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Entire home · Nags Head
7150 Almost South I * Oceanfront Duplex * 5 Min Dr
Oceanfront Living Awaits at Almost South I Step up to the deck railings of Almost South I and breathe in the fresh ocean air! The upper unit of this comfortable Oceanfront duplex, Almost South I is perfect for a small family getaway. Located just a quick walk away from the shared walkway to the beach, your family will love the convenience of being Oceanfront for more beach time.
$94 per night
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Entire home · Nags Head
7100 Pelican Oasis * 1 Min Walk to the Beach * Dog
Please note: During the summer of 2022, a series of beach nourishment projects will take place along the beaches of South Nags Head. The beaches near/in front of this home may be affected by the necessary nourishment project. Will you still be able to get to the beach while the project is underway? YES! :) Oceanfront view at a semi-oceanfront price! Find your oasis at this South Nags Head gem.
$115 per night
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Entire condo · Avon
Beach & Oceanfront Condo w/Free WiFi, Central A/C, Washer/Dryer, & Shared Pool
 
$102 per night

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Photo of Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras National Seashore4 locals recommend
Photo of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse96 locals recommend
Photo of Rodanthe Pier Place
Rodanthe Pier Place11 locals recommend
Photo of Jockey's Ridge State Park
Jockey's Ridge State Park205 locals recommend
Photo of Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Currituck Beach Lighthouse59 locals recommend
Photo of North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island112 locals recommend

Outer Banks oceanfront vacation rentals

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Entire home · Nags Head
7041 Toes in the Sand * Oceanfront * Dog Friendly
$93 per night
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Entire home · Kitty Hawk
4000 Fragile Magic * Oceanfront * Hot Tub * Walk t
$155 per night
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Entire home · Kitty Hawk
4115 Coastal Cottage * 1 Min Walk to Beach * Walk
$265 per night
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Entire home · Kitty Hawk
4060 Foxhole * Oceanfront * Walk to Local Restaura
$82 per night
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Entire home · Nags Head
7025 Sandy Bottom * Oceanfront *Crows Nest
$132 per night
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Entire home · Nags Head
7088 Short II * 1 Min Walk to the Beach * Dog Frie
$332 per night
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Entire place · Nags Head
Dolphin View
$275 per night
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Entire condo · Rodanthe
Hatteras High - 2BR Oceanfront Condo
$200 per night
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Entire home · Kill Devil Hills
5050 Sea Haven * Oceanfront * Walk to Restaurant &
$88 per night
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Entire cottage · Nags Head
Oceanfront Getaway
$228 per night
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Entire condo · Duck
An Outer Banks Seaside Escape - 2 BR Ocean Pines
$78 per night
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Entire condo · Town of Duck
BIS-Duck Resort - 1BR/1BA - Great Pool and Beach!
$129 per night

Outer Banks house rentals

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Entire home · Kill Devil Hills
5521 La Costa Lotta * Soundfront * Pool & Hot Tub
$132 per night
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Entire home · Nags Head
6030 Sanctuary * 4 Min Walk to Beach * Crows Nest
$102 per night
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Entire home · Kitty Hawk
4120 The Shake Shack * Across Street from Beach *
$105 per night
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Entire home · Avon
Oceanside home near the water w/private washer/dryer, central A/C, sundeck
$98 per night
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Entire home · Kitty Hawk
4072 Jo's Bungalow * 3 Min Walk to Beach * Dog Fri
$80 per night
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Entire home · Nags Head
7078 Island Time * 2 Min Walk to the Beach * Hot T
$97 per night
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Entire home · Nags Head
7151 Almost South II * Oceanfront Duplex * 5 Min D
$94 per night
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Entire home · Kill Devil Hills
5033 - Poppa's Place * 3 Min Walk to Beach * Dog
$80 per night
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Entire home · Kitty Hawk
4084 Turtle's Nest * 4 Min Walk to Beach * Dog Fri
$113 per night
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Private room · Rodanthe
Private room with en suite and hot tub
$92 per night
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Entire home · Corolla
Maxximum Views
$253 per night
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Private room · Buxton
Buxton Treehouse on the Sound Side
$80 per night

Outer Banks cottage rentals

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Entire cottage · Salvo
Makana Beach Cottage ~ A Magical Retreat
$209 per night
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Entire cottage · Shiloh
The Easy Breezy beach house
$250 per night
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Entire cottage · Salvo
"Swell Life" Cozy Oceanside Cottage, Walk to Ocean
$200 per night
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Entire cottage · Frisco
Cozy Hatteras Island Cottage 1 Mi to Frisco Beach!
$127 per night
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Entire cottage · Kill Devil Hills
The OBX Coast Office! Charming Beach Road Cottage
$275 per night
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Entire cottage · Kill Devil Hills
Pet friendly OBX house 2 minutes to the beach
$229 per night
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Entire cottage · Kill Devil Hills
The Boardroom OBX
$191 per night
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Entire cottage · Kill Devil Hills
The Casita, a Mediterranean inspired beach cottage
$334 per night
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Entire cottage · Frisco
Outer Banks Island Cottage - 1 Mi to Frisco Beach!
$130 per night
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Entire cottage · Nags Head
Relax by the Sea!
$321 per night
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Entire cottage · Buxton
Sun, surf, and the SANDS Cottage
$165 per night
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Entire cottage · Nags Head
Geri’s Place Cottage 7
$231 per night

Your guide to Outer Banks

All About Outer Banks

The Outer Banks, a popular vacation spot off of the coast of North Carolina, isn’t just made up of many barrier islands but many charming towns, each with a distinctive personality. Hatteras, for example, traces its seafaring heritage in the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Nearby Buxton is known for great surfing and windsurfing, as well as America's tallest brick lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Nags Head, founded in the 19th century, boasts galleries as well as great fishing spots from its wooden piers. The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk preserves the spot where Orville and Wilbur Wright succeeded at sending up the first powered flight in 1903.

Many people come to the Outer Banks simply to lounge on the beach, but there are plenty of opportunities for exploring the wilderness in a more active way. As part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Outer Banks offers 75 miles of protected Atlantic coastline, with plenty of trails for hikers and bikers. Climb up the East Coast’s highest sand dune in Jockey’s Ridge State Park to watch the sunset from its apex.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Outer Banks?

There’s something to see and do in the Outer Banks all year long, aided by the weather, which remains consistent due to the Gulf Stream flowing offshore. Peak time for beachgoers is summer, of course, when the weather is hot and humid. Although the air cools in the fall, the water remains warm, making it a great season for fishing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. The autumn schedule is also packed with events like Hatteras Island’s Day at the Docks a seafood-themed weekend in September that includes a marathon and al fresco dinners. The winter weather here can get chilly, but it rarely snows, so search out a less-crowded beach and build a bonfire. (Get a permit first.)


What are the top things to do in Outer Banks?

The Elizabethan Gardens

Located within the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island, the Elizabethan Gardens inspires delight in every season, whether you’re basking in the aroma of winter jasmine in January or admiring the profusion of hydrangeas in June. You can spend several hours strolling along the paths that traverse this 10-acre sculpture garden. Before visiting, you may want to check its website to see if the John White Butterfly Center is hosting workshops (seed saving, floral arrangement) that day.

Hatteras Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

There are well over 2,000 shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina, and the Hatteras Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum honors their memory. This small, free museum features exhibits on the maritime history of the Outer Banks, displaying artifacts rescued from pirate ships as well as World War II-era German submarines. A fun way to explore the collections is through the museum’s scavenger hunt.

Driving the Beach

The Outer Banks are one of the few spots on the East Coast that allow driving on the beach. You can bring your own four-wheel-drive vehicle or rent one from a local business that outfits cars specifically for beach driving. Before you head onto the sands, though, you’ll need to obtain a beach-driving permit online. While you’re at it, add on a free beach fire permit so you can toast marshmallows by the water. Rules around access differ between beaches and can change over the course of the year, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment.