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Highlights Outer Banks

  • Fresh Seafood Cuisine
  • Incredible Coastline
  • Fun-filled Beach Activities
  • Relaxing and Refreshing Local Culture
  • Gorgeous Sand Dunes and National Parks

Best Vacation Rentals in Outer Banks

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Hatteras Island, Dare County
Vacation Rental • 2 Guests • 2 Bedrooms
4.8
(61 reviews)
Island Time is our little slice of paradise in the Outer Banks. It's small so we have done everything to utilize the space as efficiently and artistically as possible. It's very cheerful, clean and we think it's just the perfect little getaway place. We've had lots of honeymooners and many repeat visitors over the years at our Quality Time Studio nearby, and will continue doing our best to ensure our guests have a vacation to remember at our new place I.Spend some time experiencing the wonders of Cape Hatteras at your doorstep. Relax on our roof top deck under the brightest stars you will e...
from $101 / night
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Corolla, Currituck County
Vacation Rental • 2799 ft² • 6 Bedrooms
4.8
(42 reviews)
Sometimes dreams do come true, and we would love to share our dream with you for your own family retreat at Bluewater Dream.This beautiful home is filled with everything you could possibly want for a wonderful beach vacation. There is a private pool and 6 person hot tub, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, jetted tub in the top floor master bath, a game room with wet bar and a screened porch with wonderful lighthouse views. New for 2022 were Trex deck furniture, a Mesh WiFi system and Roku added to all TVs.We chose this house for its perfect location in the c...
from $350 / night
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Duck (nc), Dare County
Vacation Rental • 1496 ft² • 3 Bedrooms
4.6
(23 reviews)
Welcome to OM Shanthi (trans: Peace). Om Shanthi is a peaceful and aesthetically pleasing vacation rental for those visitors seeking a quiet and peaceful dwelling in which to enjoy their time on the Outer Banks. Our three bedroom/two bath beach home is one of the nicest condo rentals you will find on the OBX. We pride ourselves in providing the best furnishings, amenities, and artwork in this clean and well lit home! We keep our kitchen stocked with the basic tools and ingredients for cooking simple, as well as the basic need for laundry and bathing. If you are seeking a party atmosphere, t...
from $152 / night

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Vacation rental prices Outer Banks

$407for 11 Feb - 18 Feb
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Outer Banks Vacation Rentals

Living On The Edge in Outer Banks

Grab a big group of friends or your sweetheart and escape to the beach in Outer Banks, NC. With a range of oceanfront villas, cottages, inns and vacation houses available in the area, you’ll find it hard to commit to just one spot to live in for your stay. Don’t confine yourself – there’s nothing wrong with some property hopping when you’re travelling. Choose from rental home cottages, relaxing and cheerful oceanfront villa, furnished loft apartments in Ocracoke, Beachhouse studios in Kill Devil Hills or even an eclectic treehouse for 4! Outer Banks is the prime vacation spot for large groups of 7 and more, looking for large properties to share and enjoy.

Get Back To Nature

Outer Banks is the perfect place to not only stroll on the beach and relax with oceanfront views but partake in nature and launch your solo kayak expedition from Kitty Hawk Bay – that is, if you can convince yourself to leave your rental for the day. Vacation homes in the area are chock-a-block full of features like garden terraces, kitchen appliances, patio barbecues, private indoor and outdoor heated pools, fireplaces, entertainment centres and hot tubs with tiki bars and hammocks. Many vacation homes also welcome your family’s furry friends. Of course, almost every rental home comes with direct access to the beaches so you’re never more than a couple of steps away from shining Atlantic waters. You’ll come for the R’n’R but you’ll be absolutely mesmerized by your vacation rental’s panoramic views.

Orientation

Enjoy Some TLC in OBX

Known locally as “OBX”, Outer Banks, NC is made up of a string of barrier islands that separate the mainland of the southern east coast of the United States from the Atlantic Ocean. The area is made up of four distinct islands: Bodie, Hatteras, Ocracoke, Portsmouth and Core Banks. The North Carolina coastline is lined with interesting shipwrecks, miles and miles of gorgeous sand and crisp waves, beautiful coves and less-populated spots from where you can launch your canoe or kayak. Because of its “barrier” position, Outer Banks is also known to receive the first hit form tropical storms. Yet, this doesn’t stop vacationers and travelers from flocking to the area, primarily because of its gorgeous coastline, historic lighthouses and sojourns with nature.

Be One With Nature

Even though it maintains an urban vibe, mainly thanks to its rich tourism industry, Outer Banks is truly every nature lover’s dream come true. The area affords many opportunities for bird watching and fishing, hiking and kayaking right from the coastline. The large sand dunes of Jockeys Ridge State Park are a great place to take off on your own hang gliding adventure and this is besides the score of other activities the island promotes which includes golfing, surfing, marathons and wine tastings. If you want to get around all the islands dotting Outer Banks, using the ferry service is your best bet. There are charter flights available from nearby Dare & Currituck County airports. The best way to get around, especially for those not familiar with the area is definitely via a car rental.

