This charming seaside village is home to boutique shopping, a wide variety of restaurants and lovely coastal scenery. Most vacationers take advantage of the winding jogging/biking path that leads directly into the heart of Duck Village. Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere and an eclectic mix or old and new architecture., , The Town of Duck, NC, is that quiet, charming northern Outer Banks seaside town many vacationing families have been seeking. With 7 miles of clean beaches, miles of bike path and a walkable village center with shops, restaurants, a soundfront park and activities, and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound, Duck stretches north from Southern Shores to the Dare County/Currituck County line., The wide, uncrowded Duck beaches have been ranked among the top in the nation. Watersports in Duck are big at the beach, whether it’s swimming, surfing, fishing, sea kayaking, beach walking or just lazing in the sun by the ocean. On the other side of this narrow island is Currituck Sound — a perfect place to fish, sail, paddle a canoe or kayak, parasail, Jet Ski and windsurf. Several Duck recreational outfitters supply all the goods and gear you need for these sports. If you’re someone who prefers indoor recreation, you will appreciate Duck’s day spas., , Duck’s shopping scene is impressive. Many people staying elsewhere on the Outer Banks make a yearly tradition of shopping in Duck. All the stores here are locally owned and operated and therefore unique in character. Several shopping centers are tucked into the village, and they’re all clustered together to make shopping an all-day event you can do on foot. You’ll find a gourmet market, a produce stand, women’s boutiques, watersports gear and outdoor clothing, two great bookstores, toy stores, art galleries, gift shops and so much more., , Duck’s restaurants are also fantastic, including some of the top food and wine destinations on the Outer Banks. You can sip coffee in a front porch rocker, have a romantic dinner with a sound view, savor wine under a canopy of live oaks, eat al fresco while listening to jazz, catch sports on a bar TV, grab a slice of pizza, lick an ice cream cone while feeding ducks or take the whole family out for a seafood dinner., , In the past several years, Duck, NC, has become one of the most popular family beach destinations in the country. This likely has a lot to do with some very favorable publicity from the Travel Channel. Duck consistently ranks high on the Travel Channel’s annual America’s Best Beaches list and has been somewhere on the best beaches list since 2000. This is what the Travel Channel has to say about Duck: “Duck’s relative solitude and its vast array of neatly constructed rental homes make it ideal for families. That is, unless your family likes to go bar hopping until the wee hours, in which case you may be out of luck…. Still, while we admit Duck would never make the list for top spring break party spots, boredom is hardly a threat here.”, , Surprisingly, the Town of Duck has no public beach accesses. You can’t go to the beach in Duck unless you’re staying here. But all of the town’s planned developments/communities offer beach access. If you are renting a house or staying in the town’s bed and breakfast inn, you will certainly have access to the beach. Duck’s beaches are less crowded because there are no public beach accesses, but still you probably won’t ever have them all to yourself (unless it’s winter). Thousands of vacation renters get to that beach however they can. And, wisely, the Town of Duck supplies ocean rescue guards during the summer months., , 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 in Duck 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.