Once part of Rodanthe, the village of Waves, the middle part of Hatteras Island's "Tri-Villages," has carved out its own unique identity. Watersports enthusiasts flock to this quaint village due to its ideal location for water activities of all kinds. Local watersport companies like REAL Watersports have even set up facilities here. However, despite being renowned for water activities, Waves still offers a peaceful retreat, a hidden gem on Hatteras Island.
When it comes to lodging, Waves and the greater Tri-Villages area has a lot to offer. Oceanfront and soundfront vacation homes are common, providing visitors with unlimited access to the water's beautiful sights and relaxing sounds. Beachy decor brings a bright levity to most of Waves' vacation rentals, with many homes also featuring private pools.
Waves' location on the north end of Hatteras Island also makes it an ideal home base for an Outer Banks vacation. Central Outer Banks attractions, like The Lost Colony, the North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo, and Wright Brothers Memorial, are an easy drive away. However, even with those attractions nearby, generations of families still enjoy the slow pace island lifestyle that Waves provides.
Things to Do and See in Waves
While Waves is known for its laid back atmosphere, that doesn't mean there are not plenty of thrilling adventures to enjoy. Waves is known for its water sport activities like kiteboarding and surfing. If you're new to these watersports, REAL Watersports offers a range of lessons for beginners to those with more experience.
As part of the "Tri-Villages," Waves is also close to the top things to do in Salvo and Rodanthe, including the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge, found just past Rodanthe. This refuge, which is approximately 13 miles long, is a haven for all sorts of animals, including 365 bird species, 24 types of reptiles, and more. Birders will love the exceptional views of the birds that make their way to Pea Island, many of which can't be found anywhere else in the Outer Banks.
Located just south of Salvo and a short drive away is the Salvo Day Use Area, ideal for a sound day. With a sandy shoreline and the Pamlico Sound's shallow and calm waters, this area is a favorite spot for those visiting with young children. Other popular activities include kiteboarding, surf fishing, and enjoying a picnic lunch.
The History of the Tri-Villages: How Two Villages Became Three
At one point in time, the area that now makes up the Tri-Villages were two individual villages, Clarksville and Chicamacomico. The transition began in 1874 when the U.S. Post Office changed the name of Chicamacomico to Rodanthe. Eventually, the southern part of Rodanthe was renamed Waves. The final part of the change came when Clarksville was renamed Salvo in 1901. Since then, these three villages, separate in name, seem to blend into one for travelers visiting the area.
A great way to learn about the history of this Outer Banks region is by visiting local landmarks. The Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station is perhaps the area’s most historic attraction. Chicamacomico was one of the first lifesaving stations in the state. Over the years, crews at this station saved many lives of shipwrecked mariners. Interestingly, Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station is also known as the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard. This site is now a museum filled with artifacts that showcase the history of the lifesaving station.
Vacation Rentals in Waves
If you are looking for a relaxing retreat, book your stay at a Waves vacation rental home from Surf or Sound Realty today. Our extensive inventory of vacation rentals features comfortable yet luxurious homes and condos, perfect for family groups of all sizes. Our team is here to help you find your perfect Hatteras Island accommodation.