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Classic Outer Banks

Nags Head, NC beaches are the ultimate playground for fun and sun-loving vacationers! You'll find miles of pristine shoreline, rolling dunes, and maybe even dolphins playing in the glistening water. On any given summer day, you'll see happy families relaxing in the warm sunshine, skimboarders trying new tricks at the water's edge, couples walking hand-in-hand along the shore, and anglers casting their lines into the sea. Simple pleasures are enjoyed and precious memories are made on the beaches of Nags Head, NC.

Before hitting the beach in Nags Head, please carefully review all Beach & Ocean Safety Guidelines from Sun Realty.

Nags Head, NC offers numerous public beach access, some with bathhouses and handicap accessibility. The Town of Nags Heads Ocean Rescue provides both stationary and mobile lifeguard units from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Nags Head Public Beach Accesses:

  • Albatross Street*
  • Gallery Row
  • Abalone Street*
  • Admiral Street
  • Baltic Street
  • Barnes Street
  • Blackman Street
  • Bonnett Street*
  • Bittern Street
  • Bladen Street
  • Bainbridge Street
  • Curlew Street
  • Hollowell Street*
  • Conch Street
  • Enterprise Street*
  • Loggerhead Street
  • Town Hall
  • Epstein Access*
  • Forrest Street*
  • Gliden Street
  • Gull Street
  • Gray Eagle Street*
  • Jennette's Pier*
  • Gulfstream Street*

*Beach accesses with lifeguard stands.

Please note that this information is subject to change without notice. 

Nags Head NC Beach Regulations:

  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times in Nags Head. Owners must clean up after their dogs. 
  • Personal Watercraft must not be operated within 600 ft. of the shoreline or a fishing pier. 
  • Beach fires are allowed with a permit, obtainable from the Nags Head Fire Stations at 5314 S. Croatan Hwy. and 8806 S. Old Oregon Inlet Rd.
  • Surfing is prohibited within 300 ft. of any fishing pier. A leash is required to be attached from the board to the surfer's ankle or wrist; the surfer is responsible for controlling his/her board at all times.
  • Stay off of protected sand dunes on Nags Head beaches. 
  • Park only in areas permitted by the Town of Nags Head.
  • Personal items such as chairs and tents must be removed from the beach between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Tents and canopies on the beach can not be larger than 12 feet by 12 feet and no taller than 9 feet high. They must also be spaced at least 10 feet apart.

PLEASE NOTE: In the Town of Nags Head, unattended personal items must be removed from the beach between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Ocean Rescue and Emergency personnel can make sure that tents and canopies placed were not obscuring lifeguard stands’ line of sight. Tents and canopies on the beach can not be taller than 9 feet high and must be spaced at least 10 feet apart. Additionally, they cannot be larger than 12 feet by 12 feet. Please respect these rules and assist Ocean Rescue in their ability to see and monitor all activity on the beach and in the ocean.