Traveling on a budget typically entails traveling during the off season, or at least, shoulder season. The benefit is that flights and accommodations are typically cheaper. The downside is that the destination may effectively be shut down, particularly if it is a seasonal resort.
The Outer Banks must be exactly such a seasonal resort given that many of the eateries and nearly all of the activities were shuttered by the time we got there in late October. While a few restaurants were still open on Hatteras Island, hardly any were open on Ocracoke Island.
Still, if it weren’t the off season, we likely would not have had our pick of the rooms at the Inn on Pamlico Sound. Or had the dock and the views of the sound to ourselves. Even the sunsets and sunrises probably would not have been as spectacular.
But at least Pop’s Raw Bar & Restaurant was still open, where we lunched on some delicious blackened cobia. The sushi at Diamond Shoals Restaurant was pretty tasty too. Dinner at Cafe Pamlico, while tasty, seemed too upscale for the surroundings.
But most of all, we likely would not have had unobstructed views of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.