Avon

South of the Tri-Villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo, past a sizable stretch of undeveloped Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Avon is considered the largest and busiest of the Hatteras Island towns (but remember that’s relative to Hatteras Island, not where you come from). Avon has the only two stoplights on the island and the only chain grocery store. It also has a wealth of accommodations, shops, restaurants, water-sports outfitters and a well-loved fishing pier over the ocean. If you’re here to kite board, standup paddleboard or windsurf, Avon has several businesses that can hook you up. South of Avon is one of the island’s most popular kite boarding and windsurfing spots; it’s known as The Haulover or Canadian Hole.