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Semi-Oceanfront Classic w/ Elite Amenities-Oceanfront, Exclusive Pool/ Pier/ Gym

Avon, NC, USA
  • Cottage600 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Classic, Semi-oceanfront With Elite Amenities- 2BR 1BA With Oceanviews

Sand Crab is an original small beach box raised to meet higher tides...The cottage is semi-oceanfront with views from the front deck and screened porch. Ideal for small families and couples. We are 75 footsteps from our north beach access and 100 footsteps from our south beach access-fabulous, open beaches with famous surf fishing and boarding opportunities!

Elite Amenities include:

* Linens provided: beds made on arrival

* Day use of oceanfront, exclusive pool at Koru Village (includes snack and tiki bars, lounge chairs and tables, changing areas, direct beach access)

* Unlimited use of famous Avon Pier for fishing and sightseeing

* Unlimited access to the fitness center/gym and yoga and wellness groups at Spa Koru (includes popular yoga on the beach and lawn)

* Unlimited WiFi

* "starter kit" of paper goods and cleaners

* Bikes for use (as available)

* 24 hour maintenance and emergency assistance available

The cottage offers two queen bedrooms (new mattresses in both), a full bathroom, and a combination living/kitchen and dining area. The kitchen provides upgraded appliances and all basic cooking needs. Our living area includes a large screen TV w/ cable, DVD, radio/CD player, and DVD and book libraries. Multiple board games in house.

The cottage boasts beautiful hardwood floors throughout, an upgraded kitchen, comfortable furnishings, and quality linens (provided).

The screened porch offers ocean view and bug-free lounging. Dining for four is included. Additional outdoor seating and lounging is available on the side deck (new deck furniture) and back yard patio--which includes a fishing cleaning station, charcoal grill, and chairs.

The ground level includes a large outdoor shower with hot and cold water and changing and sittings areas, laundry room with new appliances and storage, and under-home parking for two. Extras include beach gear: toys, umbrella, chairs, beach cart and boogie boards.

Located at the north end of Avon, Sand Crab is within walking/biking/driving distance to many local amenities and attractions. Avon also boasts an excellent biking trail along Route 12 to make 2-wheel adventures easy. Travelers with 4x4 vehicles can access beach roads at open ramps with purchase of park vehicle permits (at Bodie Island or Hatteras Lighthouse).

Note: Rental week is Saturday to Saturday. Check-in by 4PM. Guests are welcome to park and enjoy the beach while waiting for check-in. Check-out is 10AM.

For beach-lovers, swimmers, boarders, and shell-seekers: Enjoy a quick walk over the dune to the gorgeous Avon beach for miles of beach leisure and activities or lounge at the oceanfront pool at Koru Village.

For Fishers: The island offers a variety of world famous fishing options and we love them all! Owners are happy to provide guests with local tips, info about license needs and tours, and fishing updates on request. Whether you prefer surf fishing (across the dune from house), pier fishing (unlimited access to Avon Pier included w/ cottage), head boat or charter fishing ("Wicked Tuna" hails from Oregon Inlet), Hatteras Island offers it all. (See "Distances to Attractions below for access info) All rental seasons are great fishing seasons!

For the Adventure-Seeker: Guests love local opportunities to rent kayaks, paddleboards, surfboards, SUPs, and canoes; participate in guided nature and water tours; horse back through the woods to the beach; climb the Hatteras Lighthouse; parasail; and daytrip to Ocracoke, Nags Head, and Corova.

For the Family: Beyond the beach, take a ferry ride to Ocracoke; sail a kite or two; go mini-golfing (Avon or Frisco); eat ice-cream; run a go-kart (Frisco); craft at the local workshops; let kids play on our screened, lockable porch. Consider a memorable daytrip for any interests.

For the Romantics: Light a beach bonfire; take in a concert at Koru Village; savor a unique seafood dinner; relax with a massage; sit on our porch and watch the stars.

Distance to Attractions/Favorite Sites:

* Beach Access= 75 footsteps

* Dining/Restaurants= 1/8 mile (easy walk to ice cream shop, new muffin/bagel shop, restaurant/bar)

* Kayak/board rentals= 1/8 mile (easy walk)

* Wine shop and gift stores= 1/8 mile (easy walk)

* Oceanfront pool at Koru Village (included for guests)=1 mile

* Avon Pier (included use for guests)= 1 mile

* Spa Koru and fitness center (included gym/classes for guests)= 1 mile

* Grocery (full service Food Lion)=2 miles

* Off Road Driving (closet ramp north to Ramp 34)=1 mile

* Haulover (world class kiteboarding plus swimming and clamming on the soundside)= 4 miles

* Oregon Inlet Fishing Center (charter fishing, head boats, off-road access for fishing/swimming/clamming)=40 miles

* Infamous "the Point" fishing Buxton fishing area=10 miles

* Hatteras Ferry (to Ocracoke Island)= 20 miles

* Nags Head, NC (shopping, entertainment, restaurants)= 45 miles

* Manteo (NC Aquarium, Lost Colony, Elizabethan Gardens, pirate cruises, Island Farm)=50 miles

* OBX Winery/Outer Banks Brewery= one hour drive

* H2OBX (new waterpark)=one 1/2 hour drive


DEPOSIT/PAYMENT: A deposit of 50% of the rental rate is required at the time of booking (guests are welcome to pay in full at time of reservation). The remaining balance must be paid no less than 60 days prior to check-in. Guests that do not pay the remainder balance on time will have reservations canceled and will not be refunded initial deposit. For reservations within 60 days of booking, full payment is required at booking.

