If you are a first time visitor to the Outer Banks, planning the perfect vacation can be a little overwhelming. With so much to see and do but such little time, it can be a lot especially if you’ve never visited the Outer Banks before! Lucky for you, we’ve come up with a list of places to go, things to see, and more to help you out on your first visit to the Outer Banks!

Places To Go…

Duck Waterfront Shops // Historic Corolla Village // Downtown Manteo

The Outer Banks is full of places to explore and enjoy the beauty and simplicity of small town life. Downtown Manteo features a ton of local shops and restaurants that you must visit. Plus, Roanoke Island Festival Park is just a short walk over the bridge. You can see what life was like for English soldiers in 1585 and even tour a real, working representation ship, The Elizabeth II! The Duck Waterfront Shops features a bunch of great local shops and an amazing view of the sound! If you’re in Corolla, historic Corolla Village is a must visit as well. On a nice, breezy, spring or summer day, getting outside and taking a stroll around these Outer Banks gems with your family is priceless!

Sights To See…

Wright Brothers Monument // Elizabethan Gardens // Jockey’s Ridge

From the Wright Brothers National Monument to Jockey’s Ridge, the Outer Banks is full of rich history that is all tied together. The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are the perfect places to go if you’re interested in learning more about the Lost Colony and see gorgeous array of flowers. The Currituck Beach, Bodie Island, and Cape Hatteras lighthouses are must-sees as well!

Activities To Do…

Carova Beach // Outer Banks Jeep Rentals // Equine Adventure Tours

Whether you have your own 4 wheel drive vehicle or need to rent one, you have to go to Carova or Cape Hatteras for a first time off-road beach experience! Carova and Hatteras Island both feature pristine, undeveloped beaches that are sure to please the first time Outer Banker.While 4WD beaches in Corolla and Carova don’t require a permit, the Cape Hatteras National seashore does. You can find more info here on how to obtain a permit. If 4WD isn’t your style, take a horseback ride with Equine Adventures and see the beauty that Hatteras Island has to offer!

Places To Eat…

Rundown Cafe, Kitty Hawk // Hurricane Mo’s, Kitty Hawk // Duck Donuts, all over the OBX

If you’re looking to find the best local food, look no further! Outer Banks Voice has a great Best of the Beach guide for the best seafood, breakfast, donuts and more, making it easy for you to find the best local eats on the beach! Duck Donuts, Run Down Cafe, and Hurricane Mo’s are just a few great places that made the list so be sure to check them all out!

Where To Stay…

Sailfish Station #5547 // Crosswinds #5716 // Robins’ Nest #2310

When visiting the Outer Banks, staying in a vacation rental home is your best option. It’ll save you money, keep you comfortable, and give you a space to bond and relax with family and friends. At Resort Realty, we have the perfect home for you no matter what your needs. From luxury homes to cozy condos, make your first and future Outer Banks vacations special and rent with Resort Realty! Browse over 500 Outer Banks vacation homes online or talk to one of our amazing vacation specialists at (800) 458 – 3830.

March came in like a lion…and is going out like a lion! With all the Nor’Easters we’ve had, we’re ready for the warmth and sunshine that April is sure to bring! Along with great weather on the OBX, April brings great events too. Check out the best Outer Banks events and what’s going on throughout April right here!

April 7 // Graveyard of the atlantic museum underwater heritage symposium

10 AM – 5 PM @ The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum 

Learn about German U-Boats off the North Carolina Coast, different shipwrecks, diving experiences, underwater photography, and more! Professional divers and underwater archaeologists will educate you at this free and informative symposium! For more info call 252-986-0720, email [email protected], or visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum website.

April 14 – 15 // First Flight 5K + Flying Pirate Half Marathon

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Calling all runners! This famous OBX race is perfect for you! The First Flight 5K and Flying Pirate Half Marathon is a great event for all to participate and attend. The First Flight 5K takes place on April 14th at the Wright Brothers Memorial at 7:30 AM. The Flying Pirate Half Marathon starts at 7 AM on April 15th at 5300 Woods Road and ends at the end of Nags Head woods! For more information and registration, visit the OBX Sporting Events Website.

April 14 – 21 // OBX – Wind

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The biggest windsurfing event in America is held right here on the OBX! Enjoy watching or taking part in windsurfing competitions and clinics all around Hatteras Island! From long distance to freestyle, there is an event for everyone. Participation prizes will be awarded as well! For more information and updates, visit the OBX Wind website!

April 20 – 29 // Outer Banks Bike Week

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Bikers and bike enthusiasts, this is the week for you to come visit the Outer Banks! With different events all over the OBX, there’s so much for you to do! Over 100 vendors, live music, pig pickins, and more are all happening during this exciting week! For more information, visit the Outer Banks Harley Davidson website.

April 28 – 29 // BlackBeard’s Half Marathon, + Scallywag 5K/10K, Family Fun Run

1050 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke NC

Explore Ocracoke and run for a good cause! Participants can choose between a 5K, 10K, and Fun Run that occur on Saturday, April 28th and half marathon that takes place that Sunday. All finishers will receive a medal and runners in the 5K and 10K will receive a t-shirt. Join in on the 2nd Annual Lt. Maynard’s (famous for his defeat of Black Beard 300 years ago) Challenge and run on both days! All proceeds benefit Ocracoke Community Radio, Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters Club, and the Ocracoke Community Park. For more information, visit the Run Ocracoke website.

 

March 9th marks the National Day of Unplugging! For 24 hours, log off of your lap top,  turn off that tablet, and put away that cell phone. Use this time to explore and bond with your family. Are you on the Outer Banks? See our guide on different ways to spend your unplugged time on the OBX!

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With such a cold and snowy winter, everyone is ready for the warmth and brightness of spring! With the average temperature on the Outer Banks ranging from 65 degrees during the day and around 50 at night during March and April, you can get out and explore all the OBX has to offer! Plus, less crowds will make your visit more enjoyable! If you’re planning a spring break trip to the Outer Banks, Resort Realty has you covered. With a full list of things to do, places to see, amazing food to eat, and more; see what you should be doing this spring break on the OBX!

Get Outside

Did we mention how GORGEOUS the weather is during the spring on the OBX? It’s the perfect time to get out and stroll the beaches, explore Jockey’s Ridge, or even drive on the 4 x 4 beaches in Corolla or on Hatteras Island! Jockey’s Riddge is hosting Fly Into Spring, an event that features an awe inspiring array of kites, Easter egg hunts for the little ones, and even a chance to to meet the Easter bunny! For more information on Fly Into Spring, visit Kitty Hawk Kites’ website. With less people visiting this time of year, you’ll be able to enjoy the great weather with very few crowds.

 

Go Shopping

The Outer Banks is full of so many unique stores and shops. Take advantage of the great weather and stroll some of the outdoor shopping centers like the Outer Banks Mall, Tanger Outlets, and The Waterfront Shops in Duck! Treat yourself while you’re on spring break!

 

Eat Like A Local

If you ask any local on the Outer Banks, they’ll tell you that the best part of spring is that the great local restaurants open back up for the season! Take advantage of restaurant re-openings and try out a new eatery or take part in Taste of The Beach! Taste of the Beach is a 4 day event full of food, drinks, and fun! With over 50 events and over 25 different venues, there is plenty to choose from. For more information, event times, and ticket purchases, visit the Taste of the Beach website.

 

Learn About The OBX

When there are less crowds on the Outer Banks, you get the opportunity to visit places like the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the North Carolina Aquarium, and more without long lines and hectic groups. Take the time to stroll through the aquarium and see the new exhibits or try to spot wild horses on the empty Corolla beaches. The Lost Colony is one of America’s longest unsolved mysteries with 115 men, women, and children vanishing with no trace. On your visit this spring break, learn more about the mystery of the Lost Colony during the Lost Colony Ghost Tour! From March 26 to April 7 at 8:00, walk around the grounds of where colonists and Native Americans roamed. For more information, visit The Lost Colony website.

 

Take Advantage Of Rates

This 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom, oceanfront home is super affordable for your group this spring break!

