Beach Nourishment April Update

Here’s the Latest from the Town of Nags Head on Beach Nourishment:

Equipment is being staged on the beach and at the Forest Street and Juncos Street public beach accesses in preparation for the start of Nags Head’s 2019 beach nourishment project.
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the Town’s dredging contractor for the project, has installed a sub-line (the submerged pipe through which sand is pumped from a dredge offshore up unto the beach) at station 975, which is just south of Limulus Street and just north of Pelican Street in south Nags Head, near Mile Post 20.5.
On May 1, they expect to begin construction in this area and will be progressing south towards the southern project terminus near Mile Post 21 (at the town/National Park Service line). Once they have completed this area, they will then turn north from the sub-line near Pelican Street and begin professing north towards Outer Banks Pier and then towards Jennette’s Pier.
They are working to install another sub-line at the north end of town, between Conch Street and Hollowell Street near Mile Post 11.5, so that they can begin construction on May 7 and progress north to Mile Post 11 first, before moving south from the sub-line near Conch Street.

Cove Realty will continue to post notices and progress on FaceBook throughout the beach nourishment project!

Beach Nourishment 2019

Nags Head Beach After Nourishment in 2011

January 14, 2019

RE: Nags Head Beach Nourishment 2019*

We wish to inform you that the Town of Nags Head will be conducting a beach nourishment project starting in May of this year and lasting possibly through October. Beach nourishment is the process of pumping sand onto an eroding shoreline to widen the existing beach. Sources of sand may include a nearby sandbar, a dredged source such as an inlet or waterway, or an offshore borrow site along the ocean floor. The widened shoreline provides increased defense from coastal storms and beach erosion protecting property, communities and infrastructure located along the shoreline.

Plans call for sand to be placed on 10 miles of beach from the Bonnett Street public beach access at 2919 S. Virginia Dare Trail (near Mile Post 11) south to the town line with the National Park Service (near Mile Post 21). The Town does not expect to have a schedule for the project until late April 2019, and even then, the schedule will likely change often due to potential storms and/or other unforeseen events. 

More than one section of the beach could be impacted during the project, and the project progression will likely not be linear, meaning that it won’t start at one end of town and proceed to the other end.  We will soon have a link on our website’s homepage for beach nourishment information, which will include a current schedule, when available.

About 1,000 feet of the beach will be directly impacted during construction at any one time, and a portion of this area may be closed. Construction is anticipated to impact properties between 3-6 days. Once a section is pumped into place it should be re-opened for use within 24-48 hours. Sand ramps will be placed over a temporary pipeline at every public access and then in intervals of no more than 200-300 feet, allowing people to get across and enjoy the beach seaward of the pipeline.

Depending upon the location of the operations, ocean front and ocean side homes may experience temporary construction noise, night illumination, and/or beach access diversions.  If construction limits access directly in front of your property, you may need to enter the beach at an alternate beach access.

Beach nourishment is vital to the future of Nags Head, and we ask for your patience and understanding while this work is underway.

Thank you for your understanding in keeping our beaches great!

*More information can be found at and, where you can sign up to receive email updates.

Hurricane Florence 2018

As more projections for Hurricane Florence show its path towards the Outer Banks, we wish to let all our guests know that we will immediately contact you in the case of a mandatory evacuation. We expect that a true determination of the Hurricane’s size and path will be broadcast on Wednesday. For guests arriving next week, we will also contact you if your rental home incurs any damage that would effect your stay.
In the meantime, if you’re currently here on the Outer Banks, whether long term or short term, please be prepared.

September Events:

Summer May Be Over, But There’s Still Plenty to do on the Outer Banks!

Here’s a list of just a few September Events:

  • Food Truck Showdown – September 9th – 11am to 5pm at the Nags Head Soundside Event Site. Enjoy tastes offered by different food trucks and local brewers, all while listening to a number of live bands during the event.
  • Outer Banks Triathelon – September 14th-16th – Race the Outer Banks!
  • ESA Surfing Competition – September 16th-22nd at Jennette’s Pier – The best amateur surfers on the East Coast competing to be Easterns champions!
  • The Lost Colony Wine Festival – September 29th – Enjoy great local wines, savory foods, and amazing views.

