Outer Banks Vacation Rentals Guide

Outer Banks Vacation Rentals Guide

Outer Banks newcomers are often surprised at the number of weekly vacation rentals throughout the beaches, from Carova to Ocracoke Island. Vacation rentals are, in fact, the predominant accommodations available to vacationers, and visitors will find that the sheer number of rentals available allows them to find an ideal retreat to fit their Outer Banks crew, from quiet condos to oceanfront sand castles.… (More)

Top 10 Things to do in Duck & Corolla

Top 10 Things to do in Duck & Corolla

Here are our picks for the top 10 things to do in Duck and Corolla. In this diverse Northern Outer Banks area, you can rent a 4x4 beach-access only home, see wild horses, climb a historic lighthouse, paddle along the Currituck Sound, shop at waterfront stores, stroll along a town boardwalk and watch the native birds, play on the beach, and much more.… (More)

Outer Banks Beach Guide

Outer Banks Beach Guide

There's no question... the biggest attraction that draws seasoned Outer Banks vacationers back every year are the miles and miles of pristine beaches. Unpopulated, unspoiled, and always open, the Outer Banks beaches have popped up on a number of National "Best Beaches" lists, including Coastal Living Magazine's list, and world renowned beach expert "Dr. Beach's" annual round-up of best American beaches.… (More)

Outer Banks Top Attractions

Outer Banks Top Attractions

It might seem tricky to fit in all the attractions, historical sites, and fun activities off the beach into an Outer Banks vacation, and still have plenty of time left over to just lounge on the sand. That said, there are a number of attractions up and down the North Carolina coastline that any new visitor would be remiss to miss.… (More)

Outer Banks Activities For Kids

Outer Banks Activities For Kids

The Outer Banks is considered one of the best family vacation destinations on the East Coast. The wide-open natural setting of sand, surf and sun lends itself easily to fun activities for "kids" of all ages. While rival vacation destinations may have more diversions, it's easy for vacationing families to stay simply entertained on the Outer Banks. Younger children will love time on the beach, and teens will find everything from water sports lessons to skate parks.… (More)

Ghost Crabs and Ghost Crab Hunting

Ghost Crabs and Ghost Crab Hunting

Ghost crabs are small, almost iridescent critters that call the shorelines of the Outer Banks from the ocean wash to the high tide line home, and at night, they come out in droves combing the beaches for a late dinner. Vacationers who want to get up-close-and-personal with the local wildlife will find no easier route than to hop over to the oceanfront after the sun sets, turn on the flashlight, and watch the local ghost crab population scatter.… (More)

Northeast North Carolina Golf Trail

Northeast North Carolina Golf Trail

The Outer Banks keeps it simple with just a half dozen courses or so scattered throughout the beaches and the Currituck mainland just a few miles away. All of these local courses are both challenging and relaxing with picturesque water views and uncrowded greens. On your next vacation, bring the clubs along and check out these exceptional golf courses on the Outer Banks and mainland Inner Banks.… (More)

Outer Banks Pets Guide

Outer Banks Pets Guide

Most vacationers consider their pet to be a part of their family, and as a result, thousands of Outer Banks visitors bring their furry family members in tow year after year. While planning a vacation that includes everyone in the family, including a beloved pet, can initially seem daunting, on the Outer Banks, it's actually an easy affair.… (More)

N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island

N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island

View a 285,000 gallon fish tank, pet stingrays, and learn about local wildlife. The perfect activity for kids or a rainy day. The North Carolina Aquarium is open year-round, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, and only closes on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Because of this, visitors in all seasons can enjoy the aquarium at their leisure, and winter or shoulder season visitors will more or less enjoy the complex all to themselves, with only a handful of other vacationers enjoying a tour. … (More)

Outer Banks Fishing Guide

Outer Banks Fishing Guide

Long before the vacationing families discovered the Outer Banks, fishermen flocked to coastal North Carolina. They went through great efforts to visit the Outer Banks for one reason: Exceptional fishing. Whether you're casting off the beach, dropping a line from any of the Outer Banks' many fishing piers, or booking a charter boat for an off-shore or in-shore fishing excursion, you'll see why fishing is one of the Outer Banks' worst kept secrets. … (More)

Outer Banks Scenic Spots Guide

Outer Banks Scenic Spots Guide

There's a reason why so many aspiring and professional photographers flock to the Outer Banks. Ocean sunrises, sound sunsets, and miles of quiet wildlife in between create some breathtaking landscapes, ideal for photographers, painters, or plain-old vacationers who love an astounding view.… (More)

Outer Banks Rainy Day Activities Guide

Outer Banks Rainy Day Activities Guide

Most Outer Banks vacations revolve around the great outdoors, with miles of undeveloped beaches to explore, dozens of watersports, and plenty of activities that thrive under the sun. But even a sunny vacation destination like the Outer Banks experiences a rainy day occasionally, so when the weather drives you off the beach, spend a day exploring these indoor and rainy-day friendly Outer Banks activities.… (More)

Corolla Wild Horses Guide

Corolla Wild Horses Guide

Visitors to the 4WD accessible beaches just north of Carova may experience a truly remarkable encounter with the area's oldest and most beloved residents, the Corolla Wild Horses. Stranded on the Outer Banks for centuries, but still enjoying the laid-back beach lifestyle, these feral and wild creatures are surprisingly docile, and very tolerant of the visitors who flock to their beaches for the warm sun, cool waves, and miles of space.… (More)

Outer Banks Hang Gliding Guide

Outer Banks Hang Gliding Guide

Visitors can experience the Outer Banks' inherent love of all things aerial by taking flight themselves with a day of Hang Gliding. The same wind and climate conditions that attracted the Wright Brothers, the migrating birds, and sports enthusiasts like daredevil Kiteboarders also lures Hang Gliders to the Outer Banks, for sky-hide rides and unparalleled ocean to sound views. Lessons are available from beginner to expert.… (More)

Driving on the Beach

Driving on the Beach

One of the reasons so many vacationers flock to the Outer Banks is the thrill of driving on the beach, a rare privilege that few East Coast beach vacation destinations can offer. Beach driving enthusiasts will find miles of shoreline to explore, from the uninhabited shoreline along Ocracoke Island to the solely 4WD accessible beaches of Carova, north of Corolla. In fact, driving on the beach isn't just for fisherman. It's practically an institution.… (More)

Top 10 Things to do in Kitty Kawk and Kill Devil Hills

Top 10 Things to do in Kitty Kawk and Kill Devil Hills

Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills are two of the most populated, urban Outer Banks towns. That means lots of opportunity to shop the big box, national brands you know and love. But the botique, local shopping and dining scene is also very storng here. And, lots of people means lots of opportunity to play. Finally, the beach is always close in these two central towns. … (More)

Carolina Designs Vacation Rentals

Carolina Designs Realty, Inc. has been a reliable source for Outer Banks vacation rentals for more than 25 years! They represent only the finest beach homes for rent on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There is a reason Washingtonian Magazine calls us the "Best Bet for Rentals" on the Outer Banks! Use their vacation rental search to quickly find rental homes with particular amenities, located in certain towns or sub-divisions or by rental name or number.… (More)

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