Cape Hatteras Kitesurfing Holiday and Travel Guide

Cape Hatteras


Why Visit?

Cape Hatteras is a beautiful, thin and small island situated in an extraordinary place in North Carolina. In Hatteras, you can truly relax. If it's windy, you go kiting. If it's not, you can go surfing and on the rare no wind or wave day you can go biking, suping, jetski tours or relax at the beach.

Wind and Weather

Year round, Cape Hatteras sees winds from around the clock as far as direction is concerned. This is ok since Cape Hatteras is 35 miles away from the mainland and any wind obstructions, making any wind direction a clean and steady wind to kite in. It is the steadiest wind I have experienced in a while!

Generally, spring sees a good mix of SW and NE winds with some NW and northerly winds. Summer sees the NE die out and the SW take all the glory, with a few S and SE showing up in August and September. Fall winds show the SW fading away, replaced by NW, N and NE. Winter sees a pretty even mix of every direction on the compass with northerly winds being cooler and southerly winds being warmer.

Getting Around

You need a car to get there and to get around.

Getting There

Easiest option: take a plane to Norfolk International Airport (ORF). Norfolk International Airport is the closest major airport. It’s about a two-hour drive from REAL. It’s a major airport serving coastal Virginia as well as Virginia’s Eastern Shore, northeast North Carolina and the Outer Banks. Air service is provided by American, Continental, Delta, Southwest, United Express and US Airways offering access to hundreds of cities.

Car rentals are available from the airport from all of the major providers. Renting a car is the most cost effective and practical way to get here and get around. If renting a car isn’t an option for you, there is also an airport shuttle that can drive you to Cape Hatteras.

The Dare County Regional Airport (MQI) is 30 minutes away from REAL and accepts most size private planes and jets. They offer fueling and charter services, and Enterprise Rental cars are available for pick up at MQI.

Other nearby airports include Newport News, Virginia (PHF) and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU).

Food and Drink

You have quite some good selection of food in the OBX, Watermen's Bar and Grill is my favourite. The menu is just insane. You can drink the tap water.


Hatteras is quite chilled unless you come for Triple S Invitational. Events are here and there, but it is more of a place to chill.

No Wind?

Go surfing, suping, jet ski tour, biking, checking around the place...


The internet here is excellent and will have you covered for most things.


The usual thing in OBX is to rent a house in between a bunch of people. Also, you can stay at Real Watersports.

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Where are the Best Kitesurfing Beaches in Cape Hatteras?

Cape Hatteras is a huge flat water lagoon perfect for kiting. Most of the entries are private path's, but you'll find your way to the water through Real Slick.

  • Wind: Normally side shore.
  • Waves: On the outside of the lagoon.
  • Shorebreak: Not inside the lagoon.

When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in Cape Hatteras?

The windy months to go kitesurfing in Cape Hatteras are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


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