Beach Metal Detecting
Finding Outer Banks Treasures

Beach metal detecting has become a popular beach combing hobby for many tourists, myself included.

As a family, beach combing for seashells has brought many hours of fun for us.

But for me there is nothing like an early morning walk with my favorite metal detector in search of lost treasures.

You never know what treasures you may find

  • Old Spanish Coins
  • Colonial Coins
  • Modern Coins
  • Old Relics
  • Jewelry

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Beach Treasure Hunting at the Outer Banks

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Certain areas you are prohibited from metal detecting

  • From the south Nags Head line to Oregon Inlet
  • Hatteras Island
  • Ocracoke Island
One rule to remember, if you are on any of the National Seashore you cannot metal detect.
The beaches starting in South Nags Head all the way north to the VA state line are open for metal detecting.

Of course you should always check the local laws before detecting.

My most recent Outer Banks treasures

On my last vacation we were staying in Duck. Every morning I metal detected for about two hours. My searching found a couple rings and a small piece of jewelry, several modern coins, fishing lures and match box cars. It was a great time on the beach even though there was no gold and diamonds found.

Beach Metal Detecting Tips

A large search coil on your detector helps cover more area faster.

A detector with a salt elimination mode is important if searching in wet sand.

I like to use a folding camp shovel for digging.

Always fill the hole you dig.

Don't overlook searching in the surf.

For retrieving your finds in the surf, a long handle scoop works well.

Pay attention to where people set up their beach chairs and lay a blanket, this is a great area to search.

Tips About What Metal Detecting Equipment to Choose

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Best Time To Metal Detect For Lost Beach Treasures

Treasure hunting at the Outer Banks can be rewarding any time of the year.

If you are interested in finding old relics and treasures from the sunken ships of the Graveyard of the Atlantic, you will have greater success during the months of November to April.

During this time, the stronger surf erodes away the beach and exposes buried ships and their lost cargo.

This is not the time for the fair weather person to search for treasure. The winds are strong and the surf is rough, making for cold and unpleasant conditions.

But if you are willing to dress for the weather and brave the conditions, you may be rewarded with some lost treasures from one of the old sunken ships. Don't forget about those items lost during the summer tourist season.

If you find yourself drawn to the Outer Banks by stories of Blackbeard's treasure and the treasures of sunken vessels along the Diamond Shoals, you will want to add a good metal detector to your packing list and come join us treasure hunters on the Outer Banks.

Treasures found while beach metal detecting

If you have been metal detecting on the beaches where you like to visit. This is the place to show off the Treasures you have found.

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Sterling Silver Rings Found On Beach 
I found these two sterling rings while on vacation in June 2009. I like to comb the beach where people lay their towels and set up beach chairs. On …

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I went to Holly Beach, Louisiana to metal comb and beach detect on the surf areas, I got more coins than ever !! $5.75 in change.....some old coins, most …

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While I was metal detecting I found a dragon biker ring, golden anklet and some earrings.

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