I have lived and worked on the Outer Banks since 1990. This is a great area for family vacations, beach lovers, golfers, surfers and adventure sports. There are 4 lighthouses to visit along the Outer Banks, from Corolla to Ocracoke. Southern Shores is located about 25 miles from Corolla and about 1.5 hours from the Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry dock. There is a lot of history in the area as well, from the Wright Brothers Monument to the Lost Colony and Fort Raleigh on Roanoke Island. The Outer Banks also offers a chance to particiapate in marathons, half marathons and lots of 5Ks and 8Ks-for the running/walking buffs! I enjoy the beach activities and boating in the Currituck Sound. If you have any questions about the area or need recommendations, please let me know!