Jessica Taylor has a passion for dolphin research and she keeps busy year round operating the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research (OBXCDR), a nonprofit organization that studies bottlenose dolphins in the Roanoke Sound.

If the sand and sun are too hot to handle, or if you just want to explore the waters like the Outer Banks' early Native American tribes, kayak rentals — as well as guided kayak tours — are a call or click away. Many equipment rental companies offer kayak delivery.