Hatteras Island is a starkly beautiful place. It’s also an adventurer’s paradise—high winds, big waves, and soaring dunes. This island has a relaxed, just-use-common-sense attitude. Surfers and kiteboarders come here to test their mettle, but Hatteras also draws families who like digging in for a week with nothing but the beach on their agenda. By day, they stock their SUVs with food, drink, fishing rods, and beach toys and line Cape Point for what has to be one of the biggest tailgates in the South. At night, their bonfires cast a glow on the sand as families relax together in the moonlight.
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