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 The selection of Friday turnover homes is smaller but the traffic is obsolete!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 Beach Vacations for Families with Young Children

Outer Banks Vacation Ideas for Families with Babies & Toddlers

outer-banks-vacations-babies-and-toddlersThe Outer Banks is the perfect destination for families with young children. Why? Staying in a vacation rental is much more convenient than being cooped up in a hotel room when you have a baby and/or toddler. You’ll have plenty of space to let your little one play, sleep and eat. The Outer Banks has the largest selection of vacation rentals than any other beach destination. Compared to other east coast beach destinations, the Outer Banks offers a peaceful, family friendly environment with neighborhoods, slower speed limits and easy beach access. You’ll also find plenty of Outer Banks attractions, restaurants and shops that cater to little ones. We’ve compiled a list of recommendations for Outer Banks vacations for families with babies and toddlers.

 

When to come: Off season – April/May or September/October

No parent wants to be stuck in traffic with a baby or toddler in the back seat. Avoid the Summer crowds and take advantage of ideal weather in the Spring and Fall! You’ll also take advantage of off-season rental rates! Start your search.

 

What to do:

Visit the Sound Beach at Jockey’s Ridge for shallow, calm water that your little one can splash around in!

Spend a day in Manteo to visit the NC Aquarium, take a stroll through the Elizabethan Gardens, stop by Island Farm and check out Pirate Adventures!

Look for seashells on the beach.

 

Where to stay: All Outer Banks towns are family friendly, although we recommend Corolla, Duck and Southern Shores for their Oceanside communities with convenient beach access. View our list of top Outer Banks Rentals for Families with Young Children below….

Top Outer Banks Rentals for Families with Babies and Toddlers

These Outer Banks Rentals are well-equipped for families with babies and toddlers:

 

Four Seasons Haven #3541
Four Seasons Haven #3541

Four Seasons Haven #3541

Oceanside, Duck

7 Bedrooms
This home is located in the gated community of Four Seasons which offers an indoor and outdoor community pool, playground, Summer Trolley Service & convenient community beach access. You can also stroll to the heart of downtown Duck via convenient bike paths!

 

Included inside the home:

  • Baby Gate
  • Highchair
  • Porta Crib
  • Pack-N-Play
  • Crib
  • Extra Portable Baby Gates for Doorways

Easy Living #3000
Easy Living #3000

Easy Living #3000

Oceanside, Duck

6 Bedrooms
This home is located in the gated community of Four Seasons which offers an indoor and outdoor community pool, playground, Summer Trolley Service & convenient community beach access. You can also stroll to the heart of downtown Duck via convenient bike paths!

 

Included inside the home:

  • Elevator
  • Highchairs 2
  • Metal Cribs 2
  • Umbrella Strollers 2
  • Golf Cart to Drive to the Beach
  • Large Video and Book Library
  • Puzzles / Books / Games

 


 

 

Carolina In My Mind #407
Carolina In My Mind #407

Carolina In My Mind #407

Oceanside, Corolla

5 Bedrooms
This home is located in Ocean Sands Section P of Corolla, NC which offers convenient beach access and quiet neighborhood streets.

Included inside the home:

  • Beach Cart
  • Beach Umbrellas & Toys
  • 2 Pack-N-Plays
  • 3 High Chairs
  • 2 Baby Gates
  • PUR Water Filter
  • Extensive DVDs/Books/Games

 

 

 


 

 

Raspberry Duck #595
Raspberry Duck #595

Rasberry Duck #595

Oceanside, Duck

5 Bedrooms
This home is located in Duck Landing of Duck, NC which offers an indoor heated community pool and kids pool available year-round!

 

Included inside the home:

  • Baby Gate
  • Pack-N-Play
  • 3 Highchairs
  • Baby Strollers
  • Jacuzzi Tub in Grand Master Bedroom
  • Beach Cart, Beach Chairs
  • Beach Toys

 


 

Ducks In A Row #596
Ducks In A Row #596

Ducks In A Row #596

Oceanside, Duck

7 Bedrooms
This home is located in Duck Landing of Duck, NC which offers an indoor heated community pool and kids pool available year-round!

 

Included inside the home:

  • Baby Gate, Highchair
  • Pack-N-Play
  • 2 Porta Cribs
  • Booster Seat
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Cart
  • Beach Umbrella

 

 


 

 

OBX Vacations with young children
Beach Cabana #2099

Beach Cabana #2099

Oceanside, Southern Shores

7 Bedrooms
This home is located on the Oceanside in Southern Shores which offers convenient beach access and quiet neighborhood streets.

