Why the Outer Banks is Good Place to Retire


Deciding where to retire is a big decision to make, whether it is where you plan to relocate and make your home or a location in which you plan to purchase a second home to visit often…no matter the reason, the Outer Banks is one of the best places to choose! Peaceful beauty, a great quality of life, proximity to optimal healthcare, and second-life opportunities are just a few of the underlying reasons why the Outer Banks is an excellent place to retire. Discover more below!

  1. Location

Most people consider the proximity of their potential new home to amenities, cities, and helpful accommodations to be key selling points when looking for a place to spend their retirement years. The Outer Banks boasts numerous local amenities such as parks, recreational facilities, shopping options, restaurants, spas, golf courses, etc.

The area is also within a brief driving distance to major metropolitan areas including Raleigh, North Carolina and Hampton Roads, Virginia. Both of which offer International airport access.

And while a close proximity to some things is nice, a distance away from others is even better, like crime, pollution, and noise. The wide open spaces of the Outer Banks leaves nothing but the sound of the ocean to keep you awake at night.

  1. Climate

Known for its temperate climate, the Outer Banks is a great place to spend your retirement days! The summers are hot, but the unique landscape between sound and sea yields a beautiful breeze. The winters are mild, too, with a rare occasion of snow fall but with temperatures reaching an average in the 50s throughout most of the colder seasons.

  1. Active Life

Retirees who take part in regular physical activity are more likely to reap countless health benefits, including more stamina for daily activities, increased flexibility and mobility, and an overall better mental health state. The Outer Banks provides ample opportunities for retirees of every level of physical ability to achieve optimal health. Here are a few great options, listed in order of difficulty level:

  • Bird watching along the hundreds of miles of deserted beaches, maritime forests and marshlands.
  • Walking seaside or biking along soundside boardwalks.
  • Fishing along the coast, in one of the area’s many sounds, on a charter boat in the Gulf Stream, or from one of the great Outer Banks fishing piers.
  • Watersports: a more strenuous endeavor, that includes surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, and much more. Watersports are celebrated here on the Outer Banks and opportunities for all of these are just a stone’s throw away from just about any location.
  1. Health Care

The Outer Banks and surrounding areas are abundant in quality doctors and specialty health care facilities. The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head is a growing, thriving community health center that offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, as well as an urgent care center. East Carolina University has an excellent health care system and is only a couple of hours away, as are many of the prestigious hospitals in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, as well.

These are just a few of the innumerable reasons that the Outer Banks is an excellent place to retire. You’ve worked hard to get to where you are, now why not enjoy yourself in a new locations as rewarding as the Outer Banks?

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