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The Outer Banks of North Carolina promises travelers making their way this direction any time of year a scenic and welcoming stay. Between the savory restaurants, boutique shops, and landscape that’s as diverse as it is beautiful, it’s easy to find reasons to return year after year. While there’s always much to do in the way of sightseeing, a summer trip to the Outer Banks comes with even more options for fun. When you’re looking to put together that ideal summer itinerary, here are a few stops to be sure to add to the top of the list!

Visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse

Lighthouses lighting up the horizon have long played an important maritime role in the history of the Outer Banks and perhaps none is more iconic to visit during your summer stay than the Bodie Island Lighthouse. With roots dating back to 1872, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is easy to spot thanks to its bold black and white stripes that rise an impressive 156 feet into the sky. Situated on the Roanoke Sound, this particular lighthouse makes for wonderful photographs and keeps visitors close to Nags Head who are looking to expand on their daily itinerary. If you’re feeling particularly brave, consider climbing the 214 steps to the top observation deck to make the most of sweeping ocean views.

Explore the Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Reaching all the way from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore offers up outdoor enthusiasts more than 70 miles of protected land to admire and enjoy during a summer getaway to the Outer Banks. While many visitors head this way to take advantage of the world-class fishing and surfing opportunities, others will find that hiking the trails and taking time to observe the many seabirds that find their way here is just as intriguing.

Book a Fishing Charter

While the above-ground summer fun that awaits in the Outer Banks is sure to inspire, there’s something endlessly intriguing about time spent on the water. Anglers with a passion for casting a line and reeling in something new will want to make the most of booking a chartered fishing excursion with the team at Fintastic Sport Fishing based out of Kitty Hawk. A premier provider of all things fishing fun, booking time with a knowledgeable and friendly guide is a good way to learn the many species that call these waters home while bringing in the best the season has to offer. Half-day or full-day options can be booked upon request depending on preference.

Stroll the Duck Boardwalk

If your summer trip to the Outer Banks includes time in the charming town of Duck, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to stroll along the iconic and fun boardwalk. This family-friendly destination offers up over a mile of boardwalk to wander along and enjoy while savoring sound views lined by forests and marsh. As an added benefit, those who have worked up an appetite will appreciate the fact that the boardwalk is also within proximity to a collection of tasty restaurants, cafes, and bars that are easily accessed and ready to provide palate-pleasing options.

Get Up Close with Wild Horses

Perhaps one of the most unique features that defines the Outer Banks of North Carolina is the fact that it’s home to a collection of wild horses that thrive in the area undisturbed. While it’s not advisable to approach nor feed these magnificent creatures independently during a stay, there are several local companies that provide safe and successful viewing tours including Wild Horse Adventures out of Corolla. Encounter groups of wild Spanish mustangs from the comfort of a 4×4 off-road vehicle on a tour led by an experienced guide. Options to venture into natural environments by Hummer are also available for guests that prefer the added luxury. Either way, you’re gaining a good look into an otherwise inaccessible moment in nature that’s bound to inspire guests long after they’ve left the Outer Banks.

Savor Time at Corolla Beaches

If you’re the type of summer traveler that’s looking to spend as much time possible with their toes dug into the sand, a trip to Corolla Beaches should definitely be a part of your plans. This scenic and rather tranquil destination is a great one for those that are looking to spend ample time soaking up the sun while staying close to nearby towns where restaurants and shopping are still plentiful.

Enjoy the Outer Banks Adventure

No matter what time of year you arrive to the Outer Banks, the team at Shoreline OBX is ready and waiting to make sure you have the amazing accommodations to match. Contact us today to learn more about our many property options available across the Outer Banks as well as our additional services offered. We can’t wait to help you start planning your trip and welcome you to the Outer Banks!

