For those traveling to the Outer Banks, The Cotton Gin is a beloved landmark with its large windmill and picturesque gardens. The Cotton Gin has stood in the same location since 1929, starting as a working cotton gin and growing to a gift store with 4 locations. Visitors are treated to a unique shopping experience in our main store in Jarvisburg, as well as our beach stores in Corolla, Duck, and Nags Head. Explore room after room filled with décor for your home and coastal fashions for both men and women. Discover the brands you really want, like, Vera Bradley, Vineyard Vines, Escapada, Simply Southern, Lindsay Phillips, Scout, Pandora, Kameleon, Brighton, Spartina, Tommy Bahama, Southern Tide and Salt Life and Old Guys Rule - all under one roof! Don’t forget the gourmet market, or shop our beautiful linens for your bedroom and bath. We also feature coastal books and fine art, or just a whimsical fun gift to bring home to family and friends. Stop by soon and don’t forget to try our estate grown wines in our stores or visit our vineyard and winery, Sanctuary Vineyards, located adjacent to the original Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg.
Mariners who are exploring locally will want to bear in mind that the average depth of the sound is 4' feet and should plan accordingly. Public boat launches that access the Currituck Sound can be found at the following locations.
- The Whalehead in Historic Corolla in Corolla
- 2205 Bay Street in Kill Devil Hills
- 129 Brumley Road in Knotts Island
- 482 Waterlily Road in Coinjock
- 458 Poyners Road in Currituck
- 101 Poplar Branch Road in Poplar Branch
- 126 Creekside Drive in Moyock
Mariners who are passing through via the ICW can stop at the Midway Marina and Motel or the Coinjock Marina for supplies. The Coinjock Marina features an on-site restaurant, while the Midway Marina has a small waterfront motel for ICW travelers who need to stop for the night.
Watersports are very popular in the Currituck Sound and there are an abundance of fun activities to choose from.
Kayaking - kayaks can be rented at a number of locations along the Currituck Beaches, including Ocean Atlantic Rentals, Coastal Explorations, Just for the Beach Rentals, and Corolla Water Sports. Kayaks are often rented on an hourly basis, and kayakers can launch from the waterfront shop itself, or from the Historic Corolla Park adjacent to the Whalehead in Historic Corolla. Several local companies, like Kitty Hawk Kites in Corolla, also offer guided eco-tours or sunset tours for beginners.
Kiteboarding - Kiteboarding is popular in Corolla in the spring and fall months when the wind is consistently strong and averages 10 - 20 mph.Visitors can schedule lessons and pick up equipment rentals in Corolla at Corolla Kiteboarding, Island Revolution, or Kitty Hawk Kites. Kiteboarders can launch at the Historic Corolla Park or via a soundfront vacation rental with an advertised watersports launch.
Windsurfing - Similar to kiteboarding, many wind sports enthusiasts attest that windsurfing is an easier, gentler way to enjoy fast-moving rides on the open sound waters. Lessons and equipment can be found in Corolla at Kitty Hawk Kites and other watersports companies.
Stand-up Paddleboarding - This relatively new sport is an easy way for active visitors to get their toes wet in the Currituck Sound. Lessons and equipment can be picked up at Corolla Surf Shop, Island Revolution, Kitty Hawk Kites, and Nor'banks Sailing and Watersports.
Sailing - Though not the most popular watersport in the region, sailing in the Currituck Sound is picking up steam thanks to an abundance of open terrain to discover. Nor'banks Sailing and Watersports in Duck offers both equipment rentals and sailing clinics for newcomers and visitors.
Wave runners and Jet Skis - Large portions of the Currituck Sound are open for waver runners and jet skis. Visitors can rent vessels by the hour at Corolla Water Sports, Kitty Hawk Kites, and Promenade Watersports in Kitty Hawk.