I’m one of the lucky ones who live within a day’s drive of the ocean. Our country’s east coast provides some fabulous beaches, but my favorite are the ones on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, especially Hatteras Island. We vacation there often and always try to stay conscious of how we can vacation in Hatteras Island on a budget. This is how we made this year’s trip a budget-friendly success!
Sea kayaking is exhilarating! There is nothing quite like approaching the waves on a small watercraft. In a sea kayak you sit only a few inches above the vast ocean. While it is a blast, it is not always easy. Here are a few tips to make sea kayaking in the Outer Banks a success!
Observe all Safety Precautions and Protocols
We do not encourage inexperienced people to go sea kayaking. It can be a dangerous sport to partake in. Follow this link to read more and make sure you fully understand the dangers of ocean kayaking. Before you set out on the ocean or sea take lessons and go with a trained professional. Always follow local rules and regulations. Pay attention to safety protocols, guidelines and weather recommendations. Follow this link to learn more about the basic safety guidelines for ocean kayaking.
2. Wear a Life Jacket, Always
No matter whether you are going far out to see or only kayaking close to shore. A life jacket is a must have. Make sure that your life jacket is the appropriate size. Be sure to wear it correctly. Your life jacket should come with instructions to wear it properly. We also recommend you consider wearing a helmet and other safety equipment. It is better to take absolute precaution when venturing into the ocean.
3. Have Someone Take A Video & Pictures
After I finished kayaking on the ocean I was thrilled to learn that my mom took a video and some pictures! It was great to look back at the videos and pictures. I will always remember the feeling of freedom I felt on the ocean. Now I can reminisce every time I watch the video of my adventure!
4. Secure Valuables
It is possible that you may fall off your kayak. If you do, you don’t want to lose your valuable possessions. It is best to leave electronics behind and avoid wearing any jewelry that can easily be lost in the water. Many people choose to wear sunglasses to avoid the glare on the ocean. If you do, make sure that it is a pair of sunglasses you are prepared to possibly lose!
5. Use the Right Gear
Sea kayaks are built to be different. Before you begin your voyage make sure you are using the proper equipment. Search for equipment that is specific for those who are going on the ocean. This means you’ll need the right type of life jacket, sea kayak, paddles and more!
*This blog post does not offer enough information to begin sea kayaking on your own. Consult trained guides and professionals before you go kayaking on the ocean. This post is meant for entertainment purposes only. Sea kayaking is inherently dangerous and not recommended by this blog nor anyone associated with this blog. If you choose to kayak on the ocean you do so at your own risk.
There are a lot of flights into RDU Airport. Thus, more vacationers are driving from Raleigh to the Outer Banks. It is fairly common to fly to Raleigh then drive to the Outer Banks. It’s a convenient and inexpensive way to visit from a distance! Recently, my wife and I traveled to Corolla, NC by way of Raleigh. The drive was easy and scenic. Here’s a recap of our experience driving from Raleigh to Corolla NC.
Sand, surf, and sun; the key elements of your ideal North Carolina Beach vacation, but don’t forget to add a splash of fun. A day at the waterpark can be a thrilling way to beat the heat, fun for adults as well as delighting the kids. Sandy Saltwater is here to let you in on the best water parks for your next beach vacation, along with some helpful tips.
A soft breeze ran through my hair as I stepped out of the car. Stretching my arms overhead, I let out a sigh of relief as I studied the path leading to the beach. I had just arrived for my vacation in the Outer Banks, one of North Carolina’s best beaches. After a stressful few weeks of work, I needed a holiday.
Not really a beach person but planning on visiting North Carolina’s Outer Banks? There is a wealth of activities available that don’t involve sand, sunburn or saltwater! There’s plenty to do in the Outer Banks for people who don’t like the beach.
A truly unique and perhaps ‘once in a lifetime’ experience is to plan an excursion to see wild horses in their natural habitat while in North Carolina. There are four main areas where wild horses are still in existence and it is an opportunity that can’t be missed.
The Outer Banks are one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country. But don’t rule out Atlantic Beach! This is a popular destination for many North Carolinians. The truth is that they are unique in nature and both offer wonderful experiences, the decision is up to you (with the help of some background from us!)