Off-season in the OBX … just may be the perfect time to visit if you’re looking for peaceful solitude, empty beaches, the smell of spring and aren’t planning on visiting the many Outer Banks restaurants (most don’t open until mid-March).

Must do’s ~ visit the historic Village of Corolla on the northern most end of the island and if you have a 4×4, hit the beach once the pavement ends and you’re in for a treat. Carova Beach extends another 12 miles north of Corolla … the Atlantic to the east and the dunes to the west.

A great environment for walking the beach in search of sea glass as well as watching the dunes for the infamous wild horses of Corolla.


Once back on paved land, be sure and stop at the shops that are open and enjoy meeting the shop owners as they have plenty of time to talk before the tourist rush. Stop and say hi to Courtney and Joe of Mystic Jewel and don’t miss lunch/dinner at Cravings … yep, they share a building with the local BP Station in Duck but don’t be fooled .. great food and great people … just ask Guy Fieri!

OBX in spring … take your camera, a warm jacket and enjoy!


Steve Mack (a freelance photographer located in the middle of a woods in central Ohio) shoots music, places, faces and events.
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