How to Avoid Traffic on the Outer Banks

If you’ve ever arrived on the Outer Banks on a Saturday during July & August, you probably got stuck in traffic. Here’s why… During the prime Summer weeks the Outer Banks is close to 100% occupied. Most Outer Banks vacationers come from the North and there is only one road/bridge leading to the beach.  There are over 20,000 vacation rentals on the Outer Banks and the majority of them turnover on a Saturday. So… If each home sleeps an average of 10 people, 150,000 people are heading to the Outer Banks on any given Saturday during the summer. If every car has at least 4 people in it there will be 35,000 cars crossing the eastbound Wright Memorial Bridge during the day. Since we’ve been stuck in traffic many times before, we know how awesome it would be to avoid it. We’ve compiled a list below on the best tips and tricks to avoid traffic on the Outer Banks.

 

1. Consider Sunday-Sunday or Friday – Friday Vacation Rentals.

If you’ve already booked your Summer vacation, skip this one. While the majority of rentals are Saturday – Saturday, there is still a great selection of vacation rentals that turnover on a Sunday! Traffic is usually much smoother on Sunday vs. Saturday. Rarely do we see back-ups over the bridge on Sunday (incoming or outgoing). View our Sunday – Sunday Rentals. Friday – Friday vacation rentals are a great way to go too! The selection of Friday turnover homes is smaller but the traffic is obsolete! View our Friday – Friday Rentals.

 

2. Be across the bridge before 11am.

(11am: July & 1st 2 weeks in August or 12pm: June & late August – early September). All other times of year traffic is not an issue.
If you can time it so you are across the Wright Memorial Bridge bridge and onto the Outer Banks BEFORE 11am, you will miss the majority of the traffic. The problem is you can’t check in until 4pm. You’ve been stuck in a car for a while and you have no place to unload.

Here are some practical ideas to kill time:

  • Go souvenir shopping! This is the best time to go to local shops and buy souvenirs! Here are some recommendations for shopping:
    • Corolla,  Tim Buck Too Shopping center.
    • Duck, Scarborough Faire Shopping Center.
    • Kitty Hawk/Southern Shores, Buccaneer Village Shops at MP 4 (Children’s Museum is awesome).
    • Nags Head/South Nags Head, Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey’s Ridge, Tanger Outlets or Outer Banks Mall.
  • Putt-Putt or YMCA – stretch your legs for a round of putt-putt or visit the family YMCA in Nags Head.
  • Go to the beach. Find a public beach access close to your check-in office and soak up the sun until your rental home is ready.

 

3. Request Early Check-In

Early check-in does not let you skip the traffic (wouldn’t that be great!?), but if you purchase early check-in AND you arrive before 11am (or 12pm), you can grab a bite to eat and start off on your vacation! A limited number of early check-ins are available for a fee. If available, you’ll be able to get into your home by 1pm.

4. Arrive after 6pm

The Saturday Summer traffic is at it’s worst from 12pm – 4pm but it will occasionally linger on until after 5pm. If you need to kill time on your drive down, check out some of these great places to stop on your way to the beach!

 

Keep in mind traffic is only an issue on Saturdays (and some Sundays) during the prime Summer months (mid-June through mid-August). Any other day/time, you can sail across the bridge in either direction going the normal speed limit!

 

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Best Kitchens of Our Outer Banks Rentals!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought it would be cool to feature some of our Outer Banks rentals with awesome kitchens! See below for our list of the best Kitchens of our Outer Banks rentals! Several of these kitchens were built and/or remodeled by our amazing Construction team at Beach Realty & Construction! Start your Outer Banks Rentals search now!

 

Southern Comfort #9999

Rustic meets modern – Southern Comfort was originally built in the 1920’s and was known as the G.C. Sawyer Hunting and Fishing Lodge. It has been lovingly restored into a 5 bedroom, 4 bath retreat that could be featured in Country Living! This kitchen features open cabinets, original flooring and modern appliances and a center island. More details.

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Beach Royalty #1010

Beach Royalty is one of our most popular Outer Banks Vacation Rentals. It’s kitchen is fun, colorful and is fully loaded with awesome appliances such as 2 refrigerators and 2 refrigerated drawers, double oven, wine cooler & much more! Built by Beach Realty & ConstructionMore details.

