Hey friends! I finally got to travel to one of the popular vacation places out here on the East Coast, and I thought I would share what the Outer Banks is like for my West Coast friends and fam (or if you’re an East Coaster who has never been).
Matt and I got to spend a long weekend in Kill Devil Hills, which is in the northern middle section of several cities that make up the Outer Banks.
The beaches on the East Coast are really different from those on the West Coast. The water is warmer and the beaches are a lot shorter. The waves where we were weren’t as high, which made it a great place for families. Since we were pretty much on a really skinny island, we drove through most of the nearby cities several times to get to different things. Here are a few of the things we did! They are mostly food places because, what can I say, we love to eat 🙂
A friend recommended this place to me multiple times, so I knew I had to try it! The coffee shop was hipster and modern, which I was surprised to find in a lazy beach town. The coffee was good, but the biscuits were excellent! I got avocado, bacon, egg and cheese on mine and was stuffed halfway through.
We’ve visited Duck Donuts before in Charlottesville, but I had to visit the OG location! I love their freshly made, customizable donuts. My favorite combo is maple icing, bacon, and salted caramel drizzle. After getting donuts, we walked along the Duck boardwalk that weaves between shops and shallow marshy areas of the beach. It was a really pretty walked and helped us burn some calories 🙂
Enjoyed the sunset Soundside
Though the soundside has more docks than sandy beach, the sunsets cannot be beat on this side of the island! We found this public dock about two blocks away from where we stayed, and enjoyed watching the sun go down over the water.
If you know me at all, you know I’m a big fan of Yelp, especially when we go on vacation. Fish Heads had GREAT reviews on Yelp so I was really excited to try the fish tacos. They did not disappoint – they were stuffed with fish and pico de gallo. But even better was the fun atmosphere; live music and a view of the ocean from the pier made for a really fun dinner.
Flying kites on the dunes at Jockey Ridge
On our last night, we got a cheap kite and hiked up the dunes at Jockey Ridge park around sunset. I can’t remember the last time I flew a kite, and even though it was childish it was actually really fun. We enjoyed watching the sunset from the top of these huge dunes, although my legs weren’t as much of a fan.
I love a good acai bowl, but have found they are a little harder to find on the East Coast. The Spot is a great place because it has frozen treats of all kinds, from acai and pataya bowls to ice cream and milkshakes. We ended up splitting an acai bowl for lunch after a large breakfast, which was perfect for a hot afternoon.
Hurricane Mo’s was our last dinner stop on our vacation, and we definitely saved the best for last. We were drawn in by one of the amazing 3-5 happy hour deals: $.20 shrimp! We got 20 shrimp for only $4, and MAN they were delicious. We also got the best crab dip I’ve had in my life, and I got mahi with a wonderful mango salsa, coconut rice and black beans. We were stuffed by the end but the dinner was amazing, I would definitely recommend if you visit OBX!
I hope you enjoyed my little recap of the Outer Banks! If you ever visit and find some other good places, let me know!