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5 Tips to Save Money on Your Outer Banks Vacation

11 May 2018
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Your summer vacation is around the corner. You have already paid it off, but you’re worried about spending money while you’re there. Don’t worry! Beach Realty has you covered! Here are five tips to save you money on your Outer Banks vacation.


1. Outer Banks Attractions

No need to worry! The Outer Banks is full of free attractions to fill your time with!

Free Outer Banks Attractions


The first is obviously the beach (duh). Pack a cooler with food and drinks, and spend the whole day soaking up some sun! Check out our list of beach accesses below.

Complete list of Public Beach Accesses

Jockey’s Ridge

Jockey’s Ridge, the largest living sand dune on the East Coast, is a state park and a completely free activity. Bring a picnic, and enjoy it on the sound side beach there! For more activities check out the links below.

More Jockey’s Ridge Activities

Jockey’s Ridge Buried Castle

Inexpensive Outer Banks Attractions

Wright Brother’s Memorial

Children under 15 get in for free, and adults are $7.00 per. You can also get in for each day for 7 days after you purchase a pass, so you can go back multiple times!

Wright Brother’s Memorial


You would have to pay to climb the lighthouses, but it is always fun to walk around them and look in the

gift shop.

Currituck Lighthouse

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Ocracoke Lighthouse


For more attractions check out our OBX Guide Page

 2. Cook at Home

 We all enjoy going out to eat, so instead of depriving yourself on vacation just strategize your meals! Look forward to going out a couple of times during the week, and cook at home the rest of the time. Don’t make it a chore, get the whole family involved so you can make some memories!

 If you are traveling with a large group of multiple families, split up the meal responsibilities. Have one family be responsible for cooking breakfast on Tuesday, and you take care of lunch on Thursday. Don’t forget; if you have any leftover non-perishable foods at the end of your stay you can drop them off with your keys and we will donate it to the local food pantry.

 For easy beach recipes check out our Pinterest board

3. Map Out Your Week

If you know you want to take a day trip down to Hatteras or Ocracoke, plan to visit other attractions you’re interested in along the way. For example, Bodie Island Lighthouse is in that same direction. This way you save on time and gas money! You can also plan what you might need along the way: snacks, drinks, etc. To learn more about what attractions are near one another check out our About The Outer Banks Page below.

 About The Outer Banks

4. Free Events & Happy Hours

If you prefer to go out and do things while you’re on vacation, check out the free events that are going on in the area. Also, a lot of restaurants have Happy Hours where you can get drinks and food for half off! Sometimes the best things in life come free!

Events Page

5. Check out Beach Realty’s Exclusive Guest Discounts

Guests of Beach Realty receive exclusive discounts for renting beach equipment through Ocean Atlantic Rentals, for H2OBX tickets, and more. Make sure to look through the check in packet we give you! There are a ton of coupons hidden in there.

More Discounts Here