KP, ya'll made the right decision to get out early. We left Salvo at 7:20 and didn't get home until 9:15. 14:05 for a 746 mile trip, and we were flying when we finally got clear of traffic.
A few recommendations for anyone going down there.
Rental Agents. Until this year we have always used Kitty Dunes Rentals
and been very happy with them. This year we used Sun Realty
The past few years we have stayed at Camp Hatteras campground in Waves.
. We were planning to stay there 12 days this year but had to change our plans at the last minute. If you like camping it's a great place to stay, our site is 147 steps from the beach. We are already looking at the calendar for next years trip.
Our rental house, Wind Dreamin'.
The pictures do the home no justice, it's probably the nicest layout of any vacation rental we've used in nearly 30+ years. Incredible views and direct access to the Pamlico Sound. I did a lot of fishing 150' from the house and launched my rented kayak right off our little beach. This house is very friendly to a disabled person (my mom) and has two handicapped bathrooms. One note, the home, built in '94 is a little timeworn and I was disappointed with the number of little issues that kept popping up. Sun addressed many of them when we called, but I'm on vacation, not doing a home inspection. It's also for sale if you have $500K laying around.
In spite of the little things we did enjoy ourselves.
View from the deck of Pamlico Sound.
Tackle Shops. The Roost
down at Teaches Lair Marina in Hatteras Village has everything you'd need to fish the sound to Blue Water. Kayak guide 'JAM' works there and is very helpful, he put me onto Akios reels
and gave me a little background on the company. I'm going to retire my old Ambassador and might get one of these to replace it. Hattreras Jack
in Rodanthe is my favorite, I always stop in several times to look and listen, ask questions and buy bait and tackle. Owner Ryan White is very friendly and helpful, actually took a lot of time to fit me to my new custom made trout rod and took me out to the sound to do some practice casts and gave me some pointers. My new rod is matched to a shimano stradic ci4 spinning reel. Very sweet setup, it was ready in two days I love fishing with it.
Pier Fishing. We stopped at the Jennette's Pier
in Nags Head to meet up with friends and spend some time on the beach. I walked the Pier all the way out to the T and had a chance to talk to the anglers looking for king mackerel and cobia. Fishing is $12 a day, they have a nice gift shop, serve snacks but dont have a restaurant. There is also a web cam on and pointed at the pier if you need an OBX fix at home or work.
4X4 Rental. We got in a jam when I backed into an oak tree and punched out the rear window of our van on Monday. Island Cruisers
owners Valarie and Eric quickly got us into a 4x4 Jeep Cherokee for $5 more a day than Enterprise. We plan on renting another 4x4 to go out on the beaches our next trip down.
Eating out. We had a good lunch at the Captains Table
down near Hatteras Light House in Buxton. Decent prices, wide menu selections good service. Valarie of Island Cruisers recommended dinner out at Good Winds
in Waves. Awesome views of the sound, great beer and wine list decent menu, we all had the all you can eat grouper special and ate ourselves silly. They are right above Kitty Hawk Kites so you can do a little shopping before or after dinner.
Kayak, Sea Doo and Hobie Cat rentals. I rented my Kayak at Hatteras Watersports
, about 150' north of our rental in Salvo. Very helpful owner and he helped put me onto more fish I could reach with my kayak.
Hardware Store. Need to fix plumbing in your travel trailer, or get a tarp to cover that busted window in the wife's van? That and more can be found at the Dare Building Supply in Waves. Last years disaster was fixed pretty quickly, the clerk knew where the plumbing tools and parts were AND about the type of plumbing in our Roo. They also have beach supplies and a little gift shop.