Attractions and recreation
Hatteras is best known as a fishing and vacation destination. This community offers visitors ample opportunities for recreation, sightseeing, and remote relaxation especially on its beautiful beaches.
Watersports are plentiful on both the ocean-side and the sound-side of the village. Proximity to the convergence of the Labrador Current and the Gulf Stream result in the largest surf available on the East Coast. On the protected Pamlico Sound side of the island watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, and swimming are all readily available and accessible.
Fishing is a major source of recreation as well as revenue in Hatteras. Many boats use Hatteras Inlet, Hatteras Marina, and Oden Docks as ports for their fishing businesses. In fact, the Pamlico Sound, which separates Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, is one of the largest estuarine systems in the World and offers an almost limitless variety of fishing opportunities.