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Top-rated vacation rentals in Outer Banks

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Tiny home in Kitty Hawk
Saltwood Cottage Outer Banks Tiny Beach House
A Tiny House on the Outer Banks...Bright, and modern... perfect for 2 people! -Cozy Bed with softest linens -Kitchen stocked with stove, dishwasher, fridge, pots, pans, utensils, French Press, Keurig, tea kettle, tea pot, bar accessories -Luxurious tiled shower/bathroom -Relax in the vintage clawfoot tub out on the back porch -10x16 patio equipped with gas grill and fire pit and hammock -outdoor shower -smart tv -bikes, kayak, surfboards, paddle board, yeti cooler, beach chairs, and umbrella
Aug 31 – Sep 7
$270 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 171 reviews
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Cottage in Kill Devil Hills
An Authentic Outer Banks Cottage Experience
Welcome to The Avalon Cottage. A 1958 original Outer Banks flat top cottage. This beautiful cottage has been renovated, offering the perfect mix of modern conveniences & true Outer Banks nostalgia. Need extra Space? Cottage next door hosted by Katie "^^Perfect Central Location on the Outer Banks" Located in a most central location, 2 king beds & rooms with Smart tvs, fully stocked kitchen, large 65” smart tv, excellent WiFi, covered patio, outdoor shower, ping pong, rope swing & new decor.
Nov 12 – 19
$99 per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 240 reviews
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Home in Kitty Hawk
Waterfront 2 bedroom/dock access/2 bikes
Welcome to "Seas the Bay 2" this charming 2 bedroom cottage offers stunning views of Kitty Hawk Bay from the house, deck, & private dock. Just 5 min from the beach, local food, & nightlife. Our dock on the bay is a perfect place to enjoy sunrises and sunsets on the water. This listing is for 4 guests, perfect for couples, small family, or friends. Another airbnb rental cottage is on the same property to the right, there is shared parking and dock access but no living spaces shared.
Oct 5 – 12
$292 per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 114 reviews

Popular amenities for Outer Banks vacation rentals

Outer Banks beach vacation rentals

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Guesthouse in Duck
North Duck Bungalow - 3 Min Walk to the Beach!
Nov 12 – 19
$125 per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 120 reviews
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Condo in Duck
Waterfront Luxury Beach Home-Sunset View,Spa Baths
Dec 6 – 13
$299 per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 196 reviews
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Cabin in Kill Devil Hills
Endless Oceanfront Days and Nights at Perriwinkle
Apr 12 – 19
$415 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 221 reviews
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Home in Salvo
Oceanfront 4 Bedroom Salvo Sandcastle * Hot Tub
Mar 10 – 17
$240 per night
4.86 out of 5 average rating, 119 reviews
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Home in Kitty Hawk
Tidepool Offers Top-Shelf Style and Privacy
Oct 21 – 28
$425 per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 138 reviews
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Apartment in Kill Devil Hills
Outer Banks Apartment for 2, steps to the beach!
May 1 – 8
$156 per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 170 reviews
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Guest suite in Kill Devil Hills
CROWBX - Private Guest Suite!
Mar 30 – Apr 6
$83 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 355 reviews
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Guest suite in Frisco
Light + Airy Frisco Apartment, Steps from Beach!
Jan 19 – 26
$99 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 138 reviews
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Cottage in Duck
Duck Waterfront Sunset Cottage
Feb 15 – 22
$150 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 137 reviews
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Treehouse in Nags Head
Gypsy Treehouse Gazebo - Walk to Beach
Jul 30 – Aug 6
$142 per night
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 408 reviews
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Townhouse in Southern Shores
1200sq ft Duck Rd townhome Walk to Beach Dogs OK
Dec 30 – Jan 6
$200 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 202 reviews
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Guest suite in Southern Shores
Little House in the Live Oaks
Sep 11 – 18
$99 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 225 reviews

Private Outer Banks vacation rentals

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Guesthouse in Coinjock
Church's Island Carriage House
Mar 23 – 30
$148 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 289 reviews
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Tiny home in Kitty Hawk
H2OMG - WIE Houses - Pod Zeus
Jan 7 – 14
$97 per night
4.88 out of 5 average rating, 392 reviews
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Guesthouse in Ocracoke
A Couples Hideout on Ocracoke
Nov 7 – 14
$72 per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 434 reviews
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Houseboat in Manteo
The LOVE Boat !
Dec 18 – 25
$96 per night
4.8 out of 5 average rating, 438 reviews
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Apartment in Kitty Hawk
Canalfront, "Mariner's Retreat"
Mar 4 – 11
$64 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 216 reviews
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Cottage in Manteo
Croatan Sound Cottage, Peaceful with Great Views!
Jan 15 – 22
$117 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 255 reviews
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Cottage in Kill Devil Hills
The Boardroom OBX
Oct 2 – 9
$149 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 179 reviews
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Cottage in Manteo
Under the Oak Cottage
Oct 13 – 20
$130 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 159 reviews
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Cottage in Manteo
La Vida Isla Guesthouse
Sep 30 – Oct 7
$123 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 235 reviews
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Vacation home in Nags Head
Cozy Clean Nags Head Studio Apartment
Mar 18 – 25
$84 per night
4.87 out of 5 average rating, 147 reviews
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Guest suite in Kill Devil Hills
Island Waterfront Paradise
Mar 17 – 24
$93 per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 233 reviews
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Home in Kill Devil Hills
3 BR, 2.5 BA. Two Story OCEAN FRONT house.
Jan 2 – 9
$279 per night
4.8 out of 5 average rating, 153 reviews

Outer Banks homes

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Home in Kitty Hawk
Chasin' Sunshine - Unobstructed Ocean View
Aug 5 – 12
$499 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 111 reviews
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Home in Kill Devil Hills
Post Flight (Bikes,SUP,Pool,Canoe,Private Entry)
Mar 12 – 19
$58 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 232 reviews
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Home in Nags Head
Walk to the beach, restaurants & Dowdy Park *surf*
Dec 12 – 19
$159 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 131 reviews
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Home in Avon
Casa Creekside w/ hot tub and bikes!
Feb 21 – 28
$150 per night
4.85 out of 5 average rating, 242 reviews
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Home in Kitty Hawk
Cozy Apart.:Hottub, Kayak, SUPs, and Bikes Dogs Ok
Jan 15 – 22
$123 per night
4.85 out of 5 average rating, 477 reviews
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Home in Bath
Discover the Boathouse: Nestled in Nature!
Sep 6 – 13
$108 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 116 reviews
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Home in Nags Head
Waterfront Home w/ Dock, Chef’s Kitchen & Sunsets
Sep 29 – Oct 6
$249 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 155 reviews
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Home in Rodanthe
Tiny House on semi-oceanfront lot
Feb 5 – 12
$205 per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 200 reviews
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Home in Kill Devil Hills
Gray Pearl
Oct 22 – 29
$650 per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 185 reviews
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Home in Kill Devil Hills
Urban Boutique Beach House. Hot Tub. EV charger
Apr 22 – 29
$268 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 189 reviews
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Home in Kill Devil Hills
Newly Remodeled! Walk to beach, fire pit, hot tub
Dec 29 – Jan 5
$501 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 218 reviews
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Home in Kill Devil Hills
2BR Home with Hot Tub & Deck. Centrally Located!
Dec 18 – 25
$325 per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 120 reviews

Your guide to Outer Banks

All About Outer Banks

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

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


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Outer Banks

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


Top things to do in Outer Banks

The Elizabethan Gardens

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

Hatteras Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

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

Driving the Beach

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

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