Planning your spring break getaway to the Outer Banks can be super exciting. Even more exciting? Lower rates on rental homes! Before the peak season starts, even the most luxurious homes can be super affordable for your stay! Whether you’re looking for a condo for a weekend retreat or a large and luxe home for a whole week spent relaxing on the beach, Resort Realty has you covered! With over 500 homes to choose from and so many great activities to take part in, why wouldn’t you plan your spring break on the Outer Banks? View all of the homes Resort Realty has to offer and either book online or give us a call at (800) 458-3830 to talk to one of our amazing reservation specialists!

While the grand opening was on Wednesday, February 28th, the Outer Banks is still buzzing over the arrival of Publix! If you’ve ever been to the Outer Banks, you know that we have no shortage of grocery stores, however, Publix isn’t just another grocery store, they’re the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the United States! With so many different food options for different individuals with dietary restrictions and a taste for the uncommon or just for the basic need of great produce and more, Publix is your place to go! See just a glimpse of what the grand opening of the Outer Banks Publix held!

Publix is located in First Flight Square right next to Lowe’s. The address is 1530 N. Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills NC. If you’re staying in any of our Kill Devil Hills or Kitty Hawk vacation rental homes, check out Publix for all of your vacation grocery needs!

Spending a ton of money on your vacation to the Outer Banks should be the last thing on your mind! You can easily have a great vacation and create amazing memories without breaking the bank. Check out our top tips on how to have an amazing vacation on the OBX while on a budget!

Take Advantage Of Free Activities

From strolls on Jennette’s Pier to going ghost crabbing at night, there are so many free OBX activities to do on your vacation!

There are so many great Outer Banks activities that are either free or super inexpensive! You can explore Jockey’s Ridge, spend all day on the beach, visit lighthouses, and so much more without spending a ton of money. Check out our “Explore The Outer Banks On A Budget” blog for even more ideas on how to have fun without going broke!

Cook Meals Instead Of Going Out

A home made seafood roast with local OBX seafood? Yes please!

With so many great restaurants on the Outer Banks, it’s hard to not want to try them all! While dining out can be a great and tasty experience, it can be costly. The average entree on the Outer Banks will run you around $12-$15 depending on what restaurant you go to. When you’re going out to eat with your family, that can really add up. Instead of dining out every night, maybe pick a night to go out and prepare meals at your rental homes the rest of the time! You can get fresh, local seafood from many places on the Outer Banks and prepare it yourself or even cook your own catch if you’re into fishing!

Be Flexible With Travel Dates

With a visit in the off season, you’ll find uncrowded beaches and money saved!

During the peak vacation months of June to August, vacation homes and accommodations can be at their most expensive. If you can be flexible with your vacation schedule, visiting the Outer Banks in the off season can end up being much cheaper. Many locals will say that visiting the Outer Banks in the fall and spring seasons are the best time to come because there is less traffic, less crowds, and beautiful weather! See “Why We Love Fall On The Outer Banks” and plan an off season vacation to get the best bang for your buck!

Consider A Mini Vacation

Vacation homes like Beacham Cottage #7810 are perfect for an affordable weekend getaway to the OBX!

Sometimes a weekend getaway is just what you need! Mini vacations are great alternatives to staying a whole week. The rates can be cheaper, you’ll save money, and you’ll still get to explore the Outer Banks! Resort Realty has many homes that offer weekend and short stays! See all the homes that offer partial vacations!

 

Make A Budget + Stick To It

Budget for fun OBX activities like a trip to the H2OBX water park!

It’s okay to splurge, you’re on vacation after all! Sit down with your family and make a list of things that you want to do on the Outer Banks. Determine how much money you want to stick to spending and then divvy out a set amount to specific activities like dining, souvenirs, and attractions. Stick to this budget all week long and this way you can still do the activities you want to do and have control of your money!

Check Out Budget Friendly Homes

Sea Cabin #7590 is an oceanfront OBX rental that can rent for as little as $695 per week!

Many Outer Banks vacation homes can be super lavish and luxurious but super expensive. You shouldn’t have to compromise comfort and style on your vacation. There are many homes in the Resort Realty family that are inexpensive, beautifully decorated, and comfortable that you and your family can rent without breaking your budget!

