Nags Head

Full of history and abounding in recreational activities, it is easy to see why Nags Head, NC has been attracting visitors for over 150 years. OBX vacationers return to a Nags Head vacation rental home year after year for the beaches, recreational activities, dining experience, and shopping. Whether it is a romantic getaway or a large family vacation, Nags Head provides all the fun and adventure vacationers are seeking and more.

Nags Head Vacation Homes And Communities

Nags Head vacation rentals range from classic “Old Nags Head” style cottages to brand new oceanfront, luxury homes. These homes are located from the ocean on the east to the sound on the west. Our Nags Head homes provide OBX vacationers with the space and amenities they desire. Vacation homes in Nags Head are located within communities as well as in the Town of Nags Head in general. Each community is conveniently located near shopping, dining, and most importantly, the beach. Some of the amenities include pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, and golf access. Whether you are looking for tradition and history, or new and lavish, Nags Head has the perfect vacation home waiting for you.

Nags Head Beach Accesses

Not renting an oceanfront vacation home? Like to know more about the beach accesses in Nags Head? Click here to view the amenities associated with each access and view pictures of most accesses. Please note, the town of Nags Head is expected to start beach restoration over the summer of 2022. The restoration project will take place on 4.45 miles of Nags Head beaches in the southern part of the town. This area will span from about Jennette’s Pier near Mile Post 16 ending near the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. You can get more info on beach nourishment on the town of Nags Head website here or on our beach nourishment info page here.

Things To Do In Nags Head

Nags Head offers numerous events and activities to excite every member of your family. Vacationers can climb the historical Jockey’s Ridge, the largest sand dune on the east coast. At the top, visitors can hang glide, fly a kite, or just enjoy the spectacular views. Take a short drive over to the North Carolina Aquarium and learn about the ocean and sea creatures that live there. Those looking for an adventure can take kayak tours, surfing lessons, hang-glide, or parasail. The sportsmen in the family will love the close proximity to the Oregon Inlet fishing center and Jennette’s Pier. After a long day at the beach, unwind with a fantastic meal from a variety of locally-owned restaurants. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in the fresh local seafood and island-style dishes. Those looking for some retail therapy will enjoy the unique items found at locally owned boutiques and the outlet mall. Visit and see why so many make vacationing in Nags Head an annual tradition.

Featured Properties In Nags Head

Just Fab (5417)

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  • 7.5

This stunning property offers a luxurious and comfortable retreat for large groups or families looking for an oceanfront escape. Just Fab offers private, direct access to the pristine, sandy shores of Nags Head. Plus, you'll have access to your very own private pool right at home.

Island Haven (5720)

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  • 3
  • 2

This charming pet-friendly vacation rental in Nags Head offers a relaxing retreat with stunning views and convenient access to the best of the Outer Banks. This spacious rental comfortably fits the whole crew, family pup included! Island Haven also offers a private hot tub so you can relax.

Atlantis @ South Beach (5757)

  • 20
  • 10
  • 7.5

This beautiful Outer Banks vacation rental home is packed with amenities sure to keep you entertained. Hangout in the rec room, splash around in the private pool or take a short walk to the lifeguarded beach via your own private covered deck and walkway.

Beach Portraits OBX

The beach portrait experience with Sarah D'Ambra Photography provides Outer Banks vacationing families with fun and candid beach portraits. We (Sarah and Madeline) are a sister team of photographers who recognize the value in time spent together as a family. All families are welcome here, no group is too big or too small! Booking information can be found at: Instagram @outerbanksbeachportraits  252-423-1335 |
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Blue Moon Beach Grill

Located in Nags Head, NC, The Blue Moon Grill is a quirky, fun filled dining experience for the entire family. Blue Moon provides southern comfort food, with a creative twist and flair. Their staff is very cordial and southern hospitality will always be king. They want your experience to be a “Once in a blue moon” experience. Let them surprise you with their...
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Bodie Island Lighthouse

  • Address: 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Rd, Nags Head, NC 27959
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  • Phone Number: (252) 441-5711
Pronounced “body,” The Bodie Island lighthouse is located before Oregon Inlet on Hwy. 12 at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Fearing that the 80-foot tower would be used by Union forces as an observation post, the original lighthouse was destroyed during the Civil War. Today’s lighthouse was constructed in 1872 and stands 156 feet tall and has 214 stairs leading to the top. Its...
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The narrow barrier islands of Cape Hatteras National Seashore are in a constant state of change. Tides, waves and currents provide daily, sometimes subtle changes, while storms can provoke more sudden changes to the islands.
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Causeway Watersports

