Buxton swells in population every surf fishing season when the spring weather brings the promise of good fishing at and around "The Point" as it's called by anglers. From that spring day on, Buxton remains a fairly active place until the first real sustained cold weather in early January that 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 visitors provide the area.
When you cruise through Buxton the first time 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 such a rich Early American History that the area just seems to want to share it with you. As one of the most family friendly towns on the Outer Banks, Buxton has several motels and many beautiful rental homes for beach oriented vacationers. It is also a popular destination among day-trippers as well with driving tours of the Outer Banks almost always including a visit to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse located on Lighthouse Rd. off NC Hwy 12 in Buxton.
Buxton has a long standing tradition of providing 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 continue to 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 NPS Permits and Reservations on the National Park Service website.