Kitty Hawk Journals

Hot, Hot, Hot on the Outer Banks

An August 2005 trip to Kitty Hawk by berky

Ocracoke Island beach Photo, Outer Banks, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: A narrow strip of land serviced by one main road, it hosts several funky tourist towns, numerous fine-dining establishments, a couple of historic lighthouses, and miles and miles of glorious sandy beaches.

Hot, Hot, Hot on the Outer Banks

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Overview

Outer Banks Photo, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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The best thing about the Outer Banks are the beaches. Of course, one enjoys the beaches most when the weather is hot! When we visited in August, the temperature was over 100 and the water was in the 80s—we swam and surfed for hours. Just be sure to have some kind of footwear, as when the weather is hot, the sand is almost too hot to walk on. Quick Tips: Much of the Outer Banks housing is devoted to enormous multi-family dwelling rentals. It seems that a great number of large groups get together to rent these monster homes oceanside or soundside, and there are many rental agencies available to help with the selection. Many have private pools. Also popular are hot tubs or Jacuzzis on large wood...Read More

Barrier Island Station Kitty Hawk

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Hotel

Barrier Island Station Kitty Hawk Photo, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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Best Things Nearby:BIS is easily reached by following Highway 158 to Route 12, which crosses the Wright Memorial Bridge into Kitty Hawk. Within walking distance there is a Food Lion and Seamark for groceries, video store, pharmacy, Wal-Mart, and liquor store. BIS also has a private parking lot across the street from the beach. Best Things About the Resort:Barrier Island Station is in quite a central location on the Outer Banks, with the Northern Shores to the north and Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke Island to the south. Resort Experience:We had a two-bedroom unit on the ground floor of what was probably one of the very first units built. It was fairly well main...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Barrier Island Station Kitty Hawk
1 Cypress Knee Trl
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 27949
(252) 261-3525

Black Pelican

Restaurant

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We went to a timeshare presentation at the BIS, and for listening to their spiel, one of our gifts was a certificate for a discount at the Black Pelican. We arrived fairly early, as they were not accepting reservations—as we left, there were many groups of people waiting for their turn to dine. The Black Pelican is located on the beachfront road in Kitty Hawk in a typical Outer Banks establishment, up on stilts. Although not inexpensive, the meal was excellent. The rock oysters were delicious, as were the salmon and shrimp dishes we ordered. Our non-seafood lovers raved about the pizza and pasta. Since it was our last night, we decided to splurge on dessert. Irish cream cheesecake, brownie s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Black Pelican
3848 Virginia Dare Trail
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 27949
(252) 261-5504

Dirty Dick's Crab House

Restaurant | "Dirty Dick's"

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Every Outer Banks guidebook has advertising for Dirty Dick’s, and we were not immune to the invitation to purchase a souvenir with "I got my crabs at Dirty Dick's." Reservations are not taken, and it is first come first served. We waited for 45 minutes fairly early on a Tuesday evening at the end of August, so I imagine the summer wait must be even longer. We were given a pager and went to the mall plaza next door to do some souvenir shopping. Dirty Dick’s is a large establishment with basic tables and chairs—nothing fancy. I was not expecting too much of the food but was very pleasantly surprised. The restaurant guide says that everything on the menu is made from scratch. My scallops on the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Dirty Dick's Crab House
Milepost 9.5
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
(252) 480-2722

Howard's Pub & Raw Bar

Restaurant | "Howard's Pub"

Howard's Pub & Raw Bar Photo, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
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Howard’s Pub is situated on the eastern side of SR 12 at the outskirts of Ocracoke Village. On our way over to the island on the ferry, one of our group struck up a conversation with another passenger, and he recommended Howard’s Pub as a great place to eat and drink. It is a large restaurant with a wide screened porch and rocking chairs so one can wait in the shade. On the sound side, there are stairs to a small lookout--one can see both the sound and the ocean. There are ample tables on the wide plank floors and a separate area for the smokers. Our server was not at all congenial, and we did not leave him a tip. The food was nothing special, although kid’s meals come in a takeaway F...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Howard's Pub & Raw Bar
1175 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina 27960
(252) 928-4441

Kayaking

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Attraction

Kayaking Photo, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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The local travel publications advertise a number of outfitters where one can take a guided kayak tour. In the interest of maximizing our time doing things and minimizing our time in the car getting to the place, we decided to take the tour closest to our timeshare. The outfitter was right just off the main road after you cross the Wright Memorial Bridge. Right around the side of the building, single and double kayaks were available. We were all outfitted with life jackets and given paddles, then a quick lesson on how to use them. Our group turned right towards the sound, paddling quietly along a small tributary that ran behind some expensive homes and through some marshes. We saw a couple of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Kayaking
Milepost 1
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

BrewThru

Attraction

BrewThru Photo, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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There are a number of BrewThru’s up and down the Outer Banks. You actually drive through the store and purchase beer, wine, snacks, and souvenirs without getting out of your vehicle. In fact, the driver must remain in the car, although passengers can get out and examine the merchandise more closely. A great souvenir is the BrewThru tank top!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

BrewThru
4728 Highway 158
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
252/261-3948

Tanger Outlet

Attraction | "Tanger Outlets"

