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30 Aug 2018
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Why Hatteras?

Without the buzz of the large summer crowds, the fall months are a prime time to spend a week or even a long weekend at the beach. You’ll still enjoy warm weather, plenty of activities and attractions, and many events that often take place during destinations’ off-peak periods. When planning your next Hatteras Island vacation, here are eight reasons to consider visiting the Outer Banks during its fall shoulder season:


There is still plenty of fun to be had in the Hatteras Island off-season. Visit one of the local maritime or history museums to explore the rich history of the Outer Banks. Climb your way to the top of one of the area’s lighthouses and be amazed by the view from the top. Take the kiddos to the aquarium or stroll through one of many local galleries and shops for one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs.

Beach for Less

Love that large oceanfront house? Book it at an unbelievably affordable rate during the off-season. You can experience the same great amenities, ocean views, and beach living of a summer vacation at a lesser rate during the fall.

Watersports Haven

Hatteras Island is known as a world-class watersports mecca. Attracting surfers, windsurfers, and kiteboarders from around the world, Hatteras Island has some of the best wind and water conditions on the East Coast. A prime time for optimal conditions is in the spring and fall when both the wind and water conditions are at their peak. And don’t forget that the top watersports competitions take place in the spring and fall months.

Festivals and Events

The busy summer season may be slowing down, but Hatteras Island events are still in full swing during the off-season months. Ranging from marathons to music festivals to watersports competitions, there is an event for everyone. Top events like Taste of the Beach, Flying Pirate Half Marathon, Day at the Docks, Cape Hatteras Wave Classic, and the Angler’s Club Surf Fishing Tournament are just a sampling of what to look forward to during shoulder periods.

Fisherman’s Dream

The off-season is prime time for fishing along the coast. With charter boats gearing up for the large Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, and King Mackerel fishing, and the beach fishermen catching drum and bluefish from top spots like Buxton’s Cape Point, you will not be disappointed in the catch. Best of all, you can experience all this with just you and a few good fishing buddies!

More Relaxing

Imagine this: you lounging in a beach chair perched along the quiet shore with the sun shining down upon your face, the salt air tickling your nose, and the sounds of the waves kissing the shoreline. Sounds amazing right? Give yourself an opportunity to relax and recharge with sunshine, sea breezes, and a beach all to yourself.

Warm Weather

Don’t pack away those flip flops and bathing suits just yet! With temperatures steadily in the 60s and 70s during the off-season months, it’s still a great time to hit the beach for sunbathing and swimming during the day and cozying up by the fireplace at your vacation rental home in the evenings.


The sheer beauty of the Outer Banks is the main reason why folks keep coming back for more. With miles of pristine beaches, golden sunrises and colorful sunsets, Hatteras Island is a place of unparalleled beauty. Photographers will bask in the ample opportunity to photograph empty beaches, wildlife, and the waters along the coast.  

To start planning your Hatteras Island vacation, browse beach home rentals.