Across the country, employees work hard year-round in the name of professional goals. While the satisfaction from a job well done can be rewarding, often employees are also looking forward to time away from the office when they can enjoy well-deserved vacations in exciting and new destinations. From gorgeous sandy beaches to mountainous settings, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to picking and choosing just the right locale to call your own for a getaway. While vacations are traditionally time set aside separate from work life, in the year 2020 and perhaps beyond—it may be time to consider combining our professional and leisure efforts in a unique way.
COVID-19 broke onto the global scene seemingly instantaneously in 2020 and with its arrival came a long list of changes and modifications that had to be taken into account quickly. In the name of safety and health, many employers began moving their employees out of the traditional office setting and into homes where remote work became the new challenge. While individuals worked to put together home offices on the fly and Zoom became a household term, those with little ones at home faced the additional hurdle of having to balance working at home with schooling at home and somehow separating out the two while remaining productive on both fronts.
As the year has progressed, many are still struggling with this elusive balance, and combined with the loss of previously planned trips, the results can be a bit dismal. Fortunately, with every difficult change comes a bright spot to notice and at Shoreline OBX, we see the opportunity shining through. While we’ve long been committed to creating amazing stays for visitors to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the exclusive name of vacation, this year, we see no reason not to take your work on the road. Working remote life offers up the flexibility to travel while still meeting deadlines. When you’re looking for a place to regain inspiration, be productive, and simply enjoy the life you live, get ready to pack your bags and make the Outer Banks your ultimate work and play destination.

A Place to Work and Savor the Stay

When you book a rental through Shoreline OBX, we’ll make sure you’re settled into a property that makes your work life as convenient as possible and the time outside of work fun, scenic and inspiring. Guests who book our properties will find connectivity a breeze thanks to Wi-Fi in all of our homes to keep you online with your colleagues and in some cases even streaming those conference calls on large flat-screen televisions during a stay. Comfortable and tasteful furnishings throughout the vast majority of our properties provide the inviting ambiance that makes work fly by. The upscale extras that can be included, ranging from hot tubs, fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings to leather sofas and large windows with a view, give guests the luxurious push you might need right now to remember why life can be so exciting, even in these challenging times.
Whether you’re looking for a property to accommodate only you or you and your entire traveling crew, we have the portfolio of options you need. Keep everyone in your family comfortable by booking a sprawling property complete with private outdoor spaces including balconies, patios, or decks for those moments when you’re looking to take a break. Take advantage of our homes which include fully equipped kitchens, making it easy to settle in with that hot cup of coffee in the morning or make the most of a savory home-style meal in the evenings. From pet-friendly properties to those that take elegance to another level, your stay will be as customized as you need it to be.

Working Remote and Exploring the Best of the Outer Banks

When work is done for the day, the Outer Banks is the ultimate destination to get out and explore in vacation style. When you’re not settled into the sand, making the most of the rolling waves, be sure to set aside time to check out the many lighthouses that dot the shoreline. Capture incredible images as you make your way through a wildlife refuge or two and if you’re ready to encounter something truly spectacular, be sure to book a private wild horse excursion and see these majestic creatures in their natural habitats, far from the crowds.

Find a Way to Thrive in 2020

Yes, this is a year that looks different from years past, but it doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of every possible moment. Take your work on the road and enjoy the beauty of the Outer Banks simultaneously by planning a one-of-a-kind trip this year. Contact our team today to learn more about the properties we have that might just fit your ideal work and play stay. We’re here to help you start planning your work-from-home trip enjoying the scenic Outer Banks of North Carolina.

When you’re staying in the Outer Banks, take a day trip and head south on North Carolina Highway 12. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself in the beautiful Hatteras Island community of Avon. Though small in population (less than 1,000 people at the last census!), this charming coastal town provides Outer Banks vacationers with a plethora of fun-filled activities and attractions. Use the list of our favorite things to do in Avon, NC, to get you started planning your trip!

To learn more about how you can spend your Outer Banks vacation, take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide. It contains local insight regarding the best restaurants, outdoor activities, attractions, events, and more throughout the Outer Banks.

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Our Favorite Things to Do in Avon, NC

1. Avon Fishing Pier

The Avon Fishing Pier is the place to be when you when want to reel in a nice catch while enjoying a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the pier’s website to learn more about this popular Avon NC attraction, including its history, fishing reports, and more!

Visit multiple fishing piers throughout the barrier islands, including the Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier, the Nags Head Fishing Pier, and Jennette’s Fishing Pier.

2. Studio 12

Visitors of all ages can tap into their artistic side at Studio 12. They offer educational and entertaining classes where you can make jewelry, create pottery, paint masterpieces, and more! It’s the perfect way to escape the weather during a rainy day on the Outer Banks.

3. Surfing

Avon Beach and Avon Fishing Pier are awesome spots to catch some waves. Head to Ride Hatteras Surf Shop and rent a board or take lessons from their friendly, professional staff. They offer rentals for other water sports, too, including paddleboarding, kayaking, and windsurfing.

