Whether you like to simply spend a week or two lounging by a pool or stepping outside your comfort zone and doing something exhilarating, there are so many endeavors that keep you outside and active. While the OBX offers so many outdoor fun activities, as locals, here are a handful of the things we love to do.
Yes, you can ride bikes most anywhere you live but there is something different about riding bikes on the Outer Banks. Whether you want to hop on a beach cruiser to casually ride along the bike paths or along the surf, or you are a serious cyclist who intends to head out every morning for a three-hour ride, the OBX is a great place to spend time exploring the barrier islands as it is mostly flat with a few bridges. A couple of suggestions for casual and family bike rides are to stick to the paths that traverse through the different areas of the OBX. Some go from town to town making it a great mode of transportation for heading out to eat. Also, be aware of those on foot and extend them some courtesies. For intense cyclists, stay off the bike/foot paths as there are wide shoulders along the roads on the OBX – just make sure to ride with traffic as you are treated as a moving vehicle and must abide by the same rules of the road as motor vehicles.
“Water, water everywhere” is the mantra for most of the OBX activities. There is nothing like gliding through the water either in a kayak or on a SUP board to see sea life swimming below you. The amount of waterways that crisscross through the barrier islands offer tons of places to climb aboard and have some fun all while getting a great workout. The inland waterways (sounds) that separate the OBX from the mainland as well as the waters through the wildlife refuges are perfect for casual excursions and tours while the Atlantic provides some exciting action for experienced SUP surfers and kayakers. Both activities deliver great workouts without feeling like you are working out… at least until the next day.
Kiteboarding (Kite surfing)
Have you ever just sat on the beach to watch someone kiteboarding? As an observer, it always looks so easy but it is a very hard work out that like SUP boarding or kayaking is just as fun as it is hard. Kiteboarding on the OBX is as popular as surfing. In fact, the OBX is home to the Triple S Invitational in Cape Hatteras. But do not let the extreme sport on the ocean scare you. The Outer Banks has so many sounds that are ideal for beginners who want to kite surf with winds and currents that work well to get you in the groove with a kite board. Then, when the true adventure seeker in you comes alive, head over to the coast and really kick it up a notch.
Of course, we have to mention this age old activity (and sport) on the OBX. There are so many places to fish and so many ways to do it. From simply taking a rod and some bait out to the end of one of the piers to spending the day out in the waters deep sea fishing, this is always a favorite activity for locals and visitors. From several of our vacation rentals Nags Head Pier is a short walk and a great place to take the kids. A more recent way to fish is to go out into one of the sounds on a SUP board and fish off of it. When out on a SUP board, it is absolutely amazing what you see so why not take advantage of it, stand up in calm waters and catch dinner – all while getting a great core work out!
Too Many Activities to Mention
While we listed a few of our favorite things to do, there are truly too many activities to mention. The best thing to do is think about what you really enjoy and what you want to do, then make a plan. Most importantly, since you are on vacation, no matter what you do, have fun!