Buxton swells in population every beach season when the spring weather brings the promise of good fishing. From that point on, Buxton remains a fairly active place until the first real sustained cold weather in early January sends the fish to warmer southern waters. Buxton's economy is virtually based on the seasonal tourism that our local surf fishing and its associated tourism provides us.
As you cruise through Buxton at the posted speed limit of 25 mph you can't help but begin to realize that you have come to a unique and very special place with a rich history that this area seems to want to share with you. As one of the most family friendly towns on the Outer Banks, Buxton is a popular destination among day-trippers as well. Driving tours of the Outer Banks almost always include a visit to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Buxton has a long standing tradition of allowing vacationers access to our sand beaches either by foot or with a four wheel drive vehicle. Although beach access on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is strictly supervised and regulated by the National Park Service there is still several access points to Hatteras Island beaches that still remain available. The entire family can enjoy activities like fishing, horseback riding, walking, kite flying, shell hunting, picnicking, sand art, sunbathing, beach fires and more.
Some beach activities like weddings, fishing tournaments, commercial fishing, bike tours, marathons, car rallies, and ORV access require permits and/or reservations. You can study NPS regulations as well as everything you need to know about Permits and Reservations on the NPS website page.