Some of our other favorite local surf shops throughout the OBX are Corolla Surf Shop and Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

4. Windsurfing

When a normal surf excursion doesn’t cut it, windsurfing is the thrilling activity you need! Embrace the wind and water while catching Outer Banks waves. The sport is highly popular here, and it’s one of the best places in the nation to windsurf. Head to Ocean Air Sports for rentals, lessons, and gear!

5. Dining

The restaurants in Avon, NC, will give you a delicious taste of authentic Outer Banks eating! Places like Gidget’s Pizza and PastaBros Sandwich ShackOceana’s Bistro, and Uglie Mugs Coffee Shop are some of the best spots in town to dine!

6. Kayaking

Surfing isn’t the only way to get on the water in the Outer Banks. A kayaking expedition through Hatteras Island is hands-down one of the best things to do in Avon, NC. Head to Kitty Hawk Kites, rent a kayak, and explore the Avon Pamlico Sound. You’re bound to see a wide variety of local wildlife and creatures!

7. Sailing

Taste the salty sea air and cruise over the Outer Banks’ waves when you embark on an expedition with Avon Harbor Sailing. They offer lessons, day trips, and romantic sunset cruises. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins!

There is a wide array of additional boat tours available throughout the Outer Banks. Enjoy dolphin cruises, kayak tours, and more!

8. Beaches

This is a given, but regardless, it deserves to be on this list. The beaches in Avon have all the essentials you would expect from an OBX beach. Scenic views and serenity are in plenty here! Whether you’re tanning or bodysurfing, you won’t have to worry about crowds and busy boardwalks. Plus, Avon Beach is dog-friendly!

Be sure to make your rounds to other picturesque beaches throughout the barrier islands during your trip!

9. OBX Jetovator

If you’re ready to push the limits of what you thought was previously possible when it comes to watersports, then the OBX Jetovator is what you’re looking for. Take a ride on the Jetovator and shoot up into the sky. It’s the only jet-propelled water sport on Hatteras Island and is available for folks of all ages and sizes. Altitude addicts— this activity is for you. Take a look at these amazing videos, and you’ll be sold!

10. Bermuda Triangle, OBX

Bermuda Triangle, OBX, is a certified dive center on Hatteras Island that offers scuba diving certification at various levels and scuba diving expedition tours. One of their most popular dive trips gets you up close and personal with the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Their scuba shop is located inside Frank and Fran’s Tackle Shop and offers scuba gear rentals and sales.

Book Your Trip to the Outer Banks Today

Avon is just one of many fantastic vacation spots in the Outer Banks! Shoreline OBX is happy to provide properties throughout many communities and will help you find the perfect vacation rental for your stay in the Outer Banks. We also offer impressive vacation packages and specials to help get the most of your vacation.

When you vacation in the Outer Banks, you’ll find no shortage of postcard-worthy views, and plenty of things to do for the whole family. Browse our properties today and find the perfect one for you!

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When you plan your vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you’ll find plenty of great opportunities to bring your pet! From pet-friendly beaches to pet-friendly vacation rentals with a fenced yard, you and your furry family member are sure to have a wonderful vacation.

In addition to fenced-in yards, our collection of pet-friendly vacation homes feature an array of impressive amenities, such as hot tubs, game rooms, private pools, beach access, and more! Browse our list of pet-friendly Outer Banks vacation rentals and find the perfect one for you and Fido.

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All About Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals with a Fenced Yard

When you’re planning your next getaway, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you don’t have to leave your pup behind. Treat yourself and your furry pal to a fantastic pet-friendly vacation rental with a fenced yard. It will be the perfect home away from home! The set-it and forget-it amenity of a fenced-in yard is the ideal way to stress less and enjoy your vacation more. At Shoreline OBX, we have many pet-friendly rentals, and some of them have a fenced-in yard.

Stay in These Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals with a Fenced Yard

DUCK-1 – The Sands

This spacious home is the ultimate oasis to sit back and relax, or get on your feet and enjoy everything that the Outer Banks offer with your dog.

Location: Duck
Beds: 6
Baths: 6.5

Additional Amenities: Fireplace, game room, elevator, wet bar, eight televisions, hot tub, volleyball court, and more!

OH-8 – Sea-Thru

You can “Sea Thru” straight to the Atlantic Ocean from this bright and airy beach house. Plus, the gorgeous backyard will serve as your personal oasis.

