Your visit to the Outer Banks is not complete until you stop by the Outer Banks Shopping Mall. Do your grocery shopping and visit all our other stores. We have a wide variety of food & beverage providers. Everything from breakfast to evening meals are available.
The Outer Banks Mall also has a wide range of retail providers. Beachwear to boats, nutrition to nails and even vacation rentals!
- Cottage Rentals
- Food & Beverage
- Health & Beauty
Hatteras Island Car Rentals, VW Buggy Rentals, 4X4 Jeep, Suburban Rentals & Golf Cart Rentals for use on the Outer Banks.
- 4-Wheel Drive Cruisers: Rent a 4-Wheel Drive vehicle to visit the beautiful beaches of Hatteras, Ocracoke, and Carova. Choose the size and style that fits your needs.
- Fun Volkswagen “Buggy” Cruisers: Rent a topless Buggy to cruise the streets between the Islands of Hatteras and Ocracoke, with “Old School” style!
- 2-Wheel Drive Cruisers: Rent a 2-wheel drive car if you just a need a set of wheels to cruise the entire Outer Banks, excluding the beaches. A great choice when visiting one of the many local campgrounds. Choose from Econo, Mid, and Full-size models.
- *NEW* Vintage Special Occasion Cruisers: Rent a beautiful Vintage cruiser for your Wedding, Birthday, Anniversary…any special occasion!
- New – Golf Cart Rentals: Rent a Golf cart to cruise through your campground or the private streets of your neighborhood. If staying in the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, or Salvo, we will deliver and pick it up for FREE!
- Click here for rates on our full line of 4X4s, which are for street and beach use.
- Click here for rates on our full line of (2wd / street only) vehicles.
- Click here for rates on VW Buggies for cruising the island streets.
- Click here for rates on our NEW Vintage “Special Occasion” Car.
Reservations are REQUIRED and should be made AT LEAST, 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE for single day rentals. If you plan to rent for 3 or more days, the sooner you book, the better, as we do book up quickly. A credit card will be needed to secure your reservation. … Read More
We are open year round!
In Season; Mid May – September 30th
Monday – Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm.
Saturday Open per pre-booked reservation.
Sunday – CLOSED*
*We try to reserve Sunday for our own family; however, if you are really in need of a vehicle on a Sunday, please call. We will do all we can to accommodate you and your family & friends.
OFF SEASON – October 1st – May 18
We are OPEN by pre-booked reservation ~ PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE!!
We offer FREE GUEST PICK UP in the Tri-Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, & Salvo and can deliver vehicles to the rest of the Outer Banks, including local Airports, for a minimal fee.
All Units will accept Child Safety Seats (either provided by Renters, or you can rent one from us).
*Please note; beginning February 15th, 2012, the National Park Service requires all who want to drive on the beach to purchase a beach driving permit first. The permit fees for our rental units are $10.00 per day, for up to two days and $25.00 (total, NOT per day)for three or more days and is purchased right at our office.
- Outer Banks breakfast you can afford. Feed a family of 4 for under $20.
- Our Breakfast bagels are baked fresh daily.
- Order dozens in advance by phone (252) 480-0990.
- Kill Devil Hills open for breakfast and lunch in season.
- Nags Head store open in season for breakfast only.
- Now offering cinnamon buns!
Outer Banks, North Carolina, has been the home of New York Bagels for over twenty years but has been under new ownership since 2009. We are located in Kill Devil Hills (252) 480-0990 and Nags Head (252) 480-0106. All bagels
are made from scratch & baked fresh daily. Come early and get them while they last! Build your own sandwich with any variety bagel, wrap or just ask for it on white, whole wheat or rye bread! We are more than just bagels! See our Menu page for details.
Our Nags Head store is open seasonally but our KDH store is open year round. Drop by for breakfast or lunch.
One of the most frequent questions we get is if our cream cheese is low fat. The answer is YES. All our cream cheese is low fat and tasty!
Colington Creek Inn is an Outer Outer Banks bed and breakfast surrounded by water. Our B & B has views of the water from every room. Each room also has a large private bathroom & sun porch. We are open April thru December.
Our new Luxury Suite is available. Private and spacious living room with large flat screen TV and fireplace, Jacuzzi Bath and shower with double sinks, walk in closet, king size bed and private sun room that runs the entire length of the bed and breakfast. Click here to learn more about our Luxury Suite. Scroll to the bottom of this page for some pictures.
Our Bed & Breakfast was built in 2005 specifically designed as a B & B. That means it was constructed with our guests in mind. Spacious rooms & bathrooms, central air, refrigerators in every room and all the amenities you expect from a modern bed and breakfast.
