A Mermaid Guide to OBX & Kill Devil Hills

Chel

A Mermaid Guide to OBX & Kill Devil Hills

Drinks & Nightlife
Chill beach bar, great outdoor drinks and cornhole. Super casual, roll right in after a day at the beach. The food is actually really great too, be sure to try a "grit cake" (just trust me on this one!). Ask for the rum bucket or a bushwacker. The best part, just a 5 minute bike ride from the house!
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The Bonzer Shack
1200 South Virginia Dare Trail
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Chill beach bar, great outdoor drinks and cornhole. Super casual, roll right in after a day at the beach. The food is actually really great too, be sure to try a "grit cake" (just trust me on this one!). Ask for the rum bucket or a bushwacker. The best part, just a 5 minute bike ride from the house!
Great food and a backyard with a pirate ship for the kids and nightly live music. Play corn hole and try the local brew. At night on Wednesdays and the weekends, this restaurant turns into a night club - DJ Wednesdays, and usually DJ on Fridays and live music Saturdays. An easy bike ride from the house, avoid traffic by biking through the neighborhood. Wear your dancing shoes and join me on the dancefloor.
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Outer Banks Brewing Station
600 South Croatan Highway
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Great food and a backyard with a pirate ship for the kids and nightly live music. Play corn hole and try the local brew. At night on Wednesdays and the weekends, this restaurant turns into a night club - DJ Wednesdays, and usually DJ on Fridays and live music Saturdays. An easy bike ride from the house, avoid traffic by biking through the neighborhood. Wear your dancing shoes and join me on the dancefloor.
Sightseeing
Another quick bike ride from the house, the memorial is a fascinating look at the very place the Wright brothers took their first flight. The memorial is built on a hill, great for a sunset view where you can see the water on both sides of the island. Amazing photos and history here. Also, if you are a jogger, one lap around the monument is nearly 1 mile.
Wright Memorial
Another quick bike ride from the house, the memorial is a fascinating look at the very place the Wright brothers took their first flight. The memorial is built on a hill, great for a sunset view where you can see the water on both sides of the island. Amazing photos and history here. Also, if you are a jogger, one lap around the monument is nearly 1 mile.
Parks & Nature
The Nature Conservancy/Nags Head Woods offers beautiful hiking trails. You will feel like you've left the beaches and entered into a new place, so many leaves and trees and just a different environment than the sand dunes and beaches you are used to. Take some awesome easy trails (shoes are great but flip flops will manage), and you can find some quiet sunset spots on the sound.
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Nature Conservancy
701 Ocean Acres Drive
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The Nature Conservancy/Nags Head Woods offers beautiful hiking trails. You will feel like you've left the beaches and entered into a new place, so many leaves and trees and just a different environment than the sand dunes and beaches you are used to. Take some awesome easy trails (shoes are great but flip flops will manage), and you can find some quiet sunset spots on the sound.
Shopping
Eclectic home furnishings and vintage decor, great for thrifty and unique, artsy finds.
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Class And Trash
906 S Croatan Hwy
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Eclectic home furnishings and vintage decor, great for thrifty and unique, artsy finds.
A unique boutique with fair prices to dress the whole family. Ladies, you will find plenty of bikini's and swimsuits of all styles and sizes here, they specialize in hard-to-fit bodies and measured cups.
Birthday Suits
2000 S Croatan Hwy
A unique boutique with fair prices to dress the whole family. Ladies, you will find plenty of bikini's and swimsuits of all styles and sizes here, they specialize in hard-to-fit bodies and measured cups.
A really cute women's boutique with lots of local products. The store is bikeable from the house (1 mile) and located in the Nags Head Food Lion shopping center, next to Front Porch Cafe, where you can stop and have some coffee after you shop. They carry a great selection of the very popular local designed All Washed Up jewelry!
Foxy Flamingo Boutique
2515 S Croatan Hwy
A really cute women's boutique with lots of local products. The store is bikeable from the house (1 mile) and located in the Nags Head Food Lion shopping center, next to Front Porch Cafe, where you can stop and have some coffee after you shop. They carry a great selection of the very popular local designed All Washed Up jewelry!