Location: Corolla
Beds: 4
Baths: 3
Sleeps: 11

Additional Amenities: Private pool, hot tub, ocean views, game room, fireplace, laundry room, and more!

DUCK-8 – Tin Cup

This home features exquisite designer furnishings and is within close distance to year-round pet-friendly beaches in Duck.

Location: Duck
Beds: 5
Baths: 5.5
Sleeps: 10

Additional Amenities: Game room, private pool, hot tub, horseshoes, nine televisions, elevator, and more!

WHL-27 – China Whaler

This vacation home is just 600 feet away from the beach! The spacious areas throughout set the scene for exciting gatherings for people of all ages.

Location: Corolla
Beds: 8
Baths: 7.5
Sleeps: 20

Additional Amenities: Private pool, hot tub, game room, screened-in gazebo, private decks and balconies, grill, ocean views, a high chair, two port-a-cribs, and more!


This is a selection of our pet-friendly vacation rentals with a fenced yard. Due to varying availability, be sure to contact us to verify the property you choose does have a fenced yard. We’ll make sure you and your pet are taken care of.

Tips for a Pet-Friendly Vacation in the Outer Banks

Here are helpful pet-friendly vacation travel tips when vacationing with your dog in the OBX:

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Now that you have these resources available to you, you’re ready to book the best pet-friendly vacation to the Outer Banks ever! You’ll love the salty ocean breezes and beaches, and your dog will, too! So, browse our pet-friendly rentals and see for yourself how amazing vacation on the Outer Banks with your dog can be.

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The Outer Banks is undeniably home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the country. However, if you’re searching for more unique locations to snap that iconic photo for social media, there are many more options. Keep reading to learn about some of the most Instagrammable places on the Outer Banks and throughout the barrier islands.

Also, make sure you stay in the know about all of the areas best restaurants, attractions, and seasonal events and request our free Vacation Guide. Don’t miss out on anything that the Outer Banks has to offer!

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Delight Your Followers With Photos From These Instagrammable Places on the Outer Banks

Give your friends and family the feeling of being on an amazing vacation with you by sharing your pictures on social media. Check out our picks for the most Instagrammable places on the Outer Banks!

1. Corolla Wild Horses

No trip to the Outer Banks is complete without catching a glimpse of the Corolla wild horses! When you visit Corolla, you’ll see majestic herds roaming the sands and cooling off in the cool ocean waters. You can even take a guided tour to see the wild mustangs.

2. Duck Town Park and Boardwalk

The Town Park in Duck stretches over 11 acres and offers many opportunities for picture-taking. With soundside sights of maritime forests and willow swamps, you can capture a photo that truly embodies the Outer Banks. Plus, from the park, you can access the Duck Boardwalk. It extends along the Currituck Sound and is lined with adorable shops and cute cafes.

3. Jennette’s Pier

Attracting thousands of anglers from all around the country, Jennette’s Pier is one of the most popular fishing piers on the Outer Banks. This 1000-foot pier boasts breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Nags Head. Plus, you might even see dolphins swimming through the waves!

4. Lighthouses

Take an unbelievable photograph and experience top-of-the-world views from the top of Outer Banks lighthouses. Or, pose in front of one of them with the sun rising or setting behind it. Standing at 208 feet, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is hard to miss and holds the record for the world’s tallest brick lighthouse. Some other must-see local lighthouses include the Currituck Lighthouse and the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse, which is the oldest North Carolina lighthouse in operation and the second oldest in the United States.

5. Jockey’s Ridge State Park

One of the most significant landmarks in the area is Jockey’s Ridge State Park. A playground of dunes, water, and woods, this park is the tallest natural dune system in the Eastern part of the country. The dunes attract adventure-seekers, hang gliders, and anyone that wants to make the climb to the top of the dunes to take in the views of the Albemarle Sound and vast ocean. If you’re going to try your hand at hang gliding, Kitty Hawk Kites offers lessons at the park.

6. Triangle Shipwreck

If you’re feeling brave and adventurous, grab your underwater camera and explore Triangle Shipwreck in Kill Devil Hills. These sunken ships met their fate in the 1920s and have remained in the waters of the Outer Banks since. It’s best to enjoy these treasures on days when the sea is calm and clear.

7. Wright Brothers National Memorial

This memorial park provides a sky-view in Kill Devil Hills. This national memorial is home to an iconic granite monument that is surrounded by lights and can be seen from all across the Outer Banks at night. During the day, this site provides spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding towns.

