Celebrating the 4th of July, or any other occasion for that matter, at North Carolina's Hatteras Island is sure to be rewarding, fun, relaxing, and memorable. Hatteras Island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which begins just south of Nags Head. Cape Hatteras was designated as the country's first National Seashore, and it is one of the most visited U.S. national parks. If you are looking for some of the best beaches in North Carolina, then your Hatteras Island vacation won't let you down. There are some 70 miles of stunningly beautiful beaches found along the Cape Hatteras chain of islands, and many of them are pretty unaffected by man. Ocracoke Island, which is part of Cape Hatteras and was once a base for Blackbeard the Pirate, has beaches that are consistently hailed as some of the best in the country, which should give you an idea of just how good fun in the sun can be here.
There is a maritime forest on Hatteras Island that is worth exploring when you aren't enjoying the beaches, and it offers a bit of a break from the winds and water that constantly reshape the Cape Hatteras shoreline. Due to the relatively high winds here, kite flying is surely a favorite Hatteras Island vacation pastime, and when the wind and surf is up, surfing, kite-boarding, and body-boarding are sure to please. Should you head over to Buxton Woods to enjoy a picnic or to hike its trails, you won't be too far from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is the tallest in the nation. There is a visitor center at the lighthouse that also serves as a small, historical museum. The visitor center is open year round, while the lighthouse itself is open from April to mid-October. Fishing is just one more thing that Cape Hatteras is well known for, and anglers enjoying a Hatteras Island vacation will find plenty of outfitters to get them out on the water.
Hatteras Island, and Cape Hatteras in general, is a great place to enjoy the natural splendor of this stretch of the Outer Banks, though due to increasing tourism demands, you can also expect plenty in the way of vacation-related facilities and amenities. Shopping and dining during a Hatteras Island vacation are both a joy, and in recent years especially, the number of excellent Hatteras Island rentals has increased. A nice array of hotels/motels compliments the Hatteras Island rentals selection, and since Hatteras Island camping is so big, you might consider that as well. There are more than a dozen campsites on Hatteras Island, and they differ considerably, so you are sure to find the right campground for your wants and needs. Rates at the Hatteras Island rentals and hotels go up in the summer, and some of these establishments close in the winter. Though summers are the top season here, the weather is fairly mild enough during the other months, so you might also consider a Hatteras Island vacation in the spring and fall.