60 DAY CANCELLATION POLICY: Deposits are fully refundable up to 60 days before the start of your reservation. Within 60 days of the start of your reservation, you are responsible for the full cost of the reservation. While we understand that emergencies happen, the reason for the cancellation does not change or refund policy. There are NO weather related refunds, except for the case of mandatory evacuation. If you are concerned that you may not be able to keep your reservation, we recommend travel insurance. Please look online for the best travel insurance for you.

RATES: All listed rates are based on a maximum 4 person occupancy. Rental week is Saturday to Saturday.

DAMAGE PROTECTION: Applicable refunds are issued within 7 days of checkout.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Guests of all ages are welcome at our cottage. However, the responsible party must be a minimum of 25 years of age. This person must be the one to assume responsibility for the property and staying at the property for the duration of the rental period.

FIREWORKS POLICY: While on vacation you may see or hear other visitors setting off fireworks; however, please note that ALL fireworks are illegal in our (Dare) county. If caught, you will receive a substantial county fine. This is an important law that protects us from home and brush fires that are occur easily during the dry months. Any use of fireworks on Sand Crab property will result in immediate eviction with No Refund.



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About Maggie

Our family has enjoyed Hatteras for many years and consider it our true home (maybe someday!) In the meantime, we live in central NC and are happy to share this home and its incredible vacation promises with you. We are happy to provide you with any planning information: restaurants, fishing spots, etc. and are available throughout your stay to better your OBX experience.

Maggie purchased this Cottage in 2015

Why Maggie chose Dare County

Hatteras boasts many huge houses, but few affordable spots for couples and small families to relax...Sand Crab is semi-oceanfront and an island original with all the loved extras. Our exceptional service team provides elite cleaning services and 24 hour assistance with any problems. This is a loved and well maintained cottage!

What makes this Cottage unique

Incredible location with two easy beach accesses--Gold benefits at Koru Village to include oceanfront pool; unlimited access to the pier, fitness center, and exercise classes--


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Two Queen bedrooms with beds made on arrival; quality linens; closets w/ shelving for clothes; ceiling fans; lamps; nightstands.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        shower, outdoor shower
      • Full bath with traditional shower/tub combination.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
        • Near The Ocean
          Footsteps to beach access, then across dunes
        • Ocean View
        • Village
          Avon village--Outer Banks, NC
        • Water View


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Internet
                      Unlimited Wi-Fi.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central Air.
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      Unlimited access to fitness room at Spa Koru included for cottage guests.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central Heat.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Laundry area on ground floor.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Beds made on arrival.
                    • Living Room
                      Living room with couch, three chairs, entertainment center w/ large screen tv, dvd player, book/dvd library.
                    • Parking
                      Under house parking for two.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Laundry area on ground floor.


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Dining needs for 4-8.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Full, modern kitchen with eat-in dining area.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Basic needs included: salt, pepper, Old Bay.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Large unit with ice maker.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              In kitchen; seating for 6. Additional outdoor dining/seating.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Varied family games.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Standard cable channels included.
                                • Stereo
                                  Radio/dvd player.
                                • Television
                                  Large screen tv in living room
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                      Oceanfront views.
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Two bikes on site for guest use--adult, men's. Helmets not included, but recommended. Avon features a fantastic bike path along the town limits.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Ocean views.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Small lawn areas on both sides of home, but plenty of room for horseshoes, bocce, etc.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Charcoal grill.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Beach chairs, sand cart, umbrella, boogie and skim boards, beach roll.


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Private Pool
                                              Day use of oceanfront pool at Koru Village--1 mile from Sand Crab cottage--included for all guests!


                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • photography
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              15 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              We had a great stay!

                                                              Jason F.

                                                              We had a great stay at Sand Crab cottage! The beach was beautiful and a short walk from the cottage. The Koru Village was a great feature; the pool and beach access together was very nice.

                                                              Ice cream shop at the end of the street, also a short walk from the cottage, was a nice treat in the evening.

                                                              Always a pleasure

                                                              Maretta A.

                                                              This place is perfect and we've been 2 summers in a row and can't wait to return for a 3rd.

                                                              Great house for a small family.

                                                              Steven D.-

                                                              We enjoyed a very nice stay at the Sand Crab. The house offered everything we needed for our week long stay.

                                                              The kitchen was complimented by the newer appliances. The living room furniture was very comfortable. The bedrooms had sufficient room for clothing storage and the beds were satisfactory and came prepared with linens for our stay.

                                                              Under house parking for 2 vehicles as well as an outdoor shower with good pressure and ample room for changing clothes. We also used the laundry room a couple of times and found the equipment to work quite well.