8. The Spot

Take a break from the scenic photoshoots and channel your inner foodie at The Spot. This Nags Head Creamery sells drool-worthy ice cream cones, fruit smoothies, and coffees. Their acai bowls are particularly colorful and photogenic. Plus, their shop is super-cute and offers Insta-worthy backdrops.

9. Your Gorgeous Beach House

Last but not least, your vacation home on the Outer Banks is a fantastic place to snap photographs and make memories that will last a lifetime. Shoreline OBX offers a wide variety of vacation homes throughout many communities, so you’re always close to the best Instagrammable places on the Outer Banks. Plus, our properties offer an array of amenities. Take a fun-filled picture as your cannon-balling into your private pool or take a serene photo from your deck as you gaze out towards the sunset.

Pick the Perfect Home for You

If you want to be able to snap the perfect picture at any moment right from your own Outer Banks beach home, perhaps consider renting one of our Oceanfront Rentals. Imagine life with a permanent view of the ocean! When you book your Outer Banks beachfront rental with Shoreline OBX, the comfort and convenience of oceanside living are always within reach. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the cool breeze as it greets you on the deck of your surfside porch or private pool. An unforgettable Outer Banks vacation starts right here!

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You’ve decided to embark on your dream vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Now you’re wondering how you should spend your time so you can make the most out of your trip. To learn about all of the best things to see and do during your first time visiting the Outer Banks, keep reading!

In addition to this detailed blog, we’re also happy to provide you access to a free downloadable Vacation Guide!

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Your Guide to Your First Time Visiting the Outer Banks

Stay in the Perfect OBX Vacation Rental Home

Searching for the perfect Outer Banks vacation rental can be overwhelming. Make things easy and take your pick from Shoreline OBX’s long list of pristine beach homes. Our beautiful Outer Banks rental homes are available year-round and can comfortably accommodate groups of varying sizes. Our vacation homes are located in many communities throughout the Outer Banks, so you’re sure to find the perfect home that will provide you with a stunning place to relax and recharge during your time here.

Hit the Beach

The Outer Banks is home to the most stunning beaches, featuring windswept dunes and miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean coastline. Some of the must-see beaches are found in Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Kill Devil HillsNags Head, and Corolla. If your four-legged family member is joining you on your trip, you’ll want to visit Duck. Known as one of the most pet-friendly beaches in the country, Duck allows dogs to be off-leash and roam the sand and waters freely (under owner supervision, of course).

Gaze at the Wild Horses

Did you know that Corolla is home to a population of beautiful wild horses? These wild horses are descendants from horses brought over in the 1500s by Spanish explorers. It’s possible that you can visit Corolla on your own and find the horses roaming the beach, or you can take a tour packed with excitement with Corolla Outback Adventures.

Dine at Delicious Restaurants

With over 170 locally-owned restaurants on the Outer Banks, it can sometimes be challenging to decide where to eat while on vacation. Some of our favorite eateries include Red Sky CafeBlack PelicanCoastal Cravings, and Kill Devil Grill.

Explore Historic Sites

The Outer Banks holds a rich history. It’s home to the site of the Wright brothers’ first flight! Plus, the area has connections to pirates, including the notorious Blackbeard. During your Outer Banks vacation, you don’t have to look far to find historic sites and museums. Some popular sites include the Wright Brothers National Memorial and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

Stroll the Duck Boardwalk

The Duck Boardwalk offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the coast and some of the most exciting things to do in the area. The boardwalk features boutique shops, delectable restaurants, charming cafes, and more!

Stay in the Perfect Outer Banks Rental

When it’s your first time visiting the Outer Banks, you’ll need a fantastic vacation home to stay in while you make lifelong memories. Shoreline OBX provides stunning homes, including oceanfront rentalspet-friendly rentals, homes that are available for partial-week stays, and homes near our famous wild horses. Our OBX vacation rentals also feature stunning decor, convenient beach access, unbeatable ocean views, and state-of-the-art amenities, such as private pools and hot tubs.

As you can see, it’s easy to find the perfect Outer Banks vacation rental for you and your family and friends. Stop daydreaming about your dream getaway and start living! Browse our OBX rentals and find the perfect one for you.

