The Outer Banks of North
Carolina are as thick in
legend as they are engulfed
in beauty. Modern flight
was conquered in Kitty Hawk
by the Wright brothers.
Blackbeard the pirate met his demise along the coast.  Seven lighthouses guided ships, sometimes unsuccessfully,through the
"graveyard of the Atlantic." Today, the OuterBanks, a series of barrier islands that meander along 120 miles of coastline
between Corolla in the north, to Ocracoke in the south, is developing its legend as one of the most beautiful vacation areas in
the country. Visitors have their choice of sun bathing, fishing, golfing, swimming, bird watching, scuba diving, sailing, and tons
of other active pursuits.
The secret is out: the Outer Banks is full of fishin' holes. Possibly the worst kept secret in the world, anglers can employ surf and
pier fishing, freshwater fishing, fly fishing, and inshore and offshore charter fishing to catch their favorite game. The area is
probably best known as known as "the Billfish Capital of the World." Hundreds of blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish are caught
in these waters each year. Another popular method is by small-boat fishing in the Albemarle, Pamlico, Roanoke, and Croatan
sounds. Popular targets include trout, spot, croaker, flounder, sheepshead, and at night even red drum.
If you threw a dart at a map of the
Outer Banks, the chances are you
will hit somewhere near an
absolutely stunning beach. Take
your pick. All of the areas around
Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil
Hills, Nags Head, Roanoke Island,
Hatteras, and Ocracoke have
beautiful beaches that make for ideal
sun bathing or shell gathering. The
huge sand dunes, supported by
wispy sea oats, dot the coastline and
add to the rustic, relatively
untouched atmosphere.
A warm wind blows through the
Outer Banks. A distant song rides
the breeze and sings of a time
when seafarers and pirates
roamed the waters offshore. The
pirates have long since vanished,
but the memory of salty,
wind-hardened seafarers is alive
and well in these barrier islands.