Waves is one of the towns making up the cluster of the Outer Banks’ “tri-villages,” on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. The town is bordered by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a 70-mile stretch of coastline that offers excellent opportunities for kiteboarding and windsurfing. Every year, thousands of travellers visit the region to explore historic lighthouses, shop local markets, and sample delicious local seafood.
The history of Waves dates back to the early 1800s, when the town was considered part of “Chicamacomico,” named after the Native American tribe that once inhabited the area. Comprising a small area of Chicamacomico then known as “Wimbledon Shores,” the town was renamed to Waves in 1939, when the U.S. Postal Service established its first post office in the area. Waves remained largely undeveloped until the 1960s, when the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge was constructed, drawing vacationers from the more established Outer Banks towns of Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, and Nags Head. Developers soon took an interest in the area, and by the early 1980s, Waves had cemented its reputation as a prime vacation destination. Today, there are over a hundred vacation homes and beach cottages available to rent as well as a number of oceanside and soundside dwellings featuring game rooms, gourmet kitchens, and private swimming pools.
Waves is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts who are seeking a camping trip that feels more like a getaway at an all-inclusive resort. There are numerous campgrounds in the area offering a wealth of amenities, including RV hook-ups, oceanside tent sites, community pools, boardwalks, gazebos, sitting areas, and playgrounds. Waves is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which is managed by the National Park Service (NPS). This uncrowded, family-oriented destination serves as the ideal backdrop for a quiet, relaxing holiday while placing visitors within easy reach of nearby Hatteras Island attractions like the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.