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Contrary to popular belief, the best time to visit the Outer Banks isn’t necessarily the middle of Summer. July and August may are certainly popular beach-going months. However, travelers should consider the benefits of traveling to the beach in fall or spring. Continue reading for all of the information you need about the best time to visit the Outer Banks. While you’re here, don’t miss out on any of the best things to do in the Outer Banks. Our complimentary Vacation Guide is your ticket to an unforgettable getaway!

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The Best Time to Visit the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks truly has no offseason. Follow our guide to the best things to do in each season!


Fall is one of the best times to plan a trip to the Outer Banks. At the beginning of fall, visitors can enjoy warm weather and smaller crowds. The water is still pleasant enough for a swim, and finding the perfect spot in the sand is always a breeze. You also won’t have to worry about making dinner reservations at the best restaurants in the area or booking a tee time at one of the best golf courses in the Outer Banks.


It may seem counterintuitive, but winter is still a fantastic time to visit the beach. Similar to fall, winter drives smaller crowds to the area. This means you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet that you might miss out on during a summer getaway. Additionally, winter in the Outer Banks brings some incredible holiday events with it. Plan your winter getaway today!


Hurricane season is over and the Outer Banks is starting to warm up again. Spring is a great time to plan a trip to the beach. May and April, if you can make the time for a trip, introduce delightful weather and exciting events to the area. If you’ve never seen the Outer Banks during the most inviting time of year, you don’t want to miss out!


Summer in the Outer Banks is the most obvious time of year to plan a beach trip. Whether it’s by necessity or by design, visiting in June, July, and August is a first choice for most. The kids are out of school and the weather is hot enough to warrant a dip in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. As the most populated time of year, the Outer Banks comes alive during the summer. This means that finding incredible things to do is never a problem!

Where to Stay in the Outer Banks

Past the rolling sand dunes and miles of stunning beaches, the perfect vacation rental is waiting. If you’re thinking about planning a trip to the Outer Banks, start your getaway with Shoreline OBX. Our incredible list of oceanfront properties is exactly what you need to build your dream vacation.

For example, Amayzing Views is a pet-friendly property that is just a few steps from the beach! As the name suggests, you can enjoy incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and exclusive beach access from this gorgeous property. The perfect Outer Banks getaway starts with Shoreline OBX. Start planning today!

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The Outer Banks is home to the most stunning beaches in North Carolina, featuring windswept sand dunes, wild horses, and miles of pristine coastline. No matter which area you choose to have your Outer Banks beach vacation on these breathtaking barrier islands, the perfect sandy oasis is waiting for you to sit back and embrace the cool ocean breeze. Follow our guide to the best Outer Banks beaches and you’ll be living like a beach bum in no time at all! Before your visit, download our complimentary Vacation Guide and receive instant access to the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and events. With our guide, planning your getaway has never been easier!

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The Best Outer Banks Beaches

1. Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk is well known for many things, including its magnificent beach. The beach in Kitty Hawk, like Kill Devil Hills, receives some of the largest waves in all of the Northern Beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, take part in some excellent surfing and skimboarding, as those are the most popular Kitty Hawk activitiesKitty Hawk Water Sports is conveniently located to supply you with surfboard and kayak rentals. Also, the area is home to Kitty Hawk Woods, a 461-acre maritime forest reserve with walking trails where you can spot local wildlife.

2. Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Hills is known for some of the best waves and water sports in the area. Accompanied by big waves, you’ll definitely want to get in on the fun! As you travel along Highway 12, you’ll find various public beach accesses and public bathhouses.

3. Nags Head

The natural beauty and lively atmosphere of Nags Head make it one of the most attractive beaches in the Outer Banks. While you’re visiting, be sure to take a stroll down Jennette’s Pier, the longest public pier in the state, and gaze at the unbelievable sunsets. Head to Nags Head—excellent weather and a gorgeous stretch of coastline on the East Coast are waiting!

4. Southern Shores

Nestled between the towns of Kitty Hawk and Duck, you’ll find Southern Shores. Southern Shores has everything you need to build the perfect beach day—stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, exciting shopping centers, local markets, and more. Public parking is limited in this area, so make sure to plan accordingly when heading out for the day.

5. Duck

If your family has some furry members, you’ll want to visit Duck!  Known as one of the most pet-friendly beaches in the country, Duck allows dogs to be off-leash and roam the sand and waters freely (under owner supervision, of course). Bring your favorite companion with you while visiting this beach for some fun in the sun. While you’re here, check out some of Duck’s best attractions!

