Hatteras Island

  • With a large selection of Hatteras Island beach vacation homes perched in some of the best locations, Hatteras Realty has the right beach vacation home at the right price for your budget!

    Whether you're lured by the world-class fishing or the fabulous East Coast beaches, Hatteras Island has plenty to offer: swimming, surfing, kiteboarding and fishing opportunities exist around nearly every corner. Cast your sights on more than 70 miles of pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Hatteras Island is simply a one-of-a-kind place, and Hatteras Realty is a one-of-a-kind Outer Banks vacation rental company.

    When you need a shorter getaway, many of our homes and condos accept partial-week bookings. Check for availability, and call our Reservations staff at 1-800-428-8372 to book your stay or get more information.

    Our three convenient, full-service offices in Hatteras, Avon, and Waves are staffed with eager and knowledgeable Hatteras Realty professionals seven days a week. PLUS, Every Hatteras Realty vacation includes our famous Club Hatteras amenities package of heated Jr. Olympic pool, bath house and playground at no additional charge.


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  • Hatteras Island is an excellent vacation destination with miles of sandy beaches, world-class fishing, fresh seafood, countless watersport activities, and a relaxing island vibe. When you plan your trip to Hatteras Island, you are entering a world of family oriented activities and events your whole family will enjoy and remember for years to come. Come discover Hatteras and everything the island has to offer.

    Take the stress out of vacation planning with this ready-to-go guide to spending a week on Hatteras Island, North Carolina in the popular Outer Banks. Strike the perfect balance between downtime and "go" time with our day-by-day itinerary, followed by a directory in the back. And, be sure to check out our free online Hatteras Visitor's Guide for a list of area attractions, local surf shops, ice cream parlors and more!


    Stand-Up Paddleboarding

    People of all ages are drawn to the sport for its ease of access, simple equipment, excellent core exercise potential and endless learning curve. From paddling the flat water of lakes and rivers to surfing the beach breaks and point breaks of the world, stand-up paddleboarding is a sport that almost anyone can enjoy.
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    Cape Hatteras is known around the world as the land of the kiteboarding downwinders. Seventy miles of unlimited access to the water, both soundside and Oceanside, allow riders to pick and choose their perfect-length run. Come harness the power of the prevailing south westerly wind!
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    Rising from their long journey in the Atlantic, and building steep faces and white creamy tops, are some of the best waves along the Atlantic seaboard. Surfers, body surfers, boogie boarders and children with rafts ride these faces and experience the thrill of riding the wild surf.
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    Whether you're in search of a calm sunset tour or an overnight kayaking adventure, no matter where you are on Hatteras Island, you'll have plenty of opportunities to grab a paddle and start cruising. Ideal for all ages, sound kayaking is one of the most popular sports on the Outer Banks and it's easy to find a launching point for your paddle. The biggest draw to kayaking in the sound is the relaxing pace and the natural setting.
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    Cape Hatteras is known around the world as the land of downwinders. With some of the consistently best wind and water conditions on the East Coast, and miles of water to cruise on, it's no wonder that windsurfers from around the world come to the Outer Banks to break out the sails, lean back, and enjoy the ride. Seventy miles of unlimited access to the water, both soundside and Oceanside, allow riders to pick and choose their perfect length run and the shallow waters of the Pamlico Sound makes this location ideal for both beginners and pros.
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    In the waters that surround North Carolina's barrier islands, a wealth of sea life as diverse as anywhere else in the world awaits your discovery. Trout flourish in Pamlico Sound, red drum feed in the Atlantic surf and the greatest sport fishes — marlin, tuna, dolphin, and sailfish teem in our off shore waters. To experience this pleasure of fishing and viewing, you need only to chart a course for our shores.
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    Hatteras Island beaches offer wide swathes of crystal white sand, perfect for sunbathing, shelling and surf fishing. And with some of the warmest waters in the Outer Banks, Hatteras draws active vacationers to its shores for surfing, kiteboarding and windsurfing.
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    Day Trips

    Outer Banks Lighthouses

    Generations of seaborne travelers and mariners have sought the comfort of these beacons' reassuring light as they navigated perilous channels and shoals that mark the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Perhaps that is why Outer Banks lighthouses, among the tallest in America, have come to serve as beacons of hope and inspiration.
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    The Lost Colony

