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Treat Yourself by Shopping on the Outer Banks

There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect souvenir or keepsake to remember your trip. During your stay with Surf or Sound Realty, treat yourself to retail therapy by exploring the Outer Banks shopping scene on Hatteras Island. From seashells to sweatshirts, fine art to fishing poles, the seaside shopaholic won't leave the island unfulfilled.

If you are someone who loves a good outlet mall, plan a day trip to Nags Head and visit the outlet mall less than a mile north of the seashore. You can find popular stores like Ralph Lauren, Eddie Bauer, and J. Crew and relax on the waterfront between stores. However, if you’re looking to explore stores you can’t find anywhere else, you’re in luck! The shops found on Hatteras Island are filled with local charm. Keep reading to learn more about the boutiques, shops, and galleries waiting for you!

The covered front porch entrance to Kinnakeet Clay with crossed oars, a bench, and some potted plants.
A dozen fiberglass surfboard rest on the grass in front of the red exterior of Real Kiteboarding with the Surf Shop sign

Find the Perfect Hatteras Island Apparel

Represent the Outer Banks and take home a reminder of your vacation with some new apparel. There are numerous Outer Banks stores that can help you find the right fit and style for your personality. You might also want to pop into a Hatteras Island surf shop or two for some board shorts and surfer tees. Spring and summer are also generally the best time to find fantastic deals on Outer Banks sweatshirts and jackets, which are the perfect holiday present for the Hatteras Island lover in your family.

Find Your Next Read at Outer Banks Bookstores

There's no better find than a phenomenal book to enjoy while lounging around. Hatteras Island has just the place to find a book or two to enjoy on the beach or in your vacation rental. Buxton Village Books in Buxton has been helping island readers for years and has an excellent selection of contemporary favorites, used books, and local authors and guides. Check out the Hatteras Island Library in Hatteras Village for used books at a low price.

Shops for the Crafty Vacationer

Hatteras Island is an exceptional place to indulge in a bit of self-expression. There are some creative shops where you can paint your own pottery or make your own jewelry, including Studio 12 in Avon. Spend a couple of hours creating a necklace or a piece of pottery that's as enjoyable to make as the finished product itself. There are also shops where you can stock up on everything you need to make crafts, the perfect rainy day activity.

Outer Banks Stores for Art Enthusiasts

Perhaps one of the best ways to find a unique piece of Hatteras Island to bring home is by exploring the island's art scene. The Outer Banks is full of talented artisans who use the island environment as their muse. Stop by some of the local Outer Banks art galleries on Hatteras Island to find one-of-a-kind art you can hang at home as a reminder of the sweet and simple lifestyle you enjoyed on vacation. There are countless places to wander into, including Seaworthy Gallery in Hatteras or Red Drum Pottery and Paintings in Frisco. 

Framed art and pottery cover the walls and line the shelved inside this boutique. Great shopping on Hatteras Island.
A couple flanks their young child on a bench outside.  All three lick ice cream cones under a deep blue sky.

Grab a Pick-Me-Up at Ice Cream and Coffee Shops

Do you need an afternoon treat after a long day of shopping? Whether you're looking for something sweet or a caffeine boost, there's a local spot that can meet your needs. Hatteras Island features a variety of ice cream shops for a much-needed cone fix. On days when the temperature just seems to keep climbing, hit up a snow cone stand for a refreshing treat. There are also several coffee shops, including Beads & Grinds in Buxton and Muffins And Scones in Avon, that serve everything from a cup of coffee to a gourmet iced beverage with plenty of whipped cream. Several coffee shops have wireless internet, so bring the laptop along if you need to get a bit of work done.

Search for a Beach Vacation Souvenir

Remember your Hatteras Island vacation year-round with a memento or trinket you can display during the holidays. Many Outer Banks gift shops feature exquisite ornaments that can add a little beach flair to your holiday tree. Look for local shell-inspired favorites, like starfish Santas and hand-painted sand dollars.

Learn more about the incredible Hatteras Island shopping opportunities that await you by contacting us today! Our helpful and local team is knowledgeable in a variety of things to do on the Outer Banks.