6. Corolla

Corolla is a unique destination that borders the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound. This location allows beachgoers to easily access to the salty ocean waves, the calm kayak-worthy sound waters, and the picturesque maritime forests that lie in-between. Year after year, the Corolla Wild Horses have been a favorite attraction among visitors of all ages. Guided tours are available to get a one of a kind look at the Wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs.

What to Bring to the Beach

Spending the day on the sandy shores is an exciting experience. Make sure you are prepared and have everything you might need to map out the perfect Outer Banks beach vacation.

Check out this map of Outer Banks beaches for your reference!

Plan Your Vacation to the Best Outer Banks Beaches Today

Make your Outer Banks beach vacation complete with a stay at one of our beautiful OBX vacation rentals. Whether you’re embarking on a romantic getaway or family vacation, finding the perfect place to stay is never an issue! We have properties in every single one of the Outer Banks communities, many being oceanside homes. For example, On Sail Sat-Sat is a stunning pet-friendly home in Corolla that features a private pool and hot tub!

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Vacations are all about relaxing and having fun. Sometimes though, planning for them can make you more stressed out! Take a deep breath and take a look at our checklist below for what to pack for a week at the Outer Banks. We’ll help you make sure you don’t forget anything important!

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What to Pack for a Week at the Outer Banks

The Essentials

First, you’ll need to see what your vacation rental provides. At Shoreline OBX our homes have fully equipped kitchens, plenty of soft linens, washers and dryers, and more. Just be sure to check before you finish packing!

Double-check for these before you leave: Do you have your wallet, your credit card/debit card, driver’s license, phone, and reservation information? Important medications?

For the Home- Depending on what is included in your vacation rental, you may need to pick up paper towels, toilet paper, coffee and coffee filters, laundry and dish soap, garbage bags, and other day-to-day items.

Food- There are plenty of grocery stores in the area, so you don’t have to worry about bringing food with you. You might want to pack a cooler so you can bring drinks and snacks with you to the beach!

Clothing- Pack enough for a week! It’s a good idea to bring a light jacket for cooler evenings, as well as a pair of jeans or two and shoes and socks in addition to beach sandals.

Toiletries- Don’t forget the bathroom products you use every day! Be sure to bring shampoo, soap, face wash, toothpaste, a toothbrush, lotion, a hairbrush, glasses and/or contacts and contact solution, and any other products you use. This ensures you’ll be as comfortable as possible in your home away from home! Insect repellent, bandaids, and aloe are also good things to have on hand for a week at the Outer Banks.

Electronics- Double check that you have your cell phone charger before leaving for your vacation! If you have an iPad, laptop, camera, or anything else like that, be sure you’ve grabbed those (and their chargers) too.

Make Space in Your Beach Bag for These Items

We’ve listed some of the essentials for your beach day below so you can spend more time relaxing and less time scrambling! Something to keep in mind as you are packing is that when you’re booking your rental with Shoreline OBX, you can also reserve beach gear. We offer specials throughout the year ranging from a $250 credit to excellent discounts. We’ll even have the gear delivered to your home on arrival day, making it a breeze to pack light!

Sunscreen- It might seem like an obvious one, but we want to make sure you don’t forget it! As soothing as the sun’s warm rays are, it’s important to protect your skin. Look for a sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection, and be sure to check the ingredients!

A beach umbrella- An umbrella goes hand-in-hand with sunscreen, and it’s especially helpful if you have young children because it will give them a backup layer of protection from the sun.

Beach towels or chairs- You’ll need somewhere to relax when you’re not in the water. Spread out a beach towel or settle down in a chair, close your eyes, and enjoy the warmth.

Bathing suits- another obvious item, but sometimes those are the easiest to forget! It doesn’t hurt to pack an extra swimsuit so you don’t have to put a wet suit back on or wait for it to come out of the dryer.

Sunglasses, hats, and coverups- Cut unwanted glare from the sun with glasses and hat, and don’t forget to bring a pair of sandals and something lightweight to wear over your swimsuit on your way to and from the beach.

Beach toys- Kids can play with just about anything on the beach, but you can make sure they are occupied with some beach toys. Having a pail and a shovel makes it easier to build a sandcastle! Flying a kite or throwing a frisbee are also fun beach pastimes.

