Visiting next week

Visiting next week




Hello! We are going to be in Nags Head Dec 16-20, can't wait to be back! I have never been there during the off season and I'm wondering what restaurants/stores will be closed. Looking for some recommendations - seafood and some place for a good burger. Also trying to find out what holiday events are going on while we're there. And the main reason we are driving down is to visit Shelly Island/Point - I'm in awe at the shells I've seen posted and wanted to see it for myself Theeth smiley I'm concerned about the weather and getting out there. We plan on walking out from Ramp 44, sounds like it's about a mile walk and we should go at low tide. We've got our muck boots and winter clothes ready and a shell bag. Is there anything else we should know? Appreciate any tips! Thumbs up


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I don't want to disappoint you but Shelly island is no more, and not much in the way of shells either. Here's an aerial photo from last Friday:




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BradZ is correct. We were down for two weeks at Thanksgiving and I did a lot of fishing around the point. The fishing was good but the shelling was almost non existent. That little bend just south of the very tip of what used to be Shelly Island is where I saw a few shells wash up. I found more on the beach at Avon where we were staying. Don't that stop you from going. The point is an amazing place, Shelly Island or not..




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Thank you, Brad Z, for the photo! I knew things had shifted and it wasn't really an island, but hadn't seen a photo like that in a while to see how it was really laid out.

rpemers - thanks for your reply! I'm disappointed to hear the shelling wasn't as good as it sounds like it had been. We're staying in Nags Head, so I know there is a lot of beach between the Point and there to explore. That might save us from a long walk from the lighthouse!


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Yeah, we were there over thanksgiving & it was almost zero shells but still amazing. Don't let our shelling deter you as it is so dynamic. My best camera pic was right at the point where the Labrador current collides, which is pretty darn neat!


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Honestly if you've never been out to Cape Point you should go. You can stand on the point and watch the Gulf Stream which is moving north collide with the Labrador current moving south. For me it's the most unique natural feature on the Outer Banks. The currents crash into each other and waves waves explode straight up. .It's pretty amazing. Completely different then watching waves crash on the surf line.


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I was out on the point, but to be honest, the best beach right now (and we're Friscoans) is Ocracoke, by the inlet. The water is warm enough to swim in (68 degrees as of today), and the beaches are huge, flat, and mostly empty. You also get two free boat rides in the process, too.

For shelling, the southern end of Hatteras, past the ferry landing, ramp 55, continuing to where it terminates at the inlet was decent, too.


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Have a great time. I've always wanted to go there (obx) in the winter, but our off season is in May (Frisco). That picture of Shelly Island has really changed from this summer. Even if you don't get any Shelly shells you'll still have a great time.
Go out to eat at Hatteras Sol in Hatteras for a great meal!