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)

Outer Banks Hotels

Outer Banks Hotels

For postcard-perfect long weekends, or full week stays that have exceptional access to indoor and outdoor pools, restaurants, and amenities, there's nothing quite like the convenience of a stay at a hotel or motel. A number of hotels on the Outer Banks have been welcoming guests for decades, and as a result, vacationers have returned for the fantastic service and views.… (More)

Outer Banks Fall and Spring Guide

Outer Banks Fall and Spring Guide

Vacationers who want a great vacation without the crowded beaches, restaurants and attractions should consider a visit to the Outer Banks in the shoulder seasons. Loosely defined as the weeks preceding and following June, July and August summer months, the shoulder Seasons are an ideal time for young families, adventurous retirees, dedicated anglers, and water sports lovers of all genres.… (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)

Outer Banks Golf Guide

Outer Banks Golf Guide

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)

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 Nature Spots Guide

Outer Banks Nature Spots Guide

The Outer Banks has 150 miles of pristine coastline. Take advantage of some of the best spots on the beach to observe the scenery, and our furry and feathered locals in their natural habitat. From Carova to Ocracoke, there are plenty of winding nature trails, waterfront refuges, and state preserves to explore.… (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)

Outer Banks Kiteboarding Guide

Outer Banks Kiteboarding Guide

Kiteboarding has exploded on the local beach scene, and thousands of visitors from America, Canada, and around the world flock to this little stretch of North Carolina beach for the best kiteboarding conditions in the country. Visitors who have never hopped on a board will find ample opportunities to try kiteboarding during an Outer Banks vacation, with lessons and rentals available from Corolla to Ocracoke.… (More)

Outer Banks Bed and Breakfasts Guide

Outer Banks Bed and Breakfasts Guide

Whether you're looking for homey and inviting or decadent and elite, the Outer Banks is stocked with a number of B&B options. Want a romantic spin on a typical OBX vacation? Look into the local Bed and Breakfast scene for ample peace, quiet, relaxing surroundings and a world of first class amenities available at your door. Guests will find that the majority of bed and breakfast owners and innkeepers will bend over backwards to ensure your satisfaction.… (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)

Outer Banks Accommodations Guide

Outer Banks Accommodations Guide

There are a variety of ways to experience an Outer Banks vacation stay. The most popular accommodations throughout the islands are vacation rental homes. Several hotels and motels offer rooms with a view. Innkeepers offer charming stays at bed and breakfasts. Adventure-seekers often opt to rough it at local campgrounds. And of course, ample waterfront real estate awaits buyers.… (More)

Outer Banks Biking Guide

Outer Banks Biking Guide

One of the best ways to explore this 150-mile stretch of North Carolina shoreline is on bicycle. From Corolla to Ocracoke, the Outer Banks is incredibly bike-friendly offering multiple paths through scenic trails and paved right-of-ways through more congested areas. Weekly or afternoon rentals are available in almost every community, and bikers have their choice of riding by the shore, through the maritime forests, or just cruising around town.… (More)

Outer Banks Birding Guide

Outer Banks Birding Guide

For bird lovers, the Outer Banks is hard to beat. This delicate chain of barrier islands is not only home to dozens of different native shorebirds, but also thousands of migrating birds who make a rest stop on the Outer Banks every year. The Outer Banks is nationally recognized as one of the best birding locales on the East Coast, with a number of birding trails, and an annual bird watching week-long festival, Outer Banks bird watching isn't taking off anytime soon.… (More)

Outer Banks Boating Guide

Outer Banks Boating Guide

The Outer Banks is comprised of more water than land, as the fragile strips of terrain that make up these North Carolina barrier islands are bordered on all sides by deep blue major bodies of water. Surrounded by Saltwater sounds, the Atlantic Ocean and inlets dotted in between each island, it's no wonder that boating is one of the Outer Bank's biggest activities, and one of the best ways to tour this coastal region.… (More)

Outer Banks Campgrounds Guide

Outer Banks Campgrounds Guide

Nature lovers, budget travelers, and vacationers who just adore the great outdoors often find that camping is an ideal way to tour and explore the Outer Banks. With literally dozens of campgrounds spanning from the Currituck County mainland to Ocracoke Island, camping enthusiasts will find they have plenty of options to choose from. Campers can choose from individual sites, small mom and pop campgrounds, or sprawling facilities with ample amenities.… (More)