Take advantage of Deals + Specials

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Resort Realty has many deals and specials to help you save money on your Outer Banks vacation! Our Hometown Heroes discount is offered all year long on select properties and specials like our President’s Day sale and our Summer Kickoff Sale will save you money for a limited time! Plus, select homes will often put certain weeks on special! Check out our Deals and Specials page to get the perfect OBX vacation rental at a lower price.

Rent A Home With A Group

Luxury vacation homes can be super expensive, but if you have a great group of people to split it with, it can be super affordable! A luxury home split between a group of people can be as low as $53 per night per person! See all of the luxury homes Resort Realty has to offer you, find a great group to vacation with, and start your affordable, luxury vacation!

 

So, you’re planning a trip to the Outer Banks and don’t know what to do? Well, start with your interests! Are you a foodie and love to sample different Outer Banks cuisine? Do you love nature and want to learn more about the diverse ecosystem on the OBX? Or are you totally into health and wellness and want some time to recharge this Outer Banks visit? No matter what you’re into, we have the perfect Outer Banks Journey to accompany your interests. From a week of fishing fun to everything else in between, see what kind of Outer Banks vacation is perfect for you!

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To see even more Outer Banks journeys, check out our journeys page on our website! From homeschooling adventures to a week any mermaid will love, find your journey with Resort Realty!

Summer is just around the corner! Now is the time to start planning your summer getaway. Just this phrase can strike fear into the hearts of the bravest soul, but fear not. Here at Resort Realty, we can find a dream Outer Banks vacation home for way less than you could ever imagine! With options like EZ Pay, and already affordable prices, make your Summer 2018 Outer Banks getaway one for the books! Check out a few homes we have available for less than $1,500*!

*prices listed reflect booking the week of June 16th to June 23rd. Per night per person prices are based upon the individual property’s max occupancy.

#4575 Duck Hill // Southern Shores

Start your summer vacation off in Southern Shores! Duck Hill is a 4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home located on the Soundside in Southern Shores. With access to the Kilmarlic Golf course and community tennis courts and enough space to sleep 8 people, you’ll be sure to have a blast! Total booking cost? $25 per night per person or $1,364.28!

#7650 Carrie’s Treehouse // Avon

This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home is perfect for your next Outer Banks get away! Located on the soundside in Avon, enjoy the quiet and still of the southern beaches. You’ll be near by locally loved spots like Avon fishing pier, Canadian Hole, and 4WD beach access. Plus, this home is pet friendly! How much will this home run you?

A cool $1,003.48 or $36 per night per person with 4 total guests!

#5015 Surf Lodge // Kill Devil Hills

Take time out and begin your Outer Banks vacation at Surf Lodge! This 2 bedroom 1 bathroom home is located in Kill Devil Hills. Close to local dining, shopping, and historical attractions, this semi-oceanfront home is one you definitely want to snag! The price? $1,488.32 or $54 per night per person!

#7810 Beacham Cottage // Frisco

Take a trip to Frisco and stay at Beacham Cottage! This adorable beach box offers direct access to the canal, and all the basic necessities to make your Outer Banks vacation a great one! This is a pet friendly home and for $890.73 or just $22 per night per person Beacham Cottage can be your next Outer Banks vacation home!

#5394 Happy Place // Kill Devil hills

Happy Place is just the space to begin your Outer Banks vacation! This cozy condo features 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and a sleeper sofa, perfect for a small family getaway or a friend’s trip to the beach. A short walk to the beach is an added plus so book now, because at $1,296.63 or $47 per night, this condo won’t be available long!

#7925 Aycock // Hatteras

Explore the beauty and history of Hatteras at Aycock on your next Outer Banks adventure! This classic Outer Banks home features all the necessities you’ll need on your beach get away plus so much more. With a short walk to the beach of 240 yards and 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, there’s plenty of room for everyone and plenty of time for fun in the sun! This home rents for $1,003.48 or $18 per night per person!

These are just a few of the affordable vacation homes Resort Realty has to offer you! To see more homes that are under $1,500 visit our website! Don’t forget about our EZ Pay Plan as well! At Resort Realty, we want you to have a memorable and affordable Outer Banks vacation, so book with us for Summer 2018!

