Downtown Manteo is located just a few blocks off the main road but might seem like a world apart. The small streets that lead to the harbor are filled with gorgeous gardens, specialty shops, charming public spaces, locally and nationally renowned restaurants, water sports companies, gift shops, antique stores, bookstores, galleries, and more. The Pioneer Theater, a fixture in the town for decades, is located along these side streets and claims the honor of being the oldest single-screen and family-owned movie theater in America.
Roanoke Island Festival Park is just across the bridge from downtown Manteo. Docked there is the Elizabeth II, the elaborately constructed replica of a fantastic and detail-perfect example of the ship that brought the original colonists to Manteo. The ship can be explored in person during the prime summer months, guided by costumed interpreters, or can be admired by anyone who strolls along the downtown Manteo docks. Stationed right in the front of The Tranquil House, the Elizabeth II is an unmistakable and alluring site to any guest.
The Town of Manteo on Roanoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina includes a waterfront marina. The location offers easy access to the Roanoke Sound, Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a small but deep and well-protected harbor, accommodating vessels up to 150 feet in length. There are approximately 20 transient slips and 33 slips dedicated to seasonal and annual boaters. The marina offers arrangements for repairs, haul out, rental cars, and shuttle services to nearby airports in Manteo and Norfolk, VA. Manteo Marina is on VHF-16 or call the Dockmaster for directions on approach or for information.
The Outer Banks
The beaches of the outer banks of North Carolina are unmatched in beauty and surprising finds. Whether you stumble across the wild horses of Corolla or the dolphins that frequent the waters surrounding the ribbons of sand that form the outer banks, you are in for a treat every time. Jockey’s Ridge, the largest sand dune of the east coast, seems to tower to the sky as you scale the sides, and the sunset is magnificent to behold if you time your visit just right.
Thanks to the National Seashore, the beaches are pristine and provide visitors with a perfect seaside experience whether you are sunbathing, sightseeing, shell hunting, fishing, or surfing. The outer banks are renowned for fishing adventures that will wow even the seasoned angler. Kayakers, cyclers, and hikers will find some of the experience exhilarating.
History buffs can find everything from the mystery of the Roanoke settlers to pirate lairs and lighthouses to fill any scrapbook or timeline. From one end of the banks to the other you will find quaint villages, seaside paradises, fishing havens, ferry rides, and island getaways to satisfy each member of the family.