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Gertrude’s Breakaway #7974

This stunning and modern kitchen with upgrades galore is the perfect choice for a chef’s retreat. Granite countertops, double oven, and center island are just some of the features included in this kitchen. Built by Beach Realty & Construction. More details.

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Edgewater #1900

Edgewater is located waterfront in Southern Shores and it’s interior is amazing! We like this gourmet kitchen because it offers custom high end cabinets, counter tops, double oven and vaulted ceilings! More details.

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Beach Cabana #2099

We love this kitchen because it’s HUGE! With a double oven, side-by-side refrigerators, wet bar & center island. This kitchen has plenty of room for multiple chefs! More details.

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Sea Breeze #343 – available for Thanksgiving 2015!

We love this custom kitchen because of the layout, upgrades and color! The double oven, center island with cook-top and pops of red make this kitchen shine! Built by Beach Realty & ConstructionMore details.

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Just In Time #4226

Located Oceanfront in Duck, Just In Time offers a gourmet kitchen with a view of the Ocean! We love the gas range in the center island! More Details.

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Start your Outer Banks Rental search now or call 800.635.1559.

Are you interested in building or remodeling on the Outer Banks? Contact us today 252.261.3815

 

Top Things Worth Stopping For On Your Way To The Beach!

Here’s our list of the best places to stop on your way to the Outer Banks!

 

The drive to the beach, whether long or short, is full of anticipation and excitement. Many families drive over 12 hours to put their feet in the sand and enjoy a week at the world-renowned beaches of the Outer Banks, NC. We completely understand not wanting to stop at all and going pedal to the metal all the way here, however you may want to consider a pit stop at one of these fine places on the final stretch of your trip. Start planning your Outer Banks Vacation here at BeachRealtyNC.com.

 

1. Morris Farm Market – Barco, NC

Morris Farm Market is hard to miss on your drive down to the Outer Banks. You’ll know it’s coming up when you start to see one vintage tractor after another lined up just off the road. You’ll find things at Morris Farm Market that you won’t find anywhere else. Local homemade goodness, fresh produce, ice cream, tractors, events and plenty of parking for even the largest of vehicles. Morris Farm Market is open daily during the Summer from 8am – 6pm (7pm on weekends) and the whole place is kid & dog friendly! Morris Farm Markeet

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2. Grave Digger/Muddy Motor Sports Park – Grandy, NC

The Grave Digger’s “Digger’s Dungeon” is easy to spot in Grandy, NC due to the up-turned monster truck fronting the highway. Home to the World Famous monster truck Grave Digger, the Digger’s Dungeon is a must stop if you are traveling with kids! During the Summer, you can even take a ride on a Monster Truck! You may even get lucky and find an event being held at the Digger’s Dungeon OR at the nearby Muddy Motor Sports Park. Events include mud bogs, flea markets, antique fairs and much more! Grave Digger

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3. Currituck BBQ – Barco, NC

If your stomach is growling and you’re in the mood for some delicious North Carolina Bar-be-que, Currituck BBQ is the place to eat! Menu items include Pork BBQ, Brisket, Ribs & Chicken, you really can’t go wrong. There is plenty of outside seating and the best part is – Most everything comes out SUPER fast – you’ll be back on the road to the beach in no time! Currituck BBQ

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4. Cindy’s Kitchen – Barco, NC

Located right next door to Currituck BBQ – Cindy’s Kitchen is home to the famous 12 layer chocolate cake! Trust me, you want to stop for this mouth-watering dessert!

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5. Cotton Gin / Sanctuary Vineyards – Jarvisburg, NC

The Cotton Gin is a seemingly never-ending gift shop that has just about everything you can imagine. It is a favorite stopping place for both locals and tourists. They sell their own local wine made next door at the Sanctuary Vineyards (open daily for wine tastings). The Cotton Gin has something for everyone and some things that you can’t find anywhere else! Both the Cotton Gin and Sanctuary Vineyards host many great events through the year! Sanctuary Vineyards or Cotton Gin

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6. Produce / Seafood Markets – Various

Currituck County is well known for it’s roadside produce and seafood markets. You must swing in for the best local fruits, veggies & seafood! You’ll be glad you did.

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7. Pick your own Berries (seasonal) – Point Harbor, NC

Right before the Wright Memorial Bridge, there is a great little farm that allows you to pick your own strawberries & blueberries. This is a fun activity for all.  They are only open for a few weeks out of the year so if you’re lucky enough to see it open – STOP IN!

