Vacationers will notice a handful of sailboats at every local Outer Banks port, either saddled up to the docks or breezing across the harbor, en route to the nearest sound for a cruise, or to the continent-spanning Intracoastal Waterway to continue a long coastal voyage. Some vacationers are even in it for the long haul, docking for a summer or a winter season at a number of local marinas that offer all the comforts of home. Clearly, sailing lovers of all varieties have plenty of options, but even newcomers to the sport can experiment with life on the water with a local sailing lesson, rental, or waterfront cruise.
Budget-conscious Outer Banks visitors who want to relax in a central setting without breaking the bank can head to the Tar Heel Motel. Open since 1960, this local motel has been providing reasonably priced accommodations for vacationers for more than 50 years, and continues to welcome generations of families who want to kick off their flip flops, relax, and enjoy the heart of the Nags Head shoreline.
Tar Heel Motel is located on the western edge of the less hectic Beach Road, and is just an easy stroll away from the oceanfront, (which is right across the street), as well as a number of restaurants, beach bars, stores, watersports companies, and the Tanger Outlets shopping center. The low-key rooms are simple but homey with en suite bathrooms, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and mini-fridges & microwaves for added convenience. (There are also upgraded rooms available, which feature kitchenettes or kitchen facilities.) Visitors at the motel can relax at the outdoor pool and adjacent sunny lounge area, prepare al fresco meals via the on-site grills, or enjoy casual outdoor feasts at the picnic area. With an emphasis on enjoying the beach without too much fuss, this well-established motel is a solid spot for Outer Banks beach bums at heart.