If you checked out the recent blog, Best Places to Watch the Sunrise on the Outer Banks and decided you’re more of a night-owl, you’re in luck because sunsets on the Outer Banks are a long talked about benefit to life on the beach. Because of the unique location of the Outer Banks with the sound on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, residents and visitors get the best of both worlds with sunsets over the water! There are many Corolla neighborhoods where access to the beach and the sound is a short walk away, perfect in the early mornings or evenings.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
If you’ve been to the Outer Banks, chances are you’ve been to Jockey’s Ridge. This vast expansive sand dune will make you feel like you’re somewhere else. Maybe even on a completely different planet. Throughout the day, you’ll find people hiking the trails, learning hang gliding or flying kites. But as the sun goes down, Jockey’s Ridge is one of the most popular gathering places for friends and families to watch the sunset. The dunes are one of the highest points on the beach, providing a 360 panoramic view of the sound, the ocean and everything in between.
Ferry to Ocracoke Island
Depending on the time of year and time of day, you can catch a free ferry to or from Ocracoke Island in the evening. Head down for dinner or just a roundtrip excursion and watch the sun set on the horizon as it lights up the sound’s waters. Once on the ferry, you have the option to wander the deck, sit in an air-conditioned cabin, or remain in your car. Whatever your viewing pleasure, think of the ferry as your own sunset cruise and pack some snacks!
Believe it or not, but sunsets on the beach facing East can be just as magical and filled with beautiful colors as facing the sun as it sinks below the horizon in the West. Walking on the beach in the evening is one of the best, most relaxing times you can have on the Outer Banks. The crowds have gone and the beaches are dotted with people setting up dinner picnics or getting ready to chase sand crabs that appear in the dusk light. Corolla beaches have a beautiful expanse away from the hustle and bustle.
Kayak on the Currituck Sound
Grab you kayak or rent one and paddle out into the Currituck Sound for a truly unique sunset experience on the Outer Banks. Departing from launches scattered throughout Corolla or near The Historic Corolla Whalehead Club is made easy and offers a beautiful backdrop of maritime forest and vegetation to explore along the shores. The calm waters are perfect for an evening float under the ever-changing Outer Banks sky.
Whether you prefer early mornings or late nights, living on the Outer Banks lets you experience the best of both worlds with equally incredible sunsets and sunrises. Real estate on the Outer Banks has a balance with respect to the natural beauty of the land. Make sure you keep an eye on Eillu’s Real Estate blog for the latest about living and buying property on the Outer Banks!