Outer Banks Camping Guide

Outer Banks Camping Guide

Vacationers with a love of the great outdoors and a sense of adventure will truly appreciate Outer Banks camping. From expansive camping complexes to rustic oceanfront campsites with sea oats and sand, campers can choose how much "roughing it" their Outer Banks camping experience entails. Visiting campers can choose to stay waterfront, along the beach sand dunes, hidden in the maritime forests, or right in the heart of the attractions.… (More)

Outer Banks Crabbing Guide

Outer Banks Crabbing Guide

The Outer Banks is notorious for its large supply of Blue Crabs, and these crabs wind up on the menus and Specials boards of Outer Banks restaurants all along the coast. But many first-time visitors are surprised to learn that crabbing, though a little tricky, can be easily conducted off the soundfront backyards or waterfront docks of a vacation rental home, anytime of day, and nearly any time of year.… (More)

Outer Banks Educational Activities

Outer Banks Educational Activities

On the Outer Banks, it's easy to throw in a little education in with a vacation filled with fun, adventures, and new explorations. Any day at the beach or trip to the nearest lighthouse can turn into a Science or History lesson. Whether your scholastic pursuits lead you to Elizabethan Era history, Maritime botany, Seashell studies, or a little physical education with a kiteboarding or surfing lesson, you'll find there are plenty of educational opportunities on the Outer Banks.… (More)

Outer Banks Ferry System

Outer Banks Ferry System

Decades ago, one of the only ways to access some of the most secluded areas of the Outer Banks was via a ferry, and this tradition carries on today for thousands if not millions of visitors who want to travel to some of coastal North Carolina's most famous and off-the-map locales.… (More)

Outer Banks History Guide

Outer Banks History Guide

The Outer Banks treasures its history, and history buffs will many places to explore the Outer Banks' past. Whether the scholars in your group want to learn more about the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the roots of the modern US Coast Guard, war history or the hurricanes that helped shape these barrier islands, the Outer Banks offers an abundance of history just waiting to be uncovered.… (More)

Outer Banks Jet Skis Guide

Outer Banks Jet Skis Guide

For visitors who want a thrilling adventure on the high seas (or on the low sounds), try a little Jet Skiing on your next Outer Banks vacation. There are miles of open water to rush through and explore, as well as a number of local businesses that offer hourly Jet Ski rentals. An ideal activity for teens and adults who love a good thrill ride, Jet Skis also allow new Outer Banks visitors a chance to explore the coastline. … (More)

Outer Banks Kayaking Guide

Outer Banks Kayaking Guide

Most recreation in the Outer Banks centers around the water, so it's no surprise that almost every town on this stretch of North Carolina coastline, from Corolla to Ocracoke, offers kayaking tours, adventures and rentals to seasonal visitors. With so many watery avenues to explore, from small marshy canals littered with wildlife, to crushing ocean waves for extreme ocean kayakers, kayaking on the Outer Banks can cater to all types of vacationers.… (More)

Outer Banks Lighthouses Guide

Outer Banks Lighthouses Guide

Lighthouses along the Outer Banks have protected ships for hundreds of years. Today, these magnificent beacons draw thousands of visitors for their historic significance, their charm, and the views a climb offers, and as a backdrop to wed.… (More)

Outer Banks Milepost System Guide

Outer Banks Milepost System Guide

Many newcomers to the Outer Banks who are browsing the local restaurants, shops and area attractions online or in the local guide books notice an interesting addition to the standard address. Besides the typical business name, street name, street number and town, many local businesses also include a Milepost number.… (More)

Outer Banks Museums Guide

Outer Banks Museums Guide

The Outer Banks is rich in history, from the early explorers who first set foot on its shores 400 years ago to the groundbreaking first flight that launched modern aviation. Every community has a story and a resonant heritage, and as a result, the Outer Banks is home to a number of locally and nationally renowned museums.… (More)

Outer Banks Nightlife Guide

Outer Banks Nightlife Guide

The Outer Banks glows after dark with beachy bars, late night shows, wide-open piers, and a canopy of thousands of stars overhead. Granted, the Outer Banks has the reputation of being family-friendly, and not a party-town, but stay awake after hours and you're sure to find plenty to do both on and off the beach. … (More)

