As you drive South from the historically rich area of Manteo, you'll pass miles and miles of open land. On both sides of you are sand dunes and water. Then you come to the tip of the Southern Outer Banks and the town of Rodanthe. The northernmost town of the tri-village area offers travelers raw beauty with its spacious and unspoiled beaches, sand dunes and lush flora and fauna. Many who travel to the town make the common mistake of grouping Rodanthe in with the two closely linked towns of Waves and Salvo, yet they are each distinct towns. Many come to this area for the quiet relaxation so easily available. Though, if you're looking for more excitement than sitting in a hammock while watching the sun set over the sound, then you also can find that in Rodanthe.
Water sports are popular on the shores of this beach because of the great winds the Southern Outer Banks gets. If you've already tried the amazing sport of wind surfing or kite boarding, then you probably bring your own boards. For those looking to get in on the action, REAL Kite boarding offers lessons for the sport indigenous to the Outer Banks. Or, if you just need rentals, you can find most any kind of water sport equipment at the shop. The Chicamacomico Life Saving Station provides education entertainment with their museum. They also perform re-enactments of life saving venture each week. Environmentalist enjoy the wildlife refuge just north of the area, where many different species of birds call home. No matter what you're after, you'll find it in Rodanthe.