kitty hawk kites, (252) 441-4124, www.kittyhawk.com, has an amazing selection of kites, as well as other fun beachside equipment. many island locations.

tullio’s pastry shop, (252) 261-7111, has excellent cheesecake and key lime pie.

jockey’s ridge state park, in nags head, (252) 441-7132, features the highest dunes on the east coast.