The Atlantic coastline of North Carolina has 300 miles of sea and sunshine to be very proud of. Here is where the Gulf Stream makes its closest approach to land, just off the coast of North Carolina. This warm water current helps to make this one of the best fishing spots on the Atlantic Seaboard. And, of course, it’s well known for its family friendly, laid back beaches, too.
If you’re planning a trip here these are some facts of interest about coastal North Carolina that will get you started on some great adventures. When you’re ready to make reservations for your trip call us about our Ocean Isle Rentals where you’ll be a short drive to everyplace else along the North Carolina coast.
• In the 17th and 18th centuries, pirates and shipwrecks were both here. In the 1800s, Civil War soldiers commandeered the lighthouses and stately mansions that peppered the coast.
• The tallest natural sand dune on the East Coast is Jockey’s Ridge at Nags Head, which stands 110-140 feet, depending on the winds.
• Man’s first successful powered flight in air was made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, at Kill Devil Hills in Kitty Hawk.
• Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is one of 10 lighthouses operating on the coast of North Carolina and is the tallest in America at 208 feet. The candy-cane-striped structure projects light more than 20 miles out over the once-precarious Diamond Shoals.
• One of America’s most baffling mysteries occurred near what is now Manteo. In the 1580s, a group of colonists sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh suddenly and mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Their whereabouts is still a mystery today.
• Founded in the 1970s, Duplin Winery was one of the first wineries in North Carolina after the Prohibition. It is one of the largest wineries in the South and is still operating today at Rose Hill with a 1,000,000-gallon tank capacity.
• “Graveyard of the Atlantic” off the NC coast, is a popular place among scuba divers, where the remains of more than 2,000 ships have settled to the ocean floor over the centuries.
• The only place where the carnivorous Venus Flytrap lives indigenously is within a 100-mile radius of Wilmington, NC.
• North Carolina is home to three aquarium offering workshops, educational trips and displays of live marine life — located in Manteo, Kure Beach and Pine Knoll Shores.
We have many fine Ocean Isle Rentals that will complete your stay in North Carolina as you explore our wonderful coastline. Give us a call today!