Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Harkers Island, NC that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $58 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Harkers Island. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Explore the waterfront setting in Harkers Island

The island views and surrounding scenery provide a peaceful ambiance to your vacation home in Harkers Island. Travelers to this relaxing city praise the fishing, boating and biking. If you're looking for accommodations with space to entertain friends and family, HomeAway has plenty of options to choose from. Many rental homes offer full kitchens and laundry facilities, perfect for big groups.

Things to do

Family-friendly fun and history on Harkers Island

For a small area that comes in at only 3.8 miles, Harkers Island certainly offers plenty to see. The most well known by far is the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, a 163-foot behemoth overlooking the Southern Outer Banks. The exceptional Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center is dedicated to the posterity of area history, cultural achievements, and environmental highlights that make Harkers Island so attractive. The family will find plenty happening at the Harkers Island Visitor Center, too—there are interactive exhibits on ecology and animals, a children’s area, and a short film viewing.


Ferrying, shopping, nature-ing? It's all here.

If you’re a nature lover and you happen to have a Harkers Island vacation rental, take a moment to step outside, if you will. The Harkers Island Nature Trail, located just behind the Cape Lookout Visitor Center, is calling your name. Shaded by pines, the heavily forested trail is the ultimate bird-watching spot. You can also hop aboard the ferry and enjoy amazing views of the water, wander the beaches, or go for a swim before heading inland—about 10 miles outside Harkers Island—for a little shopping.


Snow means nothing on Harkers Island

Snow really isn't a thing in Harkers Island—how could it be when the average winter high is about 55 degrees? Sure, you may experience a cool breeze being near the water, but it’s a small price to pay for enjoying the beauty of a Harkers Island vacation rental. Summer is customarily hot, with averages of around 90 degrees, and humidity tends to rear its steamy head around the middle of the season. It doesn’t really cool off until November, and even then you may experience a stray 70-degree day or two.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Harkers Island

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Harkers Island is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Fort Macon State Park (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore (17.8 mi / 28.7 km)
  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Rachel Carson Reserve (5 mi / 8 km)
  • Freedom Park (4.9 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Old Burying Ground Historic Cemetery (6.1 mi / 9.9 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Harkers Island

The nearest airport is in New Bern, NC (EWN-Coastal Carolina Regional), located 37.7 mi (60.8 km) from the city center.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Harkers Island?

Elegant condos, unique treehouses and spacious homes — everyone's dream escape is different. Whatever your style, you're sure to find something to tantalize you among these top vacation rentals in Harkers Island:

  • "Gotta Getaway - 3 - Bedroom Home In Harkers Island": If you're looking for someplace in Tidewater Region with 3 bedrooms where you'll feel right at home, this escape is calling your name. Amenities include heating and a separate dining area.
  • "Lookout Cottage - Waterview Home Close To Cape Lookout": Located in The South, this top-rated option has 3 bedrooms and lots of handy amenities. A toaster and WiFi are among them.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Harkers Island vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Harkers Island?

For an unforgettable experience, book a tiny house rental in Harkers Island. A word of warning though — after you've stayed in a tiny house, the urge to move into one of these fun-sized digs will be hard to resist!

  • Experience a simpler way of life at "Upscale 1926 C And O Train Caboose Tiny House Minutes To Waynesville And Asheville". Amenities at this getaway in Waynesville include nearby birdwatching activities and outdoor furniture.
  • Alternatively, base yourself at "Tiny House Downtown New Bern". Located in New Bern, this teensy abode comes with pet-friendly services and a kitchen.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Harkers Island?

From time to time, you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. That's where Vrbo comes in. We've got an impressive range of log cabins in and around Harkers Island where you can connect with nature. These are just for starters:

  • "Creek Front Log Cabin. Quiet And Charming. Public Boat Ramp Minutes Away" is a fantastic mixture of outdoor adventure and comfort. Make the most of top amenities here such as a garden and off-street parking options.
  • You won't have to give up any modern comforts at "New Charming New Bern Log Cabin". This escape features a kitchen, a fireplace and more.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Harkers Island?

Put aside those household chores, because weekends were made for having fun. Settle into one of these weekend getaways in and around Harkers Island and make the most of all the wonderful things to do close by:

  • "2nd Row, Beautiful Views, Pet Friendly" is a comfortable option around 25 miles west of the center of Harkers Island. You don't have to go far to find something to keep you occupied around here. Get out and discover New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitors Center and Emerald Isle Woods Park. Activities like kayaking and surfing and boogie boarding will add a nice finishing touch to your mini getaway.
  • Alternatively, switch your mind to vacation mode at "Pet Friendly And Cozy Oceanfront Cottage W". About 20 miles west of Harkers Island, fun activities around here include surfing and boogie boarding and fishing. Prefer to go sightseeing? Plan an excursion to Camp Lejeune Main Gate and Visitor Center and Tryon Palace.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Harkers Island?

