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Private room · Rodanthe
Kitschy Room with Hot Tub
Welcome to the surf side in Rodanthe! One of the last untouched beaches on the east coast, we are home to miles of federally protected spaces that are ripe for exploration Located about 200 yards from the ocean front, this bedroom is a quaint and kitschy getaway. The perfect place to relax after a long day at the beach. The bathroom is shared with one other guest room. Rodanthe is a small village and it has that laid back beach feeling. Slow down and relax awhile.
Nov 28 – Dec 5
$45 per night
Treehouse · Nags Head
Gypsy Treehouse Gazebo - Walk to Beach
This beautiful large gazebo is detached from our home but is accessed via the back porch and deck. Plenty of windows overlook the trees and pond. Inside find this eclectic haven for the wandering soul with hanging bed and 2 foot deep tub. Find us on "FB" under "Treehouse Gazebo."
Dec 18 – 25
$91 per night
Cottage · Kitty Hawk
Orange Crush | 3BR New Construction, Private Pool!
Crush every minute of your vacation in the hottest new home on the Outer Banks...Orange Crush! So cool, so refreshing...drink it all up in high style! If you want more than just ocean views, the easy and safe walk to the beach access on a side street is super convenient and less than 100 yards away. *Brand new construction **Weekly rental during the summer with Friday turnovers. There is a 220-volt outlet in the carport dedicated for your electric vehicle charger!
Dec 16 – 23
$495 per night

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Stay near Outer Banks's top sights

Photo of Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras National Seashore4 locals recommend
Photo of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse97 locals recommend
Photo of Rodanthe Pier Place
Rodanthe Pier Place11 locals recommend
Photo of Jockey's Ridge State Park
Jockey's Ridge State Park208 locals recommend
Photo of Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Currituck Beach Lighthouse59 locals recommend
Photo of North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island114 locals recommend

Outer Banks oceanfront vacation rentals

Home · Avon
Stunning Ocean Front Beach Home w/ path to Beach!
Dec 2 – 9
$250 per night
Condo · Hatteras
Oceanfront Condo w/Ocean Views, Shared Pool, Free WiFi, Shared W/D, Central AC
Nov 26 – Dec 3
$91 per night
Guesthouse · Coinjock
Church's Island Carriage House
Jan 24 – 31
$117 per night
Cottage · Buxton
"Stones Throw" Downstairs, nearly on the beach
Mar 2 – 9
$73 per night
Home · Waves
Beachfront Rodanthe NC - 'Anchors Out'
Apr 29 – May 6
$550 per night
Cottage · Salvo
Lux Oceanfront Cottage Private Beach Access HOTTUB
Dec 6 – 13
$379 per night
Cottage · Kitty Hawk
the cottage
Mar 8 – 15
$349 per night
Condo · Avon
Oceanfront Condo w/Free WiFi, Central AC, Ocean View, Private W/D, & Shared Pool
Feb 9 – 16
$115 per night
Home · Duck
Oceanfront Duck Home : Just remodeled
Jan 31 – Feb 7
$700 per night
Home · Nags Head
Next to Sea Oceanfront Outerbanks Beach House MP19
Oct 28 – Nov 4
$400 per night
Home · Salvo
Spectacular OCEAN & SOUND View.4 mt walk to beach
Nov 26 – Dec 3
$275 per night
Home · Waves
7 Bed Oceanfront Home in OBX w/ Hot Tub
Nov 13 – 20
$550 per night

Outer Banks cottage rentals

Cottage · Manteo
Under the Oak Cottage
Jan 13 – 20
$63 per night
Cottage · Kill Devil Hills
Sea Captain's Cottage 3 (Oceanfront Cottage Court)
Mar 13 – 20
$125 per night
Cottage · Kitty Hawk
Short Walk To Ocean, Volleyball, Ping-pong & more!
Nov 9 – 16
$139 per night
Cottage · Nags Head
Salty Seahorse-pool, 1 min walk to beach, 3 kings
May 14 – 21
$428 per night
Cottage · Kill Devil Hills
Retro Surf Shack with Sweet Ocean Views
Feb 2 – 9
$401 per night
Cottage · Nags Head
Casa de Olas-Unique Beach Bungalow
Dec 8 – 15
$125 per night
Cottage · Nags Head
Boho Cottage Completely Renovated!!
Jan 7 – 14
$175 per night
Cottage · Nags Head
Cozy Beach Cottage
Feb 6 – 13
$130 per night
Cottage · Kill Devil Hills
Sea Captain's Cottage 4; Oceanfront Cottage Court
Nov 11 – 18
$139 per night
Cottage · Buxton
Beachfront Boho Cottage feet from the ocean
Feb 19 – 26
$475 per night
Cottage · Nags Head
Beautifully renovated beach cottage with a view
Oct 30 – Nov 6
$679 per night
Cottage · Corolla
"An Ode to Joy" Swan Beach NC OBX beach house
Jun 9 – 16
$449 per night

