Before pouring on the sun tan lotion, review the following beach regulations and information that will help ensure a great Kitty Hawk beach day.

Pets - Dogs are welcome on public beaches in Kitty Hawk, however the owner must remove all pet waste. From 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day, dogs must be on a leash that's 6' feet long at the most. Kitty Hawk is also home to the Dare County Dog Park, which is located at 900 W. Kitty Hawk Road.

ATVs - ATVs are not allowed on the beaches except by roving lifeguard patrols.

Alcohol - Alcohol is permitted on the Kitty Hawk beaches, however glass is not allowed on any town beaches. As such, visitors should stick to portable plastic containers or cans when enjoying a shoreside drink.

Fires - Bonfires are not allowed anywhere on the Kitty Hawk beaches, dunes, or within the local neighborhoods. Visitors can head to the Nags Head public beaches for a bonfire, where permits can be picked up at the local Nags Head fire station at 5314 Croatan Highway after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the planned family bonfire event.

Camping - Camping is not allowed on the Kitty Hawk beaches, however the town does offer a privately owned oceanfront RV Park as well as a soundside campground for visitors.

4x4 Regulations - Driving is prohibited on the Kitty Hawk beaches year-round. For 4WD beach access, visitors can head north to Carova, located just outside the town borders of Corolla, or head south to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Both regions are located an approximate 20-30 minute drive away.

Fishing - A saltwater fishing license is required for surf fishing, which can be obtained online at, or at any local tackle shop. The Kitty Hawk Pier is open for anglers when it is not reserved for private parties, and Kill Devil Hills' Avalon Pier is also readily available for fishermen.

Fireworks - Dare County, which includes the town of Kitty Hawk,prohibits the possession or discharge of any fireworks that explode, spires, or propels through the air.

Glass Bottles - Glass is not allowed anywhere on the public Kitty Hawk beaches.

Lifeguards - Lifeguards are seasonally stationed at the following three fixed locales, typically from Memorial Day until Labor Day:

  • Byrd Street Beach Access
  • Eckner Street Beach Access
  • Kitty Hawk Bath House Beach Access (Close to the Black Pelican restaurant)

These beaches are lifeguarded from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Surfing - Surfing is allowed in Kitty Hawk year-round, provided that a surfboard is attached to the rider via a surfing leash at all times in the water.

Handicapped Access - Kitty Hawk has a handicap-accessible public sound beach access at Windgrass Circle, which also has public parking and is open from sunrise until thirty minutes past sunset.

Motorized Watercraft - Motorized vessels, including wave runners, jet skis, and skiffs, cannot be launched via any Atlantic Ocean beach in Kitty Hawk. There are public boat launches located on the soundside off of Bay Street and Bob Perry Road.

Red Flags - Swimming is not allowed when the red "No Swimming" flags are posted along the Kitty Hawk beaches. Violating this ordinance can result in a $250 fine.


Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

Home of the Crab Leg & Lobster Buffet! Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet is a great stop for an all you can eat affordable dinner extravaganza. The buffet offers over 100 different items. It even serves Jumbo Alaskan crab legs and Jumbo steamed shrimp, something you will not find on any other buffet in the OBX. The buffet offers a variety of seafood and non seafood options. Try some of Jimmy’s seafood options and load your plate with blackened tuna, Louisiana crawfish, steamed scallops and mussels, fried oysters and deviled crabs. Not in the mood for seafood? Fill your plate with steak, pineapple glazed ham, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, and fettuccini Alfredo to name a few. The buffet also offers a kid section. Let your kids load their plates with chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and corn dog nuggets. Don’t forget dessert! The buffet also offers soft serve ice cream and a plethora of baked goods. 


It’s been 22 years since Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet opened its doors for the first time. Since that inaugural summer, the goal has remained the same: provide customers with a tasty, fresh array of seafood full of Caribbean flavor.


Elizabeth Dowless and her husband Jerry had always worked in restaurants in the Outer Banks, so when the opportunity to open Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet with a couple of friends arose, it was an easy yes. The Dowlesses bought out the business in 2003, excited to turn Jimmy’s into an Outer Banks staple. When Jerry passed away later that year, Dowless knew she wanted to continue pursuing their dream on her own.


Dowless went all in on the concept of a fresh, flavorful seafood buffet and her hard work paid off. Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet is a beloved fixture of Outer Banks dining, with customers returning year after year for the fresh fare.


“Customers keep in contact with me throughout the winter. I get people every day asking me when we’re opening for the season, and customers book their vacations around our opening,” Dowless says. “I absolutely love getting to see familiar faces come back to see us each year. I love seeing them lose their minds over the buffet! Their excitement is what I love most about my job.”

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