If you’ve never explored the beaches of these amazing islands, it’s high time. Follow our guide to one of the South’s most dramatic coastlines.
The National Park Service closes certain beaches on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore during wildlife nesting seasons. To make sure your beach of choice will be open during your scheduled vacation, visit nps.gov/caha; click “News” from the left-hand menu, then “News Releases.” Some restaurants and guided tours close in late fall, when the weather turns cold and the number of visitors naturally gets smaller, so make a list of your picks and give them a quick call before you go. You'll find plenty to do, even in the off-season, but you'll have a lot more fun if you know what your options are in advance.
Photo: Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head