A magical sense arises when the setting sun reflects in the sky, creating a stunning image of melting colors. Discover the best spots to catch an Outer Banks sunset and admire the light as it refracts against the waters of the Atlantic Ocean or the Currituck Sound. It’s the ultimate signifier of the end of an unforgettable day spent with the people who matter most. Read on to learn more about our favorite locations for the perfect sunset. Then, be sure to check out our free Vacation Guide for more local insight on the best of OBX.
7 of the Best Spots to See an Outer Banks Sunset
1. Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Experience the perfect sunset (or sunrise) at Jockey’s Ridge State Park! Here you will find unspoiled natural surroundings, breathtaking views, and quiet time to reflect on the beauty of the world around you.
2. Currituck Heritage Park
Spend a sunny afternoon at Currituck Heritage Park, and stay for the sunset in the evening! This destination is home to attractions such as historic Whalehead Corolla and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.
3. The Boardwalk in Duck
The boardwalk in Duck, NC, is known for being home to incredible sunsets! Sit at a waterfront restaurant, paddle into the sound, or find a spot on the open green space and take it all in. During the day, you can enjoy a variety of activities on the boardwalk ranging from shopping and dining to fishing and crabbing!
4. The Outer Banks Fishing Pier
After reeling in a really big fish, stop to watch the sunset beyond the horizon on an Outer Banks fishing pier!
5. On the Water via a Sunset Cruise
Get out on the water! Feel the salty breeze sweeping through your hair. Watch the water rise and fall in the distance. One of our favorite ways to see the sunset is in an Outer Banks cruise! We recommend the Sailing Sunset Cruise with Downeast Rover for the best views.
6. Cape Hatteras National Seashore
The breathtaking Cape Hatteras National Seashore stretches over 70 miles from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island. This must-visit destination boasts attractions such as lighthouses, nature trails, and more! Spend the day out on the water or lounging on the sand. Then, wrap up your evening with a wonderful sunset before heading back to your vacation rental.
7. From the Porch of Your Vacation Home
Our vacation homes set the scene for the ultimate family getaway! Spend your days lounging on the shores of the beach, fishing, exploring, and more. Then, return to your home away from home and settle in for a relaxing evening! Many of our homes feature beautiful porches from which you can see the most stunning Outer Banks sunsets. Imagine sitting with your loved ones, in Adirondack chairs, watching the sun fall below the horizon beyond the Currituck Sound, a manicured golf course, or a marshy setting.
Are you ready for an unforgettable family getaway?