Planning a trip to the Outer Banks this summer and looking for tips? These Outer Banks recommendations are sure to help you make the most of your time here in OBX. With so many incredible things to do here, you don’t want your plans to be soured by inconveniences and hiccups. Complete your vacation plan with these Outer Banks recommendations!

Speaking of incredible things to do in OBX, be sure to download the free Vacation Guide from Shoreline OBX. We want you to have the very best vacation here, so we put together some of our favorite things to do here.

Top 10 Outer Banks Recommendations

1. You need a fishing license.

A NC Fishing license is required to fish on the Outer Banks unless you are 16 and under, fishing from a pier or off a charter boat. A saltwater license is required for all Outer Banks waters. If you want to fish the Currituck Sound in Currituck County, you will need a freshwater fishing license. Be sure to pick up a regulations booklet so you know size and limitations. A fishing license is $10 for a 10-day license or $30 for an annual fishing license. A license can easily be purchased ahead of time at A license can also be purchased at a local bait and tackle shop or Wal-Mart.

2. September/October are the best vacation months.

The peak vacation months on the Outer Banks are June, July, and August. This is due to being a family destination resort and most families have to work around a school calendar. If you are not tied down by a school system, the best time to come to the Outer Bank is September and October. Most travelers are gone so traffic lessens and the beach gets quieter. Yet, it still feels like summer! Average temperatures in September are 81 and in October it’s 71 degrees. The water is warmer than in the spring averaging between 70-77 degrees. The best part of these months is the price drops drastically if you want to rent a vacation home or condo.

3. Lower tire pressure when on 4WD beaches.

Tire pressure MUST be dropped to 12-15 psi before driving on the 4WD beach. Lowering the pressure increases the tire’s footprint and allows the tire to glide over the sand instead of digging into it. Also, AWD is not the same as 4WD…you will get stuck if you are not in 4WD.

4. Beer on the beach is allowed.

Beer is allowed on the beach. Glass containers are not so please stick to cans. Wine and liquor are not officially allowed on the beach. Please use common sense and dispose of your containers.

5. Beach tents need to come down each day.

Tents and canopies are allowed on the beaches during the day but must be removed each evening. This means the entire tent, not just the cover, has to come down each day. Besides being an eyesore, the tent limits travel space for lifeguards and emergency vehicles.

6. The Beach Road is quicker.

If you know where you are going, the Beach Road is the road to take you there. During the summer months, the bypass is filled with vacationers and locals and traffic can become heavy at times. The best route to take is the Beach Road because there are barely any stop lights and it is a road less traveled. If you don’t know where you are on the Beach Road, pay attention to the Milepost markers.

7. Saturday traffic is heavy.

The best travel days are Friday and Sunday if you are planning to spend a week at the Outer Banks. Saturday is the biggest check-in and check-out date making traffic extremely heavy at times. If you travel on a Saturday, try to cross the Wright Memorial Bridge before 11:00 a.m. to avoid the backup. You can always drive to your destination town, have lunch and shop until your home is ready. If you want to avoid the heavy traffic, choose a Friday or Sunday check-in date. Many homeowners are switching to a Sunday changeover due to the heavy traffic.

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