I have a question about when to visit the Outer Banks region of NC

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Posted 1/22/2013 by Tuva42 in NSBR Board


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Posted: 1/22/2013 8:58:22 PM
We are starting to plan this summer's vacation. It's complicated by my knee surgery, a relative's wedding, a family reunion and a 2 week house guest from Germany.

We've taken many vacations to Hilton Head in SC, and usually try to go by mid-June at the latest to avoid the worst of the heat. Looks like we may have to wait until mid-July to visit the Outer Banks. We've never been there. Is it going to be miserably hot by mid-July?

Also, we usually do a lot of bike riding on our vacations. On HH its lovely because there are so many pine trees (at least in Sea Pines Plantation) that you are often cycling in the shade on the bike trails. Is there much shade in Outer Banks?



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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:21:47 PM
Not much shade - more up north than in the main towns or Hatteras. July is HOT. It's also the height of mosquito season.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:36:19 PM
I've vacationed on the OBX pretty much every year since 1998. We always go for whichever week includes the 4th of July. Yes, it is hot - but I've never found it unbearably so.

I've only been to HHI once but once was enough to know that OBX has a totally different feel. I LOVE OBX, but if you go expecting it to be like HHI you may be disappointed.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:57:13 PM
My in-laws have a house in Kill Devil Hills, so we've been often in July. I like it! That water is so cold sometimes that mid to late summer is the only time I will get in!


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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:46:55 PM
Water wise July is great! We hit a hot week in July last year. I was 8 months pregnant and it was over 100 degrees most days but that is not typical. There is a nice sidewalk from mp 16.5-21. Some shade but not much. Make sure you try Kildevil's custard. Yum!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:06:52 AM
We were there last year the second week in June. Super windy, rather chilly. Beach closed to swimming due to winds and high surf. We were not able to swim a single day we were there, and too windy to lay on the beach.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:54:20 AM
Zero shade. It is hot there but not oppressive. You are surrounded by water so there is usually a breeze

We usually go in August but we haven't had any real issues with mosquitos until we stayed in Waves which is near Hatteras. It is very low elevation and it rained a lot so there was a ton of standing water and HORRID bugs. We have stayed everywhere between nags head and corolla and never had any bug problems.

The only bad experience we had was Kill Devil Hills. It was so noisy where we were we actually left 3 days early.

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