The beach is hands-down the most popular attraction in Kitty Hawk. There is no end to the pleasure to be had there - hunt for shells or sea glass, swim, fly a kite, people watch, build a sand castle, take a jog or walk, surf, boogie board, or if all that is too much, simply read a book or snooze. You can enjoy the surf and sand more safely and responsibly by being aware of the following town ordinances.
Red flags will fly at the beach when swimming is prohibited. This only happens when ocean conditions are very unsafe, even for experienced swimmers. Ignoring the warning could result in a fine up to $250, not to mention the risk you impose on your own safety and rescue personnel.
Dogs are always allowed on the beach in Kitty Hawk though there are some rules to follow. In season (from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day) between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., dogs must be on a leash that does not exceed six feet. At all other times dogs must be restrained on a leash that is retractable to 12 feet. They may be taken off the leash only if they will not disturb other people on the beach. If you take the leash off your dog, be sure he is under your control and within 30 feet of you at all times. Also be sure to carry the leash with you. At all times, the owner must clean up after the pet properly.
Boats or personal watercraft that are powered by an engine are not allowed to launch from or land on the beach at any time.