Relax & swim at our Outer Banks Bed and Breakfast in one of 4 delightful rooms and one Luxury Suite. The Shell Room, Wedding & Honeymoon Room, Boat Room and The Island Room. Make your B & B reservations for your vacation today at the Colington Creek Inn to pamper yourself for a luxury bed and breakfast experience!
Check in 3:00 – 6:00 pm (if later, please call)Check out 11:00 am
To make a reservation, please call us @ 252-449-4124 between 8 am and 10 pm or use our contact form and we will get back to you ASAP.We accept MC VISA DISCOVER.
Your source for eyeglasses on the Outer Banks and open year round. Professional Opticians is conveniently located in the Outer Banks Mall at milepost 14 in Nags Head, NC. Let us help you find the perfect pair of glasses or sunglasses. Need eyeglasses repaired or a replacement? Give us a call at (252) 441-6353 and stop in today.
Life on the Outer Banks beaches requires sunglasses!
Visitors and locals spend days on our beautiful beaches. Whether you like to fill beach days with fishing, tanning, reading, jogging, sand-castle constructing, volleyballing, beach-glass hunting or just plain relaxing, our North Carolina beaches look so much better through quality shades.
Visit our The Sunglass Shop to see all of our styles. We have got a bit of everything, from the most stylish brands and frames to sporty shades with strong, polarized lenses to help you see on the water or in the hectic bypass traffic!
Professional Opticians has all you need for fun in the sun!
Our Store Hours
Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
We would love to hear from you! Call us at (252) 441-6353 <<<< Tap our number to call on mobile devices. Or you can send us an email at [email protected]. We’re happy to answer any of your questions about glasses or sunglasses.
In 1837, the federal government sent Lieutenant Napoleon L. Coste of the revenue cutter Campbell to examine the coastline for potential lighthouse sites that would supplement the existing one at Cape Hatteras. Coste determined that southbound ships were in great need of a beacon on or near Bodie Island by which they could fix their position for navigating the dangerous cape. He punctuated his recommendation with the statement that “more vessels are lost there than on any other part of our coast.”
Congress responded with an appropriation for a lighthouse that same year, but complications over purchasing the necessary land delayed construction until 1847. This was but the first of many problems. Though the skillful Francis Gibbons was contracted as engineer, the project’s overseer was a former Customs official named Thomas Blount, who unfortunately, had no lighthouse experience at all. This proved disastrous when Blount ordered an unsupported brick foundation laid, despite Gibbons’ recommendations to the contrary. As a result, the 54-foot tower began to lean within two years after completion. Numerous expensive repairs failed to rectify the problem and the lighthouse had to be abandoned in 1859.
The second lighthouse fared little better than its wobbly predecessor. Though funded, contracted, and completed in prompt fashion at a nearby site in 1859, it soon succumbed to an unforeseen danger – the Civil War. Fearing that the 80-foot tower would be used by Union forces, retreating Confederate troops blew it up in 1861.
After the war, the coast near Bodie Island remained dark for several years while a replacement tower was considered by the Lighthouse Board. Though the Board was disposed against the idea, numerous petitions came in from concerned ship captains and, finally, it decided in favor of a third Bodie Island Lighthouse. Still, it was not until 1871 that construction began. The first two Bodie Island Lights had been located south of Oregon Inlet, actually on Pea Island.
The new 15-acre site, purchased by the government for $150.00 from John Etheridge, was north of the inlet. Work crews, equipment, and materials from the recent lighthouse project at Cape Hatteras were used to build necessary loading docks, dwellings, and facilities. Government contracts brought bricks and stone from Baltimore firms and ironwork from a New York foundry. Construction of the tower proceeded smoothly and it first exhibited its light, magnified by a powerful first-order Fresnel lens, on October 1, 1872. The keepers’ quarters duplex was completed soon thereafter.
Early problems with flocks of geese crashing into the lens and improper grounding for electrical storms were quickly rectified with screening for the lantern and a lightning rod for the tower. There have been few other difficulties with the lighthouse itself since its completion. From the keeper’s perspective, however, there remained the problem of isolation. Bodie Island was completely undeveloped and the closest school was in Manteo on neighboring Roanoke Island (accessible only by boat). This meant that the keeper’s wife and children lived away from the lighthouse except during the summer months, which made for a lonely and trying family life most of the year. Such situations, of course, were quite common in the Lighthouse Service. Eventually, progress enabled school buses to reach the island and the families were able to live with the keepers.
The light was electrified in 1932, phasing out the need for on-site keepers. Finally, all of the light station’s property, except the tower, was transferred to the National Park Service in 1953. The keepers’ duplex has since undergone two historic restorations, the last having been completed in May 1992. The building now serves as a ranger office and visitor center for Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The most recent restoration of the lighthouse itself was completed in 2013. Still a functioning navigational aid, the tower is open for public tours.
