Outer Banks NC Shopping

Outer Banks NC Shopping


No visit to a vacation destination is complete without doing a little shopping, even if it’s just for souvenirs and mementoes. Outer Banks NC shopping offers those items and much, much more.

Perhaps the most obvious items available from Outer Banks shops are anything related to the beach. Surf shops abound on all the barrier islands, selling everything from sunglasses to surfboards. Fishing supplies, too, are widely available, including simple items for standing-on-the-pier fishing and the more involved tackle for competitive anglers.

Beach items are just the beginning. Renowned for its unique locally-owned shops and boutiques, the Outer Banks also has discount shopping centers. Nearly every type of item imaginable is available for purchase.

Art Galleries sell works of local artists and the masters, including acrylic and oil paintings, etchings and stained glass. Book stores range from country charm and Southern fiction to thousands of titles and a coffee house. Clothing, jewelry, wine, toys, home décor and even fresh fish are available.

Discount stores include Wal-Mart, K-Mart and the Tanger Outlet Center. Gifts and specialty stores offer unique items such as hand-made hammocks, kites and flags, shell jewelry, beach décor, home-made fudge and art-to-wear clothing.

When shopping for crafts and souvenirs begins to take its toll, take a break and get a snack at one of the many coffee houses, bakeries or candy shops. Or, enjoy some fresh, just-pulled-from-the-water seafood. Choose from fresh crabs and shrimp, steamed to order, or buy some fresh fish to take home.

Outer Banks NC shopping varies in price and style according to location. On the northern end of the islands, shops in Corolla and Duck cater more to the high-end and contemporary, urban tastes. Big spenders are definitely welcome here.

Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head shops are more middle income fare, with items for vacationers and the casual browser.

In Manteo, look for arts and craft galleries, antique stores and upscale shops.

Shops and galleries on Hatteras Island are more spread out. Visitors to Hatteras are usually the outdoor, always-in-the-water types. These vacationers aren’t big shoppers.

Shopping in Ocracoke Village is charming and casual. No stuffy, snobby shops here. Instead vacationers stroll, or ride bikes down the lanes and occasionally pop into a quaint little store.

High season offers the most variety for Outer Banks NC shopping. The majority of shops are open just for the season, and close from December to March. During the season, these shops are usually open seven days a week, some with late evening hours. A few stores remain open all year in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Southern Shores. Most of the stores in Corolla and Hatteras are seasonal, though some have hours in the fall and winter.

For more information on shopping, stop in at one of the Outer Banks Visitor Centers or visit their website.

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