Buxton is a small community located on a narrow strip of Hatteras Island. Visitors love the southern charm, slow pace, clean and family-friendly beaches, and sunsets are incredible. In Buxton, NC there always seems to be a light ocean breeze.
Buxton is about six miles long and it has one main highway (NC Hwy 12) that passes through. This small village has no traffic lights. Four wheel drive vehicles are permitted to drive on specified Buxton beaches.
- 27 miles south of Nags Head (35 minute drive without traffic)
- 24 miles north of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (30 minute drive without traffic)
Buxton, NC and the nearby village of Frisco are crawling with vacation rental options, the following property management companies offer vacation rentals in Buxton, NC:
Things to Do near Buxton, NC:
- Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
- Hatteras National Seashore
- Hatteras Ocracoke Ferry
- The Beaches
- Hatteras Island Ocean Center
- Frisco Native American Museum
- Frisco Mini Golf & Go Karts
- Hatteras Yoga
Popular Restaurants Nearby:
Popular activities include seashell hunting, touring lighthouses, camping, exploring, and spending day at beach. In Buxton, visit the Native American Museum and learn about the original Americans who have inhabited the island for hundreds of years. Buxton beaches are regulated by the National Park Service. In order to protect the various plants and wildlife, many activities like driving on the beach, fishing, fires, commercial filming, tournaments, marathons, weddings, speeches and other group gatherings are allowed by permit only. Destination points nearby:
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is history, a home to wildlife, and a vacation destination all combined into one. Many of the stores and shops located in Buxton, NC are family-owned businesses. You’ll find local markets that offer fresh local seafood, campgrounds, restaurants, tackle shops, beach supply stores and water sport adventures. Most of these seasonal businesses close during the off-season and reopen in the Spring.
Buxton, NC is part of a cluster of villages located on Hatteras Island, the beaches on Hatteras Island rank among the Top Beaches in the World for:
- beach conditions
- sand softness
- water and air temperature
- views and access
- red tide, algae, runoff
- wind speeds
- breaks in waves, rip currents
For more than than 25 years, Dr. Stephen Leatherman (“Dr. Beach“) has reviewed, evaluated and rated beaches and coastal areas throughout the world. In addition to his annual ranking of America’s Best Beaches, he works tirelessly to increase awareness about the dangers of rip currents.
“If you only have a few days to spend on the North Carolina Coast, I highly recommend adding Hatteras Island and the surrounding villages of Buxton and Salvo to your ‘Must do’ list. Evening sunsets on the sound can be spectacular. Whereelse can you see the sunset on a body of water on the East Coast?”