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8. Welcome Center, Currituck Visitors Bureau – Moyock, NC

The Currituck Welcome Center is located right at the NC/VA border. This is the place to stop for brochures, rack cards and local business information and great ideas on what to do on your vacation. Currituck Welcome Center

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9. Border Station – Moyock, NC

The Border Station is located at the NC/VA border. There’s plenty of parking and interesting things to look at and purchase.

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10. Sound Park – Point Harbor, NC

If you’re stuck in traffic and you have little ones that need to stretch their legs – you can swing into the Sound Park located in Point Harbor, NC. The Sound Park offers an outdoor skate park, a playground, boat ramp, tennis courts, picnic tables and more. The park is located just a mile north of the Wright Memorial Bridge.

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11. Harley Davidson – Point Harbor, NC

If you’re a biker or you enjoy motorcycles then you’ll definitely want to stop into the Harley Davidson shop in Point Harbor, just a few miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge.

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12. Beacon Seafood – Grandy, NC

There’s a new seafood market in town and it’s located at 6378 Caratoke Highway on U.S. 158 in Grandy. This is a great place to stop to stock up on your fresh local seafood for better prices than what you’ll find at the beach!

Photo credit: Outer Banks Voice
Photo credit: Outer Banks Voice

 

Now that you know where to stop – start planning your next Outer Banks vacation with Beach Realty / Kitty Hawk Rentals! Search over 420 vacation rentals from 4×4 Carova Beach, Corolla to South Nags Head. Search now!

 

Congratulations #GiveAGetaway Sweepstakes Winner!

A Sea Chalet #7350 | 7 Bedroom Oceanside Corolla Vacation Rental
A Sea Chalet #7350 | 7 Bedroom Oceanside Corolla Vacation Rental

Beach Realty / Kitty Hawk Rentals is proud to announce Kristy from Seaford, VA as the winner of the #GiveAGetaway Sweepstakes! Kristy nominated her friend Carol to receive the 3 night vacation in “A Sea Chalet” #7350! Kristy and Carol’s story touched our hearts and we are thrilled to have chosen such a deserving winner.

 

With a very grateful heart, I would give this to one of the most amazing and inspirational individuals I know – Carol B. I met Carol one day while my husband was fighting for his life from his injuries from Iraq in the ER. Carol was the only one who reached out and helped us. She stayed at the hospital, was there after every surgery (there were 14 surgeries total) and helped us every step of the way. Her incredible heart and passion for our fallen heroes and wounded warriors surpasses any other individual I have met. She has saved literally hundreds of our military heroes lives by getting them the medical care and assistance they need. Day or night. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. Regardless. She is comparable to the Mother Teresa of our military. I am both honored and forever grateful for all she has done for my family – especially when she didn’t have to and when no one else cared. I know she loves the Outer Banks and I know she sure could use a little piece of Heaven to recharge. While I could never in a million years repay her for her kindness and compassion, I sure can hopefully honor her and her amazing work by proudly nominating her for this contest. Knowing Carol, she is going to be embarrassed she is even in the spot light. But that’s the incredible part of life – those with the greatest love spread the greatest light.​

 

Currituck Outer Banks Visitors Guide

A big THANK YOU to all who participated in the #GiveAGetaway Sweepstakes! And a special thank you to the Currituck Visitor’s Bureau for their co-sponsorship! Please check out their digital vacation guide.

 

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Two is better than one! Side-by-side Outer Banks Rentals

Sometimes two is better than one. If your entire family is too large to stay under one roof or you are traveling with multiple families that prefer their own privacy, consider renting two homes side by side. We also offer a great map feature on our search results pages. Start your search here and on the results page, click “Map your results” or call us at 800.635.1559 and we can assist you in finding multiple homes side-by-side.

 

Nags Head Oceanfront

These four oceanfront homes in Nags Head are an entertainer’s paradise. You’ll enjoy true southern comfort, oceanfront grandeur, and exquisitely appointed furnishings. These 8 bedroom oceanfront estates are located in the heart of Nags Head and offer unparalleled panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. You will treasure every day spent vacationing in these homes luxurious homes. Enjoy watching the pelicans fly and dolphins play in the surf from your private dune-top deck and private walkway to the beach. Don’t worry about keeping in touch while you’re lounging around, High speed Internet and Wi-Fi will keep you connected. Don’t forget to bring your pooch!

