03/15/13

Fan Photo Friday

One of the many reasons to vacation on Hatteras Island

If you’re in the right place (Hatteras Island) at the right time (during nesting season), you might be lucky enough to witness baby sea turtles hatching and making their journey home (to the sea).


Thanks to Vickie Kay Rowe Willard for submitting this photo to our Facebook page!

Sea turtles visit the Outer Banks in early to mid summer to lay eggs. The sea turtle nest cavities in the sand are 18-22 inches deep, on average, and contain between 75-150 ping pong-sized eggs. Those eggs hatch 55-80 days after they are laid. Most adult sea turtles nest every other year or every three years, laying 3-4 cluthes (nests) of eggs during nesting season (May-August).

Fun Fact:
Turtle crawl – The unique pattern left in the sand when a sea turtle crawls to or from the sea. Some people say that the pattern resembles tractor treads.

Things to keep in mind:
Do not crowd the nesting female – Sit quietly away from her – Do not shine any lights on or around her head, as she may abandon her effort to nest – No flash photography – Turn off outside and inside ocean-facing lights as sea turtles will head towards house lights instead of heading to the sea –

Check out N.E.S.T. on the Outer Banks for more information on sea turtles and how you can help while you’re here!


02/22/13

Fan Photo Friday

As his sister patiently waits for him to catch up, this little guy is charging the boardwalk to set foot on the beach for the very first time! Can you imagine what must go through the mind of child upon seeing such a huge expanse of water and an endless sandbox for the first time ever?

Thank you to Rebecca Buckner Carbis for submitting this priceless photo to our Facebook page!


02/21/13

Not just another day at sea…

On February 21, 1854, a 250-ton barkentine, Orline St. John, was dismasted in a strong gale off of Cape Hatteras. As heavy seas battered the large vessel and its crew, many people tried to seek refuge out of harms way. Concerned with their safety, several crew members tied themselves to the rigging in hopes of not being swept overboard. After the storm passed, the crew was left to fend for themselves for about 10 days before they were rescued. Unfortunately, four crew members did not return home.

Barkentine : a sailing ship of three of more masts with the foremast square-rigged and the others fore-and-aft rigged


02/18/13

Your 2013 vacation is right around the corner!

It never fails that towards the end of February, most everyone starts to get a little antsy in anticipation of warmer days ahead. We get tired of the short, chilly days of winter and look forward to longer days spent under the sun. This could be most anyone’s request at this late winter date, but if you’re like many people across the US, you’re more than ready to book your vacation getaway and it can’t get here soon enough!

Where will you go? When can you get there? Who will you bring along? What style of vacation rental home will best suit your needs? These are all questions that are sure to follow once you take the plunge and say “yes” to an annual family vacation!

If you’re having trouble deciding exactly where to go, your options include Hatteras Island, Hatteras Island, and Hatteras Island or you can view your choices as Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, or Hatteras. Either way you look at it, you’re sure to find a village and vacation rental home that welcomes you with open arms to your well-deserved beach vacation! Each village is spectacularly unique and offers it own special attractions and feel…

If you’ve ever talked to someone who has ventured to Hatteras Island on vacation, more than likely their first response will be, “Only __ more days until we return,” which is then followed by, “It was amazing,” and “I want to move there!” You get the picture…Hatteras Island is the perfect vacation destination! Miles of uncrowded beaches surrounded by natural beauty, many historical attractions, and endless opportunities to get out in the water in some of the most favorable conditions on the East Coast!

Take a minute to browse our website and see why Hatteras Island is THE place to VACATION! Along with an efficient and smooth booking process, we’re able to offer flexible payment options which allow you to budget as needed. You have the option of dividing your payments into 3 or 4 installments, as well as our Traditional 2-Day or Pay in Full terms. Click here for more info.

Request one of our 2013 Vacation Planners here.

We look forward to seeing you at the beach in 2013!