Included inside the home:

  • Elevator
  • Gated Decks
  • Highchair
  • Pack-N-Play
  • Baby Gate
  • Color Changing LED Pool Lights
  • Beach Cart
  • Beach Chairs

Runaway Bay #501
Runaway Bay #501

Runaway Bay #501

Oceanfront, Duck

5 Bedrooms
This home is located in Sanderling of Duck, NC which offers convenient beach access and quiet neighborhood streets.

Included inside the home:

  • Highchair
  • Pack-N-Play
  • Playpen
  • Jacuzzi Tub
  • Books / Games

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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

 

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!

 

Big Mama’s 1203
Big Daddy’s 1204

 

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.

 

1611 A Summer Place
1613 Ek Stay Sea

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.

523 Bali Hai
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!

1469 Day Late
1470 Dollar Short

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.

1105 Sand Baggers Beach House
1106 St. Andrew’s Beach House
1107 The 19th Hole Beach House

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!

1113 Happy Dog Days II
1114 Happy Dog Days III

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!

1101 Coconuts Beach House
1102 Mangos Beach House
1103 Kiwi Beach House

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!

373 Foot Loose
374 Fancy Free

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!

1010 Beach Royalty
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!

Cape May, Cape Cod, Cape Coral, Cape Ann

 

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!

1100 Aces Delight
1111 Mi Casa, Su Casa

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.

4225 Duck Dreams
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.

4305 Ashleigh’s Retreat
4308 Saratoga

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!

278 Edwards
310 Pappia

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.

311 The Sailfish
474 Banana Republic

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.

3901 Aerescape
3902 Tranquil Sound

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.

644 Belle of the South
7990 Ocean Dream

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.

472 Sandscape
437 Terning Point

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!

625 C Captain
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.

582 Dream Catcher
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.

5005 Mahalo
5019 Sand Dollar Memories

 

 

 

 

Best Pools of the Outer Banks

Here is our list of the best, coolest pools of our Outer Banks vacation rentals. From Rooftop pools, to paw shaped pools, to swim up bars, our OBX rentals have some amazing pools that will make you want to jump right in! Still searching for the perfect Outer Banks Rental for your next vacation? Start your search at BeachRealtyNC.com. Browse all of our Outer Banks rentals with Private Pools.

 

1. The Rooftop Pool @ The Thunderbird #1

 

Rooftop Pool at #1 The Thunderbird http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=442
Rooftop Pool at #1 The Thunderbird
Rooftop Pool at #1 The Thunderbird http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=442
Rooftop Pool at #1 The Thunderbird http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=442

Click here for more information or to reserve #1 The Thunderbird, Nags Head Oceanfront Vacation Rental, 6 Bedrooms

 

2. Swim up Bar @ #1213 Joshua’s Tiki Hut

Swim Up Bar at #1213 Joshua's Tiki Hut http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=821
Swim Up Bar at #1213 Joshua’s Tiki Hut

Click here for more information or to reserve #1213 Joshua’s Tiki Hut, Nags Head Oceanfront Vacation Rental, 8 Bedrooms

 

3. Dog Paw Shaped Pool @ Happy Dog Days #1112

Dog Paw Shaped Pool at Happy Dog Days #1112 http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=818
Dog Paw Shaped Pool at Happy Dog Days #1112
Dog Paw Shaped Pool at Happy Dog Days #1112 http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=818
Dog Paw Shaped Pool at Happy Dog Days #1112

Click here for more information or to book Happy Dog Days #1112, Semi-oceanfront Nags Head vacation rental, 5 bedrooms.

 

4. Waterfall Pool @ Big Mama’s House #1203

Waterfall Pool at Big Mama's House http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=817
Waterfall Pool at Big Mama’s House

Click here for more information or to book #1203 Big Mama’s House, Oceanfront Nags Head vacation rental, 8 bedrooms.

 

5. Waterfall Pool at #1206 The Good Life

 

Waterfall Pool at #1206 The Good Life http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=822
Waterfall Pool at #1206 The Good Life

Click here for more information or to reserve #1206 The Good Life, Oceanfront Nags Head rental, 8 bedrooms.

 

6. Layout Pool @ Carolina Kai #1704

Layout in the Pool at #1704 Carolina Kai http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=499
Layout in the Pool at #1704 Carolina Kai
Layout in the Pool at #1704 Carolina Kai http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=499
Layout in the Pool at #1704 Carolina Kai

Click here for more information or to reserve Carolina Kai #1704, Oceanside Kitty Hawk vacation rental, 4 bedrooms.

 

7. Pool with a View @ Tranquil Sound #3902

Pool with a View at #3902 Tranquil Sound http://www.beachrealtync.com/rental/house.html?ID=409
Pool with a View at #3902 Tranquil Sound

Click here for more information or to reserve Tranquil Sound #3902, Soundfront Duck vacation rental, 4 bedrooms