 

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Kitty Hawk Oceanfront

These two oceanfront homes in Kitty Hawk feature (3) bedrooms each, unobstructed ocean views, and most of all convenience. This is as close to the beach as you can get! Enjoy sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean, while listening to the sound of waves crashing on the shore.

 

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Kitty Hawk Semi-Oceanfront

These two semi-oceanfront homes in Kitty Hawk offer (4) bedrooms each, outdoor activities, WIFI internet access, close proximity to the beach and amazing ocean views. Situated right on the beach road, these two homes are sure to make your Outer Banks Vacation unforgettable.

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1623 Kitty Hawk Junction

Kill Devil Hills Semi-Oceanfront

These two semi-oceanfront homes in Kill Devil Hills feature (4) bedrooms each, private pools, hot tubs, and close proximity to the beach. Only 30 yards until your feet reach the sand! Take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean during the day and enjoy having the pool for those nights spent at home!

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Nags Head Semi-Oceanfront

These three semi-oceanfront homes in Nags Head offers all the amenities for an unforgettable vacation! Enjoy the private pool and hot tub or just walk on over to the beach for some wave action.

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Nags Head Semi-Oceanfront

These two semi-oceanfront homes in Nags Head featuring custom mural paintings and abundant living space, along with a private pool, elevator, and a play area for your pooch!These two homes are located right across the street from a beach access and convenient to great local restaurants, shops and Outer Banks area attractions. You’re right in the middle of everything Outer Banks has to offer!

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Nags Head Semi-Oceanfront

These three semi-oceanfront homes in Nags Head are loaded with all the amenities necessary to make your vacation memorable! Enjoy the private pool and hot tub or just walk on over to Nags Head Fishing Pier for some fishing and a quick bite to eat! If you want to plan your next family reunion you can rent Coconuts, Mangos and Kiwis all located next to each other!

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Nags Head Oceanfront

These two oceanfront homes in Nags Head are filled with Tranquil accommodations and peaceful surroundings. The calm and peaceful atmosphere of the area provides a great location for a holiday, family gathering or a romantic getaway. Get ready to pamper yourself in these oceanfront paradise getaways!

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Nags Head Oceanfront

These two oceanfront homes in Nags Head give you unbelievable luxury with the back drop setting of the Atlantic Ocean. These Five Star, lavishly decorated homes, are thoroughly appointed throughout. Regardless of whether you are looking for that relaxing getaway with the family or an exciting beach vacation full of fun in the sun; these two homes have it all!

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1012 The Summer Wind

Nags Head Semi-Oceanfront

These 4 Semi-Oceanfront 8 bedroom homes are located in the heart of Nags Head! Each equipped with elevators, private pools, hot tubs, sheets & towels with beds made & much more! Not to mention a short 2 minute walk to the nearest beach access! These homes can accommodate 16 people each!

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Nags Head Oceanside

These two Oceanside homes are stocked with all the amenities to make your vacation a pure delight. Each home features a swimming pool to wind down in and rec room to enjoy on those cloudy days. What more could you ask for when looking for a two side by side vacation homes!

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Duck Oceanfront

Spend your vacation in the inviting town of Duck at these great oceanfront properties. Bring along everyone from the grandparents to children and even the dog. Ocean views are yours from the spacious decks at each of these homes. Early birds will enjoy the breathtaking sunrise while night owls might take in a romantic moonlit stroll along the beach.

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4226 Just in Time
4227 Journey’s Reward

Duck Oceanfront

Sanderling Oceanfront Retreat!Talk about spectacular sunrise and sunset views! The community of Sanderling offers nature trails taking you from oceanfront to the soundfront giving you the opportunity to see the creatures and foliage up front and personal. Only 20 yards stands between your back door and your feet in the sand.

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Duck Oceanside

These two oceanside homes in Duck are waiting to welcome you and your family to the Outer Banks, with beautiful views, and short walks to the ocean or sound. Nestled among live oaks and located on a marine tidal pond and nature trail, these homes are sure to exceed your expectations!

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Duck Oceanside

You will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful spot on the Outer Banks. Perched high in Carolina Dunes, between Duck and Sanderling, ‘Banana Republic’ and ‘The Sailfish’ offer panoramic views of both sound and ocean. Just a short walk of 300 yards to the ocean and beach for that day in the sun. Also features a short walk to the sound side beach, ideal for small children.