Kids have to have fun on vacation too! The Outer Banks is full of kid-friendly activities that the whole family will enjoy. From getting outside and being active to learning more about marine life and conservation, check out our list of a few Outer Banks Kid Friendly Attractions!

Dowdy Park

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Formerly known as Joe Dowdy’s Amusement Park, Dowdy Park is a new Outer Banks playground for all families in the community to come play. Visitors and locals alike will love the new Dowdy Park that features a playground with equipment for every child, including a Liberty Swing so children in wheelchairs can play too. The park also features a garden area, playing fields and courts, and a pavilion. Dowdy Park will have its grand opening on May 13th from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

 

Children at Play Museum
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The Children at Play Museum is a place where children can learn, play and explore different features of the Outer Banks in one convenient play center. Kids will get to explore and pretend in sections like Carolina Flare which is a kids size replica fishing boat, the living swell focuses on the feel of surfing and daily activity and more. Each exhibit helps developmental skills like motor skills, creative thinking, community awareness, arts, and much more. Fun meets education on vacation!

 

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
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Get up close and personal with sand tiger sharks, sting rays and more at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The aquarium is where kids (and adults) can learn more about marine life on the Outer Banks and how to preserve it. With over 7 exhibits to explore, the North Carolina Aquarium is a great place to spend time with the kids.

 

Sea Gypsy
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Let the kids be a pirate for a day with Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks! The Sea Gypsy will take you and the kids out on the Shallowbag Bay in order to get the treasure back from stinky Pirate Pete. The Sea Gypsy crew will turn your little one into a fearless pirate or a stunning mermaid with face paint and costumes. Climb aboard the Sea Gypsy and let your little ones live out their pirate dreams!

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Have wet and wild fun at H2OBX Waterpark! Not only is the park a great time for the whole family, there’s an area just for younger kids and toddlers! The kids play area features a small scale wave pool, jungle gym with splashy attractions, and smaller slides so everyone can join in on the fun.

 

Sometimes going out to eat with little ones can pose a challenge, but here on the Outer Banks, finding somewhere affordable and that you and the kids will love is a breeze. Many restaurants on the Outer Banks have extensive kid’s menus. From popcorn shrimp for little pirates or a cheeseburger for the picky eater, these restaurants have got you covered.

Big Al’s – Manteo

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This 50’s themed restaurant will take you back in time. Big Al’s Soda Fountain and Grill offers many different food selections. From burgers to fried fish, Big Al’s has it all for adults. The kids menu is extensive as well featuring the classics like burgers, chicken fingers, and more. Everyday except for Mondays, Big Al’s offers an all you can eat lunch buffet for $9.99, and even better, kids eat free! Visit their website or call them at 252-473-5570 for more details and a sample menu.

 

Sundogs – Corolla

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From steamer platters to shrimp baskets, Sundogs Raw Bar and Grill has got you covered. Featuring menu items like shrimp n’ grits and fish tacos, you’ll be sure to find something that’ll suit your appetite. The kids menu features fried shrimp, chicken tenders, hot dogs and more. With kids options only being $6, Sundogs is a restaurant sure to pleas their little taste buds and your wallet. Visit their website to view their menu and other services Sundogs offers.

 

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Duck Donuts are a famous treat on the Outer Banks. Although they don’t have a kids menu exactly, it’s a fun way to let little ones express their creativity in creating their own donut. Start with choosing donut coating, then add topping, and finish off with drizzle. Duck Donuts has coffee and hot tea for adults and hot chocolate, juice, and milk for the kiddos. Visit their website for locations closest to your vacation home and treat the family to a sweet treat.

 

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A local treasure, Mama Kwan’s features an island vibe with Asian and locally inspired cuisine. Mama Kwan’s features dishes like their famous fish tacos (trust us, get them blackened) and their Hawaiian pork plate. The also offer classics like cheese burgers and chicken tenders for the pickier eaters in your group. Mama Kwan’s has dishes to cater to everyone. The kids menu will make your little ones feel like grownups with options like grilled chicken served with pineapple and rice. Chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp, and chicken tenders can also be found on the menu. Mama Kwan’s also offers “kids cocktails” that are non-alcoholic but are still fruity, fun, and come with keepsakes to take home! Give them a call at 252-441-7889 or visit their website for more information.

