Hotel at a Glance: Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging
The Atlantic Ocean’s waves lap against the shore mere steps from Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. The Lighthouse View has expanded since its founding in 1952 to offer home-like accommodations and hotel amenities to families looking to enjoy themselves on the Outer Banks’ islands.
- Enjoy off-season activities including surf fishing, shelling, horseback riding and whale & dolphin watching
- The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is within walking distance, making for great photo ops with the famous black-and-white-striped tower.
- Rooms and suites feature free WiFi, daily maid service, and refrigerators; suites include full kitchens.
- Close to a few seasonally open restaurants and grocery stores
- Centrally heated rooms.
Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, Outer Banks, North Carolina: Iconic Lighthouse and Wildlife along the National Seashore
The Outer Banks is a string of narrow barrier islands that hugs the northern coast of North Carolina. Vacationers have flocked to the islands’ postcard-worthy beaches and idyllic villages since the 18th century.
Roughly three-quarters of the island is protected as part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, nicknamed “Graveyard of the Atlantic” for the many ships that have crashed into its dangerous sandbars during storms. Stop by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for a photo opportunity, whose iconic exterior is a swirl of black and white stripes. Thanks to the cape’s protected status, the area also supports abundant wildlife, including five species of sea turtles; female loggerhead sea turtles often nest on these beaches. During the winter months you can often see many whales, dolphins and the occasional seal while strolling the shoreline looking for shells.
Farther south lies Ocracoke Island, which is accessible only by ferry. Thanks to its pure water and clean sand, Ocracoke was named America’s Best Beach in 2007 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman—also known as Dr. Beach. Elsewhere on the island, you can glimpse a herd of horses that, though born in captivity, is believed to be descended from Spanish mustangs that washed ashore after shipwrecks centuries ago.