Enjoy the culture and vibe of Harkers Island from the comfort of your own studio apartment. Whether you're planning to relax on your own or have some fun with pals, you'll find the ideal studio apartment in and around Harkers Island:

  • Put your bags down and your feet up at "Charming Upscale Bungalow - Beaufort Historic District". Amenities including nearby museums and an oven will make you feel at home here.
  • Another inviting choice is "Historical Guest House Featured On Hgtv's Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation". Make use of towels, an iron and ironing board and other conveniences during your getaway.

With the cash you save on your studio apartment, you can afford to explore more of Harkers Island. Cultural attractions like Carolina Theatre and Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek will help you get a better feel for the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Harkers Island?

Every so often, you just need to take a well-earned breather, even if it's only for a couple of days. Enjoy a delightful combination of relaxing and exploring at one of these short-term rentals in or around Harkers Island:

  • "Surf's Up Breathtaking Views And Perfect Reviews Linens And More Provided No Pets" is close to the center of Harkers Island, so you'll have lots of things to keep you occupied. Discover leading attractions like Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and The Preserve at Jordan Lake when you're not enjoying your cozy rental.
  • Wake up, pour yourself a coffee and then start planning what to see around "Fully Remodeled Gorgeous Private Oceanfront With Hot Tub". Cloer Family Vineyards and McIntyre's Fine Books and Bookends are must-do's if you choose to stay at this popular vacation rental.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Harkers Island?

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a romantic weekend rendezvous. If you want to spend a couple of relaxing nights away with your beloved, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Harkers Island that will sweep you off your feet:

  • Sneak off on Friday for a couple of passion-filled nights at "Charming Upscale Bungalow - Beaufort Historic District". Approximately 6 miles from Harkers Island, it comes with lots of nice touches, including shopping facilities and air conditioning.
  • Another option where you can spend a few precious days together is "Historic Downtown Swansboro. Walk To Shops". Located 30 miles from Harkers Island, beauty services and a dining table add to the atmosphere here.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Harkers Island?

Sneak a look at these large group vacation rentals in or near Harkers Island where you won't have to leave anyone off your guest list:

  • Providing space, comfort and privacy, you'll get your guests' stamp of approval at "The Nest: Luxury, History, Balcony". Up to 12 people can be accommodated at this escape which has 5 bedrooms, a water view and a kitchen. You'll find it around 25 miles to the west of Harkers Island.
  • "Newly Renovated Oceanfront Home With Private Beach Access In Emerald Isle" is another fantastic option. It's around 30 miles to the west of Harkers Island, has 3 bedrooms and accommodates up to 12 guests. A swimming pool and a kitchen are just a couple of things designed to make your stay even more comfortable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Harkers Island?

A pool is often a nonnegotiable when choosing where to stay on vacation, especially if you've got kids in tow. Browse these houses with a pool in or near Harkers Island and spend your days splashing around:

  • Treat your crew to an unforgettable stay at "Historical Guest House Featured On Hgtv's Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation". There's a lot to love about this getaway apart from its pool, such as towels and a fridge.
  • "Harolds House" is the type of place you go to escape from it all and appreciate your surroundings, starting with its awesome pool. A dishwasher and coffee and tea making facilities are also on hand to make your visit as comfy as possible.

Harkers Island has a humid subtropical climate, with average summertime temperatures fluctuating between 75 ºF and 80 ºF. But you don't have to wait until summertime to visit. Take a look at the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the ideal Harkers Island vacation rental and organize your getaway for whatever season you like.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Harkers Island?

It's always more fun when you share those memorable moments with the folks you care about the most. Whether you're planning a family reunion or getting away with close friends, Vrbo has a large vacation rental to suit your style. Here are two of our best in and around Harkers Island:

  • Sleeping up to 8 guests in 4 bedrooms, "2nd Row, Beautiful Views, Pet Friendly" is the ideal place to hang out with the family. This top-rated getaway is 25 miles to the west of Harkers Island and has amenities that include a DVD player and a stereo.
  • "Pet Friendly And Cozy Oceanfront Cottage W" is also a top pick for families. It's around 20 miles to the west of Harkers Island, has 3 bedrooms and accommodates up to 8 people. Handy amenities here include a kitchen and a porch.

When you want to leave the house and explore, there are lots of family-friendly attractions nearby to keep everyone happy. North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Frankie's Fun Park and Triangle Town Center should be at the top of your to-do list.