Avon, NC is known as the “Center of Hatteras Island,” largely because it is the heart of the area’s attractions. The unincorporated community with a population of under 1,000 residents boasts small town coastal charm, with plenty of conveniences.
What kind of vacation spot is Avon, NC?
So, what kind of vacation spot is Avon, NC? With large open beaches and nearby amenities, Avon, NC has everything you could need. The small coastal town allows you to get some relaxing alone time, or some excitement if you head downtown to the hustle and bustle.
What is there to do in Avon, NC?
While Avon offers plentiful beaches and outdoor adventures, there are also a number of gift shops, a fishing pier, a spa, and a mini-golf course. Avon is home to the only major shopping plaza on the entire island, with restaurants, boutiques, and even a local movie theatre.
Plenty of things to do without taking your attention too far from the beautiful beaches!
What makes Avon, NC a unique vacation spot?
Yes, Avon is a fantastic beach town, but what some people don’t realize is that it’s a dog, vehicle, and bonfire friendly town as well! You do need to acquire a permit for the vehicle and bonfire, but these allowances provide you with a different type of vacation. Imagine sitting on the back of your truck by a fire, snuggled up to your pup and favorite people, sipping your favorite beer. You heard that right, beer is also allowed on the beach! Can you think of anything better?
When should I visit Avon, NC?
Avon has great weather year round. The winter months will have lows in the mid 50s and the summer months will have highs in the 80s. You can’t go wrong with this kind of climate. There are benefits to visiting in each season. In the off-season, you can find things less crowded with housing more affordable and plentiful. If you’re looking to visit in peak season, be prepared to book in advance, but the water temps will be more desirable for water sport activities.
What is the history of Avon, NC?
If you’re in Avon, NC, it is not uncommon to hear locals call the town Kinnakeet. This is because of the Native American brand of the Algonquin tribe that inhabited the area many years ago. When Europeans moved to the region, the name stuck! The town was officially named Avon in 1883, but it took several decades to make the official transition.
What airports are close to Avon, NC?
The Outer Banks can be hard to fly into, but Norfolk International airport is just a 2.5 hour drive away and offers several non-stop flights to most major US cities!
- Norfolk International Airport ORF (2.5 hours)
Driving Directions to Avon, NC:
From Norfolk, VA (2.5 hours):
● Take Airport Rd, Robin Hood Rd and VA-165 S to Northampton Blvd for 2.3 miles
● Get on VA-168 S, NC-168 S and US-158 E to Cape Hatteras National Park Rd in Nags Head for 89.2 miles
● Take NC-12 S to CC Gray Rd in Avon for 41.2 miles
From Raleigh, NC (3.75 hours):
- Get on I-440 E from Capital Blvd. for 4 miles
- Continue to Williamston. Take exit 515 from US-64 E for 99 miles
- Follow US-64 E and NC-12 S to CC Gray Rd in Avon for 130 miles
Where to Stay in Avon, NC?
There are plenty of vacation rentals to go around in this small town! Check out our top picks below.
- Dog Friendly, 3-Story
- Four bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home that sleeps 8
- One block from the beach
- Screened in porch, hot-tub, and shared pool access
- Conched Out
- Two bedroom, two bath home that sleeps 6
- Conveniently located to shops and restaurants
- Nice walking path that takes you directly to the beach (5 min)
- Oceanfront Beach Home
- Four bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home that sleeps 10
- Private hot tub and large deck with fantastic views
- Dog friendly!
If you’re looking to get away with friends, family, or your four-legged friend, Avon, NC is the place for you! With large, private, dog-friendly beaches, you’ll find yourself more relaxed than ever. Be sure to share this article with any friends or family who could use an escape of their own!