Visitors to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will simultaneously be visiting the gorgeous Cape Hatteras National Seashore. One of the largest preserved parcels of the Outer Banks, the National Seashore stretches across 70 miles of shoreline, encompassing seven villages on Hatteras Island, and providing visitors with miles of undisturbed, scenic beaches as well as some of the prettiest natural drives on the East Coast.
Owners Jim and April Vaughn operate a surfer’s surf shop, with a great selection of wetsuits, sportswear, swimwear and accessories for men, women and youth from all major surf brands. Upstairs, there’s an exceptional range of surfboards to choose from. Whalebone Surf Shop specializes in bringing in the best board shapers from around the world. The shop also offers surfboard rentals and surfing lessons in the summer months.
Back in 1975, the Whalebone Surf Shop was located at, well, Whalebone. As in Whalebone Junction in Nags Head, right where the turn is for N.C. 12 to Hatteras Island. After a couple of moves, the store finally settled in 1991 at its current spacious and colorfully-painted building in Nags Head right off the Bypass near the border of Kill Devil Hills. It was later joined by locations in Virginia Beach and Raleigh.