Fishing isn’t the Only Reason to Visit the OBX in the Off Season!

man surf fishing in the ocean

The Outer Banks boasts one of the top fishing locations on the east coast. Optimal conditions attract fishermen from all over the world to fish the waters of the OBX, especially during the fall and winter months. While this is a pretty big deal, fishing isn’t the only alluring reason to visit the Outer Banks …

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4 of the Best OBX Wedding Venues for Less than 100 People

Jennettes Pier

The Outer Banks is one of the most sought-after wedding destinations in the country…and for good reason! Knowledgeable wedding professionals, convenient event rentals, gorgeous weather, and a spectacular natural backdrop create the perfect recipe for an unforgettable destination wedding! Not to mention the collection of unique venues to choose from for your special day, offering …

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Surfing for Autism at Jennette’s Pier: An Awesome Annual Attraction

Three surfers entering the ocean with their surfboards.

August is an exciting month when it comes to meaningful events on the Outer Banks. It is the time of year that you see locals and visitors alike taking full advantage of the area’s warm waters and excellent air temperatures. With that said, there’s no summertime event better than Surfing for Autism. Read below to …

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Corolla Watersports on the Sound

Man riding a wave on a stand up paddle board.

Corolla is one of the best locations for watersports. There are many types of watersports to try during a trip to the Outer Banks. From kayaking to stand up paddleboarding, there are watersports available for all athletic abilities and for each member of your family. Watersports are great ways to explore the Outer Banks, its …

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Outer Banks Summer Adventure Destinations

Two girls jumping in the air and silhouetted by the sunset.

There are numerous outdoor activities for you to enjoy with your family and friends while exploring the Outer Banks in the summertime. If you want to experience a true Outer Banks adventure, consider trying different watersports or hiking some of the beautiful nature trails. Check out this list of watersports and other outdoor activities to …

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Top 5 OBX Adventure Destinations

group of kayaks in the water

The Outer Banks area has long been known as an adventurer’s and sports enthusiast’s paradise. Fishing, watersports, and a variety of other outdoor activities are ingrained in the culture of our coast. It would be impossible to enjoy all the adventures available here in one stay, but there are a few main destinations every outdoor …

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Explore Alligator River, a gem of the OBX!

A person in a kayak paddling at sunset

When you mention the Alligator River area of North Carolina to folks, you usually get one of two responses, first “are their really alligators there?  The second response is unfortunate, as many visitors reply “I’ve never heard of it…” This area, near Eastlake, is truly a gem of the Outer Banks!    I would encourage …

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4×4 driving tips for the Carova beaches

A wild horse standing in dune grass.

Located just north of Corolla, there are nearly 10 miles of national seashore where folks are still permitted to drive on the beach. If you drive all the way north on NC 12, it will end at a beach access to enter the beach.

No permits or special passes are needed to enter this area, but some preparation will help. Four wheel drive vehicles are strongly encouraged to drive on the sand. Below are some tips to have a fun time on your beach drive!


  1. Deflate before you go. While at your beach house, or a shopping center in Corolla, deflate your tires. Yes, softer tires will make your vehicle glide over loose sand, rather than digging. I usually drop my truck tires from 80psi to 35psi. From trial and error, that just seems like the right spot for my vehicle to handle even the loosest of sand. On other vehicles, I have dropped from 50psi to 20psi as a start. Remember, you can always drop down more on the beach, but it is best to start out right, and not get stuck!*do not pull over in the “no stopping for any reason” areas. You may be ticketed by sheriffs patrolling the area.  PLEASE REMEMBER! The county parking lots (both at the lighthouse and beach access- less than a mile south of the ramp) are also legal places to park, and that the Currituck Banks Reserve parking lot is NOT a legal place to park.  This is true both for airing up and airing down, as well as for leaving vehicles in order to carpool on the beach. 
  2. Observe low tide. It is usually harder to drive on the beach at high tide, as there is “less” beach. Check the weather channel or a local tide chart for zip code 27927 for the best experience. Often, driving near the ocean on the hard-packed sand is the best spot, at low tide, which brings us to…
  3. Do not drive in the water. Salt water is very corrosive, and terribly hard on brake lines, brake pads, and other parts of your vehicle. Worse, you could get stuck in the soft, saturated sand, and lose your vehicle in the surf! Trust me, a few vehicles are lost in the Atlantic every year, don’t do it!
  4. Give pedestrians the right of way, and watch for children. The posted signs state 15MPH within 300 yards of pedestrians, and 30MPH when outside of pedestrians by 300 yards. Be safe, enjoy the ride, and slow down.
  5. Use 4 high setting, not 4 low, in your vehicle. Usually 4 low is geared just too low for loose sand. It is better to let out more air, and go in reverse, and forward slowly, than to dig deeper, requiring a tow.
  6. Next, a few items to consider taking with you:
  • tire gauge
  • shovel
  • camera (you may see wild horses!)
  • cellphone (for google maps, or if a towing company is needed, A1 is located in Corolla)
  • drinking water

*Lastly, air to re-fill your tires can be found at the Winks Convenience store in Corolla, just a mile from the ramp, south.

Have fun!

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