:: All Outer Banks public beaches are currently open ::
***With respect to the covid-19 pandemic, please be be vigilant in acknowledging safe practices to stop the spread***
Dare County requires face coverings in public spaces where social distancing is not possible. That means have careful consideration while entering or exiting the beach via narrow boardwalks, as well as strictly maintaining distance between SMALL GROUP setups and individual movements on the beach.
WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH…
It depends on what you’re looking for! OBX Beach Access has the specific Outer Banks beach and sound information that anybody might need!
- Just looking for the closest public beach access?
- Need to know where there’s a beach with lifeguards on duty?
- Do you need a bath house with changing facilities?
- Need beach wheelchair access & a beach access with handicapped parking?
- Are you looking to launch your kayak into an Outer Banks sound side access?
- Where are dogs allowed on the beach? Find a dog-friendly patch of sand.
Search no further! From Corolla to Hatteras, we have photos of Outer Banks accesses and info on beach safety, tides, weather, water conditions and more! Find your perfect spot on the water, and enjoy the beaches of the Outer Banks!
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BEACH SMARTS BLOG…
Make the most of your Outer Banks vacation (and help other people do the same!) with these beach etiquette pro-tips. If you have others, feel free to share in the comments (but be nice!). 1. Shake, shake, shake it out... With the beach comes sand. It’s sort of a given. But be careful: when you […]
It’s hurricane season once again, and living on a sandbar forces us to have a keen awareness of each storm that approaches our little piece of paradise. Although most of us have experience with a storm or two, it’s always good to think ahead and be prepared. Fortunately, there are many resources available to educate yourself and your loved […]
Note: Lighthouses pictured above from left to right: Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and Ocracoke Lighthouse If I stand along the shores of Colington Island on a clear night, I can see the light from Bodie Island Lighthouse flash across the dark sky above the Albemarle Sound. Reaching 19 nautical miles, the […]
Sunscreen Outer Banks – Summertime always seems to bring back memories of being a young child vacationing on the Outer Banks. The thrill of getting that first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean. The excitement of walking through the doors of Stop and Shop to purchase the best grape gumballs ever made, and more importantly the […]
OBX 5 Minute Beach Cleanup – Leslie Vegas has always been a trash collector, so it’s no surprise that N.C. Aquarium employee found a way to encourage others to just take five minutes and do the same, particularly when they are on the beach. A native of West Virginia, Vegas launched the popular Instagram campaign […]
With all that sand beneath our feet this summer, it’s hard for some beachgoers to resist the urge to just pick up a shovel and start digging – whether they are aiming to create a hole for the kids to play in, or maybe just can’t seem to give up on that childhood dream of […]
Always Swim Near a Lifeguard – I can still vividly remember watching my children, bucket in hand, walking up and down the beach on long summer days. They would delight in all they discovered along the water’s edge and squeal in excitement when they were brave enough to pick up a moon jellyfish, hold it in […]
When teeny tiny cigarette butts make headlines in many ways, it becomes obvious that these little bits of trash are causing big problems. Consider these newsmakers: The Kill Devil Hills Community Appearance Commission subcommittee devoted an entire meeting in May to preventing and cleaning up cigarette butts on the beach. Also in May, a cigarette […]
Quite a bit of gear is required for a day on the beach with family and friends. Often that includes tents and umbrellas to protect us from the hot sun while providing a home base for our group (and all their stuff). Sun and heat exposure can creep up dangerously quick, so adequate shade, no doubt, is essential to ensuring a good day on the beach.
The bright red letters, darting arrows and catchy slogan dot countless beach access points along the Outer Banks. Yet for all the warnings about rip currents and how to “Break the Grip of the Rip!” swimmers still struggle to identify and avoid dangerous rip currents. “It’s something we deal with every summer,” Nags Head Ocean […]