    In 1587, 20 years prior to the colony at Jamestown, 116 men, women, and children struggled for existence in the wilderness and vanished without a trace. Their disappearance remains one of the great mysteries of history. No clue of this thriving community has ever been found, save for the eerie carving upon the bark of an old, twisted oak: "Croatan." It is the saga known as The Lost Colony. The play is produced at historic Waterside Theater on Roanoke Island.
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    Wright Brothers Memorial

    Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk is a shrine to aviation buffs — a must-see while on the Outer Banks. Learn about the principles of flight, the lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the Outer Bankers who welcomed and assisted them and the Wright Flyer. Be sure to hike up to the top of the hill — the view is definitely worth the effort.
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    Jockey's Ridge

    Standing silhouetted against the sunset in Nags Head is a giant sand dune, the tallest pile of sand along the east coast. At one time the north banks were covered with a series of dune fields like Jockey's Ridge. Experience hang gliding, kite flying or just rolling in the sand in these last remnants of what the Banks used to be.
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    Ocracoke Island

    Approximately 700 people call Ocracoke Island home. Accessible only by ferry, a day trip to Ocracoke includes Southern hospitality, unique shopping and wonderful seafood in its restaurants. The Hatteras Inlet ferry ride is free and promises 60 minutes of fun, excitement and restful contemplation.
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    North Carolina Aquarium

    The seas around the Outer Banks teem with a large variety of marine life. Unfortunately, many visitors never have the opportunity to witness this varied ecosystem in action. The North Carolina State Aquarium on Roanoke Island provides the opportunity to encounter sharks and sting rays, puffer fish and puppy drum, large moray eels and schools of small mackerel. It is an adventure that those of all ages may enjoy. There are touch tanks for children, interactive computer displays, and even alligators.
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  • What better time to save on an Outer Banks vacation than right now? Grab a great vacation deal with money-saving offers on Hatteras Island lodging, including savings on oceanfront rentals, soundside homes and pet-friendly rentals at the beach. Book your stay today, and be on Hatteras Island in no time!

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    • Club Hatteras
    • Hatteras Realty guests enjoy exclusive access to Club Hatteras amenities, including a junior Olympic-size pool, huge sundecks to chaise lounges, a kids' playground, concession stand and kiddie pool.
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  • Hatteras Island Property Management

    Are you interested in joining the Hatteras Realty family? Our well established rental program promotes your property in many ways. Our main focus is the care we give to you, your property, and your vacationing guests. This effort is reflected both in our owner retention and our repeat guest rentals. Our goal is to not only maintain the quality of your vacation home but to consistently increase your yearly rental income as well.

    Hatteras Realty is a performance oriented company. You can expect a higher average number of booked weeks at higher rental rates per week, more so than any other company on Hatteras Island. This is due in part to the access our guests have to our pool and tennis facility, Club Hatteras. Our intention was to create a resort-like atmosphere for our rental guests and homeowners.The best news of all is that it is 100% FREE to both you and all of your rental guests.

    There are those who say they can get it done for you. Hatteras Realty says, "We are already doing it." We hope you will join the fun at Hatteras Realty!

    Hatteras Realty understands what it means to be a partner. We also understand that true partnerships draw on each other’s strengths to be better than ourselves.

    As vacation rentals continue to expand their market share of the hospitality industry, Hatteras Realty’s partnership with Wyndham Destinations positions us as the strongest property management team on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

    Wyndham Destinations gives us and our owners exclusive access to regional market insights, industry best practices and a global marketing reach. While our core management unit and local staff have remained in place for more than 30 years, our Wyndham partners have now expanded and improved our overall team exponentially. When local expertise and longevity join forces with global knowledge and insight, a clear leader emerges. Hatteras Realty is proud to represent the largest and most diverse inventory of properties on Hatteras Island.

    Our local staff is able to provide top-tier “Count on Me” customer service to clients as a result of consistent training and access to the industry’s leading software and technology. With the assistance of Wyndham Destination’s staff recruiting resources and Human Resources support services, Hatteras Realty has built the largest service team on Hatteras Island. Twelve months a year, we are committed to hosting the best vacations on the Outer Banks.

    Housekeeping and Inspections

    First impressions are lasting impressions. Hatteras Realty is committed to providing guests and owners with a high standard of property cleanliness and appearance. All of our housekeepers and inspectors undergo an extensive training process and consistent follow up throughout the season. We are a member of the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP) and lead the way toward establishing and maintaining a professional cleaning standard for the Outer Banks.


    Hatteras Realty has the largest maintenance team on Hatteras Island, enabling us to address maintenance concerns from one end of the island to the other, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day for emergencies. In addition to our team of field technicians, we provide maintenance coordinators and dispatchers for arranging vendor services and routine maintenance repairs.

    Pool & Spa

    Having the ability to provide in-house pool and spa service makes all the difference to guests and owners. While we welcome our owners to work with a number of qualified professional pool and spa companies on the Island, we are also pleased to be able to offer this service in house as well, giving guests and owners the comfort that we are just one phone call away. Hatteras Realty can provide quotes for new spas, installation, services and accessories. Visit our HRI Spas page for more information.

    Revenue Management

    Our revenue management strategy supports our local expertise by drawing on overall industry booking trends to correctly position and merchandise your property to most effectively meet consumer demand. Local marketing efforts are backed and expanded to reach more than 500,000 new potential guests via the Wyndham Vacation Rental network.

    Becoming An Online Travel Agency “Superhost”

    As bookings from sites such as VRBO and AirBnB will continue to rise, we recognize the need to cultivate relationships and expand opportunities. We leverage the bulk purchasing power of our worldwide hospitality brand to increase your home’s exposure and welcome new guests to Hatteras Island.

    Natural Disaster Preparedness

    Hurricanes are a fact of life on Hatteras Island. Hatteras Realty has an established plan to secure property while continuing to service guest and owner questions and concerns. With the Wyndham off-site call center available to take additional call volume during times of distress, our local staff is able to focus on preparing your property and our community for any pending weather event.

    For all property management inquires please contact John Stevenson at 800-428-8372 x245 or email john.stevenson@hatterasrealty.com.

    Homeowner Testimonials

    See what a few of our homeowner's are saying:

    "My husband Jim and I are the owners of Hokie-HI and we are in our second rental season with Hatteras Realty. We just added another house on Tarpon Lane called Catch of the Day to your program. I want to thank you and your staff for looking out for the owners and guests. I especially want to commend Marianne O'Neal and Cheryl Nye. Both ladies have helped us tremendously as we navigate the rental house process. Hatteras Realty is by far the best rental company on Hatteras Island and we appreciate everything you do for us." —Marcia Grubbs (Hokie HI)

    "Its amazing how only a few hours after the bridge was open Hatteras Realty was able to check tenants in after a Category 2 hurricane. The staff at Hatteras really came together as a team and put in a true effort in getting things in order as fast as possible in order to minimize losses. The communication I received before during and after the storm was crucial in getting repairs started and finished prior to the opening. The damage reports I received right after the storm passing shows how dedicated the staff was in putting their job and their homeowners first above their own needs. The difference between Hatteras Realty and its competitors in response to this storm was noticeable. Some companies practically closed due to shortages of staff and left there homeowners with no communication. The difference in having local staff willing to stay and work through a mandatory evacuation really made a difference. Hats off to all its staff members that stayed and put in the extra time to keep my houses up and running during the height of the rental season." —Chris Sunda (Pelican's Pad, Coral Castle, Heaven's Gate, Blue Waters, Spritsail)

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  • Local Events on Hatteras Island, Outer Banks

    September 2019

    Cape Hatteras Wave Classic
    September 14-20, 2019
    REAL Watersports, 257006 NC Hwy 12, Waves, NC 27982
    REAL Watersports is proud to announce the 2019 Cape Hatteras Wave Classic presented by Patagonia. The Cape Hatteras Wave Classic is an OPEN kitesurfing competition focused solely on kitesurfing in ocean waves. Surf-style is a fast-growing discipline in the sport of kiteboarding and a true passion for the crew at REAL. The Wave Classic will showcase top talent riding with surf-inspired style as they battle for victory in the Outer Banks surf.
    Why September? Dredging barrels. Warm water. Epic surf and kite sessions. With most local surfers and kiters claiming September-October as their favorite time of year on Cape Hatteras, it was an easy choice to hold the first Cape Hatteras Wave Classic in September.
    The Cape Hatteras Wave Classic is an OPEN kitesurfing event, allowing any kitesurfer from anywhere in the world to enter and compete. With incredible wind and waves throughout the month of September, the Cape Hatteras Wave Classic will showcase incredible riders in amazing kitesurf conditions.


