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Casa Mar y Luna
Entire house · 6 guests · 4 beds · 2 baths

Casa Mar y LunaWelcome to Casa Mar y Luna a beautifully coastal decorated home located in the heart of Kill Devil Hills. You are only a 5 min drive away from the beach and 4 min drive to the Wright's brothers Memorial and Hyman boulevard Gazebo where you can watch the most gorgeous sunsets. This beautiful custom built home offers 3 big bedrooms, lots of space to relax in and not one but two very spacious and furnished decks.

Kitty Hawk Retreat -  Privacy, Pool and Hot Tub
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Entire house · 6 guests · 4 beds · 2.5 baths

Kitty Hawk Retreat - Privacy, Pool and Hot TubUnique, private 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home with a small private pool and hot tub in a quiet neighborhood on a dead-end street, just over a mile from the nearest beach access. This is not your average "beach house". This 2 story home is located on almost an acre lot with a fenced-in backyard surrounded on 2 sides by woods and vegetation. The interior of the house has unique accents and details inside. Enjoy a private, comfortable respite after a day at the beach just a few minutes ride away.

OBX RM1 Water Deck Dock Amazing View Inexpensive
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Private room · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1.5 baths

OBX RM1 Water Deck Dock Amazing View InexpensivePrivate Master Bedroom & full bath, waterfront & dock, on Pond Island in Nags Head, NC. with Greatroom-kitchen-dining one big space on the top level. Pond Island is accessible by the road that goes from the beach to Roanoke Island. Halfway between Jennett's Pier where there is free public beach parking and Pirates Cove Marina on Roanoke Island with a great public boat ramp across from Pirates Cove.

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Jennette's Pier
Pier · 60 locals recommend
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Fishing and great beach. We like to hang out under the pier for shade at the beach. The surf is also usually good for boogie boarding and surfing.

Anne
Anne· Chapel Hill, NC
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    1. Entire apartment
    2. Duck
    The Dock
    $205 per night
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    2. Kill Devil Hills
    Brand new apartment in a heart of KDH
    $172 per night
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    2. Kill Devil Hills
    OBX Outdoor Living Retreat at the Carolina Cottage
    $224 per night
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    2. Kill Devil Hills
    Casa de la Luz • Octagon house • OBX
    $277 per night
Jockey's Ridge State Park
State / Provincial Park · 154 locals recommend
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Go climb the dunes and see the ocean and the sound at the same time or fly a kite. Lots of paths. Stores and restaurants directly across the street.

Cindy
Cindy· Zuni, VA
    1. Entire house
    2. Kill Devil Hills
    5011 Sun of a Beach * Oceanfront * Dog Friendly * Walk to Restaurants & Shops
    $184 per night
    1. Entire house
    2. Kill Devil Hills
    5210 Salty Dog * 1 Min Walk to Beach * Dog Friendly * Pool & Hot Tub * Walk to Restaurants
    $119 per night
    1. Entire house
    2. Kill Devil Hills
    5000 Beach Daze * 3 Min Walk to Beach * Dog Friendly * Hot Tub
    $87 per night
    1. Entire house
    2. Kitty Hawk
    4040 Paws at the Beach * Dog Friendly * Hot Tub
    $92 per night
Tanger Outlets Nags Head
Outlet Mall · 37 locals recommend
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Great variety of outlet shops-clothing, shoes, kitchen stores, sunglasses shop, etc. You could spend several hours here.

Rachel
Rachel· NC, US
    1. Entire house
    2. Nags Head
    6156 Family Tides * 2 Min Walk to the Beach * Hot Tub
    $112 per night
    1. Entire house
    2. Kill Devil Hills
    5018 Mike's Beach House * Across the Street from Beach * Pool & Hot Tub * Walk to Pier, Restaurants & Shops
    $112 per night
    1. Entire house
    2. Nags Head
    6027 Off The Bucket List * 4 Min Walk to Beach * Private Pool * Jetted Tub
    $24,999 per night
    1. Entire house
    2. Kitty Hawk
    4073 Downtime * 2 Min Walk to Beach * Pool & Hot Tub
    $95 per night

All About Nags Head

Typical American beach towns got into the tourism groove in the 1940s and ’50s, but Nags Head is anything but typical. Located in the heart of North Carolina’s barrier islands known as the Outer Banks (or OBX), Nags Head has been a popular resort area since the 1830s, drawing visitors with its colossal sand dunes and long, sandy beaches. Those pioneering vacationers’ oceanfront cottages are now among the many national historic landmarks in Nags Head, where old traditions live side by side with an impressive concentration of watersports and recreation, including the world’s largest hang-gliding school.

How do I get around Nags Head?

The Outer Banks area is served primarily by Norfolk International Airport (ORF), approximately two hours from Nags Head. Alternatively, Raleigh/Durham International (RDU) is a 3.5-hour drive, but often has more flight options. If you’re arriving on a Saturday during the summer, as many tourists do, beware of major traffic delays getting into OBX from the north. Alternate routes from the south may add mileage, but can potentially save time. Car travel is a must for arriving into Nags Head, and for navigating the miles-long sandbars that comprise the town and neighboring Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk. Locally, biking is a great option for getting around; there are several rentals along the beach.

When is the best time to book a Nags Head vacation rental?

Given its location along the Gulf Stream, Nags Head experiences a humid subtropical climate, in that there is little variance in precipitation from season to season. Summers are hot and humid, with extremities reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit, though cooling sea breezes can offer some welcome relief. Winters in Nags Head are very mild, with temperatures seldom dropping below the 40s, and typically bottoming out around 50 degrees. It should be noted that the entire Outer Banks region is susceptible to hurricanes from June through November, so any visits planned during that time should be made with caution, paying close attention to local weather forecasts.

What are the top things to do in Nags Head?

Nags Head Woods Preserve

Open from dawn till dusk with family-friendly (and pet-friendly) trails, Nags Head Woods is a living ecosystem just west of the sunny beach strip. Featuring 1,400 acres of maritime forest, marshes, and wetlands, the entire area is protected by the bank of sand dunes along its eastern border, allowing rare plants to thrive despite the nearby salty air.

Jockey’s Ridge

Situated in a vast 426-acre park with two self-guided trails, Jockey’s Ridge is arguably the most famous natural attraction in OBX. This is the mother of all sand dunes — the largest on the East Coast. Climbing it in time for sunset is a rite of passage, and hang-gliding off the top of it is how the sport got its start.

Jennette’s Pier

There are a half-dozen piers up and down the OBX, but Jennette’s is the longest at 1,000 feet, and one of the most popular. Built in 1939 as a concrete structure, it had taken beatings over decades of hurricanes, but eventually reopened as a state-of-the-art facility and educational center in 2011.

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