Which of the Outer Banks Islands & Towns is the Best for You?

There’s no doubt that the Outer Banks features some of the best East Coast beaches. With so many fabulous Outer Banks islands and towns, it can be difficult deciding where to spend your time! Whether you’re looking for a spot to vacation, the perfect investment property, or a place to call home, we’ve got you covered with all the details you need.  

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The Best Outer Banks Islands & Real Estate

Roanoke Island

White Sand Dunes

The famous Roanoke Island has a legacy as old as America itself! The island was the site of the first English colony which later mysteriously disappeared without explanation. The area is home to Roanoke Festival Park where you can learn all about the fascinating story of the Lost Colony.  

Roanoke Island’s waterfront town of Manteo offers a quaint downtown, delicious restaurants, and a fabulous community of homes. Take a look at our guide on homes for sale in Manteo to learn all about the town’s real estate and community.

Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is rich with undeveloped, beach wilderness and seven beach village communities. You’ll love the endless natural beaches, tropical grasses, and sand dunes. Take advantage of the space and spend time with family and friends fishing, boating, kiteboarding, paddleboarding, and enjoying great local seafood. You’ll fall in love with the ease of pace, soulful cooking, and sweet serenity of this beachy island.

Browse our Hatteras properties for sale now to see all the fabulous homes on the island! We have everything from small, single-family homes to large homes with 10 bedrooms. You’ll enjoy convenient access to the best of Hatteras Island and a wonderful living space that’ll make it hard to leave!

Ocracoke Island

house on Ocracoke island

From the famous Ocracoke Island Lighthouse to the free-roaming wild horses, Ocracoke is a dream destination. Beyond the natural beauty and wildlife, you’ll find quaint shops, safe peaceful streets, and a friendly community. Enjoy miles of uncrowded beaches and scenic views around every corner of the peaceful island.  

At Shoreline OBX, we have several wonderful Ocracoke homes for sale. You’ll enjoy spacious rooms, fabulous views, and convenient access to Ocracoke’s best activities and attractions.

The Best Outer Banks Towns & Real Estate


Duck is well-known for its pet-friendly beach, waterfront shopping and dining, Duck Jazz Festival, and the Soundside Boardwalk. The town is quaint, the people are friendly, and the vibes are laid back. If you’re interested in finding a home that offers the best access to Duck activities and attractions, take a look at our blog on the inside scoop on Duck Real Estate.

Kill Devil Hills

Wright Brothers National Memorial

If you want to be in the center of all the action, Kill Devil Hills is the perfect place for you. With endless opportunities for outdoor activities, fabulous dining, local events, and fishing, you won’t be short on things to do in Kill Devil Hills. Spend your time fishing off the Avalon fishing pier, savoring delicious seafood at Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar, or simply relaxing in your beautiful Kill Devil Hills home.

Southern Shores

Nestled between Kitty Hawk and Duck, Southern Shores offers a unique, quiet retreat that differs from its neighboring coastal towns. Largely undeveloped, Southern Shores is perfect for those looking for a peaceful escape away from the busyness of the Outer Banks. Many homes for sale in Southern Shores, NC, have private beach access and easy access to an extensive network of walking and cycling paths.

Nags Head

Bodie Island Lighthouse in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Owned and operated by the National Park Service. Public Property and therefore no property release required.

Since its beginning in the 1800s, Nags Head has been the home to many charming, single-family cottages. This town is best known for its abundance of fabulous activities and attractions including the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Jockeys Ridge State Park, several fishing piers, historic and art districts, wonderful golf, walking and bike paths, and the Bodie Island Lighthouse.

At Shoreline OBX, we have some of the most sought-after Nags Head cottages in the area. Browse our homes for sale in Nags Head and find the perfect place to call home.

Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk, one of the most popular Outer Banks towns, is known for its first flight namesake, surfing, boating, kayaking, and golfing. We have a fantastic assortment of homes for sale in Kitty Hawk ranging from small oceanside cottages to spacious mansions. Browse our list of things to do in Kitty Hawk to get a better idea of what to do in the area!  

Choose the Best Beach House No Matter What Location

There truly isn’t a bad option when it comes to Outer Banks islands and towns. Wherever you choose to call home, you’ll find the best beach house properties through Shoreline OBX. We have several fabulous homes for sale ready for you across the Outer Banks. If you’d like to see a full list of properties, you can browse them here.

In addition, Shoreline OBX has the best team of Realtors ready to help you through every step of the home-buying process. If you’re ready to fulfill your dream of one day owning a vacation home in the Outer Banks, contact us today!