There’s something about the smell of the waterfront. The brine of the sea, sun-baked into the docks, fusing with the diesel from the boats, the likes of which have seen countless hours offshore. Co-mingle that with fresh cut bait, a hot basket of hush puppies, and the result is somehow intoxicating, exciting and comforting all at the same time.
All you have to do is start heading west, and you’ll find yourself at the OBX Marina & Tiki Bar. A place where folks come to work, play and support their local community.
With a hefty fleet of charter boats, commercial boats, marine mechanics, welders, seafood markets — you name it — this is a working community with deep roots that thrive on hard work, tradition and family.
Located in the heart of the fishing community, just a short drive from the central beaches and 6 miles from Oregon Inlet, you will find OBX Marina & Tiki Bar. It’s in the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park, nestled perfectly against Broad Creek and the Roanoke Sound.
Salt air? Check. Fresh breeze? Check. Fun times? Check, most definitely, check.
Owned and operated by the Umphlett family, the marina is in the perfect locale for locals and visitors alike: When the day is done, and your feet hit dry land, you can round it all out with a tasty grouper taco or an array of other tasty treats, and then enjoy some live music at the Tiki Bar.
While this crew seems to enjoy their fair share of work and play, giving back to the community is an item always top on the docket.
The marina also is the site of the annual Dare County Special Olympics BBQ fundraiser, now in its fifth year.
The event, which is from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, includes a barbecue dinner with cole slaw, baked beans, hushpuppies, soda and water; a 50/50 raffle and other raffles; a dolphin cruise for Special Olympics athletes; live music by Sandbar Blues; dancing; and the Tiki Bar will be open for purchase of adult beverages.
Proceeds from the event ensure that all Dare County Special Olympics participants are equipped with the proper uniforms, able to train and compete and have travel expenses covered to state games, swim meets and enjoy outings, such as horseback riding.
The Dare County Special Olympics serves more than 76 school-age children, as well as adults.
In 2016, the barbecue fundraiser raised $10,000, and private donations nearly totaled the amount raised.
The event is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to come out, have a great meal, listen to great tunes, and support a worthy cause.