    Blessing of the Fleet
    September 28, 2019
    5:30 pm
    Hatteras Harbor Marina - 58058 NC Hwy 12, Hatteras, NC 27943
    The commercial and charter fishing fleet based in Hatteras village is the core that unites the seven Hatteras Island villages.
    Every island family has current and/or historic ties to the industry and its supporting businesses, and the island communities gather once a year in solemn prayer for their safety at sea and their successful catches.
    Join us September 28 at 5:30 pm for the parade of boats through the breakwater to Hatteras Harbor Marina, where the fleet will be blessed at 6pm.
    A community dinner will follow the blessing of the fleet at the Hatteras Civic Center at 7pm!


    October 2019

    Drink Pink
    Month of October
    Hatteras Island Businesses
    Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month with a Pink Drink at many of our local Hatteras Island restaurants, coffee shops and even grocery stores! By supporting local businesses you are also helping a neighbor battling cancer. We look forward to sharing with you all the fun drinks the businesses come up with. The drinks come in all different varieties; alcoholic, non alcoholic, caffeinated, decaffeinated and even cupcakes... Wait, what?!? Yes, I said cupcakes!


    Fish Like a Girl
    October 5, 2019
    9:00 am - Noon
    Avon Fishing Pier, 41001 NC Hwy 12, Avon, NC 27915
    The Avon Pier at Koru Village is thrilled to bring back the all-women’s charity fishing tournament, "Fish Like A Girl," for its 5th year. This empowering fishing tournament on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a part of Koru Village's "Paint the Village Pink" campaign, and Carolina Brewery's "Drink Sky Pink" campaign. Last year’s tournament had more than 200 participants and raised thousands of dollars for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation is an all-volunteer group that provides support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island. It's time to make a difference while having fun with your girls; join this campaign!


    Island Art Show
    October 10, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo Community Building, 23186 Myrna Peters Rd, Rodanthe, NC 27968
    Celebrate Outer Banks Art!
    All are welcome to this community event. This is an indoor/outdoor event. (Unless it storms. then we will be squeezing most artists indoors, but the event WILL GO ON!) Several local artists will be onsite vending their goods—this is your chance to meet and talk with them! Local musicians will be playing live music while you browse the art.
    Each Island Art Show benefits a different local community cause/organization. We are so excited to host such a fun event that gives back to the community.
    The Island Art Show takes place at the Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo Community Center, which happens to be at the very end of the tri-village pathway! So, feel free to ride your bikes, scooters, skateboards, or walkin' shoes by and check it out. Lots of parking available, too.


    HICF 16th Annual 5K Fun Run
    October 12, 2019
    Check-In/Registration: 9:00 am
    Race Start: 10:00 am

    41838 Hwy 12, Avon, NC 27915
    The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation is at it once again, running and walking for a great cause. Get yourself dressed in your most outrageous, fun and creative outfit and make it "Positively Pink."
    This year marks the 16th Annual Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Fun Run and we couldn't be more excited to invite everyone out to celebrate. The 5K course will take you along a flat road course; walkers and strollers are encouraged.
    Register online and automatically be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Dinky’s Waterfront Restaurant! Drawing will take place at the awards ceremony at the race! Wear PINK in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A prize will go to the most "PINKED OUT" participant.
    Pre-Registration: $30/Adults, $20/Kids 12 & Under
    Children in strollers are free!
    Online Registration: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Avon/PositivelyPink5K
    The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, provides support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island. Founded in December 2000, the group's primary goal is to raise funds to offer financial support for patients to help them pay for medical costs not reimbursed by insurance and to pay for travel expenses for themselves and their care givers to medical centers for cancer treatment. https://hicf.org


    Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival
    October 15-20, 2019
    Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC 27968
    Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival stands as one of the premier wildlife festivals in the United States. It is comprised of dozens of birding, paddling, photography, art and natural history trips, tours and programs. Participants come from all over America and the world to enjoy the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife.


