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Outer Banks Off Season

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Author: Linda
Date of Trip: April 2016

Just returned from our 1st trip to the Outer Banks! What a change from the west coast beaches we are used to! Ocean is always fascinating to me, but this was different – with smaller waves and a muddier appearance. Seeing the dolphins regularly was so entertaining though! We stayed in one of Rodanthe’s rentals right on the beach! Beautiful! It was the off-season, so it was VERY quiet; not may people at all which was very enjoyable. The locals were the friendliest folks we have encountered on any vacation! There were several very good restaurants nearby-all casual and homey. We enjoyed several new dishes including Outer Banks style clam chowder! Different, but very delicious. If you are in Nags Head and like a little more formal dining experience, you will be thrilled to dine at Owens Restaurant, a lovely old home. Best food around!

The only problem we had was that the “tourist” attractions were pretty much closed. We could go into the Park Service offices at the Light Houses, but not into the houses for another month. Was disappointing. There was more going on north of Rodanthe in Nags Head and Duck (which is a beautiful little town). It appears that there is a lot more going on during the regular season around Rodanthe, especially for the younger, sporty set! As an older couple we loved the quiet and relative solitude of the area! Go prepared for relaxation!!

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