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.”

Brew Thru

Brew Thru

No trip to the Outer Banks is complete without cruising through Brew Thru, the Outer Banks’ original drive thru convenience store. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing cold beverage of Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks on the go, stocking up your cooler with refreshments to enjoy at the beach or piling up on beer and wine for a party, Brew Thru is a fun and unique experience all vacationers need to see for themselves.

Drive-Through Beer & Gear

Brew Thru is Your One-Stop Shop at the Beach

The year was 1977, and Dana and Becky Lawrentz were chatting with friends over brews in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. They got to talking about a gas station convenience store in the area that had built a makeshift drive-through. Everyone agreed it would be pretty great if you could actually drive through a convenience store and pick up everything you needed without getting out of the car. But what would you call a place like that?

Well, you’d call it a Brew Thru.

It was an idea they couldn’t shake, so the Lawrentzes moved to the Outer Banks and built the first Brew Thru with the help of a partner. The idea was that people could come buy everything they would need for their trip to the beach—beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, ice—without getting out of the car. That same year, a t-shirt salesman visiting the store and talked them into adding t-shirts to their product line—and 44 years later there are now more than five million Brew Thru t-shirts out in the wild.

The Lawrentzes’ daughter Brandy and her husband Philip Foreman purchased the business from them in 2002, and they now operate five locations across the Outer Banks.“We love being the one-stop shop for folks on the way to their beach house,” Foreman says. “Our car tenders are the friendliest people at the beach. We’re here to greet you, get you everything you need for your trip, load it up in the trunk for you, and have you leaving with a smile on your face.”

The store is quite expansive, featuring more than 100 brands of beer, dozens of wines and even a vast selection of cigars—not to mention all the snacks, t-shirts and other gear. To make ordering a little easier, customers in line get a menu—fondly known as the Summer-y—that outlines everything available at the store. These Summer-ies are also available in many of the beach rentals, which allows vacationers to decide what they want before driving through.

For customers who would like to get out and stretch their legs, there’s the Brew Thru Shop in Kill Devil Hills, where you can find their world famous t-shirts and other gifts. New t-shirt designs are created each year, making a yearly Brew Thru t-shirt a favorite of locals and annual visitors to the Outer Banks.

The Foremans both grew up in the Outer Banks, and they love that Brandy’s parents’ vision for a friendly and convenient place for people to grab their brews and other beach stay essentials is continuing to flourish.

“Our family has been welcoming people to the Outer Banks since 1977,” Foreman says. “We love this beautiful place, and we want everybody to get to enjoy it.”

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