 

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For authentic Mexican food, look no further than Plaza Azteca. Featuring menu options like seafood chimichangas, steak ranchero, and vegetarian quesadilla’s there’s something to please everyone. The kids menu also has dishes like traditional macaroni and cheese and cheeseburgers and something for the child that likes to try something new like quesadilla and rice or soft tacos. Kids also eat free on Monday nights! Visit their website or give them a ring at 252-255-1060 for questions and more information.

 

Surfin’ Spoon – Nags Headsurfin spoon

Owned and operated by professional surfer Jesse Hines and his wife Whitney, Surfin’ Spoon is a cool hangout with some cool treats. This little frozen yogurt bar has big flavor with over 10 choices to nosh on, including vegan and no sugar added options. Toppings include fresh fruit, candies, and different sweet syrups to finish off your masterpiece. Let the kids create their own dessert bowl in the kids size cup they offer. Check out the kids’ books written by Jesse and Whitney called “Sebi Gets Barreled” and “Sebi Goes Surfing” that are sold at Surfin’ Spoon and go home with a bedtime story souvenir. Visit Surfin’ Spoon’s website for more about the business, Jesse and his family, and more.

 

Atlantic Coast Cafe – Waves

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Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Atlantic Coast Cafe is one of the best finds on Hatteras Island. This family friendly restaurant has dishes for everyone to enjoy. For breakfast, kids can enjoy silver dollar pancakes or french toast sticks while you grub on one of Atlantic Coast Cafe’s breakfast wraps or breakfast plates. Lunch and dinner boast vegetarian options like a veggie burger or freshly caught seafood. Little ones can enjoy chicken strips, a fish plate, grilled cheese, and more. Atlantic Coast Cafe also has specials daily and a 15% off coupon can be found on their website!

 

Tomato Patch Pizzeria – Corolla

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The Tomato Patch Pizzeria is a family style restaurant that offers many different Greek style food options. With choices ranging from Italian style pastas to Greek inspired pizza, there’s tons of options for everyone. On Tuesdays, The Tomato Patch offers Kids Night where kids can make their own, homemade pizza! Check out the Tomato Patch website for more information on kids night and a look at all their menu has to offer!

These restaurants just scratch the surface of all the Outer Banks has to offer in kid friendly dining. Check out a couple more kid friendly restaurants listed down below and get out and explore something new this vacation!

Mako Mikes – Kill Devil Hills

Mulligans – Nags Head

Pamlico Jacks –Nags Head

Black Pelican – Kitty Hawk

Spankys – Kitty Hawk

 

Large, spacious rental homes are the norm to see all over the Outer Banks. While these huge homes are amazingly beautiful, they might not be the most logical option for a mini-vacation or for a smaller family. We’ve put together a few reasons why renting a condo for your next Outer Banks vacation might be the best decision you’ve ever made.

 

A Smaller Place For Smaller Groups

Condos offer the luxury of a large vacation home but the size and convenience a small group needs. Sharing a hotel room can get pretty cramped and having to book multiple hotel rooms can be expensive — plus, you don’t get the quality time that’s valuable to spend with your friends and family. With an Outer Banks condo rental, you can spend that precious time together and still go your separate ways without feeling like you’re on top of one another. It’s a win-win all around!

 

Did someone say, “Weekend getaway?”

Want to plan a girls trip with a few of your best friends? Been dying to go offshore fishing with the guys? Or do you need just a short weekend getaway for you, your spouse, and the kids? Condo rentals are the way for you to go. OBX condos tend have that sense of a “home away from home” feel that is cozy and comfortable. They’re perfect for just hanging out and relaxing.

 

A Budget Friendly Find

Because condos are smaller, they’re a more affordable option. Don’t let the small size of the condo fool you though, they can be just as luxe as larger houses. If you and a small group of friends are planning a short getaway, splitting the cost of the already low rental fee makes your vacation cheaper and you still get all of the fun in the sun the Outer Banks has to offer. For small families, the low rental fee will fit easily into your budget, leaving you more money in your pocket. Now you can think about trying that parasailing adventure or dolphin watch that’s been catching your family’s eye.