Causeway Water Sports offers parasailing, wave runners, kayaking, paddleboarding, and dolphin tours. Whatever family activity you decide to particpate in, you can be assured that you will have a fun, safe and hassle free time. Their equipment is top of the line and all captains are fully licensed, insured, and expereinced.
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Island Limousine

Providing reliable professional limousine, taxi & transportation service to the Outer Banks of North Carolina including Outer Banks transportation from Norfolk airport, Virginia Beach and neighboring areas since 1987, Island Limousine brings dependable class and dignity.
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Jennette’s Pier

A stroll down the 1,000-foot pier invites reading the hundreds of plank inscriptions of past, present and future anecdotes about Jennette’s Pier experiences of others from across the country. In addition to ample bench seating, several welcoming and shaded exhibit areas break the 1,000-foot journey into enjoyable segments with topical exhibits for young and old alike. Besides family fun and fishing, classes will...
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Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

This shopping center has a collection of 8 unique retailers and is directly across the street from Jockey's Ridge. In the summer, check out the weeknight ‘Summer Sunset Festivals’ with entertainment and activities and ‘Kids Day’ on Wednesdays with mid-day activities that include kite making; visits from performers who appear in ‘The Lost Colony’; pirates; and always a special collection of kites flying...
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Jockeys Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Located in Nags Head, it is one of the most significant landmarks on the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Park is open year round. Free programs are offered each season. For some, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Programs include: Sunset on the Ridge, Crabby Clinic, Kayaking, Birding on...
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Markee Fuller Photos

Markee Fuller is a lifetime Outer Banks native with an eye for genuine moments and specializes in family, couple, engagement, and maternity photography. There's a time and a place for posing and Markee believes that's at the beginning of your Outer Banks photography session, the rest? Pure moments between you and your loved ones. Instagram: @markeefullerphotos
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Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille

Located across from Jockey’s Ridge State Park, in Nags Head, Mulligan's offers unbelievable views from the second floor deck of the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Nags Head cottages. Take a look at their menu and daily specials to see what local seafood is prepared for the today. Mulligan's strives to offer the best local seafood, local produce and locally butchered meats. Try...
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Nags Head Pier & Restaurant

Fishing from one of our three fishing piers is a great way for novices and experts alike to experience the thrill of saltwater fishing. Most piers offer tackle rentals and you can purchase bait, ice and all the necessities right on site. Or, stroll the pier and take in the scenery for a nominal fee. Piers offer daily, 3-day and weekly passes.
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Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

regon Inlet Fishing Center and full-service marina is the home of the largest and most modern fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard. Located just 8 miles south of Whalebone Junction on NC 12 at the north end of the Oregon Inlet Bridge, Oregon Inlet offers a comprehensive fishing experience for the "old salt" or the vacationing fisherman. Allow their seasoned guides to treat...
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Outer Banks Pier

Fishing from one of our three fishing piers is a great way for novices and experts alike to experience the thrill of saltwater fishing. Most piers offer tackle rentals and you can purchase bait, ice and all the necessities right on site. Or, stroll the pier and take in the scenery for a nominal fee. Piers offer daily, 3-day and weekly passes.
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Outlets Nags Head

Outlets Nags Head is made up of over 30 popular stores providing apparel, footwear, accessories, houseware and furnishings.
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Owens’ Restaurant

After 66 years Owens' Restaurant is still owned and operated by the founding family. Owens' Restaurant serves the rich cuisine of the Coastal South, influenced by the provocative culinary flavors of today. Menu highlights are fresh off the boat - seafood and shellfish, Whole Maine lobster, tender aged Angus beef, ribs, pasta, and outrageous homemade desserts. Seasonal ingredients determine the chef's choice of...
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Sound Veterinary Hospital

Sound Veterinary Hospital was established in January 2020 by Dr. Blythe Hayes. Dr. Hayes and Sound Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to providing quality patient care and excellent customer service. Sound Veterinary Hospital offers vaccinations and preventative care, general surgery and dentistry, emergencies and referrals, and more.
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Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant

Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant is a family owned establishment where customers are sure to enjoy the view, service and most of all the food. Right on the Causeway, soundfront sunsets make the restaurant a favorite for visitors and locals. Sugar Creek Restaurant has two dining rooms and an outside deck with a newly remodeled gazebo for private parties, and the Sugar Shack seafood...
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Wave Watchers

Wave Watchers is a local beach equipment set up service that make your beach days a little more relaxed! With setup from Nags Head to Corolla, Wave Watchers features weekly tent, chair, and umbrella rentals plus so much more.
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