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 The selection of Friday turnover homes is smaller but the traffic is obsolete!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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Top Coolest Beach Items for your 2017 Beach Vacation

What better way to enjoy your Outer Banks beach vacation then with the latest and coolest beach items on the market! Browse our list of the top coolest beach items to bring on your 2017 Outer Banks beach vacation! Make sure to book your Outer Banks vacation week with Beach Realty NC!

The Sand Resistant Beach Towel

The Coolest Cooler

A USB charger, speaker, bottle opener, light, picnic plates, bungee cord and more all packed into this cooler! More info here.


The Easiest Beach Tent

Awesome tent that is easy to carry and put up. More info here.


The Party Float

If sitting on the beach isn’t your think, try a party float! Available here.


The Sand Castle Builder’s Kit

Build a sandcastle that will WOW your kids! Available here.


The Hand Sand Shovel

This heavy duty sand hand shovel will help you build that awesome sand castle! Available here.


A Beach Bucket Spin-off

A new spin on the beach bucket. Available here.


The Biggest Beach Ball Ever

The biggest beach ball ever! Available here.


An Off-Road Wagon

The all-terrain, collapsible beach wagon. Available here.


Beach Cornhole

Cornhole for the beach. Fill your own sand bags! Available here.


Pop Up Pool

Pop up pool. The perfect way to keep the kids happy on the beach! Available here.


The coolest Beach Bag in town!


Many of our homes provide these amazing re-usable guest bags filled with fun beach items and basic necessities to get your vacation off to a great start! Start planning your Outer Banks vacation here!

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Top 15 Outdoor Dining Restaurants on the Outer Banks!

Let’s be honest, we don’t come to the beach just for the surf and sand. Restaurants and their appetizing offerings play a role in the vacation, too. One of the best ways to enjoy your summer vacation is dining at a spot where the scenery is as fine as what’s on the plate. There are dozens of places to enjoy dining outdoors on the Outer Banks. You will be able to have some of the best views and most tranquil dining at numerous restaurants located from Corolla to Roanoke Island. We have made it easy for you with our roundup of the best outdoor dining on the Outer Banks. Take a look and make sure you try a few out during your next venture to the Outer Banks!


1. Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant, Nags Head

One of the few soundfront restaurants on the beach, Miller’s serves lunch and dinner daily, which allows you ample time to enjoy the view. They can handle families and large parties and have a varied menu with local seafood, steaks, chicken and creative salads and pastas. The kitchen prepares specials every day. They really do have one of the best sunset views. Have fun watching windsurfers and kiteboarders during the day while enjoying lunch on their newly-shaded deck. Or relax on the deck and catch live music Tuesday-Friday during peak season and a cocktail in the evening. Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant


2. Ocean Boulevard, Kitty Hawk

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special evening out in the comfort of your sandals. They are, after all, just steps away from the ocean. Ocean Boulevard’s culinary team serves an American bistro-style menu and has been praised in Southern Living magazine as well as The Washington Post. The menu changes seasonally but always includes lots of beautiful preparations of local seafood, regional poultry and meats, nightly chef specials and decadent desserts. They have a comprehensive wine list and a full bar with their own martini menu. Come here for live entertainment on Friday nights after dinner. Their oceanside patio is one of many unique features; it’s an enjoyable hangout during the summer and you can often catch some live music during the week. Ocean Boulevard is open nightly for dinner year round. Reservations are suggested. Ocean Boulevard


3. Sunset Bar & Grill, Duck

Sunset Grille and Raw Bar of Duck, North Carolina brings you the finest in fresh local seafood, steaks, pastas, and more with a Caribbean flair.  Our award winning chefs are always working hard to prepare the finest dishes for our customers.