Vacationing During the Post-Season at the Outer Banks


Here are Just a Few Reasons Why September’s a Great Time to have an #OuterBanksVacation:

• Temperatures average in the 80’s, yet the water is still warm!
• Relatively less crowded beaches and restaurants!
• Flexible vacationing dates – Many homes begin to allow partial week reservations be made in advance!

Take a look at our #OuterBanksRentalSpecial page ( or search for date availability that’s right for you!

Beach Nourishment 2018

Heads up to all Nags Head vacationers!

The Towns of Buxton and Nags Head are planning a Beach Nourishment project scheduled for 2018.

Projected Beach Nourishment Schedules

Start Date End Date Duration
Buxton Underway March 2018 TBD
Nags Head TBD 2018/2019 TBD 2018/2019 TBD

What is beach nourishment?

Beach nourishment is the process of pumping sand onto an eroding shoreline to widen the existing beach. Sources of sand may include a nearby sandbar, a dredged source such as an inlet or waterway, or an offshore borrow site along the ocean floor. The widened shoreline provides increased defense from coastal storms and beach erosion protecting property, communities and infrastructure located along the shoreline.

The Town of Nags Head is working towards conducting its first beach nourishment maintenance project. Plans call for sand to be placed on 10 miles of beach during the summer of 2018. Nags Head’s oceanfront from the Bonnett Street public beach access at 2919 S. Virginia Dare Trail (near Mile Post 11) south to the town line with the National Park Service (near Mile Post 21) will be impacted over the 4 to 5 month-long project.

The Town is now awaiting permits and hopes to receive construction bids in late March or April. The bid amounts may make it more feasible to delay construction until the summer of 2019; however, the preferred goal is to conduct the work in 2018. Construction is not slated to begin until late June/early July 2018. Dune stabilization measures such as sprigging and fencing will also be included in the project.

*This information has been provided by Dare County and the town affiliates. This information is not binding and dates of scheduled nourishment are subject to change.

Let Your Pup Free!

Outer Banks vacations are not just for humans anymore! All the OBX parks are pet friendly. Your furry friend will definitely love places like Jockey’s Ridge State park in Nags Head, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and, of course, Nags Head beaches and Jennette’s Pier! Let your pup enjoy warm sand, blue ocean water, and salty air just as you do!
But that’s not everything! Your puppy will be partying all day long on the OBX. You can bring your dog to eat some homemade dog biscuits at the Salty Paws biscuit bar. Also your doggy can pick anything it likes in Outer Barks: from yummy Outer Banks natural treats to clothing for its beloved owner. Don’t forget to visit the dog bandanna party at Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique!
As always, we want to make your entire stay as comfortable as possible and we know that you don’t want to leave your pup behind. So we offer pet-friendly properties for you! Take a look:

  • 104 Sea Breeze I
  • 204 Sea Breeze II
  • 275 Edwards
  • 304 Sea Breeze III
  • 314 Rock Sand
  • 320 Flip Flop
  • 350 Audrey Cottage
  • 352 Kutz Cottage
  • 388 Thurman
  • 400 You Deserve It
  • 401 Briccetti Cottage
  • 402 Thomas Cottage
  • 404 Sea Breeze IV
  • 416 Pointe of View
  • 419 Key
  • 450 Boyce
  • 470 Ocean Sunrise
  • 484 Living on the Edge
  • 501 Pynes’ Sandcastle
  • 510 Sea Love
  • 600 Viento
  • 602 Shore Break
  • 610 Misty Pond
  • OCS1 Clementime

Take Your Summer Vacation in the Fall this Year

Many people know that the Outer Banks is a hugely popular summer vacation spot. Many of those same people must assume that after Labor Day the area shuts down, because we have been amazed by the feedback of those Fall vacationers. We will lay out some of the reasons for taking a vacation this fall on the Outer Banks.

