The clock is ticking, but there is still time to make some last-minute plans for the unofficial kickoff of summer, the Memorial Day weekend.
How do unspoiled beaches, ocean breezes, unlimited outdoor activities, and a plethora of lodging and dining options sound to you?
It’s sounds great to me, so you might want to get the car gassed up and head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Chances are you experienced one of the worst winters in memory, so you are probably curious about the weather in the Outer Banks.
“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.”
What to do?
For anglers, the Outer Banks” are experiencing a fishing blitz. Regional recreational charter anglers are reporting catches of cobia, wahoo, mahi offshore and pier fishing for puppy drum has been excellent for weeks.
For those that want to be on the water. 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.
Enjoy beach volleyball during the Olympics?
Extreme Volleyball Professionals (EVP Tour) will host the Outer Banks Pro Am at Jennette’s Pier on May 31st for some great action you can work on your tan and feel the ocean air as you watch from your beach chair.
For music lovers.
“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.”
Golfers aren’t left out.
The last few weeks have been kind to the golf courses of the Outer Banks. Fairways and greens are in prime condition and it’s the perfect time to play these courses before the high tourist season hits and they get a tn of play.
Check out these courses:
Kilmaric Golf Club – http://www.kilmarlicgolfclub.com/
The Pointe – http://www.thepointegolfclub.com/
Nags Head Golf Links – http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Nags-Head-Golf-Links
The Carolina Club – http://www.thecarolinaclub.com/
The Currituck Club – www.thecurrituckclub.com
If you have that Memorial Day itch, the Outer Banks are waiting for you. Grab a swimsuit, some casual attire, your clubs and make a weekend of it.
The website www.outerbanks.org can answer all of your questions.
Rick Limpert is an Atlanta-based writer that covers events, sports, and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.