Made famous by the Nicholas Sparks novel and the movie adaptation with Richard Gere and Diane Lane, Rodanthe provides a scenic setting for a beach getaway. While it certainty suitable for a romantic getaway, people of all ages can enjoy Rodanthe vacations.
This community on Hatteras Island is the easternmost point in North Carolina. In the past, the whole northern end of the island was known as Chicamacomico. Today, it's divided into Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo, three close-knit communities with the nickname Tri-Villages. The island is part of a chain known as the Outer Banks, along with Roanoke Island and Northern Beach.
Whether you want to wrap a whole vacation around the sites and scenes of the movie or blaze your own trail in the Tri-Villages, you'll find a wide array of interesting things to do and an array of Rodanthe beach rentals, shops, and restaurants to complete the vacation plans.
Those who want to connect with history on their Rodanthe vacations should plan a visit to the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Historic Site. Built in the 1870s, this museum tells the story of the precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard charged with protecting swimmers, surfers, and others caught in storms. A short trip to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk is a must for those interesting in aviation and learning how the Wright Brothers changed the world with that first flight.
Like other North Carolina beaches, Rodanthe NC is a favorite place for outdoor recreation. With free parking and easy access to the beach, water activities are an ideal addition to Rodanthe vacations. If your ideal schedule is lounging on the beach with a good book and splashing in surf, you'll find plenty of places along the island with wide-open stretches of white sand. With the consistent winds and waves, the western length of the island is a favorite place for surfing, kiteboarding, and other active sports. Hiking, strolling the beach, and kayaking are other options for enjoying the great outdoors.
Lighthouse enthusiasts will be close to two major beacons while in Rodanthe. To the north, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is a part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. While you can't climb to the top, the keeper's quarters have been converted to a museum and a nature trail surrounds winds around the tower. The to south, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open to a steep, yet rewarding climb to the top.
After a day at the beach or a climb to the top of the lighthouse, you'll be ready to relax. Essential elements of any overnight vacation, beach rentals provide a place to stay after the sun has dipped below the horizon and to gear up for a new day of exploring.
Your options for Rodanthe beach rentals are varied, offering everything from chic condos, beach cottages, grand homes, bed-and-breakfast inns, and typical North Carolina beach hotels. The home featured prominently in the movie is one of the beach rentals available in the northern tip of the island. When budgets are tight or spending time in nature is tops on the list, you could consider reservations at a campground in lieu of standard Rodanthe beach rentals.
Rodanthe and the other communities of Hatteras Island also are home to a mix shops and restaurants, unique to the Outer Banks, to round out the vacation plans. The restaurants serve up everything from pizza to freshly caught seafood, and the shops feature antiques, one-of-a-kind gifts, souvenirs, and jewelry.