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Manteo is located on Roanoke Island near the Roanoke and the Croatan Sounds. The island is well known as being the site of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. The city of Manteo was founded in 1899, but it seems much older - in part to the Elizabethan and Old World style buildings found here. There is also a replica of a 16th century sailing vessel anchored in the harbor, and the area surrounding the town is steeped in history. Roanoke Island lies between mainland North Carolina and the Outer Banks, and in the late 1500s, was the site of the first attempt at English colonization in America. This settlement of 117 men, women and children disappeared without a trace and became known as The Lost Colony. The country's first and longest-running outdoor drama, called The Lost Colony, is performed on the island each night during the summer months, and the remains of the original settlement can be seen at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The town of Manteo is the cultural and commercial hub for Dare County and Roanoke Island. It has a restored waterfront with restaurants and shops and is a great place to explore. Other attractions on Roanoke Island include the Elizabethan Gardens, the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the Roanoke Island Festival Park, a 27-acre park with an interactive museum, performers dressed in period costumes, an art gallery, boardwalks through natural marshes, picnic areas and much more.

Surrounding areas: Nags Head, North Carolina (4.5 mi), Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (7.5 mi), Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (10.9 mi), Point Harbor, North Carolina (13.5 mi), Duck, North Carolina (18.6 mi), Sanderling, North Carolina (21.9 mi), Rodanthe, North Carolina (24.7 mi)

Manteo Vacation Rentals

Manteo Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Elizabethan Inn814 Hwy 64Manteo, NC (252) 473-2101
Scarborough Inn524 Hwy 64/264Manteo, NC (252) 473-3979
Nags Head Inn4701 S Virginia Dare TRLNags Head, NC4.1 mi.(919) 441-0454
Quality Inn Sea Oatel7123 South Virginia Dare TRLNags Head, NC4.3 mi.(919) 441-7191
First Colony Inn6720 S Va Dare TRLNags Head, NC4.5 mi.(919) 441-5340
Days Inn-oceanfront101 N Virginia Dare TRLKill Devil Hills, NC7.4 mi.(252) 441-7211
Comfort Inn North401 N Virginia Dare TrlKill Devil Hills, NC7.5 mi.(252) 480-2600
Days Inn Mariner180 N Virginia Dare TrlKill Devil Hills, NC7.5 mi.(252) 441-2021
Budget Host InnKill Devil Hills, NC8.5 mi.(252) 441-2503
Beach Haven Motel4104 Va Dare TRLKitty Hawk, NC10.9 mi.(919) 261-4785
Holiday Inn Express3919 Croatan HwyKitty Hawk, NC11.0 mi.(252) 261-4888
Hilton Garden Inn5353 N Virginia Dare TrlKitty Hawk, NC13.4 mi.(252) 261-1290
Sanderling Inn & Resort1461 Duck RdKitty Hawk, NC21.2 mi.(919) 261-4111
Hatteras Island ResortRodanthe, NC24.7 mi.(252) 987-2345

Manteo Weather & Climate

The Outer Banks weather is generally mild year round with abundant sunshine. Summer precipitation is the greatest and also the most variable, occurring mostly with thunderstorms. Daily showers are not uncommon, but neither are periods of one to two weeks without rain. Autumn is the driest season. Summer air temperatures are generally cooler along the immediate coastline than even just a few miles inland. The Gulf Stream has some direct effect on winter weather, especially on the immediate coast. Though it lies some 50 miles offshore, warm water eddies spin off from the Gulf Stream and helps moderate the winter air temperatures along the Outer Banks. Occasionally the Gulf Stream clashes with the cold Labrador Current, causing unstable conditions. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to influence North Carolina weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 35°F 4.67 in. 49°F
February 53°F 37°F 3.22 in. 46°F
March 60°F 43°F 4.62 in. 52°F
April 68°F 51°F 3.13 in. 59°F
May 75°F 59°F 4.21 in. 68°F
June 82°F 68°F 4.77 in. 73°F
July 86°F 72°F 5.25 in. 77°F
August 85°F 71°F 5.64 in. 80°F
September 80°F 67°F 4.93 in. 76°F
October 71°F 56°F 4.10 in. 70°F
November 63°F 48°F 3.40 in. 58°F
December 55°F 40°F 3.67 in. 55°F

Manteo Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Northeastern Regional airport (EDE) located about 50 miles west of Manteo in Edenton, North Carolina, the Chesapeake Regional airport (CPK) located approximately 63 miles northwest of Manteo in Norfolk, Virginia, the Norfolk International airport (ORF) located roughly 74 miles northwest of Manteo in Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Williamsburg, Virginia, and finally the Suffolk Municipal airport (SFQ) located around 74 miles northwest of Manteo in Suffolk, Virginia.

Manteo Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Dowdy'sNags HeadNC4.5 mi.
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA67.4 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA67.4 mi.
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA110.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Nags Head Golf LinksNags HeadNC3.8 mi.
Duck Woods Country ClubKitty HawkNC10.6 mi.
Sea Scape Golf LinksKitty HawkNC10.6 mi.
Pointe Golf ClubPowells PointNC19.3 mi.
Carolina ClubGrandyNC25.4 mi.
Goose Creek Golf & Country ClubGrandyNC25.4 mi.
State Parks
Jockeys Ridge State ParkNC4.4 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC 
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA73.2 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC102.9 mi.

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