    Outer Banks Seafood Festival
    October 19, 2019
    The Soundside Event Site - 6906 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
    Outer Banks Seafood Festival is a fun and educational experience promoting, honoring and celebrating the area's seafood heritage and community. The festival offers opportunities to meet Outer Banks watermen and see the tools of their trade, including boats, crab pots and pound nets. You'll find educational booths, live music, an arts and crafts village and, best of all, the chance to eat fresh, local seafood from more than a dozen restaurants.
    Cost: $5/Admission; $1/Food/Drink


    11th Annual NCBBA Red Drum Tournament
    October 23-26, 2019
    ORV Ramps 23-38
    Four-day tournament that takes place on the northern beaches with various prize categories.


    November 2019

    1st Annual Cape Hatteras Surf Fishing Heritage Celebration
    November 2, 2019
    Fessenden Center, 46830 NC Hwy 12, Buxton, NC 27920
    On November 2, 2019, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, along with partner organizations, will celebrate the area’s strong surf fishing history at the 1st annual Cape Hatteras Surf Fishing Heritage Celebration. The free event will be held at the Fessenden Center in Buxton, North Carolina.
    To celebrate the past, present, and future of surf fishing at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a full day of talks and presentations on a variety of surf fishing-related topics will be offered at the Cape Hatteras Surf Fishing Heritage Celebration on November 2. The event will include presentations on the history of surf fishing at the seashore, casting demonstrations, evolution of beach buggies, rod building, and more.
    Cape Hatteras National Seashore is currently planning the event with help from the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, Outer Banks Forever, Outer Banks History Center, and Outer Banks Preservation Association.
    More details about the Cape Hatteras Surf Fishing Heritage Celebration will be announced at a later date via news release and on Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Facebook page.


    62nd Angler's Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament
    November 6-9, 2019
    Cape Hatteras Angler's Club, 47231 Lightplant Rd., Buxton, NC 27920
    The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club was founded in 1957 and held its first invitational surf fishing tournament that year. The intent of the tournament was to bring visitors to Hatteras Island and to help spread the word that surf fishing is at its best in the fall. The Cape Hatteras Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament is the largest surf fishing tournament of its kind on the East Coast, and possibly the world.
    Registration: Wednesday, November 6
    Fishing Days: Thursday-Friday, November 7-8
    Tackle Show: Thursday, November 7
    Awards: Friday, November 8
    On Wednesday and Friday nights, we have an open house from 7:00-9:00 pm for all the tournament participants and their guests. On Thursday night, there is a tackle show at the clubhouse, which is open to the public. 120 teams will participate in the tournament, with prizes, gift certificates and trophies awarded Friday evening to members of the top three teams. On Saturday morning, we host an individual fishing tournament, open to the public. Entry fees are waived for participants under 16 years of age.


    8th Annual Surfin' Turkey 5K & Puppy Drum Fun Run
    November 18, 2019
    8:00-11:00 am
    Hatteras Civic Center, 56658 NC Hwy 12, Hatteras, NC 27943
    Run this beautiful 5K course through the historic fishing village of Hatteras to support the youth of Hatteras Island. The proceeds from this race support the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF). HIYEF provides funding for educational opportunitites and enrichment in Hatteras Island schools.
    Water is provided on the course. This is not a timed race; it is a family-fun event; if you want to know your time, please wear a watch or make sure you look at the clock at the finish line.
    Non-refundable charity event. Race is rain or shine but will be canceled for safety reasons in the event of severe weather. Slower runners and walkers should start at the back of the corral. Register online at http://www.hatterasyouth.com/surfin-turkey-5k.


    December 2019

    Wings Over Water Wildlife Weekend
    December 6-8, 2019
    Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC 27968
    One of the premier wildlife festivals in the United States, Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is comprised of dozens of birding, paddling, photography, art and natural history trips, tours and programs. Participants come from all over America and the world to enjoy the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife. Instituted especially for birders and photographers, this portion of Wings Over Water is held later, in what is often colder weather, for a greater chance of seeing large flocks of migratory birds and waterfowl.


    Hatteras Village Christmas Parade
    December 14, 2019
    2:00 pm
    Highway 12, Hatteras, NC 27943
    The holidays would not be complete without an old-fashioned Christmas parade, and Hatteras Village is where you can find one. For warm, hometown, holiday spirit, this is an event that no one should miss. After the parade and as twilight draws nigh, Santa is transported throughout the village on one of the local fire trucks wishing holiday cheer to local youngsters all the young at heart.


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