Essentials
Great store with everything you need while in town. A little pricey compared to the Food Lion, but a more upscale selection and nicer produce. Daily specials on subs and pizzas and there's a Starbucks inside. In the bakery, I love their jalapeno cheddar bread! Grab some and your favorite spread and place in the toaster oven for an amazing snack or breakfast toast.
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Harris Teeter
South Croatan Highway
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Great store with everything you need while in town. A little pricey compared to the Food Lion, but a more upscale selection and nicer produce. Daily specials on subs and pizzas and there's a Starbucks inside. In the bakery, I love their jalapeno cheddar bread! Grab some and your favorite spread and place in the toaster oven for an amazing snack or breakfast toast.
The cheapest place to buy food on the island. Go for the basics, you won't find too many specialty items. But they do have their own brand of organics and a nice selection of beer and wine.
Food Lion
2515 South Croatan Highway
The cheapest place to buy food on the island. Go for the basics, you won't find too many specialty items. But they do have their own brand of organics and a nice selection of beer and wine.
Walgreens pharmacy and drug store is just 1/2 block from the apartment. You can find generally EVERYTHING you need here at a decent price: beach supplies, toiletries, food, snacks, wellness supplies, toys, household items and souvenirs!
Walgreens
1200 South Croatan Highway
Walgreens pharmacy and drug store is just 1/2 block from the apartment. You can find generally EVERYTHING you need here at a decent price: beach supplies, toiletries, food, snacks, wellness supplies, toys, household items and souvenirs!
A larger, newer grocery chain in town. Impressive selection of vegan and vegetarian alternatives. The price range is in the middle between Food Lion (low end) and Harris Teeter (high end).
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Publix Super Market at First Flight Square
1530 N Croatan Hwy
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A larger, newer grocery chain in town. Impressive selection of vegan and vegetarian alternatives. The price range is in the middle between Food Lion (low end) and Harris Teeter (high end).
Entertainment & Activities
Surfing and SUP lessons, or just rent boards! You can also try popular classes at their gym. There's also yoga on the beach there (sometime's I'm the instructor, too!). There's a great juice bar/cafe inside. One of the only spots on the beach you can get an acai bowl!
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Farmdog Surf School
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Surfing and SUP lessons, or just rent boards! You can also try popular classes at their gym. There's also yoga on the beach there (sometime's I'm the instructor, too!). There's a great juice bar/cafe inside. One of the only spots on the beach you can get an acai bowl!
Food Scene
The best breakfast on the beach is take out from a gas station! These biscuits are so bad for you but oh so delicious. Be sure to get there before 10am or they may sell out. Also, get your obligatory Biscuits N' Porn swag while you are there. Maybe play the lottery too, and consider gifting a tiny bit of the winnings to your AirBnb host (I have a strong feeling this is exactly the type of store to sell a big jackpot ticket!). :)
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Biscuits N' Porn
2112 S Croatan Hwy
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The best breakfast on the beach is take out from a gas station! These biscuits are so bad for you but oh so delicious. Be sure to get there before 10am or they may sell out. Also, get your obligatory Biscuits N' Porn swag while you are there. Maybe play the lottery too, and consider gifting a tiny bit of the winnings to your AirBnb host (I have a strong feeling this is exactly the type of store to sell a big jackpot ticket!). :)
A great beachy style stand with delicious homemade frozen custard. Nothing gourmet, but beach boardwalk food at it's finest. There's a decent veggie burger on the menu. I recommend walking (1 minute just around the corner) or take the bikes!
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Kill Devil's Frozen Custard & Beach Fries
1002 South Croatan Highway
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A great beachy style stand with delicious homemade frozen custard. Nothing gourmet, but beach boardwalk food at it's finest. There's a decent veggie burger on the menu. I recommend walking (1 minute just around the corner) or take the bikes!