Outer Banks house rentals

Home · Avon
Casa Creekside w/ hot tub and bikes!
Dec 10 – 17
$141 per night
Private room · Buxton
Buxton Treehouse on the Sound Side
Mar 23 – 30
$80 per night
Home · Salvo
NEW! South Swell - 5 houses to Ocean - Pool!
Nov 1 – 8
$151 per night
Home · Avon
Hidden Harbour
Jan 9 – 16
$125 per night
Home · Kill Devil Hills
Newly Renovated Modern Coastal Beach House
Nov 2 – 9
$129 per night
Home · Buxton
Positive Latitude OBX - VIEWS,sound front,elevator
Feb 5 – 12
$419 per night
Home · Avon
Welcoming home w/deck, private heated outdoor pool, hot tub, dock, views
Feb 14 – 21
$284 per night
Home · Corolla
Don't Worry, Beach Happy at Beacon Quarters
Feb 17 – 24
$124 per night
Home · Kill Devil Hills
Waterfront Cottage With 180 Degree Views!!
Aug 9 – 16
$306 per night
Home · Avon
Oceanfront Bliss
Feb 18 – 25
$224 per night
Private room · Rodanthe
Private room with en suite and hot tub
Dec 2 – 9
$60 per night
Home · Avon
Semi-Oceanfront, Dog-Friendly House w/ Private W/D, AC, Ocean View, Shared Pool
Nov 5 – 12
$116 per night

Your guide to Outer Banks

All About Outer Banks

The Outer Banks, a popular vacation spot off of the coast of North Carolina, isn’t just made up of many barrier islands but many charming towns, each with a distinctive personality. Hatteras, for example, traces its seafaring heritage in the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Nearby Buxton is known for great surfing and windsurfing, as well as America's tallest brick lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Nags Head, founded in the 19th century, boasts galleries as well as great fishing spots from its wooden piers. The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk preserves the spot where Orville and Wilbur Wright succeeded at sending up the first powered flight in 1903.

Many people come to the Outer Banks simply to lounge on the beach, but there are plenty of opportunities for exploring the wilderness in a more active way. As part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Outer Banks offers 75 miles of protected Atlantic coastline, with plenty of trails for hikers and bikers. Climb up the East Coast’s highest sand dune in Jockey’s Ridge State Park to watch the sunset from its apex.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Outer Banks?

There’s something to see and do in the Outer Banks all year long, aided by the weather, which remains consistent due to the Gulf Stream flowing offshore. Peak time for beachgoers is summer, of course, when the weather is hot and humid. Although the air cools in the fall, the water remains warm, making it a great season for fishing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. The autumn schedule is also packed with events like Hatteras Island’s Day at the Docks a seafood-themed weekend in September that includes a marathon and al fresco dinners. The winter weather here can get chilly, but it rarely snows, so search out a less-crowded beach and build a bonfire. (Get a permit first.)

What are the top things to do in Outer Banks?

The Elizabethan Gardens

Located within the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island, the Elizabethan Gardens inspires delight in every season, whether you’re basking in the aroma of winter jasmine in January or admiring the profusion of hydrangeas in June. You can spend several hours strolling along the paths that traverse this 10-acre sculpture garden. Before visiting, you may want to check its website to see if the John White Butterfly Center is hosting workshops (seed saving, floral arrangement) that day.

Hatteras Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

There are well over 2,000 shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina, and the Hatteras Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum honors their memory. This small, free museum features exhibits on the maritime history of the Outer Banks, displaying artifacts rescued from pirate ships as well as World War II-era German submarines. A fun way to explore the collections is through the museum’s scavenger hunt.

Driving the Beach

The Outer Banks are one of the few spots on the East Coast that allow driving on the beach. You can bring your own four-wheel-drive vehicle or rent one from a local business that outfits cars specifically for beach driving. Before you head onto the sands, though, you’ll need to obtain a beach-driving permit online. While you’re at it, add on a free beach fire permit so you can toast marshmallows by the water. Rules around access differ between beaches and can change over the course of the year, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment.