Bustling Avon is situated at the halfway point on Hatteras Island, and it might be your perfect vacation base to discover island life. As do all the other villages on Hatteras Island, Avon’s history and culture have been, and still are, tied to the sea. Forests of cedar trees and wild oaks grew just outside Avon, and these trees created a boat-building tradition. Head to the wooden fishing pier and breathe in the sweet, salty air. Pure bliss.
Whether your dream vacation includes a cozy, oceanfront cottage or a large, luxurious home, Avon has a range of choices for your Outer Banks getaway. The discerning traveler might choose to step right outside their door onto the beach or desire access to the sound. All is possible.
Our rentals are found throughout Avon, including in some of the charming communities found in this Hatteras Island village. Kinnakeet Shores provides guests with world-class amenities such as an Olympic-sized community pool and tennis courts. Found on the shores of the Pamlico Sound, Island Creek is a great option for watersport enthusiasts and features a community boat ramp and docks, perfect for personal watercrafts.
Because of Avon’s central location, regardless of where you stay on Hatteras, you will probably find yourself in Avon at some point. There are a variety of shopping choices, a large grocery store, a hardware store, and plenty of dining choices and activities. Despite being a hub, with its year-around population of only 800, Avon retains its old-fashioned beach charm.
Things to Do in Avon
Avon has a range of activities and attractions, from watersports to historic sites. The area is a particular favorite for kiteboarders and windsurfers who want to ride the waves and catch some air. The draw is Avon's exceptional access to the Pamlico Sound, particularly from the famous Canadian Hole (or the haul over area), and neighboring Kite Point and Ego Beach.
Fishing is also a popular Avon pastime, and many of our premier vacation rentals offer rigging and launching access. The rustic Avon Fishing Pier is one of the most popular fishing spots on Hatteras Island. Anglers flock to this Outer Banks pier, and for many, the target is a hefty red drum, also known as channel bass. Other catches include bluefish, cobia, mackerel, and mullet.
As you'd expect from a town known as a superb fishing destination, Avon is home to some of the finest seafood restaurants on Hatteras Island and perhaps all the Outer Banks. In addition to seafood, you'll also find local restaurants serving up burgers, pizza, pasta, and other traditional favorites
Top Attractions in Avon
Not only is Avon filled with interesting things to do, it’s also filled with fascinating things to see, including links to the past. Explore Hatteras Islands’ history on a bicycle ride to Old Kinnakeet (Avon was originally called Kinnakeet, an Algonquin word.)
Today’s village was once made up of two villages, Big and Little Kinnakeet, and both grew from life-saving stations. The Little Kinnakeet Station, just two miles north of Avon, still stands, hidden in the soundside maritime forest. You can visit the Little Kinnakeet Station grounds, but the old buildings are protected. Although the town name was changed to Avon in 1883, locals still appreciate their ties to the Algonquins who came before them.
If you’re looking for a more modern pastime, make your way to Hatteras Island Plaza, the go-to spot for shopping in the area. At the plaza, you'll find an eclectic mix of local arts and souvenirs, watersports suppliers, restaurants, a grocery store, and a movie theater.
Vacation Rentals in Avon
With something for every age and interest, it’s not surprising that many travelers choose to stay in the village of Avon. Surf or Sound has premier lodging choices available in Avon that are ideal for romance, friends, or family getaways. Discover our superior collection of Avon vacation rentals and book today.