About the Outer Banks in North Carolina
The Outer Banks - known as OBX, are a major tourist destination known for temperate weather and wide expanses of open beachfront on a 200 mile long strand of sandy barrier islands off the northern coast of North Carolina. The Albemarle and Pamlico sounds separate the islands from the mainland, with access limited to boat or bridges at either end of the string or across Roanoke Island. The Outer Banks consist of Bodie Island, Roanoke Island, Hatteras Island, and Ocracoke Island making it an excellent place for your next Family Vacation.
The Outer Banks offer a relaxing, nature oriented getaway with a large variety of beach houses, vacation rental homes, hotels, and small Inns. Perfect for a summer vacation that offers quiet comfort while making the most of the beautiful beaches at affordably priced rates.
Roanoke Island and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site was the location of the first British colony in America, where the first English baby was born in America on August 18, 1587. The colony vanished without a trace in 1587, with no clues left behind of its fate. The Outer Banks is home to several colonies of wild horses, said to have been washed ashore from shipwrecked Spanish ships.
Until the first bridges to the Outer Banks were built in the 1930's, access to the islands was limited to boaters and little development was done. The islands suffer periodically from storms, and in 2003 hurricane Isabel carved a 3000 foot wide channel through Hatteras Island that was 30 foot deep. This damage has since been repaired.