From horseback riding on the beach and flying kites to climbing the lighthouse and boarding a fishing boat, there’s a ton to do on Hatteras, North Carolina. To take the stress out of vacation planning, use this ready-to-go vacation guide for Hatteras Island put together by locals who know the destination best. You’ll strike the perfect balance between downtime and “go” time too. Ready to plan your vacation? Here’s a sample itinerary for Hatteras Island:
5:00 am: Rise and shine! The guys have booked themselves a full-day of fishing on the Hatteras Fever II. The boat leaves at 6:00 a.m., so grab your gear and make your way to Hatteras Harbor Marina. Before heading off, pick up breakfast sandwiches from Harbor Deli right at the marina. Insider Tip: It’s legend that bananas are bad luck for fishing, so keep those at home!
6:30 am: It’s time for the ladies to head out to the beach for a sunrise walk by the Avon Fishing Pier. After your walk, head back to the rental for a quick breakfast. Yogurt parfaits are an easy treat.
9:00 am: Head to Frisco for horseback riding on the beach with Equine Adventures. The 2-hour rides are delightful and connect riders with the beauty of Hatteras Island.
11:30 am: After your beach ride, grab lunch at the Frisco Sandwich Co. Enjoy a wrap or sandwich outdoors on the picnic tables. Insider Tip: The Fried Pickles are one of the island’s best kept secrets.
1:00 pm: Browse the shops and galleries in Frisco and Hatteras Village. Stop in Sandy Bay Gallery to see their collection of local art, jewelry and clothing. Looking for souvenirs? Visit Kitty Hawk Kites at Hatteras Landing for kids’ toys, kites, apparel and more.
4:00 pm: After a full day of shopping and horseback riding, you need coffee… or a smoothie. Stop in the Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop, right across from the marina, for a delicious pick-me-up.
5:00 pm: Walk over to the marina to watch the fellas come in with their catch. The docks will be buzzing with local fisherman displaying their fresh catch. Insider Tip: Pay to have your fresh catch cut up into filets so they’ll be ready for dinner
7:00 pm: Just your luck, the guys caught some great fish for dinner! Fire up the BBQ, and enjoy a dinner on the deck with your favorite sides and cocktails. Insider Tip: Marinade your fish in Italian dressing before tossing it on the grill for a light and delicious taste.