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About The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is an amazing place to relax, play and explore! A narrow strip of barrier islands along the eastern coast of North Carolina is what we call The Outer Banks, also known as OBX. The Outer Banks offers 200 miles of pristine sandy beaches with picturesque landscapes of sand dunes & clean waters and sunrises that will leave you breathless. A short walk to the west, you'll find spectacular sunsets over the sound. Instead of finding high-rise hotels, the Outer Banks is mainly vacation homes and local businesses. It's what makes this place special! Find your vacation home today and experience The Outer Banks of North Carolina first-hand.

Outer Banks Towns

Each Outer Banks town is unique. If you're the type that wants to get away from it all, you may consider the northern beaches of Corolla or 4x4-Carova Beach. If you want to be closer to many options of shops & restaurants you may consider Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head. If you want charm & quaint, Duck, Southern Shores or Kitty Hawk may be the beach for you. Each beach town offers exquisite beaches and a vast selection of vacation homes. Take our quiz to find out which Outer Banks town is for you or explore all Outer Banks towns & communities here.

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OBX Attractions

In addition to its beaches, the Outer Banks is home to many renowned landmarks such as The Wright Brothers Memorial, many fishing piers and five historic lighthouses; Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Marshes Light, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse & Ocracoke Lighthouse. Jockey's Ridge State Park, the tallest natural sand dune on the east coast, is fun for the whole family. Partake in kite flying, hang-gliding or enjoy the wide open sandy space. The nature enthusiast will love the many nature and wildlife preserves and the North Carolina Aquarium. The history enthusiast will enjoy a day trip to Manteo for a showing of the Lost Colony and a tour of the Elizabeth II. 

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Things to do

Water sports are very popular on the Outer Banks; surfing, kiteboarding, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, just to name a few. Beginners may learn their sport on the calm sound waters and those more advanced may take advantage of the thrilling Atlantic ocean waves & currents. Many local businesses offer tours and lessons of many watersports. No need to bring your equipment because you can rent it through Beach Realty / Kitty Hawk Rentals courtesy of Ocean Atlantic Rentals and we'll deliver to your vacation home prior to your arrival! Visit our Beach Equipment Rentals page for more information or to rent your equipment online.

Visiting a local landmark is on most lists of things to do. Visit our attractions page for a list of Outer Banks attractions.

The Outer Banks offers many local shops and restaurants all offering a unique style and flavor. Whether you are craving fresh-caught seafood or shopping for the perfect gift - the Outer Banks has a fruitful selection. 

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The Outer Banks has an average of 288 sunny days a year with only 36 rainy days (.10 inches or more). The average temperature is 70 degrees. The average water temperature is 65. The Outer Banks experiences seasonal weather patterns. Summer months of June, July & August are most popular for tourism and usually, offer much warmer air temperatures. Water temperature can change day to day depending on the wind direction and speed. 

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About Beach Realty / Kitty Hawk Rentals

Since 1964 Beach Realty & Construction / Kitty Hawk Rentals is proud to offer the finest selection of Outer Banks vacation homes. From 4x4 - Carova Beach, Corolla to South Nags Head, Oceanfront to soundfront, 2-10 bedrooms, we are sure to have the vacation home to suit your family's needs.

Beach Realty is an active member of the Outer Banks community. Visit our In the Community page for more information regarding our community involvement.

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