By 1965, the diamond-patterned lighthouse has helped keep seafarers safe for more than a century. Now, a new kind of coastal protection takes shape for the pristine stretch of the Outer Banks.
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Quiz: How Well Do You Know North Carolina’s Creatures of the Coast?
The easternmost part of our state is home to dozens of critters that walk, fly, scuttle, and swim.
Beach Magic on the Carolina Coast
Salt water, seafood dinners, and nighttime walks along sparkling sand: When families return to cherished spots along the coast, memories grow with each passing summer.
The 1950s: A Shared Rhythm
The sound of change is in the air along the North Carolina Coast: The lively music coming out of a black resort community called Seabreeze attracts white audiences eager for something new.
Around Town: Beaufort
With more than 300 years of history and a breathtaking view of the water, this charming hamlet has no shortage of things to drive, boat, bike, and walk to.
If This Wave Could Talk
It might boast: Outer Banks breakers are the envy of the East Coast. Or it could share a tale: The world’s best surfer first got his feet wet in the shadow of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Ask nicely, and it might divulge a secret or two: About legends and landmarks — even where to find a clam cookout or a fine fish supper. After all, our waves have plenty of those, too.
Gidget Grown Up: Jo Pickett
Legendary East Coast surfer Jo Pickett travels the world, chasing waves. But she makes her home in Wilmington, where Carolina’s blue swells remind her of family and the importance of living fearlessly.
A Feast of Love
Craig Love has turned surf culture into his own culinary style. Now, he’s got a kitchen full of surfers — from managers to cooks — who share his deep appreciation of the sea and all that it provides.
Where Sea Meets Soul: Dawn Breakers in Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Here, on the fine edge of the Outer Banks, the Atlantic offers a working man’s wave, reliable and steady. And when these early risers catch a ride, they feel on top of the world.