The Best 5 Outer Banks Beaches to See on Your Next Visit

With its windswept sand dunes, wild horses, and miles of pristine coastline, The Outer Banks features some of the most stunning beaches on the East Coast. From Corolla to Nags Head, the perfect beach is waiting for you to sit back, plant your feet in the sand, and embrace the cool ocean breeze. Follow our guide to the best Outer Banks beaches and you’ll be living like a beach bum in no time at all! Before your visit, download our complimentary Vacation Guide and receive instant access to the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and events. With our guide, planning your getaway has never been easier!

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The Best Outer Banks Beaches

1. Kitty Hawk

As one of the best towns in the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk is well known for many things, including its magnificent beach. The beach in Kitty Hawk, like Kill Devil Hills, receives some of the largest waves in all of the Northern Beaches. At this beach, feel free to experience some excellent surfing and skimboarding, as those are the most popular Kitty Hawk activities. Beach rentals for surfboards, sailing, and kayaks are also available with Kitty Hawk Water Sports!

2. Duck

Known as one of the most pet-friendly beaches in the country, Duck allows dogs to be off-leash. Bring your favorite companion with you while visiting this beach for some fun in the sun. While you’re here, check out some of Duck’s best attractions!

3. Southern Shores

Featuring stunning public beaches, the Southern Shores has everything you need to build the perfect beach day. Parking is limited in this area so make sure to plan accordingly when heading out for the day. 

4. Kill Devil Hills

Just like Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills is known for some of the best surfing and skim boarding in the area. Accompanied by big waves, you’ll definitely want to get in on the fun!

5. Nags Head

The natural beauty and lively atmosphere of Nags Head make it one of the most attractive beaches in the Outer Banks. Excellent weather and one of the most gorgeous stretches of coastline on the East Coast are waiting. You can’t go wrong with Nags Head!

What to Bring to the Beach

Spending the day in the sun is an exciting experience. Make sure you are prepared and have everything you might need to map out the perfect day in the sand.

  • Beach towels
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Beach Blanket
  • Change of clothes
  • Lounge chairs
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Book or Magazine
  • Flip-flops
  • Sunglasses

Map of Outer Banks Beaches

Plan Your Vacation to the Best Outer Banks Beaches Today

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