Outer Banks Paddle Boarding Guide

Outer Banks Paddle Boarding Guide

On the Outer Banks, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) has exploded in recent years, thanks to both the sport's diversity and simplicity. Basically anyone can pick up a board and a paddle, find a stretch of oceanfront or soundfront water, and start slowly meandering across the ripples, or ride a paddle board along the waves.… (More)

Outer Banks Parasailing Guide

Outer Banks Parasailing Guide

Parasailing is an activity that everyone in your vacationing crew can enjoy, from the avid sightseers to the adventurous risk takers. Though the concept may initially be a little frightening, with parasailing partakers being literally suspended hundreds of feet into the air over the open water, the resulting experience is well worth the initial fear.… (More)

Outer Banks Picnicking Guide

Outer Banks Picnicking Guide

The Outer Banks has plenty of places to spread out a blanket, uncork a bottle of wine, and feast in front of an evening sunset. Because of the sheer number and variety of tucked away natural landscapes to pop open a picnic basket, fans of outdoor dining will find no shortage of options. … (More)

Outer Banks Real Estate Guide

Outer Banks Real Estate Guide

After a few days of sunny beach afternoons, fantastic attractions, and all the amenities that attract people to the Outer Banks, many visitors find themselves wishing for a more permanent vacation. Whether your ultimate goal is to own an investment property, a retirement or vacation home, or simply a year-round home on the beach, the Outer Banks is filled with a variety of properties for sale. … (More)

Outer Banks Sailing Guide

Outer Banks Sailing Guide

Sailing lovers of all varieties find plenty of options in the Outer Banks, but even newcomers to the sport can experiment with life on the water with a local sailing lesson, rental, or waterfront cruise. Some sailors are even in it for the long haul, docking for a summer or a winter season at a number of local marinas.… (More)

Outer Banks Shelling Guide

Outer Banks Shelling Guide

If you know where to look, the Outer Banks can be a beachcomber's paradise. With miles of shoreline to explore, hidden beaches that are relatively untouched, and literally piles of shells washing up on the beaches after a storm, shelling on the OBX beaches is simply a matter of timing and area expertise.… (More)

Outer Banks Surfing Guide

Outer Banks Surfing Guide

Forget Hawaii and California - on the East Coast, the best place for surf is on the Outer Banks, and this region is renowned as one of the best surfing destinations from New York to Florida. Surfers from all over the country and the world flock to the Outer Banks for the annual ESA tournament, or just after a storm swell, to paddle out to the Atlantic and enjoy some of the best waves on the coast.… (More)

Outer Banks Swimming Guide

Outer Banks Swimming Guide

Swimming is a local sport that never goes out of style on the Outer Banks, and with literally miles of ocean and sound waters to paddle around, there's no shortage of refreshing locales to enjoy a dip. Vacationers will find they have their choice of swimming destinations, from the challenging ocean waves, to the calm sound, to the public and community pools found all along the islands.… (More)

Outer Banks Tours Guide

Outer Banks Tours Guide

Many newcomers to the Outer Banks find the best way to delve into the local scenery is via a tour, and luckily the Outer Banks has a world of tour options available. Vacationers can take to the sea, skies, or the land for an in-depth view of the Outer Banks. Hop on board a boat, kayak, bus or plane, and begin a guided adventure.… (More)

Outer Banks Windsurfing Guide

Outer Banks Windsurfing Guide

While several of the Outer Banks' most popular sports seemingly flew onto the scene in the past decade or two, like kiteboarding or stand up paddle boarding (SUP), windsurfing has been drawing water sports lovers to the North Carolina coast for nearly fifty years. In essence, windsurfing can pride itself as being the Outer Bank's oldest, and one of its most beloved sound-based sports.… (More)

Top 10 Things to do in the Outer Banks

Top 10 Things to do in the Outer Banks

Every vacation destination has its own unique draw to potential visitors, whether it's a national monument, a fantastic shopping or dining scene, or an exotic locale that's meant for total relaxation. Many newcomers to the Outer Banks are surprised to learn that this destination has all of these attributes and more, and it can be hard to narrow down the overflowing list of "must-sees" or "must-dos" that have to be squeezed into a 1-2 week OBX vacation.… (More)