Make Outer Banks your next getaway
Outer Banks vacation rentals are your ticket to 100 miles of stunning coastline and beachfront adventure. The strip of barrier islands separates the Atlantic Ocean from mainland North Carolina—creating a hub of water sports, marine habitats, and carefree relaxation. As one of the most popular vacation destinations on the East Coast, the Outer Banks does things a little differently—with a new experience to be found in each village, uncommercialized beaches, and a laid-back tranquility to its rhythmic tide.
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See for yourself why families and travelers return to these beaches every year with an Outer Banks vacation rental. Find the right vacation for you along each of the area’s islands and villages. You’ll find wild Spanish Mustangs along beaches in Corolla, kite-flying, hiking, and hang-gliding in Nags Head, and unspoiled views along Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
No matter where you go, there are a few things that you can count on: fresh seafood, opportunities for outdoor adventure, and the relaxing crash of waves nearby. With homes on the ocean, the sound, and everywhere in between, Vacasa offers one of the largest inventories of Outer Banks vacation rentals available. Once you’ve caught your first Outer Banks sunset, you won’t know how you’ve done without it.
Beaches, attractions, and activities in the Outer Banks
Guests of the Outer Banks have unlimited access to miles and miles of clean, uncrowded, family-friendly beaches. Fill your itinerary with endless fun by the ocean.
- While beach access within the villages is limited to pedestrians, ORV access is available in many areas within the National Park (permit required.) Your pup is welcome to join you at the beach as long as he remains on a leash. While most beaches in the Outer Banks are unguarded, there are designated life-guarded beaches where you can safely enjoy swimming in the waters of the Atlantic.
- Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States and the tallest of any kind in North Carolina. The most famous of the Outer Banks’ five lighthouses, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is an exciting climb and a popular location for family photographs.
- History enthusiasts must visit the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk. This stunning memorial marks the location of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first flights on December 17, 1903.
- The Outer Banks offers up some of the best surfing, kiteboarding, and windsurfing on the east coast of the U.S. For more heart-pumping fun, check out the Outer Banks Jetovator or rent jet skis to race your friends.
- The close proximity of the Gulf Stream provides outstanding fishing; fisherman flock to the Outer Banks for offshore and inshore charter fishing, and plenty more enjoy surf fishing or casting from one of many local piers. Want to enjoy marine life without reeling in a catch? Book a sunset dolphin cruise or enjoy a tour of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.
- Visitors are able to rent bikes, golf carts, kayaks, surfboards, chairs, umbrellas, and virtually any other beach equipment you may need for an action-packed beach getaway. There’s no shortage of ways to have fun along this gorgeous shore, no matter the season.
What is the most popular part of the Outer Banks?
If you’re looking to stay in the heart of the coastal action, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills tend to see more tourists due to their central location and wide selection of restaurants, bars, shopping, and activities.
What is the Outer Banks most known for?
The Outer Banks are renowned for their pristine, uncommercialized beaches, preserved coastal ecosystems, relaxing laid-back atmosphere, and its wide array of water sports.
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