The Outer Banks Make a Sweet Pick for Memorial Day Travel

Crazy good weather kicks off start of summer activities and events on the OBX.

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Big waves have drawn surfers to The Outer Banks this week! Mickey McCarthy photo

Big waves have drawn surfers to The Outer Banks beaches this week! Mickey McCarthy photo

"We created a new hashtag, #OuterbanksSoul, which we encourage our guests and communities to use when they post photos and comments about what they love most about the barrier islands." - Lee Nettles, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

Manteo, NC (PRWEB) May 22, 2014

A buzz of activity on the Outer Banks this week is aligned to paint a picture perfect vacation for Memorial Day travelers to the OBX. “For starters, the islands have enjoyed super sunny conditions in recent days, yet not too hot,” explains Lee Nettles, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. “The weather experts are predicting gorgeous summer kick-off conditions this weekend. After the winter most of us had, we’re expecting a good crowd making their way to the North Carolina coast.”

Families and couples looking for that “beach plus” activity this holiday will arrive in the midst of a fishing blitz; recreational charter anglers are reporting catches of cobia, wahoo, mahi offshore and pier fishing for puppy drum has been excellent for weeks. Watersports action saw near overhead surfing on Hatteras Island at Rodanthe, NC this week and pro athletes from all over the globe have descended upon Waves, NC for the ultimate in kiteboarding competition, the REAL Watersports “Triple S” Invitational, May 31 – June 6. Lighthouse lovers are rejoicing over the 1871 Bodie Island Lighthouse opening to climb for just its second summer ever!

A new offering this summer, The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama hosts character dinners on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as part of their 77th season, which begins May 30th. Patrons can enjoy a great pre-show backstage tour and dinner, and snap some cool “selfies” with Sir Walter Raleigh and the cast. Also brand new, the Shallowbag Bay Beach Music Festival promises to be a shagging good time May 26th in downtown Manteo. Returning for a second year, Extreme Volleyball Professionals will host the Outer Banks Pro Am at Jennette’s Pier on May 31st for some great action spectators can watch from their beach chairs. Kids always enjoy Kitty Hawk Kite’s annual Rogallo Kite Festival at Jockey’s Ridge sand dunes, held June 7 – 8 this year.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our return guests and welcome the chance to show new visitors why the Outer Banks of North Carolina speaks to the soul,” says Nettles. “We actually created a new hashtag, #OuterbanksSoul, which we encourage our guests and communities to use when they post photos and comments about what they love most about the barrier islands. Our website outerbanks.org offers easy access to local social media channels and all the info you need to find and book vacation experiences.”

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About The Outer Banks
The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a 130 mile chain of barrier islands located midway on the Atlantic Coast. The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is a public authority and the lead marketing and promotional agency for Dare County's Outer Banks. http://www.outerbanks.org