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Duck Soundfront

DISCOVER THE SOUNDFRONT! Many people have been visiting the Outer Banks Oceanfront for years, unaware that there is a whole other parallel universe right across the street. Soundfront living at its best. Bring your boat and launch from the back yard right into Currituck Sound for fishing or just cruising around taking in the sights and wildlife along the sound’s edges.

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Corolla Oceanfront

These two Oceanfront home in Corolla are truly “Dream Houses” on the Ocean. These 9 bedroom, luxurious homes have everything you could dream of and more. Beautifully decorated with breathtaking ocean views. Bask in the sun on the beach or beside your private pool. Located a short drive from the finest shopping areas and gourmet restaurants; minutes from golf at the renowned Currituck Club; these homes are perfectly located to take advantage of all that Corolla has to offer.

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Corolla Oceanfront

These two Oceanfront homes in Corolla are perfect for day gazing or star searching at night. Located in the quaint community of Crown Point, you have access to an Oceanfront community pool as well as other community amenities right at your finger tips.  Each home features 6 bedrooms, and spacious living accommodations for large family groups.

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Corolla Oceanside

These two oceanside homes in Corolla are the perfect Oceanside retreat for you and your family. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, enjoy magnificent wide-open views of the lake and beyond to the ocean. Your family will enjoy the various activities available which include spending the day at the beach (just 200 yards to the access), swimming in the private pool and soaking in the hot tub. Don’t forget about fishing in the Lake!

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7460 Serenity Now

Corolla Oceanside

Catch your breath, if you can, against the ocean breezes as you find your beach dreams at these two oceanside homes in Corolla. Adjacent to wonderful open space and just a short walk to beach. Enjoy star-filled nights in the hot tub and relaxing days poolside or at the beach.

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635 Chaumiere De Mer

Corolla Soundside

What a great location to spend your beach vacation! These incredible homes are situated on a quiet cul-de-sac just a short distance to the beach, tennis and basketball courts, fitness center, and two community pools. These Soundside vacation homes come complete with Ocean and Lighthouse Views from the deck. These houses are perfect if you and your family are looking to unwind and relax.

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5019 Sand Dollar Memories

 

 

 

 

Outer Banks Top Things to Do with Kids

things to do logoTraveling to the Outer Banks with kids? If so, you’ll want to check out our list of top things to do with kids on the Outer Banks. Obviously the beach is great for building sandcastles, flying kites and collecting shells, but the Outer Banks offers many more kid-friendly adventures that are sure to make your Outer Banks Vacation one they’ll remember forever. Ready to start planning your Outer Banks vacation? Start your search for the perfect Outer Banks vacation rental at BeachRealtyNC.com.

 

1. Jockey’s Ridge National Park

The tallest natural sand dune in the Eastern United States. Kids love to run (or roll) down the dunes, explore the big open space and may even opt to take a hang gliding lesson!

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2. Wright Brothers Memorial

Climb the giant hill for a beautiful view from atop. Learn about the history of flight, tour the facility and end with a photo op on in front of the Wright Brothers Monument!

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3. Sound Beach at Jockey’s Ridge

Wade in the shallow warm waters of the sound beach behind Jockey’s Ridge. It is a public beach access but not everyone knows it is there. For young kids who don’t know how to swim or are intimidated by the crashing waves of the Ocean, this is the perfect place to spend the day.

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4. Spend a Day in Manteo

Visit the Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island Festival Park, The Lost Colony, Marsh’s Lighthouse and tour a replica of the Elizabethan II on the waterfront.
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5. Visit Currituck Heritage Park

Climb the Currituck Lighthouse, tour the Whalehead Club or take advantage of free programs for kids at the Center for Wildlife Education!

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6. Wild Horse Tour

The kids will love seeing the Wild Mustangs roam the dunes and beaches of Carova. The may also get a kick out of driving on the beach.

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7. Learn to Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)

The calm sound waters of the Outer Banks allow for kids to learn how to kayak or stand up paddle board.

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8. Go Fishing

Whether it be pier fishing or a charter fishing trip, the Outer Banks fishing experience is unforgettable! Fishing licenses are required.