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Located in Nags Head at Milepost 16, this is a great place to go shopping. There is Dress Barn, Van Heusen, Nautica, Nine West, Claire’s Accessories, Gap, Bass shoes, and many more, as well as a food court. Not everything is discounted; however, there are good bargains to be found. Go to tangeroutlet.com for information and seasonal specials.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Tanger Outlet
Highway 158 Bypass at Milepost 16
Nags Head, North Carolina
252/441-5634

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Bowling is another one of those things to do in the evenings after a long day at the beach. We played two games. At this establishment, the people behind the counter kept your shoes while you wore the two-tone bowling shoes. Unfortunately, there was no area devoted to nonsmokers and our lane was right next to a group who smoked one after the other. It was 10-pin bowling. The screens glowed with STRIKE or SPARE if one is lucky to knock down the appropriate number of pins—quite an encouragement and advertisement. It was $3 to rent shoes and $3 per game.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Nags Head Bowling Center
US 158, MP 10
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
252/441-7077

Jockey's Ridge State Park Photo, Nags Head, North Carolina
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This 426-acre park has the largest natural living sand dune on the east coast according to one of the local travel publications. There are two self-guided trails, and nature programs are offered. Most popular are the hang gliding and kite flying. Walking in the sand can be very hot, as there is no shade, so we went late in the afternoon and watched the sunset. The dunes were populated with groups of people flying kites and running down the dunes and struggling back up only to run down again. Watching the sun go down as the shadows lengthened and the laughing children turned into silhouettes was a spiritual event. There were people trying hang gliding. The cost of that was something like $80 ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Jockey's Ridge State Park
Milepost 12, Hwy 158 Bypass
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959
(252) 441-7152

North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island

Attraction | "N.C. Aquarium"

North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island Photo, Manteo, North Carolina
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On the one rainy day of our week’s vacation, we decided to visit the aquarium. Everyone else must have had the same thought because the stop-and-go traffic began even before we reached the island, and when we got to the aquarium, we were directed to overflowing parking. There was a long, discouraging line to get tickets (it moved surprisingly quickly), and inside it was very crowded, with lots of kids and strollers. Especially popular was one room with several open tanks where you could stroke the velvety skin of a sting ray or touch the bony shell of a horseshoe crab. There was one enormous tank with sharks swimming at eye level. At regular intervals during the day, a couple of divers weari...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road
Manteo, North Carolina 27954
(252) 473-3494

Seamark Foods

Attraction

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The Seamark store closest to our timeshare establishment was located in the Wal-Mart Plaza in Kitty Hawk. You could buy fresh seafood to take home and cook, or it could be cooked right there for you to take home and eat. We enjoyed the most delicious sea scallops.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Seamark Foods
MP 1 Shoreside Center
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
252/261-2220

Timbuktu Plaza

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Timbuktu Plaza in Duck is a small shopping complex north on SR on the way to Corolla. There is a good variety of typical tourist shops and some very nice more upscale establishments. Our main reason for visiting was to get a souvenir for the poor souls who could not join us on holiday.

The “Try my Nuts” shop had something for everyone, although it was all overpriced. If you are one of those people who must bring something home for the person who already has everything, the “Try my Nuts” was a great place to shop. There is an enormous variety of decadent specialty products—mostly nuts, sweets, and spicy sauces, many in spiffy containers, as well as the logo glasses, mugs and so forth.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Timbuktu Plaza
Northern Beaches
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Promenade Watersports

Attraction | "Jet Skiing"

Promenade Watersports Photo, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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Promenade Watersports claims to be the only full-service water sports facility in the Kitty Hawk Southern Shores area. One can rent jet skis, fishing boats, pontoons, sailboats, kayaks, and canoes. Parasailing, windsurfing, and sailing lessons are offered as well. Our group wanted to try jet skis. There are different ones to rent depending on the horsepower you want. We rented a three-seater for an hour for $85.60. The group went riding on the sound side just south of the Wright Memorial Bridge—they were fitted with life jackets and received instructions on how to ride, where to ride, and what to do if in trouble. The area they could ride in was quite large, and personnel kept an eye on them...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Promenade Watersports
US 158
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
252/261-4400

Ocracoke Island beach

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Attraction | "Ocracoke Island"

Ocracoke Island beach Photo, Outer Banks, North Carolina
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We had read so many marvelous observations about Ocracoke Island, we felt we had to experience it for ourselves. Ocracoke Island is reached by a 40-minute free car ferry that leaves from the southern tip of Cape Hatteras. Onboard the ferry there is a small lounge to escape from the elements in inclement weather, but most people wander around on deck between the cars, enjoying the salt spray on their faces and waving to the people on the ferries coming the other way. The ferry goes back and forth every every half-hour or so. Ocracoke Island is a narrow 14-mile strip of land and has miles of beautiful white-sand beach just beyond the dunes that line the sole road going the length of the island...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Ocracoke Island beach

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Jurassic Putt

Story/Tip

Jurassic Putt Photo, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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Every tourist area near a beach seems to have lots of miniature golf attractions, and the Outer Banks was no exception. Each one had a different theme, and most featured one or more waterfalls—nice to cool off in the spray on those hot afternoons or evenings. Once the dinner hour was over, many families had the same idea, and lines snaked a long way from the ticket entrance. We did manage to get in one game at Jurassic Putt, which, of course, had large papier-mâché dinosaurs of varying sizes, a cave or two, a prehistoric soundtrack, and the ubiquitous waterfall. Each 18 round of miniature golf cost $7 per person at Jurassic Putt.