Duck, North Carolina got its’ 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 it’s a town with a split personality; on one hand it’s nothing more than a sleepy little town perfect for those seeking a quiet beachside vacation. On the other hand, it’s 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.
Duck is a relatively new vacation destination. Thirty years ago there were only a handful of locals, a few rustic vacation cottages scattered around the dunes and one gas station. In the 1980s, things started looking up for the tiny village. The vacation homes came first, then the shops, restaurants and recreational opportunities. Duck wasn’t even an official town until 2002, but now it’s a full-fledged vacation destination that offers everything you need for a great time at the beach.