Nags Head, Outer Banks
Nags Head, Outer Banks

Activities

Outer Banks for Families

Outer Banks is the perfect spot for quiet family vacations and get-togethers with friends. The summer season is easy and light, romantic and soft, perfect for lovers who are looking to slow down and simply get away. Strolls along the ocean's edge or views of sunsets from atop Jockeys Ridge State Park leave everyone who comes in to Outer Banks with memories they won't soon forget. Indulging in simple activities like beach volleyball or visiting any of the island cruises will allow families to take full advantage of the oceanfront location. Families can also enjoy mini golf or take a tour of the shipwrecks and lighthouses. During the summertime, don't miss out on the chance to groove to live performances at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

Outer Banks for Nature Enthusiasts

Nature lovers take heed: Outer Banks has some of the best spots for your next outdoor adventure. The first and most obvious stop should be the ocean. Engage in the water with your activity of choice: there are hang gliding tours, surf camp lessons, stand up paddle boarding activities and rentals along the coast. You can even grab your own kayak and test out the waters or opt for a kayak eco-tour that offers visitors trips to secluded water trails, exploration of natural habitats and a glimpse of the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary. There are also plenty of wildlife refuges including Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and Currituck National Wildlife Refuge which boast beautiful and well-kept trails with the chance to mingle with local wildlife in their natural habitats.

Top 5 Things to do in Outer Banks

1. Shop Along The Duck Boardwalk

The Duck Boardwalk is a great tourist attraction and a landmark that offers waterfront shops picnic spots, walks through maritime forests, playgrounds and public kayak and canoe launches.

2. Visit All 5 Historic Lighthouses

There are five scenic and historical lighthouses that are spread out around Outer Banks. This is a great activity to look forward to if you've been rained in or even if you just want to take in the breathtaking views of the oceanfront.

3. Don't Miss The Lost Colony Play

Involving more than 200 actors, designers, technicians and volunteers across three stages, the outdoor Lost Colony play has been performed in Manteo, NC since 1937. Don't miss this historic re-enactment of the first English settlements.

4. Chow Down on Local Atlantic Fare in Kitty Hawk

If you visit the maritime coast, you'd be hard-pressed to leave without taking advantage of the incredible catches of the day. Scrumptious island cuisine is served up at such local favorites as The Black Pelican and Jimmy's Seafood Buffet. For something special, check out High Cotton NC Barbecue for slow cooked eastern Carolina style meat.

5. Stroll Along In The Elizabethan Gardens

When you head to Roanoke Island, the first place you'll want to head off to view is The Elizabethan Gardens, cultivated for Elizabeth I during her reign.

Did you know that the Wright Brothers spent nearly three years in the area and finally launched their first flight in 1903 from Kill Devil Hills. They chose the North Carolina coast for the reliable and strong winds that would carry their craft to success.

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Beach Play

Outer Banks' popular beaches and coastline are a big draw for residents and almost 7 million tourists every year. But there are a few beach rules to abide by: first off you can bring your own beach tents and canopies but you have to make sure to pack them up each evening. Also, while beer is allowed on the beach, wine and liquor is allowed. And if you're driving on 4WD Beach, make sure to drop your tire pressure to between 12 and 15 psi before driving to reduce the footprint.

When To Come

The best times to visit the area for vacations are in September and October. While there is heavy traffic and a flow of tourists in the summer months, for sure, temperatures are still balmy while most of the summer crowd has left by September and October.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Outer Banks

How much do the vacation rentals in Outer Banks cost on average?

Outer Banks is one of the most expensive destinations in the USA. For a vacation rental here, you can expect to pay around $462 per night.

During which months are vacation rentals cheaper in Outer Banks?

If you want to save the maximum during your visit to Outer Banks, pack your bags and travel there in March ($376 per night on average), April ($390), or February ($398), to find the lowest prices for the whole year.

During which months are vacation rentals more expensive in Outer Banks?

When it comes to booking a vacation rental in Outer Banks, the highest prices can usually be seen in the month of July (with an average of $570 per night), followed by June ($531), and then August ($525).

Are there usually many vacation rentals available in Outer Banks?

We recommend you to book in advance in Outer Banks as only 13% of the properties are free throughout the year, following the data observed in the previous year.

What are the best months for a spontaneous getaway?

June, February and January are, in order of highest to lowest, the months that have the largest number of accommodations available, with an average availability of 25%, 22%, and 20%. However, even during these periods of time, when rental availability is the highest, the average is only 22%. So we highly recommend you always book your vacation early Outer Banks.

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