Baby powder or cornstarch- Would you like to avoid leaving a mini beach of sand in your shower after a day at the beach? Just sprinkle a little bit of baby powder or cornstarch on your feet and legs before you leave the beach to get the sand off!

A good book or two- When the kids are occupied, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to settle in and enjoy a good beach read.

Have the Best Time With Shoreline OBX

Do you need more help planning your trip? Read more about the Outer Banks to decide what you’ll do. When it comes to lodging, we have you covered! We have several vacation rentals throughout the Outer Banks. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable place or a luxurious retreat, a cozy getaway or family-sized home, we’re confident that you’ll find the perfect vacation home with us.

In addition to having beautiful vacation rentals, we also offer several additional perks, like credits toward beach gear and exclusive discounts on fun activities like parasailing, wild horse tours, surfing lessons, hang gliding, and more! You can also sign up for our last-minute deals to enjoy special savings.

Take a look at our properties and reserve your perfect vacation home today to get the best rates and best pick.

Two days isn’t enough time to enjoy all that the Outer Banks has to offer. Extend your stay an extra day and enjoy the stunning beaches, pristine wildlife, and exciting attractions that await around every turn. For your convenience, everything you need to plan the perfect long weekend in the Outer Banks in North Carolina can be found right here!

While you’re planning your trip, don’t forget to check out our exclusive OBX Vacation Guide. Our complimentary guide is full of local insight regarding the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and annual events, making it the perfect tool for sculpting a getaway that you’ll never forget!

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How to Have the Best Outer Banks Long Weekend Getaway

The Outer Banks used to be just wind-swept beaches and expansive wetlands. Over time, OBX has evolved into a destination that stacks up against some of the best beach towns on the East Coast. With historic landmarks, breathtaking views, and bustling communities, no two trips ever look the same! To make sure you get the most out of your visit to the outer banks, here are a few of our favorite things to do on a long weekend! From romantic getaways to family fun, you’ll find everything you’re looking for!

Admire the Lighthouses

When people picture the outer banks, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the towering lighthouses that dot the shore. These monoliths don’t just guide boats safely through the Atlantic; they also give the Outer Banks its romantic charm. Some of our favorite lighthouses include:

Dine at Delectable Restaurants

The Outer Banks also features an incredible culinary scene. Everything from bustling bar scenes to fresh-caught seafood is waiting! Explore the best restaurants in the Outer Banks, and start planning your getaway now! Here are some local can’t miss restaurants:

Dive Into History

If you’re looking for something to do between stints at the beach or a rainy day activity, the Outer Banks is a destination with an interesting past. The Wright Brothers National Memorial, for example, lets you step back in time and catch a glimpse of the first flight! Walk around Kill Devil Hills and enjoy the gentle breeze that gave Orville and Wilbur Wright their very first take off!

Explore Outdoor Activities

Hiking through Jockey’s Ridge State Park or catching a glimpse of the Corolla wild horses are two of the best ways to enjoy the beauty that the Outer Banks has to offer. Also,  the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in East Lake is an incredibly impressive natural area, spanning over 152,000 acres of land. Explore the area and go hiking, fishing, or kayaking. Don’t forget to watch out for the gators!

The Outer Banks also features several fantastic golf courses for every golfer’s Outer Banks itinerary. Follow our guide to the five most unforgettable Outer Banks golf courses to help make the perfect tee time!

If you’re searching for more ways to enjoy mother nature and the great outdoors, here are some suggestions:

Hit the Beach

The Outer Banks is made up of breathtaking barrier islands and pristine beaches. No matter which area you choose to have your Outer Banks beach vacation, the perfect sandy oasis is waiting for you. During your long weekend in the Outer Banks, check out some of these picturesque beaches:

Take a Boat Ride

With beautiful weather and miles of shoreline, it’s no surprise that boating is a popular activity in the Outer Banks! Plus, it’s one of the best ways to see the barrier islands in all their glory. There’s an array of boat tours and boating activities to choose from, here are some of the best:

Where to Stay During Your Long Weekend in the Outer Banks

With gorgeous vacation rentals in every single Outer Banks community, Shoreline OBX is your best option for lodging in the Outer Banks. For your convenience, Shoreline OBX features vacation homes that are available partial-week stays, which is perfect for a long weekend in the Outer Banks. Take a look at one of our partial-week stay properties below, Duck-14 Jewel of Denial. No matter how big or small your group is, we’re sure to have the perfect home for you!

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