Shopping in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks has been a popular destination for beach goers for decades. Far from the mega complexes that are characteristic of big cities, the local merchants of the Outer Banks have made their living on this 80-mile long strip of beautiful sand beaches.


The quaint character and charm of the one-of-a-kind mom and pop shops that are so characteristic of the Outer Banks will keep you busy and entertained for days. From home décor to souvenirs, area shops are chock full of unique items that echo the spirit of the Outer Banks. Find fashionable clothes and accessories at area boutiques and surf shops. Browse galleries that feature original paintings, sculptures and crafts by local artists.

The area is filled with a wide variety of restaurants, including ones with gluten-free menus that are sure to please any craving, whether it’s an energizing breakfast, a waterside lunch or a scrumptious seafood dinner.
Aside from purchasing some tempting edibles, you’ll be able to find that perfect souvenir you’ve been looking for–or the original creation you didn’t know you needed until it was love at first sight.

The shops of the Outer Banks include everything from surfboards to sand dollars. If you are looking for a unique gift for a loved one back home, handmade glass and jewelry shops abound, with many of these precious stones having rolled in with the tide–literally. Local artists have turned Mother Nature’s wash-ups into beautiful and colorful jewelry.
Other items to be found in the Outer Banks:

  • Paintings, stunning beach photography handmade clothing
  • Last minute items you forgot at home or couldn’t fit in the car
  • Quality surfboards, skim boards, boogie boards and wakeboards
  • Swimsuits, sunscreen, umbrellas, kits and various beach toys
  • Handcrafted hammocks
  • From casual shoppers to serious spenders, all visitors are invited to enjoy the wonderful variety of shops across the Outer Banks!

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