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We love the less crowded scene at Hatteras. If you like kicking back and enjoying the ocean, sunrises and sunsets, fishing and just chilling out this is for you. If you want tons of stuff to do, lots of bars, loud beach scene, fast food chains and hundreds of restaurants, etc. etc. Go somewhere else
We took a chance on the weather being so late in February but it worked out. Not a lot of people during that time so seemed we had the whole complex and island to ourselves. Had sun and temps were mid 60's. Best part was just exploring the OBX from Carova Beach to Ocracoke Island. We had a 4 wheel drive vehicle and got the $50 permit to drive on all the beaches. That was one of the coolest things we ever did. A lot of places were still closed for the season but we found enough open to enjoy ourselves. Overall just a real relaxing time.
Hatteras is a beautiful town. Very peaceful and quiet. The ferry to Ocracoke Island was right next to our condo. The entrance to the beach was a short walk down the street. Also, right down the street was the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Very interesting--make sure to watch the film before you enter the museum room. Diamond Shoals Restaurant in nearby Buxton had the most amazing food! The Hatteras Lighthouse is a short drive, and well worth it.
We were looking for a vacation spot off the beaten track, but close enough to restaurants and stores that we didn't have to drive too far out of the way. Once you get past the quirkiness (some restaurants only open a few days a week for a few hours at a time) and just take time to rest and relax, then you will appreciate this small community as a nice, quiet and peaceful place to have a vacation.
Short drive to everything you could need. Grocery and Dollar General as well as the lighthouse and the ferry. Beautiful areas to lat on the beach. Also try out the Bay side which is great for little ones.