                                                              There was a national park type charcoal camping grill which I found difficult to use. I grill with charcoal regularly on a Weber grill, but that grill allows for air flow under the coals which definitely decreases the prep time and overall temperature for things like steering steaks and burgers. I was happy to find some charcoal and lighter fluid in the laundry room.

                                                              The unit is extremely close to 2 beach access points which made for a short 3-4 minute walk to the waves.

                                                              The Koru membership topped off this rental. Our kids loved the pool. While only crowded one day, the kids managed to find friends to play with each time we went, which was 5 times during the week. With a tiki bar 15 feet away from the water, getting a frosty beverage was quite easy. They also offered lunch delivery from the Pangea Taven located in the parking lot. While we didn't take advantage of that service, those who did raved about the food. We ended up going there one night for dinner and were extremely pleased with the food and wine wednesday (half priced bottles of wine). The membership also offers access to the Avon pier which my son and I used one day to try our luck at fishing. Finally, use of the exercise facility (which we didn't use, but it looked to be well equipped) was also included.

                                                              The kids were also extremely pleased that the local ice dream parlor was at the end of the road. We walked there a couple nights during the week.

                                                              Perfect Vacation

                                                              Nana M.

                                                              Already looking forward to coming back next year! Perfect beach house for our family of three. It was clean when we arrived with a helpful paper product starter kit. Very easy access to the beach. We enjoyed the outdoor deck and the screened in porch for meals. The cable and wifi worked without any problem. Large private outdoor shower was very convenient. We appreciated the laundry facilities and extra recreational gear provided. Food Lion was right down the street for quick grocery runs and we loved Sunrise Seafood Market for fresh seafood. The Sand Crab really felt like home and was so hard to leave. On top of all that, the access to the Koru pool, tiki bar, fitness center, and Avon Pier? It was the ultimate vacation for us. Best memories so far with our little girl, we couldn't be happier with everything. Thanks for having us!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for your kind review and sharing your vacation at Sand Crab! I hope your family will continue to enjoy the cottage for many OBX adventures.

                                                              Excellent value

                                                              Alma G.

                                                              Convenient location. Perfect size for us and our teenager. Quiet. Thoughtful starter pack in cottage found on arrival.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you and hope to host your family again!

                                                              Great Beach House

                                                              Sarah G.Apex, NC

                                                              My husband, 3 year old daughter, 11 month old daughter and I greatly enjoyed our week stay. The house is very cozy, just big enough for our small family. The bedrooms are petite, but we did manage to fit a Pack ‘N Play into one of them. The keyless entry system was very clever; we did not need to concern ourselves with keys out on the beach. There is a Food Lion approximately a five minute drive south of the house. Our favorite part of the house was the screened in porch. That was a great feature in order to eat meals “outdoors” yet without being bothered by mosquitos. There are two public access points to the beach very close to the house; both are about three houses down on either side. The walk from the house to the beach is very doable: our 3 year old walked both ways by herself carrying her sand toys. There is a nice view of one of the dunes as one looks out from either the screened in porch or the balcony. The outdoor showering station proved very helpful in de-sanding both our children. Although we did not use it, there is a charcoal grill on site. We appreciated the availability of the French press coffee maker as an alternative to the provided drip coffee pot. The drip coffee pot was very unfamiliar and required us to Google instructions for its use. Consider bringing a few knives, as those on site have some dull spots which caused the knife I used to slip and cut my finger. Do be sure to explore EVERY drawer and cupboard; there are many different sized pots, pans, and casserole dishes available for use, but many are well hidden. I did not search well enough to find the 9x13 inch casserole dish until after I gave up and had to augment my recipe to use a different baking vessel. The house comes with access to a nearby pool, approximately 1 mile south of the house. That was ideal for a windy afternoon. The pool was more enjoyable in the afternoon after the sun had fed it some solar rays. In addition to the pool, there is also access to a nearby fishing pier, off of which our 3 year old caught a fish! Cape Hatteras light house is only a 15 minute drive and not to be missed. WiFi provided at the house is very dependable and has a strong signal. The cable TV has a wide variety of channels, too. However, sitting out and enjoying the stars at night, listening to the waves pounding the sand is preferable. We left relaxed and greatly enjoyed our week away from reality and hope to return soon!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for kind and thoughtful review. I'm glad to read that you had a great trip and am impressed by your little fisher!

                                                              Thank you for sharing about the pool and pier. We are fortunate to have those great amenities and love to know they're appreciated by guests.

                                                              Enjoy your summer and hope to hear from you again!


                                                              Avon, NC, USA

                                                              Guests enjoy Gold benefits at Koru Village to include: day use of oceanfront pool with tiki/snack bar, changing areas; unlimited use of fitness center; unlimited access to exercise classes (yoga on the lawn!); and unlimited use of the Avon Pier for fishing and sightseeing.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

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                                                              Cancellations received more than 45 days before arrival date will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations received 45 days or less before arrival date will receive no refund.

                                                              15 Reviews
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