• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

National Park Service Lifeguarded Beaches, Summer 2010

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Date: May 27, 2010
Contact: National Park Service, 252-473-2111 x148

Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s lifeguarded beaches will open on May 29, 2010.  Lifeguards will be on duty at Coquina Beach (Nags Head) and Ocracoke Day Use area from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Additional lifeguards are being hired for the lifeguard beach in Buxton but their starting dated is not yet confirmed.

Before going to the beach, please check with local weather sources for updated surf and rip current conditions.  Planning your visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore will enhance your enjoyment and comfort.  Having an accident will spoil any vacation.  Please observe all rules and regulations for your safety.  Know your limits and understand the hazards.


  • Do not swim in hazardous surf.  Please watch your children in and near the water at all times.


  • Use caution to avoid jellyfish and stingrays.  If stung by a jellyfish, do not touch irritated skin or wash with fresh water.  Shuffle feet lightly while wading to scare stingrays away.


  • Rip currents are strong river-like currents that move away from the shore.  If caught in a rip current, stay calm, wave for assistance, and swim parallel to shore. Don't swim against the current.  Once out of the current swim directly to shore.

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.