In the North Atlantic Ocean, the hurricane season occurs from June 1 to November 30, peaking from late August through September. On average, 10.1 named storms occur each season, with an average of 5.9 becoming hurricanes and 2.5 becoming major hurricanes. Before venturing out on the narrow North Carolina Outer Banks, always check the Outer Banks NC Weather Forecast.
The North Carolina Outer Banks (OBX), also known as The Graveyard of the Atlantic, is a 200 mile-long string of narrow peninsulas, sand bars and barrier islands way off the eastern coast of North Carolina, connected together only by the narrow two lane NC State Highway 12. Outer Banks NC is a major East Coast Ocean tourist destination and are known around the world for its mild subtropical climate, beach camping, many historic brick lighthouses, beautiful sandy beaches and deep sea fishing.
Unlike many other Atlantic Ocean Coastal Beach Vacation Destinations, you won’t find high rows of high rise condo buildings or large commercial hotel chains anchored along the beach, but instead many smaller, privately owned Beach House Rentals, scattered among 14 small towns and villages that make up the North Carolina Outer Banks Coastal Area. This is what makes the North Carolina Outer Banks so unique and appealing to many vacationers. Outer Banks NC is also one of the few East Coast Beach Areas you can drive your 4x4 vehicle on the beach (permit and some equipment required). Beach Fires are also permitted below the high tide line (permit required).
The North Carolina Outer Banks run 100 miles long and connect the string of fourteen small towns and villages of Corolla NC, Southern Shores NC, Kitty Hawk NC, Kill Devil Hills NC, Nags Head NC, Roanoke Island / Manteo NC, Hatteras Island NC, Rodanthe NC, Waves NC, Salvo NC, Avon NC, Buxton NC, Frisco NC and Hatteras Village NC.