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Duck, North Carolina got itsí unusual name due to the large numbers of waterfowl that once flocked to the area during migratory season. This small resort village is located on the north end of the Outer Banks. It is a peaceful residential area, well known for having some of the best beaches on the Atlantic Coast. Some say itís a town with a split personality; on one hand itís nothing more than a sleepy little town perfect for those seeking a quiet beachside vacation. On the other hand, itís a lively area packed with as much as possible into such a small community. Many who stay elsewhere on the Outer Banks often make a point to visit Duck to stroll through the shops and eat. A mile long stretch through the center of town is lined with boutiques, unique gift shops, cafes and restaurants. There are no hotels in town, but many rental cottages are available and one bed & breakfast inn. A convenient trolley is available within the community for the elderly. Although quiet in nature, Duck has plenty of activities. The soundside north area offers kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, boating, sailing and windsurfing. There is a bike path that runs the entire length of the village that can also be used for walking, biking, and kids on trikes and inline skating. Early morning you will usually see lots of people jogging, running and power walking along the bike path. Kite flying is another popular beach activity Ė fun for kids as well as adults. Just north of town is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Pier, a fascinating world-renowned coastal research facility that is open to the public for tours. The facility was created to study the processes of the surrounding barrier islands, and over the years has collected a wealth of data during hurricanes and Noríeasters.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is unlike any other place in the country. Once a commercial fishing region, the beaches are now lined with cozy summer cottages and beautiful resorts. Duck is a great place to soak up the sun on the pristine beaches, enjoy a great meal, shop and end the day with a romantic stroll on the beach. Other Outer Banks attractions near the town of Duck include the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Lighthouse, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kill Devil Hills and the Corolla wild horses. Five miles north of Duck is an exclusive resort community with a beautiful upscale inn, restaurant and spa. To the south is the town of Southern Shores, which is predominantly residential and very similar in character to the quiet side of Duck. A local artist developed Southern Shores in the 1940s, with the emphasis on keeping the community in harmony with nature. Canals and waterpaths abound in the city, which consists of only four square miles of land. Youíll also find two private marinas in Southern Shores, a golf course, picnic areas and plenty of beach access. Both Southern Shores and the town of Duck provide gorgeous sunsets and tranquil sunrises.


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