This is a deli inside of a gas station. You will soon learn many gas stations in North Carolina offer pretty decent fare! This is a great place to get a customized sandwich and some chips and beer for the beach. I'm not too impressed with the vegetarian options, nothing too creative. But meat eaters love these sandwiches. It's a pricey picnic lunch but it's worth a stop if you need a some convenient and delicious food to take to the beach.
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Stop N Shop
100 South Virginia Dare Trail
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This is a deli inside of a gas station. You will soon learn many gas stations in North Carolina offer pretty decent fare! This is a great place to get a customized sandwich and some chips and beer for the beach. I'm not too impressed with the vegetarian options, nothing too creative. But meat eaters love these sandwiches. It's a pricey picnic lunch but it's worth a stop if you need a some convenient and delicious food to take to the beach.
I live in Mexico part of the year and am also spoiled by the Mexican food in California. Still, this tex-mex style restaurant impresses me! The salsas are on point! I love the tacos, and there are really create vegetarian options (try the tofu tacos even if you are not vegetarian!) The margaritas and mojitos are mixed with fresh fruit of the season, melon, prickly pear and watermelon are my faves. As a California girl, I'm impressed with the craft beer selection.
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Bad Bean Baja Grill
4146 North Croatan Highway
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I live in Mexico part of the year and am also spoiled by the Mexican food in California. Still, this tex-mex style restaurant impresses me! The salsas are on point! I love the tacos, and there are really create vegetarian options (try the tofu tacos even if you are not vegetarian!) The margaritas and mojitos are mixed with fresh fruit of the season, melon, prickly pear and watermelon are my faves. As a California girl, I'm impressed with the craft beer selection.
This is a juice bar offering healthy food options. Great people and pretty good options for the South. The food is pretty basic, nothing compared to the health food dining and vegan restaurants in bigger cities, but it's the best the Outer Banks has to offer.
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Outer Bean Cafe
3701 North Croatan Highway
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This is a juice bar offering healthy food options. Great people and pretty good options for the South. The food is pretty basic, nothing compared to the health food dining and vegan restaurants in bigger cities, but it's the best the Outer Banks has to offer.
Get to the Sunday Brunch! This is a tiny little restaurant, but great fresh food and a locals favorite. Very close to the house and bikeable or walking distance. Great menu for lunch and dinner! If your wanting a splurge, go for the Mac n' Cheese, topped with CheezIts! Also the best queso sauce on the beach, get the Nachos, topped with so much goodness!
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Food Dudes Kitchen
1216 South Virginia Dare Trail
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Get to the Sunday Brunch! This is a tiny little restaurant, but great fresh food and a locals favorite. Very close to the house and bikeable or walking distance. Great menu for lunch and dinner! If your wanting a splurge, go for the Mac n' Cheese, topped with CheezIts! Also the best queso sauce on the beach, get the Nachos, topped with so much goodness!
Delicious fare with an Asian fusian influence and fresh local seafood options as well as vegetarian options. Another local hot spot and a chill bar to hang out at, famous for "Bushwackers" (think an adult milkshake!).
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Mama Kwan's Tiki Bar & Grill
1701 South Croatan Highway
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Delicious fare with an Asian fusian influence and fresh local seafood options as well as vegetarian options. Another local hot spot and a chill bar to hang out at, famous for "Bushwackers" (think an adult milkshake!).
Great value! Pizza by the slice or order delivery! Amazing flavor combinations you will love. A very affordable and delicious, convenient dinner in OBX.
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Slice Pizzeria
710 South Croatan Highway
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Great value! Pizza by the slice or order delivery! Amazing flavor combinations you will love. A very affordable and delicious, convenient dinner in OBX.
This is a wonderful place for apps and wine or a light dinner. There’s often live music in the evenings. A great place to do a wine or beer tasting. The store in front offers the best wine, beer and cheese selection in town!
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TRIO Restaurant & Market
3708 North Croatan Highway
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This is a wonderful place for apps and wine or a light dinner. There’s often live music in the evenings. A great place to do a wine or beer tasting. The store in front offers the best wine, beer and cheese selection in town!