Cheaper Vacation Rentals
“Off season” rental homes on the Outer Banks are significantly cheaper than in the heart of the tourist season.If you have had an eye on a particular home, but you simply can’t afford it for your Summer vacation, check out the rates for September or October. They will be considerably cheaper. Or, stay in the same vacation home that you are used to, while having a little extra money in your pocket. Maybe the savings will cover that fishing charter that was just out of the budget last year.

The Beach
The Summer months on the Outer Banks are hot. Although there is a beautiful ocean breeze, on some days the mid day temperatures are unbearable. Not so in the fall. It is a beautiful, temperate climate, and the water is still warm. The best of both worlds, indeed. Oh, and one other difference you’ll notice on the beach? You will have much more room to yourself. Certainly fewer people visit the Outer Banks in the off season, so you will have more room to yourself.

Your Vacation Home
Many vacation homes have amenities that are either unusable, or impractical for a summer vacation. A fireplace in an air conditioned home may seem counter intuitive, but when you feel the crisp fall air, it will make sense. Perhaps you can start a fire before you hop in the hot tub. Fall vacations mean getting to use all of the vacation home.

Fewer People
Similar to the less crowded beach, you will find fewer vacationers on the roads, in the restaurants, on the sand dunes, and most importantly, in front of you in lines. This means fewer time spent in the car, or in line, whether at the supermarket or the Lighthouse. This gives you more time to spend doing what you want. It is your vacation after all, don’t waste it in the car.

These are a few reasons that more people are moving their Summer Outer Banks vacation to the fall, but there are many more. Obviously, for parents with school age children this is not possible, but for anyone else, we would love to see you for football season!

The Wild Horses of the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina consist of a 200 mile long stretch of barrier islands and peninsulas that separate the Atlantic Ocean from mainland North Carolina. The Currituck, and Albemarle Sounds fill the gap between the Outer Banks and North Carolina. Because of the peculiar geography, the Outer Banks was a very isolated and rugged area for quite some time. This, of course, is no longer the case, as the Outer Banks serves as a mecca for beach vacationers and summer travelers from across the country. With a local community that caters to the tourists in the Summer, and vacation rental houses aplenty, it is no wonder that so many families return year after year.

There is really no shortage of things to do on the Outer Banks. You can visit the largest sand dune on the East Coast, or take in an evening of outdoor theatre. With so many things to do, however, again and again families are drawn to see the wild horses of the Outer Banks.

Most historians agree that the wild horses of the Outer Banks arrived in the late 16th century. There is little debate that they are descended from Spanish Mustangs, and that they arrived with early European explorers. Isolated as they were from the mainland of the United States, they had the run of their land for hundreds of years. As vacationers and residents alike started to live on the Outer Banks, the horses were pushed to more desolate areas of the Outer Banks, and their numbers dwindled. The National Park Service took control of the land areas that were not populated yet, and set aside havens, protected areas where these wild horses have some distance between themselves and civilization. Of course, for the horses, it is not like it used to be, but it is better than it could’ve been if nothing were done to protect their habitat.

Today there are four main areas where these individual species of horses can be seen. The largest area is in Corolla, where the wild Spanish Mustangs have over 12,000 acres of protected land in which to roam. The other areas are Ocracoke, Beaufort, and Shackleford Banks. If you want to see the beauty of these wild horses on your next Outer Banks vacation, there are a few ways to do so. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, you can head to one of these areas and look around. If you go on your own, be sure to adhere to all safety rules and regulations, and consult with a local expert first. Many rental houses will have information on how to see the horses safely. If you would rather sit back, relax and enjoy the surrounding view, there are many local guided tours of these areas. Since these guides are out there almost every day, they will certainly be able to track down the horses and answer any questions you may have about them.

There is really nothing like watching a wild horse in full gallop, running down the beaches on the Outer Banks. This wondrous site has been enjoyed by generations, and will continue to astound those admiring vacationers and residents alike. Be sure to save some time on your vacation to visit the Outer Banks longest inhabitants.