posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 10:08 PM
The Outer Banks... yes camping on this stretch of barrier islands along NC's coast is beautiful and cheap. There are a series of camp grounds, both
state and private, with great facilities that run from North to South.
I would start up at Duck or Coralla and work my way south through Nag's Head, Pea Island, Rodanthe, Buxton, Hatteras, and finishing up on
The sea food is always freash and plentful. There is easy and abundant access to the beaches all along the way... many are not crowded, even in
summer. In fact, in many places along Hwy 12 you literally have a beach to yourself.
Be aware, there are stretches with no...NO developement and entertainment. Just the beach... and that is the beauty of being there. If you want
entertainment, go to Myrtle Beach or Daytona. If you just want the salt, the sand, the waves... and conveniences within a 30 minute drive... the Outer
Banks is for you.
There is a lot to do and see. Four or more of NC's famous light houses are along Hwy 12...there's Jockeys Ridge, a giant 10 story sand dune...
Kitty Hawk... Roanoke Island... and Ocracoke Island, lair of BlackBeard the Pirate.
Plus on the sound side of the barrier islands... and in many places the islands are only about 1/4 mile wide to just a hundred yards... there is
swimming, kayacking, bird watching, fishing and crabbing. On Ocracoke, there are restuarant/ bars that have happy hour with $2.00 bucket drafts and
all you can eat steam and peel 10cent shrimp.. that's right...10 cent shrimp.
Just imagine, swimming in the shallows on the sound side of Ocracoke... then literally just pulling on a pair of cargo shorts and a T-shirt, some flip
flops, riding into town and parking. There are no sidewalks, just sandy paths. Giant live oaks sweep down to the ground, white picket fences and aged
brick walls surround historic homes that BlackBeard walked by.
All along the streets are little art shops, pubs and cantinas, pirate flags abound and flap in the breeze off the briney blue. As you approach a pub,
a chalk board sign announces the afternoon specials...some good rock n roll and laughter teases and beckons to you. You smell steamed shrimp, hot
sauce, and diesel from the boats across the street in the harbor.
Come on down... maybe I'll meet you and we can talk ATS over a cold one. Oh, and bring your shagging shoes. Beach Music is big here. Carolina Beach
Music... I'm talking about the Tams, the Clovers, the Catalinas, the Embers.