Outer Banks Sunsets - Best Places to Watch

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Outer Banks Sunsets

Pamlico Sound Sunset

The Outer Banks is one of the best places in the world to watch gorgeous sunsets.  The most popular place in the Outer Banks for sunsets is Hatteras Island due to the island being surrounded by water to the east and west as far as the eye can see.  Even when viewing sunset to the west, there is so much sound water between Hatteras Island and mainland, you only see the waters of the Pamlico Sound.  This makes Hatteras Island the ideal spot for sunsets and sunrises! 

Hatteras Island is the perfect place to see mother earth paint the sky with magic during sunsets and sunrises.  Here are the best places to view majestic sunsets near Hatteras Island.

Outer Banks Sunset at Canadian Hole

For an Outer Banks sunset that will leave you speechless, venture to Canadian Hole on Hatteras Island, a secluded beach access located between Avon and Buxton. As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with hues of orange, purple, and red, the tranquility of the surroundings will wash over you, leaving you feeling serene and rejuvenated.

Outer Banks Sunset - Canadian Hole

Outer Banks Sunset on the Dock

If you rent one of our private vacation homes in the Outer Banks, our Seas the Breeze Soundfront homes are among the best private places for stunning sunsets.  These docks are only available to guests, meaning you have your own private benches and pergola for watching the sunset.

Outer Banks Sunset - Docks

Outer Banks Back Yard Marsh Sunset

Our soundfront Outer Banks homes also offer a private walkway from your home to the soundfront docks. 

Outer Banks Sunset - Marsh

Outer Banks Sunset at Your Private Pergola

This photo of the pergola at our Seas the Breeze I vacation home on Hatteras Island doesn't quite convey how large some of these Outer Banks birds can be!

Outer Banks Sunset - Private Pergola

Outer Banks Wildlife Sunset

The sunset can make for a gorgeous backdrop with Outer Banks wildlife.  There are so many varieties of migratory birds that come through Hatteras Island at various times of year.

Outer Banks Sunset - Wildlife

Outer Banks Bridge Sunset

You don't even have to leave your car to witness great sunsets on Hatteras Island.  Here's a stunning sunset we photographed while going over the Jug Handle bridge in Rodanthe.

Outer Banks Sunset - Jug Handle Bridge

Outer Banks Sunset - Windsports

Hatteras Island is extremely popular for wind sports enthusiasts.&nbspOuter Banks Sunset - ; The sunset makes a great backdrop when photographing kite boarders, wind surfers and the like.

Outer Banks Sunset - Windsports

Outer Banks Sunset at Ocracoke Island

For a truly magical sunset experience, take a ferry ride to Ocracoke Island, a secluded gem nestled at the southern end of Hatteras Island. As the sun sets over the Pamlico Sound, casting a mesmerizing reflection on the water, the island's tranquil atmosphere will transport you to a world of serenity and beauty.

Boat Sunset in Ocracoke

Ocracoke is a great place for boaters due to the many nearby boats at Silver Lake.  This is a great place to get beautiful shots of boats coming in and out at sunset.

Outer Banks Sunset - Ocracoke Boats

Landscape Outer Banks Sunset

There's lots of landscaping you can mix into the scene at sunset.  Play around with it!

Outer Banks Sunset - Landscaping

Outer Banks Sunset at Boat Ramp in Ocracoke

The westward facing boat ramp on Ocracoke Island is an excellent place for sunsets.  You'll often find couples and families on golf carts in this spot at sunset.  Here's a selfie of my wife and I at this spot.  It's very popular here!

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Outer Banks Sunset at Springer's Point Nature Preserve

Located on Ocracoke Island, Springer's Point Nature Preserve offers a tranquil and secluded spot to watch the sunset. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the salt marsh, you'll be enveloped in the sounds of nature, creating a truly magical experience.  Make sure to bring your bug spray to this location and be aware of where to park at Springer's Point!  Long sleeves and pants are also recommended.

Outer Banks Sunset Recap

No matter where you choose to watch the sunrise or sunset in the Outer Banks, you're sure to be amazed by the natural beauty and serenity that surrounds you. So grab a blanket or a beach chair, find a comfortable spot, and prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking spectacle of the sun's ascent and descent.