Places to Visit in Avon

The Tri-Village Business District
Hatteras Island Plaza
Because of its central location on Hatteras Island, Avon has the most developed commercial district on the island. Anchored by a Food Lion, Hatteras Island Plaza is the largest shopping center on the island. In addition to the Food Lion there is an Ace Hardware, a pharmacy and number of restaurants and Duck Donuts.

Avon Pier
In operation since 1963, the Avon Pier is one of the best fishing piers along the Outer Banks. A wooden pier, it’s 665’ long so it gets out past the surf zone where some of the bigger fish are waiting to take some bait. It’s especially well-known for red drum landings, but just about everything imaginable has been caught off the pier.

There’s a very well-stocked fishing and bait store with cold drinks and snacks. Every pier charges to sightsee, but Avon Pier is the least expensive of all of them. The pier is a little bit crooked. That was not be design but by the forces of nature. Pangea Tavern, at the base of the pier, is a very nice bar and restaurant that has live music in season. The pier is owned and managed by Koru Resorts.

Windsports and Water Sports
With the ocean to the east and Pamlico Sound to the west, Avon is a center of wind and water sports for Hatteras Island. Hatteras Island was one of the first areas to get on board with windsurfing when it first became popular in the 1970s and 1980s and Ocean Air Sports and Ride Hatteras Surf Shop continue that tradition.

To a significant extent, kiteboarding has surpassed windsurfing as the wind sport for water, and Ocean Air Sports and Kite Club Hatteras offer product and lessons. Surfing is, of course, the most popular water sport on the Outer Banks and Kite Club Hatteras and Ride Hatteras Surf Shop offer lessons and product. The other exciting and relatively new water sport is Standup Paddleboarding (SUP). Almost everyone who sells and rents equipment is in into the SUP craze.

If you’re looking for something different to do on the water, check out OBX Jetovator. Sort of like a bicycle with high pressure water shooting out of the back, it’s different and a blast.

The Avon Beach
The beach at Avon is similar to all Hatteras Island beaches with soft sand and fairly wide. All beaches on Hatteras Island are managed by Cape Hatteras National Seashore. CHNS does allow beach driving and there are Off-road Vehicle ramps north and south of Avon for access. The National Park Service requires an ORV permit to drive on CHNS beaches.

Avon is a seasonal use beach for ORV vehicles, and beachgoers and ORV drivers are expected to share the sand.