Sunset Grille is located on the best waterfront property on the Outer Banks in the village of Duck.  We are a total entertainment destination where families are welcome to enjoy our wide array of activities including breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily as well as outdoor waterfront deck dining areas, 3 tiki bars, sushi bar, raw bar of course, and large indoor dining areas.  All in a true Caribbean setting.  Sit among the palm trees sipping your tropical libation from our award winning specialty drink menu.  Or go and rent a waverunner from our Watersports operation on the gazebo. Sunset Bar & Grill in Duck


4. Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grill, Nags Head


Located at milepost 13 in Nags Head across from Jockey’s Ridge State Park, we have unbelievable views from our second floor deck of the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Nags Head cottages. As a matter of fact, we don’t believe that you can truly unwind until you’ve ordered an Orange Crush on the deck at Mulligan’s!

Take a look at our menu or daily specials page to see what local seafood we are getting in today and know that we strive to buy as much of our products as locally as possible—local seafood, local produce, and locally butchered meats. We strive to bring only the freshest local food to your table, from hand-cut beach fries to oysters straight from the Pamlico Sound. We give a whole new meaning to Southern Coastal cuisine.

So come hang out where the locals are… at Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille! Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grill


5. The Roadside Bar & Grill, Duck


The Roadside Bar and Grill has been serving top notch meals and hand crafted cocktails since 1995. We are located in the heart of Duck in one of the village’s original cottages. We hope to see you soon! The Roadside Bar & Grill


6. Hurricane Mo’s Beachside Bar & Grill, Kitty Hawk


Hurricane Mo’s is just steps from the ocean and has an intimate, beachy atmosphere. On the menu you’ll find fresh seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Daily specials are offered at lunch and dinner. Kids will be happy with the selections on their children’s menu. They have a full bar and happy hour specials from 3  to 5 p.m., including 15-cent shrimp, 35-cent wings and $1 tacos. Hurricane Mo’s is open year round for lunch and dinner, and you can get take-out if you prefer. They offer free WiFi for customers to use. Check them out if you’re looking for fun. If you are after fun and sun, have a drink and bite to eat on their new outdoor covered deck overlooking the ocean. Hurricane Mo’s Beachside Bar & Grill


7. Fish Heads Bar & Grill on the Outer Banks Fishing Pier, South Nags Head


Geared up for another season, Outer Banks Pier has open-deck dining! A roof over the deck just to the side of the pier house shades bar-style seating all around the edge and tables in the center. They serve hamburgers, fries, steamed shrimp and veggies, fish tacos (yum!) and more. Wine and beer are available, and they also have some breakfast sandwiches for the early birds and anglers. They’re open every day, with a daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m., and have live entertainment every night during the summer. Fish Head Bar and Grill


8. Rundown Cafe, Kitty Hawk

Rundown Cafe serves island cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The food is a fusion of Pacific Rim and Caribbean flavors, and they have a substantial menu of vegetarian options. Upstairs you’ll find an authentic surf bar with a brand new, super large, ocean view deck where you’ll find live music in season. This is a great family-friendly restaurant since the menu is very affordable and there are lots of choices for kids. Rundown serves lunch and dinner seven days a week in the summer. You can also order take-out here. They are closed from the end of November until March 1. Rundown Cafe


9. John’s Drive In, Kitty Hawk

Classic drive-in shack (open May-October) specializing in thick milkshakes & fried fish sandwiches. Located on the beach road in Kitty Hawk around MP 4, this amazingly yummy restaurant is a Outer Banks favorite! You order at the window and your food is served in to-go containers but they have outdoor picnic tables for your enjoyment. You’ve gotta try the Dolphin Boat! Johns Drive In

10. South Beach Grill, Nags Head



With a truly affordable menu consisting of local seafood, lots of signature salads, sandwiches, lettuce wraps, Caribbean-inspired entrees, steaks and terrific homemade desserts, South Beach Grille is a great place to eat on the beach. Deck-top dining is available, with views of both the ocean and the sound, and you can enjoy a smoothie or a specialty drink from their full bar. Like wings? Then stop in on Friday and get wings in seven flavors for 35 cents each, then wash them down with the $2.75 domestic beer special of the day. You can also stop in daily for their $2 happy hour menu from 3-6 p.m. South Beach has a good kids’ selection and offers extensive gluten-free choices and lots of options for vegetarians too. Your meal is prepared fresh to order; if you have any special dietary needs please inform your server. South Beach Grille is open Monday through Saturday during the summer and are closed on Sundays. South Beach Grill


