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Rodanthe is located on the northern end of Hatteras Island and is the first town below Oregon Inlet and the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. At one time the entire north end of Hatteras Island was known as Chicamacomico, but the U.S. Postal Service changed the name to Rodanthe in 1874. By the early 1900s, three distinct villages had become established in the area - North Rodanthe, South Rodanthe and Clark. Later, the northern village kept the name Rodanthe, and the others were given new names once again. The village of Rodanthe is known for its' unique custom of celebrating Christmas twice each year - once on December 25 and again on "Old Christmas," which is during the first week of January. In a custom that dates back to Medieval England, the town welcomes "Old Buck," a stuffed bull that is part of the holiday celebration. Attractions near Rodanthe include the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which covers 45 square miles of the island and is home to the tallest brick lighthouse in the country. Nearby Hatteras Village is the site of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and is also the outpost for the ferry to Ocracoke Island, which was once the hiding place for Blackbeard the Pirate.

Surrounding areas: Waves, North Carolina (1.8 mi), Salvo, North Carolina (3.7 mi), Avon, North Carolina (16.9 mi), Manteo, North Carolina (24.7 mi), Frisco, North Carolina (26.4 mi), Nags Head, North Carolina (26.6 mi), Hatteras Village, North Carolina (28.7 mi)

Rodanthe Vacation Rentals

Rodanthe Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hatteras Island ResortRodanthe, NC (252) 987-2345
Cape Hatteras MotelBuxton, NC22.9 mi.(252) 995-5611
Cape Hatteras MotelHwy 12Buxton, NC22.9 mi.(800) 995-0711
Comfort Inn Hatteras IslandOld Lighthouse Rd State Rd 12Buxton, NC22.9 mi.(252) 995-6100
Lighthouse View Motel Inc.46677 Hwy 12Buxton, NC22.9 mi.(252) 995-5680
Quality Inn Sea Oatel7123 South Virginia Dare TRLNags Head, NC23.2 mi.(919) 441-7191
Elizabethan Inn814 Hwy 64Manteo, NC24.7 mi.(252) 473-2101
Scarborough Inn524 Hwy 64/264Manteo, NC24.7 mi.(252) 473-3979
Nags Head Inn4701 S Virginia Dare TRLNags Head, NC25.6 mi.(919) 441-0454
First Colony Inn6720 S Va Dare TRLNags Head, NC26.6 mi.(919) 441-5340
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites58822 Hwy 2 & Marina WayHatteras, NC28.7 mi.(252) 986-1110

Rodanthe Weather & Climate

The Gulf Stream has some direct effect on North Carolina temperatures, especially on the immediate coast. Though the Gulf Stream lies some 50 miles offshore, warm water eddies spin off from it and moderate the winter air temperatures along the Outer Banks. Coastal fronts are common during the winter months, and can push inland, bringing warmer than expected temperatures to the coastal areas. However, at times the cold Labrador Current passes between the Gulf Stream and the North Carolina coast, offsetting most of the general warming effect the Gulf Stream might otherwise have on coastal temperatures. The meeting of the two opposing currents sometimes provides a breeding ground for rough weather. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are lower than those even a few miles inland. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the 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. 77°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

Rodanthe Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Northeastern Regional airport (EDE) located about 68 miles northwest of Rodanthe in Edenton, North Carolina.

Rodanthe Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Dowdy'sNags HeadNC26.6 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA91.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Nags Head Golf LinksNags HeadNC24.8 mi.
State Parks
Cape Hatteras State ParkNC25.4 mi. 
Jockeys Ridge State ParkNC26.9 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC24.7 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC94.8 mi.
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA97.9 mi.

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