Tucked away between tall pine trees and freshwater marshland, the Bodie Island Light presents anything but a typical lighthouse setting. Though not as well-known as its neighbors, it remains an important part of local history and a favorite spot for visitors. And still every evening, amidst the water towers and blinking radio antennae of modern development, its powerful light beams out across the darkening waves, keeping silent watch over the treacherous waters known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”
Underwent Restoration in 2012. Restoration work included documentation of existing windows that need repair, installation of a system to eliminate any airborne particles that could be a health threat, design and creation of metal patterns for parts in need of replacement, design and emplacement of interior scaffolding that would allow workers to reach all inside parts of the tower for repointing of brick and painting but that would not harm any of the historic fabric. A myriad of other procedures followed to execute the tedious project and attempt to cover all needs including a temporary interior floor protection, mortar samples for analysis, a security fence around the construction site, interior paint removal, and two coats of primer on repaired interior iron stairs.
However, restoration work that began January 2010 was halted in August because the initial amount of $3.09 million was not enough to complete all needed repairs. Further damage was found at the lantern room level.
The park stated, ” All but one of the ornate struts [brackets] that support the balcony were found to have significant structural cracks. We brought in a NPS engineer to assess the cracks and determined that they would have to be addressed, or we would not be able to open the lighthouse up again for public climbing.”
The lighthouse sat patiently waiting for more workers to arrive and repairs to begin again. A storm ripped up the N. C. coast just prior to Labor Day 2011 and tore the protective covering off the lantern room and flooded the keepers’ quarters. The tower remained quiet with the tatters flapping in the wind 165 feet in the air. The park searched for more money.
“We knew that the restoration work would only be able to resume when we obtained the additional funding,” said Cyndy Holda, Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Public Affairs Specialist. “So we asked for help from our Congressional representatives. Recently, with the support of Senator Burr, Senator Hagan, and Congressman Jones, the funding request was approved and Congress appropriated the funds we needed to start phase two of the project.”
The exact amount for “Phase two” was not revealed, but it is in excess of $1 million, a third of the original amount already spent. Work is beginning and is predicted to be complete in October 2012, but there are many variables that could affect the timing of this. Meanwhile, the Bodie Island Visitor Center, which contains an Eastern National bookstore within the repaired double keepers’ quarters has reopened. It is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nature trail and boardwalk near the lighthouse are also open; this is a beautiful perspective of the entire light station that is not to be missed.
The Outer Banks Lighthouse Society had a homecoming for Bodie Island Lighthouse keepers’ direct descendants in spring 2013 in partnership with the NPS and other organizations.
Located on NC 12 – Hatteras Island in Buxton.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 829, Buxton, N.C. 27920
Telephone (252) 995-4240, FAX (252) 995-6277
Owner: Gee Gee Rosell
Buxton Village Books offers a wide selection of Sea Stories..Southern Fiction..Saltwater Fly Fishing..Outer Banks Books..Self Help..Native American..Angels..Field Guides..Murder Mysteries..Science Fiction..Journals..Kid’s Books..Gardening Books..Young Adult..Contemporary Fiction and Used Books too!
Visit our two other locations in Avon and at Hatteras Landing.
Avon Beach Bookshop
The Bookstore at Hatteras Landing
Hatteras Landing Shopping Center
Discover an amazing underwater world at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Marvel at sharks, eels, sea turtles, alligators and other native aquatic life. Enjoy fascinating exhibits ranging from ospreys to hurricanes, and touch live horseshoe crabs and sea stars in the popular marine-life touch tank.
Explore unique coastal habitats on educational field trips and join Aquarium staff on collecting expeditions. Learn more about North Carolina’s valuable coastal resources at lecture, film and live animal presentations.
The Roanoke Island Aquarium is open year-round, 9 AM – 5 PM, daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.
The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is operated by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Sister Aquariums are located at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher. The Roanoke Island facility is located three miles north of Manteo on Airport Road. It is adjacent to the Dare County Regional Airport and overlooks the Croatan Sound.
Admission fees are required.
Welcome to South Beach Grille of Nags Head located on the sunny Outer Banks of North Carolina. Here at the South Beach Grille International flavors and tropical tastes rule. Our Asian and Caribbean inspired cuisine is guaranteed fresh and flavorful; each dish created to order using the finest fresh vegetables, seafood, meats and spices. We offer an extensive gluten free menu, fine vegetarian dishes and fresh local seafood. Please see our menu page for full menu details.
Enjoy dining indoors or high up on our covered deck with a panoramic view of both ocean and sound. Enjoy fabulous sunsets while sipping one of our exotic tropical drinks often to the sounds of live local entertainment.
Be sure to check out our special Happy Hour discounts and daily drink specials. Owners Wayne and Kerstin Everhart invite you to experience South Beach Grille, Milepost 16 in Nags Head for a true taste of the islands!