Here at Brindley Beach Vacations we’ve written about a lot of the things to do on the Outer Banks, but somehow we have never gotten around to saying anything about shopping—and that’s an oversight that has to be corrected.

The northern end of the Outer Banks, from Duck north to Corolla, is a shopper’s paradise, with unique areas that are wonderful for wandering about on foot and checking out what the stores have to offer.

The town of Duck with its interconnecting walkways, is at least a one day excursion and for a hardcore shopper a second day may be needed. With Greenleaf Gallery on the south end (allow yourself at least 45 minutes to wander through the rooms) and the Waterside Shops on the north end of the shopping district, there is something for everyone here, and probably more than one thing for everyone.

There are a number shopping areas in Corolla but three in particular really seem to have a unique combination of stores, galleries and restaurants.

TimBuck II and Corolla Light Town Center are designed for enjoying the day, being outside and taking in the shopping experience.

Shopping at the Village of Corolla is like taking a step back in time. Just north of the Whalehead Club, the shops, for the most part are restored and preserved buildings that have been in place since the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Within walking distance of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, it’s an experience that is truly memorable.

A quick note on the Outer Banks shops—almost all of them are locally owned. When you’re in one of the shops and talking to someone, there’s a good chance you’re talking to the owner.