Some towns along the Outer Banks offer robust commercial areas full of shops, galleries and restaurants, while the villages farther off the mainland offer remote solitude.
The wind and waves that created these islands also afford visitors some of the best water and kite sport locations in the world, along with panoramic sunny skies and constant cooling breezes perfect for any outdoor activity.
Hang gliding, strolling and biking, shipwreck scuba exploration, lighthouse discovery and much more can be found here, all against a picturesque coastal backdrop.
Now with the area’s modern roads, bridges and ferry boats, visitors today could never imagine what the islands were like in the early days, but the history of the Outer Banks goes back to the first days when our country was new.
Inhabited for thousands of years, this beautiful stretch of islands has a rich heritage to study.
Legends and history are deeply-rooted in these parts with The Outer Banks Historical Society keeping paperwork and pictures available to the public.
Among the first visitors to the barrier islands that stretched from the Virginia Capes to Georgia during the period from 1500s to 1725 were pirates and former privateers who had been under the protection of the British Crown.
The privateers decided that any ship with cargo was fair game, which included the British.