10. Mike Dianna’s Grill Room, Corolla

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room has become a legendary Outer Banks restaurant. Fine dining with a casual atmosphere, it is most well known for its excellently prepared meats — offering all-natural and USDA Prime beef, pork, chicken and veal — cooked over a hardwood grill. The fresh, local seafood is treated just as beautifully, and there are daily pasta specials. The distinctive wine selection has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the past nine years. They have an outdoor deck and bar with live music seven days a week in season. From Memorial Day through Labor Day they serve lunch outside on the deck daily, starting at noon. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5 p.m.; reservations are recommended. Most nights they serve beverages until midnight. They are kid friendly and offer a kids’ menu. Mike Dianna’s Grill Room can accommodate rehearsal dinners, small intimate weddings and other family gatherings. Mike Dianna’s Grill Room


11. Bonzer Shack, Kill Devil Hills

Get ready to kick back and relax at the Bonzer Shack! With their creative take on Southern comfort food, there’s always something on the menu that’s sure to tempt you, whether it’s their variety of soups and sandwiches, fresh seafood specials and juicy burgers or their mouthwatering prime rib. Local favorites also include delicious apps like their Hippie Dip and wings roasted in-house daily, plus their excellent specialty cocktails. The Shack also features the only slider menu on the beach and draws crowds every Wednesday during the summer for their $2 Slider Night. While the weather’s warm you can even stop by on Fridays for live entertainment, or enjoy their spacious yard any night (weather permitting) for outdoor dining, ping pong and cornhole fun. The Shack is open for lunch and dinner year round and serves up a special Bonzer Brunch on Sundays in season. Bonzer Shack


13. Arts Place, Kitty Hawk

Art’s Place is a local’s favorite for a delicious cheeseburger or a filling breakfast in a laid back atmosphere. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they offer live music throughout the week! Art’s place is located in Kitty Hawk around Milepost 3 on the beach road. So if you’re in the mood for some good ol’ American cuisine – stop in to Art’s place on your next OBX vacation! Arts Place

13. Full Moon & Cafe on Roanoke Island, Manteo


Full Moon Cafe has been a favorite dining destination on the Outer Banks since 1995. The location on a busy corner in the heart of downtown Manteo gives the restaurant a lively, happening feel. Dine outside under shady umbrellas or take a seat by a window indoors; either choice offers a great view of the activities in downtown Manteo. The atmosphere here is fun, un-stuffy and relaxed, with friendly service.

Full Moon’s food is diverse, delicious and incredibly fresh. The owners have high standards for freshness, flavor and presentation. They’re known for their perfectly prepared Angus steaks and fresh, local seafood, but the menu includes a surprising range of fare for everyone from seafood lovers to meat eaters to vegetarians to kids. Full Moon Cafe

The new Full Moon Brewery is the only place in downtown Manteo to taste flavorful, hand-crafted brews and watch the ancient art of brewing. The wine list is extensive, with more than 70 bottles offered.

The café is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week in-season. Call for off-season hours. Dinner reservations are accepted.

14. Slice Pizzeria, Kill Devil Hills


Slice Pizzeria joined the Outer Banks community in June 2008.   They offer delicious NY style and Chicago style pizza baked in one of their stone ovens.  Slice prides itself in using only the freshest ingredients and you will taste the difference in their homemade sauces and pizza dough. Their newly added outdoor patio offers plenty of seating for large groups and small!  Pizza, calzones, pastas, subs, salads, appetizers, desserts and more! Slice Pizzeria


15. The Oceanfront Grill, Corolla

The Oceanfront Grille at Corolla Light is the only oceanfront restaurant on the Currituck Outer Banks.
The menu includes mixed grill, seafood, and children’s options. Join us on our outdoor deck to try our signature crabcakes.

The Oceanfront Grill in Corolla

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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


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


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


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

Photo Credit: Dean Jeffrey on Flickr

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

Photo Credit: Brooke Mayo Photographers


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.


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!


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


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.


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.

Photo Credit: Artisan Skate Parks

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.


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


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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!


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!

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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





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


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!


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.


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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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.


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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.