Fishing piers include: Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier, Avalon Fishing Pier, Nags Head Fishing Pier, Jennette’s Fishing Pier, Outer Banks Fishing Pier

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Ready to start planning your Outer Banks vacation? Start your search for the perfect Outer Banks vacation rental at BeachRealtyNC.com.

 

First Time Visit To The Outer Banks

First Timer to the Outer Banks?

Here’s some great tips for your first visit.

For those who are considering the Outer Banks for your next vacation destination, here are a few things you might consider:

 

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Over 400 Outer Banks Vacation Rentals from 4×4 – Carova Beach to South Nags Head

Stay in a Vacation Rental Home – the great majority of visitors to the Outer Banks stay in a vacation rental. There are thousands to choose from ranging in size from 2- 26 bedrooms! Most vacation rentals are managed by property managers that offer full-services and are available 24 hours/day. I suggest renting through Beach Realty & Construction / Kitty Hawk Rentals or call 800.635.1559.

 

Stay a whole week – I know sometimes you can only get away for a weekend, but I suggest staying a full week at the Outer Banks for several reasons. 1. There are so many things to see and do that a few nights is not long enough. 2. Most vacation rental homes rent by the full week only and you limit your selection if you stay less than one week.

 

Ask locals for advice on places to eat – There are many awesome restaurants on the Outer Banks, almost all of them you’ve never heard of because they don’t exist anywhere but here. There are many that are “touristy” and rely on heavy marketing to get the crowds in the doors and there are many others that don’t have to do any marketing because they are filled year-round with hungry locals and visitors that can’t wait to chow down on their all-time favorite dish. There are a few must-try places on my list which includes Johns Drive in, Black Pelican, Roadhouse Café, Blue Moon Grill.

 

IMG_7829Watch the Sunrise and Sunset over the water – what I love is that this island is so narrow that you can literally walk from Ocean to Sound in just minutes in most places. Wake up early one day and watch the sun rise over the ocean and end the day with a stroll over to the soundfront to watch the sun set.

 

IMG_8081Try to squeeze in at least one Outer Banks attraction – I know that you want to get in as many beach days as you can on vacation, but if you have time I highly recommend checking out at least one of these amazing Outer Banks attractions:

 

  • Jockeys Ridge – tallest natural sand dune in the Eastern US. Kids will love running or rolling down the dunes. Bring the camera!
  • Wright Brothers Memorial – For the history enthusiast
  • Lighthouses – there are 5. I recommend the Currituck Light in Corolla. The view from the top is phenomenal (Currituck Light, Bodie Island, Marsh’s Light, Cape Hatteras & Ocracoke).
  • Piers – there are many. Kitty Hawk Pier, Avalon Pier, Nags Head Pier, Jenette’s Pier, Rodanthe Pier, Duck Research Pier, Outer Banks Pier. I recommend the Outer Banks Pier in South Nags Head, Fish heads
  • Roanoke Island Attractions – Spend a day at Roanoke Island and visit the NC Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Festival Park, Elizabeth II, Marshes Lighthouse and catch a performance of the Lost Colony. You may also want to stroll the streets of downtown Manteo and patron it’s shops and restaurants.
  • Whalehead Club in Corolla – On the same property as the Currituck Lighthouse and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, the Whalehead club offers a picturesque landscape and daily tours and programs.

 

IMG_0046_1If possible, drive a 4×4 vehicle. The Outer Banks is one of few destinations that you are allowed to drive on the beach (some towns only allow it in the off-season and others require a permit). If you have a 4×4 vehicle, I highly recommend a day in Carova Beach (there are no roads here and beach driving is allowed year-round, no permit necessary). Carova Beach is home to hundreds of wild horses that roam the beach, dunes and grassy fields. As I said, there are no roads in Carova Beach so beach driving is required. You can park and spend a day on the beach, just make sure you stock up on essentials prior, because there are no stores either. You may also consider renting a home in Carova Beach if you truly want to get away from it all.

 

photo (16)Feel the Ocean every day. Depending on what time of year you come and the way the wind is blowing, the water temperature can fluctuate dramatically on the Outer Banks from day to day, sometimes even morning to afternoon. Don’t assume that because the water was 55 degrees on Monday that it won’t be 70 degrees on Tuesday – it is definitely possible.

