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Recent Northern Coast & Outer Banks property reviews

  • Latitude Adjustment - 1st week of April

    "Location was great for an April vacation. Public access to the beach was almost directly across the street, and we enjoyed several long walks on the beach. Lots of deck space on multiple sides/levels was a plus. Lots of bathrooms was a plus. TV's in the bedrooms were a plus. Jacuzzi in the master bath was a big plus. Furnishings were nice for a beach rental. Kitchen and other areas were well equipped. Housewide wifi was nice. Hottub was opened at our request, pool was not opened and weather was not conducive to pool use anyway. Gameroom downstairs was nice, pool table and foosball table made bad weather more tolerable. Two grills were available; both in pretty good condition and easily useable. All our favorite outer banks restaurants were easy drives away. We've never done much at Jockey's Ridge park but this place is very close to it. Also an easy walk to the Nag's Head fishing pier. We had breakfast there one morning...I don't recommend it. Drive to Miller's instead. Overall, we loved the house and the location. Elan (rental agency) took great care of us. If I ever reach my dream of owning a beach house in that area, Elan will be my choice for rental agency."
    Guest: Bayhawk Date of Stay: March 2012 Review Submitted: April 19, 2012
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  • Good Times & Good Memories!

    "Located in a quite neighborhood and walking distance to the beach, this cottage is exactly as pictured and described. It is clean and well appointed, a comfy place for a little R&R. My personal favorite was the screened in porch with a good book. We would recommend this property to anyone and plan on returning."
    Guest: OBXLove Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: August 29, 2014
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  • Absolutely Perfect!!!!

    "This house was absolutely perfect for our 2 families and friends. We had a total of 6 adults and 4 children with us and this house suited our needs perfectly! The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you could possibly need from the blender down to the 4 slice toaster. The clubhouse amenities were wonderful and, as stated, the beach is a short walk/bike ride away! When we come back to OBX, we will definitely be renting this home again. Communication with Kay was seamless! The only thing I can say is prepare for a long ride into Corolla. We will definitely plan for an earlier or later arrival next time. No fault on the homeowner there! I would recommend this house to anyone who is looking to vacation in OBX. Corolla is a lovely area with nice shopping/restaurants nearby. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The kids are already asking to go back!"
    Guest: Cynthia H. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 18, 2014
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  • Ocean Front and Center

    "We've been renting houses at OBX for over a decade, and have learned that people have different styles of enjoying a beach vacation. For us, first is location, location, location. We want to feel the beach, not just see it. At Nirvana, you step off the deck stairs into the sand, and at high tide you’re just a few paces from submerging in the ocean. Picture rolling out of bed, pulling on your trunks, and in seconds, diving in for a cool swim, followed by a nice hot outdoor shower! As a surf nut, albeit a much older and less capable one, I was thrilled to find the house faced a sandbar offshore that created surfable waves daily, and also a following of surfers -- great amusement watching from the decks. Although there are other houses close on each side, Nirvana is a few feet forward of them which makes them not feel imposing when on the decks, and the closeness to the high tide mark pretty much guarantees your beach space right out front. The deck and the living space seating was more than adequate and comfortable for the four of us and the hot tub was well maintained. We cooked all our meals and found the kitchen quite practical for that -- new stone counters were appreciated. The house is not pretentious, but as comfortable as can be, and who could ask for more (well granted, some folks have other standards and a need for elegance). But for me, Nirvana is a fine beach house, with responsive owners who obviously have focused on providing what’s important. And nothing could be more elegant than the Atlantic which is there for you, up close and personal all the time. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Nirvana."
    Guest: jake Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 26, 2014
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Northern Coast & Outer Banks Travel Tips

The Outer Banks is a glorious stretch - 200 miles, to be exact - of barriers islands and peninsulas along the North Carolina coast. Though it boasts magnificent beaches, there’s plenty to do here year-round.

What to Do

The options are nearly endless in the Outer Banks.

- Take a hike at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on the northern end of Roanoke Island and visit the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens - a memorial to the first colonists.

- Immerse yourself in the history of flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Museum in Kill Devil Hills, just south of Kitty Hawk.

- Visit the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island to feed stingrays, pet an alligator, learn about sea turtle rescues and be wowed by the largest group of captive sharks in North Carolina.

- Go Kayaking or take stand up paddleboarding lessons in Kitty Hawk Bay from Kitty Hawk Kites or Kitty Hawk Surf Company.

- Do something extreme at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. There are awesome sand dunes here - if you know how to sand-board, get a permit and come here between October 1 and March 31. You can also take hang-gliding lessons from Kitty Hawk Kites and soar over Jockey’s Ridge, or go windsurfing in the shallow Roanoke Sound.

- Play a game of golf at any of the excellent courses, from the Currituck Club up in Corolla all the way down to Nags Head Golf Links.

What to See

The Outer Banks offer miles of scenic beauty and historic treasures.

- See the many historic lighthouses on the coast. Make sure you have your walking shoes on when you climb Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on Hatteras Island - it has 248 stairs on an iron spiral staircase, the equivalent of climbing 12 stories! After all of your work, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the Atlantic. You can also visit the Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island at the very southern point of the Outer Banks, or head to the northernmost point to learn the sordid and mysterious history of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla.

- Visit the Roanoke Settlement Site, the first English colony in the New World and learn about the mysteries of The Lost Colony. It’s an educational experience with games and woodworking to show what life was like back then. You can also visit and board a replica of the Elizabeth II, one of the boats that arrived in the New World in 1585. There’s plenty of activities for both kids and adults to enjoy here. In the summer, the play “The Lost Colony” is performed to educate and entertain.

- Check out the views from Jockey’s Ridge and Jennette’s Pier, both in Nags Head. Sunsets here are simply unmatched.


There are plenty of festivals in the Outer Banks that harness its unique heritage and location. Check out the Bluegrass Island Festival, a newer addition to the fall lineup held the first weekend in October. It features Bluegrass by traditional artists as well as younger revival artists. Don’t forget to come for the homey Southern-style cooking!

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is another fest celebrating coastal heritage. It’s held for one weekend in mid-October every year in Nags Head across the Roanoke Sound. Aside from enjoying various local seafood and cooking demonstrations, visitors can participate in the Fish House Olympics, including a Mullet Toss - the fish, not the hairstyle - and crab races. There’s also live music and a Dock & Dine event hosted by The Dunes Restaurant.

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