 

Smaller Space, Same Features

Remember what we said about condos being just as lavish as the massive vacation homes? Most condos grant you access to pools, hot tubs, and outdoor grilling at no extra cost; just like vacation homes! Some even feature community sport centers, tennis courts, and basketball courts to keep you active. Easy sound and ocean access are available too. Size won’t compromise your experience. You’ll still get the same beautiful soundfront sunsets or oceanside sunrises you can get with a large rental home. And don’t worry about not being able to bring your pup on your trip with you; pet friendly options are available in vacation homes and in vacation condos as well!

 

With a more convenient size for smaller groups, affordable prices, and some of the same amenities, why wouldn’t you give a condo rental a try? Resort Realty offers an extensive list of Outer Banks condos available for rent from Corolla to Hatteras. Check them out here and plan your next Outer Banks get away today!

Diamond By The Sea – Nags Head

Sandy Pause – Ducksandy pause

The Aquarian – Corollathe aquaria

 

Spending quality time with your favorite four legged friend is a great way to spend any day. So why not go out and adventure around the Outer Banks with them too? Check out these spots you and your pup will enjoy in our Top 10 Places to Take Your Dog On The Outer Banks.

1. Jockey’s Ridge

Take a hike with your dog up to Jockey’s Ridge! Enjoy a nice sandy walk on the dunes. Just make sure you’re up to date on Jockey’s Ridges’ pet safety rules.

2. Snowbird Ice Cream

Treat your pooch (and yourself) to a sweet treat at Snowbird Ice Cream in Nags Head. You can get a milkshake, ice cream cone, or even a burger and fries while your dog can lap up a pup cup. Pup cups are vanilla ice cream in a cup that’s $2. With every pup cup purchase, Snowbird donates $1 to the Dare County SPCA, the sweetest treat of all.

3. Nags Head Woods

Keep puppy active by going for a stroll in Nags Head woods. With 7 different trails to discover, the possibilities are endless. Just make sure you bring plenty of water for you and your dog and take a break and enjoy the beauty of the woods.

4. Downtown Manteo

Historic downtown Manteo is the perfect place to explore with your dog. Filled with plenty of shops and a few pet friendly restaurants with outdoor seating, there’s plenty to enjoy and do. Take a stroll dockside and check out all the boats or walk the sidewalks and admire the architecture of some of the historical buildings.

5. Roanoke Island Festival Park

While you’re in downtown Manteo, make your way over the bridge to Roanoke Island Festival Park. Festival Park is a historical representation site of Roanoke Island in 1585. Although your furry friend isn’t allowed in the representational part of the park, there is a beautiful grassy area near the pavilion perfect for playing a game of fetch and a sound side boardwalk that borders the majority of the park.

6. The Beach

The beach is one of the best places to spend time with your dog. Wake up early in the morning to enjoy a beautiful beachside sunrise stroll or wait a little later and frolic in the waves with your pooch. Just make sure you know of the water conditions and stay informed on rip currents.

7. Wright Brothers National Memorial

Learn more about the first flight that took place right here on the Outer Banks and visit the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. Visit the monument and even see a real size version of the Wright Flyer. While you’re learning, your dog is enjoying a nice walk around the park. It’s a win-win for you and your dog.

8. The Sound

In the evening, take a sound side stroll at the sound access behind Jockey’s Ridge and watch one of the famous Outer Banks sunsets. In the summer, even when the sun starts to go down it’s still pretty warm and since the sound is brackish water, it usually stays pretty flat (meaning, no waves). That creates the perfect opportunity for your dog to go for a fun swim.

9. Island Pet Gallery

Stop in with your furry friend to Island Pet Gallery! Let them pick out a new toy to take home or maybe a new collar or leash so they can make a new fashion statement. Treat them for being a good dog and a good friend.

10. Kitty Hawk Dog Park

Enjoy the dog park in Kitty Hawk and let your dog play and even maybe meet a few new dog friends. A registration form does need to be filled out and you must present a current vaccination record.

 

Make your visit even more enjoyable with your dog and book one of our pet friendly vacation homes today!

 

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