 

Don’t worry about getting lost – I mention earlier that the Outer Banks is narrow. There is really only one main road and it goes north and south. From Kitty Hawk – Nags Head there is also a 4 lane bypass, but north or south of these towns there is just one main road, you might have heard of it – Rt. 12? Locals and seasoned visitors use mileposts to get around. Mileposts are visible, green mile markers on the side of the road which we use to give directions. For example, Where’s Jockey’s Ridge State Park? Head South on the bypass to Milepost 12.

 

Are you ready to go to the Outer Banks? Start your vacation rental search online.

 

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644 Belle of the South – Oceanfront in Corolla

While thousands of families have been traveling to the Outer Banks for generations, there are far too many families that have never even heard of the Outer Banks – even from our own state of North Carolina. Many of us who live and vacation on the Outer Banks are faced with the dilemma of whether to spread the word or keep our paradise a secret.

 

Having grown up in Charlotte, NC (a good 7 hours from the OBX), I was accustomed to beach vacations in Myrtle Beach and on occasions, Wrightsville Beach or Ocean Isle. The only exposure I had to the Outer Banks was via the occasional OBX bumper sticker – of which I honestly had no idea what it meant. It wasn’t until attending college at North Carolina State in Raleigh that I met someone from the Outer Banks. I remember thinking, “people actually live there?”

 

My first visit was full of surprises. I wondered… Where are all the chain restaurants? Where are the high-rise hotels? Where is “the boardwalk” or “the strip”? “Where do people sleep?” I was expecting something like Myrtle Beach. I quickly discovered that the Outer Banks is nothing like other beach towns, in fact the Outer Banks is quite different from any destination I have ever been. I fell in love with the unique, local, laid back culture of the Outer Banks.

 

 

Top Five Outer Banks Vacation Rentals for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about getting together with family to eat delicious food and create memories to last a lifetime. The Outer Banks brings families together, under one roof, in a one-of-a-kind vacation rental home where lasting memories are created every week of the year! Many times hosting Thanksgiving dinner in your home can be overwhelming.  We have over 450 solutions to this problem. Here’s our list of top five Vacation Homes to host your family’s Thanksgiving!

 

5. Aerescape 3901

3901 Aerescape. 5 Bedrooms, Soundront in Duck

You’ll be sure to catch an amazing Sunset nightly from this soundfront 5 bedroom home in Duck, NC. With 5 bedrooms and a spacious layout, Aerescape offers all of the Thanksgiving dinner essentials: 2 microwaves, 3 ice makers, 2 ovens, 3 dishwashers, 2 refrigerators. Check in Sunday 11/23 for 7 nights @ $1799/week. Book Now.

 

4. Crow’s Nest #131

Crow’s Nest #512. Oceanside, Corolla. 5 Bedrooms

This bright and airy oceanside home in Corolla is going to WOW the whole family. Guests rave, “It looks like a spread from Coastal Living Magazine-vaulted ceilings, white wood walls and hard floors in the greatroom”. You can bring the dog too! Check in Sunday 11/23 @ $1200/week! Book Now.

 

3. Villa Corolla

Villa Corolla. Oceanside Corolla, 7 Bedrooms.

You won’t want to leave this 7 bedroom Oceanside home in Corolla. Soak in the hot tub and enjoy the peace & quiet of the northern Corolla beaches in November! Check in Saturday 11/22 for 7 nights @ $1595/week. Book now.

 

2. Lions, Tigers and Terps, Oh My #6002

Lions, Tigers and Terps, Oh My #6002, Oceanside, Corolla, 8 Bedrooms.

If luxury is what you’re seeking for your Thanksgiving accomodations – look no further! This 8 bedroom home located in Pine Island has a superior kitchen for cooking a Thanksgiving feast: Granite counter tops, 2 ovens, 2 dishwashers, 2 refrigerators and Jenn-Air cooktop/grill are a few of the kitchen amenities awaiting the most discriminating cook. Check in Saturday 11/22 for 7 nights @ $3150/week. Book Now.

 

1. The Summer Wind #1012

The Summer Wind 1012. Oceanfront, Nags Head. 8 Bedrooms

Spend Thanksgiving in this 8 bedroom Oceanfront home in Nags Head! Use the elevator for easy transport from level to level – no need for excess stair climbing after a hefty Thanksgiving dinner! You’ll literally be steps away from the gorgeous beaches of Nags Head. Check in Sunday 11/23 for 7 nights @ $3,599/week. Book now.