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Southern-Shores is a planned residential community located between the towns of Duck and Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks. It stretches across the island from the oceanfront to the Bogue Sound, and offers a wide variety of activities and amenities for visitors. The year round population of Southern Shores is 2,600 but grows to approximately 10,000 in the summertime. Incorporated in 1979, the town of Southern Shores is located north of Route 158, and is a quiet, relaxing place, yet just minutes to all of the area's major attractions. Nearby Kitty Hawk was made famous by the Wright Brothers, although the famous flight actually took place at neighboring Kill Devil Hills (which is where you'll find the Wright Brothers National Memorial.) The area boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast, and plenty of activities such as swimming, sunning, fishing, beachcombing, hiking and golf. A little further south is famous Nags Head, a resort since the early 1800s that offers shipwreck remains and other historic sites. Going the other direction takes you to the charming town of Duck, and on to the more secluded, windswept beaches of Corolla. Other nearby attractions includes Roanoke Island (site of The Lost Colony,) the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the North Carolina Aquarium.

Surrounding areas: Edenton, North Carolina (13.3 mi), Harrellsville, North Carolina (20.2 mi), Point Harbor, North Carolina (34.7 mi), Corolla, North Carolina (36.1 mi), Sanderling, North Carolina (36.2 mi), Duck, North Carolina (36.6 mi), Carova, North Carolina (38.2 mi)

Southern Shores Vacation Rentals

Southern Shores Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Super 8 Motel501 Virginia RdEdenton, NC12.2 mi.(252) 482-2017
Hampton Inn115 Hampton DrEdenton, NC12.6 mi.(252) 482-3500
Microtel Inn & Suites848 Halstead BlvdElizabeth City, NC13.6 mi.(252) 331-7751
Quality Inn522 S Hughes BlvdElizabeth City, NC13.7 mi.(252) 338-3951
Hampton Inn402 Halstead BlvdElizabeth City, NC13.8 mi.(252) 333-1800
Comfort Inn Of Elizabeth City306 S Hughes BlvdElizabeth City, NC14.2 mi.(252) 338-8900
Culpepper Inn609 West Main StElizabeth City, NC14.8 mi.(252) 335-9235
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1017 Clemson Rd/frontage RdColumbia, NC18.1 mi.(910) 436-1900
Holiday Inn Express840 Us Hwy 64 WPlymouth, NC27.0 mi.(252) 793-4700

Southern Shores Weather & Climate

The Gulf Stream and latitude  are the most influencing factors in North Carolina's coastal weather. Along the immediate coast, warm water eddies from the Gulf Stream help moderate winter air temperatures, especially along the Outer Banks. Coastal fronts are common during the winter and can push inland, bringing with it warmer than normal temperatures. However, at times, it can meet with the cold Labrador Current and the two opposing currents can cause rough weather for a short duration. There is no distinct wet or dry season in North Carolina, average rainfall varies throughout the year. Summer precipitation is normally the greatest with showers and thunderstorms. Autumn is the driest season. Snow and sleet occur once or twice per year along the coast. 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 52°F 33°F 4.16 in. 49°F
February 55°F 34°F 3.32 in. 46°F
March 63°F 40°F 4.31 in. 52°F
April 72°F 48°F 3.24 in. 59°F
May 79°F 57°F 4.23 in. 68°F
June 86°F 65°F 4.46 in. 73°F
July 89°F 70°F 5.17 in. 78°F
August 87°F 68°F 5.30 in. 80°F
September 82°F 63°F 4.69 in. 77°F
October 73°F 51°F 3.64 in. 70°F
November 64°F 43°F 2.81 in. 58°F
December 56°F 36°F 3.02 in. 55°F

Southern Shores Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Northeastern Regional airport (EDE) located about 12 miles southwest of Southern Shores in Edenton, North Carolina, the Norfolk International airport (ORF) located approximately 53 miles north of Southern Shores in Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Williamsburg, Virginia, the Pitt Greenville airport (PGV) located roughly 64 miles southwest of Southern Shores in Greenville, North Carolina, and finally the Newport News Williamsburg International airport (PHF) located around 68 miles north of Southern Shores in Newport News, Virginia.

Southern Shores Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Dowdy'sNags HeadNC45.8 mi.
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA54.4 mi.
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburgVA79.4 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA54.4 mi.
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA79.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Sound Golf Links at Albemarle PlantationHertfordNC4.1 mi.
Chowan Golf & Country ClubEdentonNC12.3 mi.
State Parks
Pettigrew State ParkNC24.6 mi. 
Merchants Millpond State ParkNC24.7 mi. 
Dismal Swamp State ParkNC25.2 mi. 
National Maritime CenterNorfolkVA48.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Chrysler Museum of ArtNorfolkVA48.9 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hampton Roads Naval MuseumNorfolkVA48.9 mi.(History)
Mariners' MuseumNewport NewsVA57.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Peninsula Fine Arts CenterNewport NewsVA57.5 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC44.2 mi.
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA48.9 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC101.7 mi.

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