The town of Kill Devil Hills has its own unique set of rules and regulations for accessing its public shoreline.

Visitors will want to keep the following rules and regulations in mind when visiting any public beach in Kill Devil Hills

Pets - Dogs are not permitted on the beach in Kill Devil Hills from May 15th until September 15th, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. At all other times, dogs on the beach must always be leashed and under control of the dog owner.

ATVs - ATVs are not allowed on the beach anywhere in the town of Kill Devil Hills, (with the exception of roving town-sanctioned lifeguard patrols.)

Alcohol - Alcoholic beverages are allowed on the beach, however glass bottles are not allowed. Transport beverages to the beach accordingly, and be sure and clean up any cans or debris left behind

Fires - Bonfires are not allowed on the beach, dune line, or any surrounding neighborhoods in Kill Devil Hills. Special permits may be available for civic or community groups. Contact the fire department at 252-480-4060 for more information.

Camping - Camping is not allowed anywhere on the Kill Devil Hills beaches or dune lines. There are a number of campgrounds and RV parks in the area for camping visitors.

4x4 regulations - 4WD driving is permitted in Kill Devil Hills in the off-season, typically from October 1st until April 30th. The speed limit on the beach is 25 mph unless otherwise posted, and some areas of the shoreline may be unexpectedly closed due to erosion, high tides, or other natural factors.

Fishing - Surf fishing is allowed on the Kill Devil Hills beaches provided that anglers over 16 have a valid North Carolina saltwater fishing license. Licenses are administered by the the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commissions and be purchased online at, or purchased at local tackle stores, the Walmart in Kitty Hawk, or the Kill Devil Hills Kmart.

Fireworks - North Carolina prohibits the possession of any launching or propelling pyrotechnics which explode or make noise, and fireworks are illegal on all Dare County beaches, including Kill Devil Hills.

Glass bottles - Glass bottles are not allowed on any of the beaches within the town of Kill Devil Hills.

Lifeguards - Kill Devil Hills has a number of lifeguarded stations as well as four roving patrols in the summer season, which is typically from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. There is also a main Ocean Rescue Division office, which is located at the Ocean Bay Boulevard Regional Access building at 103 S. Virginia Dare Trail.

The Town of Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue Fixed Lifeguard Stands include the following locales. Please note that these locations may vary by year.

  • Atlantic Street
  • Asheville Street
  • Avalon Pier
  • Baum Street
  • Carlow Avenue
  • Clark Street
  • Eighth Street
  • Fifth Street
  • First Street
  • Hayman Boulevard
  • Helga Street
  • Lake Drive
  • Ocean Bay Boulevard
  • Oregon Avenue
  • Martin Street
  • Neptune Drive
  • Second Street
  • Third Street
  • Woodmere Avenue

Surfing - Surfing is celebrated in Kill Devil Hills, although surfers will want to stay at least 50 yards away from the Avalon Pier to avoid injury or encounters with fishing lines. Surfers should also avoid the waves if red flags are posted along the beach, which indicate treacherous surfing conditions.

Beach Access - Kill Devil Hills has a number of public beach accesses with parking areas, and visitors are asked to use the boardwalks and established sand paths to access the shoreline. Do not walk along the dunes, or pick sea oats or other dune vegetation, in order to protect the dune line from erosion.

Beach Wheelchairs - Beach wheelchairs are available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis and can be used within the town limits only. Wheelchairs must be rented in person at the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department besides the Dare Centre, at 1634 North Croatan Highway.

Weddings - A permit is not required to get married on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, however couples are encouraged to contact the local police department of their wedding date and time in case of potential parking issues. Also, tents over a certain size require a permit by North Carolina law. For questions on tents, contact the Kill Devil Hills fire marshal at 252-480-4060.


Just for the Beach Rentals

Just for the Beach Rentals

Just for the Beach Rentals (not to be confused with the similarly-named "Just for the Beach") offers rentals to accommodate your stay. Equipment includes linens, baby gates, cribs, monitors, seats, joggers, bikes, kayaks, skim boards, surf boards, and SUP. Free delivery is available with a modest rental order, from Corolla to Nags Head (not including 4x4 areas). Just for the Beach offers two convenient locations in Corolla and Kill Devil Hills.

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Best Western Ocean Reef Suites

Best Western Ocean Reef Suites

Stay at this all-suites, beachfront Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina hotel providing full-service amenities and convenient access to key area attractions. Located on the rustic Eastern coast of North Carolina, the BEST WESTERN Ocean Reef Suites offers beautiful beachfront views, superior customer service and comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. This all-suites Kill Devil Hills hotel features well-appointed suites equipped with cable satellite television and free high-speed Internet access. Hotel guests are welcome to a complimentary continental breakfast each morning before taking advantage of other hotel amenities including a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool and spa, steam room, exercise facility and limited business services.

Hotel guests can spend a relaxing day along the Atlantic Ocean fishing, kayaking or just laying at the beach. This Outer Banks hotel also provides convenient access to several local golf courses and hang gliding at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Just one mile from the hotel, guests can explore the Wright Brothers National Park and Memorial or take a short drive to visit the Fort Raleigh Historic Site and the Lost Colony. Hotel guests will also enjoy a day of sightseeing at local lighthouses including Cape Hatteras and Currituck Beach. The BEST WESTERN Ocean Reef Suites is also a short 20 mile drive from the North Carolina Aquarium and the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens.

The friendly, helpful staff at the BEST WESTERN Ocean Reef Suites is ready to ensure a fun-filled memorable stay in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Make a reservation today and save! Enjoy your stay,

Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger

When you first catch sight of The Jolly Roger, you might be unsure exactly what to think of it. Since its conversion from a gas station/grocery store to a restaurant in 1972, The Jolly Roger has been anything but your ordinary Outer Banks restaurant.

“We’re eclectic, it’s crazy. You’ll not find another Jolly Roger; there’s no rhyme or reason to this place—and that’s what people love about it,” says owner Carol Ann Angelos. 

Starting september 19th we will be having a $3.99 breakfast Mon - Fri -  2 eggs with your choice of one of the following: homefries, grits, or baked apples.

Ocean Atlantic Rentals

Ocean Atlantic Rentals

Keep your vacation stress free!  Pack your casual beach clothes & essentials, and let Ocean Atlantic Rentals deliver the rest!

JUST RENT IT! Since 1979, OAR has been serving families with quality gear for their beach vacation fun, their baby needs, or the even the beach cottage, all at reasonable daily & weekly rental rates.  Reservations before your arrival are strongly encouraged, and can be made at or toll-free at (800)-635-9559 every day of the week!

Everything can be delivered to your door; from bikes to surf boards, kayaks and paddleboards, OAR stocks the fun stuff to enjoy in the water, or on land.  Back at your beach home, OAR has you covered with gas grill rentals, rollaway beds, beach towels, and even dog crates!  Bike rentals for the entire family are just a call away at Ocean Atlantic Rentals, or get around town on a Golf Cart LSV.  These street legal golf carts are a great way to explore the villages, or get your family and gear to the beach everyday if your vacation home is some distance from the Atlantic ocean.

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