Make the Most of Check-in Day

Check-in day is the most important day of vacation because it often determines the rest of the week. While we work our magic getting your house in pristine condition, don’t wait! Go out and seize what Cape Hatteras has to offer!

Check out our map to the best check-in day activities here or at the bottom of the page!

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But before you start your adventure, you’ll probably need to make a few bathroom breaks. Don’t worry, there are plenty of bathhouses and rest areas along highway 12. Pea Island Visitor Center, Canadian Hole, and the Frisco Bathhouse are just a few places with dedicated restrooms and breathing areas near the beach and Pamlico Sound. Be sure to let your pets and little ones out to stretch, use the bathroom, and take a break from the long drive. Bring your swimming gear separate from luggage, and a cooler with picnic items so you can skip the hassle of finding everything.

The early bird gets the worm. The options for a full day are limitless. For example, REAL Watersports provides half and full day lessons involving foiling, surfing, and much more. Not quite ready to jump in the water? Then maybe a day on the water. The ferry is the best (and only) way to travel to Ocracoke Island. Try the new passenger ferry which takes you directly to the town of Ocracoke. Bikes and golf carts are popular ways to get around; see why and try them for yourself!

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Take a break to enjoy nature and release any post-drive stress. The sound and the beach are two excellent places to relax, but nature trails are unique visits. Near the lighthouse are pet-friendly nature trails that can stretch for miles. Take a lunch with your family at the picnic tables and spend a few hours in nature.

Since you’re close by, climb the lighthouse for a small price, and tour the surrounding historical buildings are open for free!

If the sun’s beating down on you, there are plenty of shops and restaurants with air conditioning. Try some beach-wear shopping or grab a phone charger that you left at home. Afterward, eat a nice meal or ice cream to reward your family for the patience of travel. The shopping centers at Hatteras and Avon are sure to have whatever you need for your vacation, including a souvenir or two.

The restaurants of Hatteras Island each offer something special, try a different one each day. After a bite to eat, treat yourself to the many Ice cream shops all over the island. Some are small and stylish, others are large and elegant.

The kids are sure to be excited and antsy, so tiring them out first may be the best option. The beach lets them quickly exhaust their energy, but go-karting and laser tag should also do the trick. Frisco Mini-Golf and Go-Karts, and HWY 12 Amusements are here to give kids and parents alike an experience of competition, adrenaline, and fun.

Driving and sitting in a car can be draining, and sometimes the energy to do anything is nonexistent. Spa Koru is there for your relaxing needs. Visit their spa for a soothing massage and set the tone for the rest of your stay.

Our guaranteed check-in time is 6pm. By the time you’re done with first-day adventures, we will have your home ready for you. Make sure you get a good night’s rest!

For more to do on your check-in day, check out this personalized map with everything mentioned and more!