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A black skimmer at the north end of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, located on the north end of Hatteras Island, N.C. The refuge is home to 400 species of birds and offers a variety of free educational programs.(Credit: AP, 2011)

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Hatteras Island, N.C.

Hatteras Island along North Carolina's Outer Banks has beauty, serenity and calm. Yes, you can find plenty to do, such as fishing and wind surfing. But Hatteras also is the place to sit on the beach, walk on the beach and nap on the beach. The best part about Hatteras? Most of what makes it special is free.