Coquina Beach Portraits

Many of our family portrait sessions are shot at Coquina Beach. Coquina Beach is located south of Whale Bone Junction, Nags Head and north of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (AKA: Oregon Inlet Bridge). The entrance to Coquina Beach (same side as the ocean) is directly across from Bodie Island Lighthouse.

Bodie Island Spelling:

The spelling of Bodie Island is correct, although there is a story behind it. More about the spelling of the Bodie Island Lighthouse here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodie_Island_Lighthouse

Coquina Beach Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coquina_Beach

Approximate distance and travel times to Coquina Beach:
(Please note, that on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, travel times may vary because of traffic coming and going to the Outer Banks. Please Contact Outer Banks Productions in advance if you are concerned. Late sessions are not adjusted or refunded.) You may wish to also consult travel reports or Outer Banks Traffic cameras: http://www.obxcams.com/ or https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/RegionSummary.aspx?co=28

Northern Beaches: (Drive south)

  • Corolla – 42 miles – 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Sanderling Resort – 30.1 miles – 51 minutes
  • Duck – 26.4 miles – 43 minutes
  • Southern Shores – 24.1 miles – 39 minutes
  • Kitty Hawk – 18.9 miles – 20 minutes
  • Kill Devil Hills – 16 miles – 25 minutes
  • Nags Head – 9.8 miles – 13 minutes

Southern Beaches: (Drive north)

  • Hatteras – 51.7 miles – 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Frisco – 48.1 miles – 1 hour and 4 minutes
  • Buxton – 41.9 miles – 55 minutes
  • Avon – 35.1 miles – 45 minutes
  • Salvo – 21.5 miles – 29 minutes
  • Rodanthe – 17.8 miles – 21 minutes

Finding Coquina Beach with a GPS:

To find the entrance to Coquina Beach with a GPS, you can try to enter one of the following:

  • Coquina Beach
  • 35°49’45.7″N 75°33’28.5″W
  • 35.829370, -75.557928
  • Bodie Island Lighthouse (The Coquina Beach access is right across from the Bodie Island Lighthouse.

Coquina Beach Entrance Map:

Directions to Coquina Beach coming from the North:
(Please see our GPS coordinates above if needed)

Coquina Beach is located south of Nags Head. To get to Coquina Beach from the northern Outer Banks, you will need to travel south on NC 12 entering either at Whalebone Junction or Old Oregon Inlet rd.  Those staying in South Nags Head will enter NC 12 at the southern most part of Old Oregon Inlet rd and then taking a left (south) towards Coquina Beach. The entrance to Coquina Beach is shortly before the Bodie Island Lighthouse and is directly across from the road that takes you to the Bodie Island Lighthouse. The entance is approximately 6.2 miles south of Whalehead Junction (10 minutes) and 1.2 miles south of the most southern part of Old Oregon Inlet rd. (1 minute). If you cross the long bridge over to Hatteras Island, you went too far.

Directions to Coquina Beach coming from the South:
 (Please see our GPS coordinates above if needed)

Coquina Beach is located north of Hatteras Island. To get to Coquina Beach from the southern Outer Banks you need to travel north and will want to cross the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (AKA: Oregon Inlet Bridge) Once you have crossed the bridge, the entrance to Coquina Beach is approximately 2.5 miles and takes about 3 minutes. You will see and pass the Bodie Island Light House on the left as you travel. The entrance to Coquina Beach is shortly after passing the Bodie Island Lighthouse and is directly across from the road that takes you to the Bodie Island Lighthouse. If you get to Whalebone Junction, you went too far.

Entering Coquina Beach:

1. When you get to Coquina Beach,
towards the ocean into the Coquina Beach entrance.
(Left if coming from the north and right if coming from the south)

Coquina Beach Entrance

Coquina Beach Entrance

2. Once you have entered the Coquina Beach access,
you will need to drive towards the “Bath House R.V. And Bus Parking sign

Coquina Beach Bath House Parking

Coquina Beach Bath House Parking

Coquina Beach Bath House Parking Sign

Coquina Beach Bath House Parking Sign

Coquina Beach Bath House Ahead

Coquina Beach Bath House Ahead

Coquina Beach Bath House

Coquina Beach Bath House

3. You will then wish to park and walk onto the deck.

Coquina Beach Bath House Entrance

Coquina Beach Bath House Entrance

4. Look for the “Welcome to Coquina Beach sign.

Coquina Beach Bath House Welcome Sign

Coquina Beach Bath House Welcome Sign

5. Now look towards the ocean and follow the walkway to the beach.

Coquina Beach Walkway

Coquina Beach Walkway

Coquina Beach Walkway

Coquina Beach Walkway

6. Your photographer will meet you at the end of the walkway on the beach.
Most photographers know us, so feel free to ask any of them to
point out the Outer Banks Productions staff.

(We usually have two cameras hanging off of us.)