Surf or Sound Realty Buxton, NC

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Quiet little Buxton is located on North Carolina's Outer Banks (OBX) and is well known for two things. Buxton is the location of the famous Hatteras Lighthouse. This is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States at 208 feet tall. Also Buxton has some of the nation's finest ocean surf fishing at a location affectionately called by the locals, The Point.

Buxton's residential winter population of slightly under 1400 residents swells in size as the spring weather brings the promise of good fishing. From then 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 slowly and happily 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. With plenty of Hatteras Island tackle shops, restaurants, motels and unique Bed & Breakfasts available, Buxton makes a very inviting place to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity. As one of the most family friendly towns in the Outer Banks, Buxton is a popular destination among day-trippers as well. Driving tours of the Outer Banks are also a favorite activity among visitors, including such stops as the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head, Roanoke Island and, of course, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Where Did The Name "Buxton" Come From?

Buxton, six miles south of Avon and just north of Frisco, was listed as "Cape Hatteras Indian Town" on early maps. The first post office, established in 1873, served a community simply called "The Cape". The name Buxton was chosen in 1882 after Judge Ralph P. Buxton (Crumbley and Ertzberger 1988). The name Indian Town came from a population of American Indians that resided or camped at the Cape. East Carolina University archaeologist David Phelps recently found large numbers of European trade items at a site in Buxton, from an Algonkian village thought to be the capital of the Croatan chiefdom (Ward and Davis 1999). The native population encountered at European contact was steadily reduced to poverty. In 1714 the North Carolina Council ordered that the Hatteras Indians be supplied with corn, but the group never recovered. The last reference to Indian inhabitants was in a 1788 deed transferring the Indian Town site and more from Mary Elks, Inden to Nathan Midyett.

Local Controversy Should Become A National Concern!

Whether you agree or disagree with the politics involved, Hatteras Island is deeply embroiled in some serious issues for its survival. Along with the fuel and housing crunch that all American's are currently feeling, the local businesses and citizens have been forced to take an active roll in defending North Carolina's previously free and open beaches which have always been the basis of the local economy. To hear our local's point of view please visit Island Free Press and also watch this eye opening [video].

Driving on the Beach  

Driving on the Beach/Beach Access Map

The National Park Service has instituted their new ORV Plan for Hatteras Island. This new plan includes a regulation requiring a special permit for driving on the beach on Hatteras Island. Visitors can pick up a permit at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse or the Ocracoke Visitor Center. Two types of permits are available ($50 for 7 days or $120 for a full calendar year). You will also be required to watch a very informative seven minute video in order to get this permit and we highly recommend everyone watch this even if you have no plans to drive on the beach because it discusses things like dogs on the beach and fires, fireworks, kites, frisbees, balls, etc.   You can find this video and also a link to the most current NPS beach closure and access maps by clicking [HERE].

Buxton Fishing

Because of its prime location on Hatteras Island in an area that juts out easterly into the Atlantic Ocean, the warm waters of the Gulf Stream come extremely close to Buxton and offer a perfect environment for the early northern migration of many ocean species of fish. When the fish arrive it doesn't take long for the word to circulate and anglers from all over will line up at "The Point" for an opportunity to catch their own fish of a lifetime.

Buxton offers two well stocked tackle shops (Red Drum Tackle & Dillon's Corner) to get fresh bait and excellent advice. Since it is recommended that you let your tire pressure down to 20 psi or less if you are going to drive on the beach, it's a comfort to know that there are several places in Buxton that you can immediately air back up when you come off the beach.

Buxton is also the home of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club with a membership of 900+ strong. CHAC holds an invitational surf fishing team tournament every fall as well as also sending its own members to represent it at several tournaments along the coast. CHAC is a great place for visiting fishermen to make contact and get the most up to date information on what is happening in Buxton.

Hatteras Island Activities Galore!

Here is a list of the many activities available on Hatteras Island for Buxton visitors.

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Basic Travel Preparation

I am often asked to provide a list of things that I might consider to be basic travel preparations. One of the things that many visitors are always concerned about is exactly what our area has available in case of medical emergencies. Rest assured that Hatteras Island has exceptional medical attention always available. Please visit this information page for a listing of medical and dental facilities that are currently available.

Neighbors and Businesses

Buxton has several small neighborhoods with a variety of variously priced homes. Beware, even with the current housing crunch good quality beach property still doesn't come cheap. The main highway is State Route 12 which runs through the center of Buxton and has several motels along it. Many of the homes in and around Buxton are available for weekly rental. Buxton is Hatteras Island's local business hub with gas stations, restaurants, grocery store, banks, fire station, EMS station and a small US Post Office. There is also a US Coast Guard Station located within Buxton.


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"Lone Woman on the Boat" by local author Melba Milak

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