the Cape Hatteras National Seashore as one of the 10 Great National Parks That Will Engage Your Kids . Author Trefoni Rizzi of Teddy’s Travels: America’s National Parks said; “This park is filled with history of pirates, shipwrecks and lighthouses. ..Kids will love the ferry ride from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke, and best of all, it’s free.” Continue reading


09/4/08

Night driving permits available

Beginning September 16th, night driving (between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.) will be permitted on all ORV accessible areas of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on The Outer Banks of North Carolina, provided that the vehicle has signed a night driving permit visible on the dashboard.

Night driving permits are free and can be obtained by anyone who is licensed to drive a vehicle. A pdf version of the permit may be downloaded via the National Park Service website, Continue reading