Discover a selection of 8,000 vacation rentals in Outer Banks, US 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 $76 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Outer Banks. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Enjoy the Outer Banks in vacation home rentals

Located off of North Carolina's coast, the Outer Banks are a set of barrier islands standing between the state and the Atlantic Ocean. Steeped in history, today, the area serves as a major summer destination. Complete with open-sea beaches, stunning state parks, and alluring shipwreck diving sites, the Outer Banks are perfect for everyone—from your favorite beach bum to your number one adventurer. Look for an Outer Banks vacation rental with a view, and do your best to convince your squad that it's totally worth it to wake up for the sunrise.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Outer Banks vacation homes

History buffs may be surprised to find just how much they can learn in the Outer Banks. As the location of the Roanoke Colony of 1585, the area preserves its memory at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. It also offers a kid-friendly perspective at the Roanoke Island Festival Park, which transports visitors back to the 16th century. Other museums and galleries include the Wright Brothers National Memorial, commemorating the duo's first successful flight, and the Pea Island Art Gallery, dedicated to local and regional artists.

Activities

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea

The Outer Banks are steeped in history, with highlights on each island. Visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse, built in 1872, or explore the protected lands of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Go for a bike ride or hike along the coast, stopping to dip your toes in the Atlantic. Take the whole family on a dolphin-watching tour, or visit the national wildlife refuge center on Pea Island. No matter what, cap off your day with a cold one on the patio of your Outer Banks vacation rental, and stay out just late enough to catch some stellar stargazing.

Weather

Local weather at Outer Banks vacation rentals

The best time to visit the Outer Banks is also its busiest... and priciest. The area comes alive in summer, when locals and out-of-towners alike flock to the islands to enjoy the perfect beach weather and warm water. If you prefer to avoid peak crowds and prices, then plan your visit for the shoulder seasons—spring and fall both promise pleasant days and only slightly cooler nights. Winters are best to be avoided when booking your Outer Banks vacation rental, but only because much of the area closes down in the off season.

Natural features

They serve as a barrier to everything but fun

This 200-mile-long row of barrier islands separates the coast of most of North Carolina and part of Virginia from the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to its wide expanse of sandy, open beachfront, it's the perfect summer destination, with dunes and shorelines that stretch for miles. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore offers 4 campgrounds and is protected by the National Park Service, and is a particularly excellent spot for hiking, biking, and stargazing. Spot dolphins along the coast and gulls flying above, all while enjoying a picture perfect sunrise.

Beaches

Best beaches near Outer Bank vacation homes

When you visit the Outer Banks, you'll find a bounty of beautiful beaches near vacation homes in the area. Jockey’s Ridge State Park, a beach park with dramatic dunes, hiking, hang gliding, and more, and Coquina Beach, a barrier island with a sandy beach, sea grasses, and a tranquil atmosphere, are 2 highlights. You may also enjoy Ocracoke Beach, a quiet beach with soft sand and calm waters for swimming.

How to get there

How to get to and around Outer Banks

The nearest airport is in Manteo, NC (MEO-Dare County Regional), located 8 mi (12.9 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Family fun near Outer Banks vacation rentals

Families with small children will love the attractions at the Outer Banks. Vacation homes are available near locations like Island Farm, a museum on a historic farm with costumed staff and activities, and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, an animal park with encounters, feedings, and exhibits. Kids will also enjoy the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, a maritime museum with shipwreck artifacts and exhibits.

What are the top vacation rentals in Outer Banks?

Deluxe villas, unique treehouses and spacious homes — everyone's ideal place to stay is different. Whatever you're into, you're sure to find something that makes your heart skip a beat among our top vacation rentals in Outer Banks:

  • "Four Seasons, Top Amenities, Fully Stocked": This Kitty Hawk property offers 6 bedrooms and is rated highly among guests. Amenities such as a nearby bay and children's toys are on hand to make your stay a comfy one.
  • "Bright And Beachy 3 Bed/2 Bath Soundside Mp6": Put your luggage down and your feet up at this favorite in Kill Devil Hills. It comes with 3 bedrooms, a boat, a hair dryer and more.

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

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in Outer Banks?

Punching far above its weight when it comes to charm and character, a tiny house vacation rental in Outer Banks delivers big adventure. Power down all your devices and turn your focus to nature at one of these pocket-sized stays:

  • Get ready for a simpler way of living at "Upscale 1926 C And O Train Caboose Tiny House Minutes To Waynesville And Asheville". Amenities at this tiny house in Waynesville include a fridge and a fireplace.
  • Alternatively, make yourself at home at "Tiny House Downtown New Bern". Situated in New Bern, this petite abode comes with games and internet services.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Outer Banks?

After a long week, a whirlwind getaway filled with adventure will be exactly what you need to revive your spirit. Check out these tempting weekend getaways in Outer Banks where you can squeeze plenty into your stay:

  • "Where The Beach And Nature Collide" in Kitty Hawk is a wonderful choice if you want to spend time outdoors. Plan a visit to a few of the area's best natural attractions, like Sweetgum Swamp Trail and North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island, or throw yourself into some activities. Windsurfing and fishing are among your options.
  • You'll be able to fit a whole lot into your short and sweet stay at "The Starry Banner Classic Yacht Docked In Historic Downtown Manteo Marina". This property is located in Historic Downtown Manteo and is within reach of outstanding sights like Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum and Currituck Outer Banks Visitor's Center. Parasailing and cycling are some cool experiences that are also on your doorstep.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Outer Banks?

Forget about the cookie-cutter hotel room and pick one of our studio apartments in Outer Banks. Here's where you can kick back in your own digs and enjoy your next travel destination like a local:

  • "The Starry Banner Classic Yacht Docked In Historic Downtown Manteo Marina" in Historic Downtown Manteo fits plenty of enticing features into its single room space, including off-street parking options and a fridge.
  • Filled with character and with more privacy than a large hotel, "Beautiful Historic Private Retreat Couples Welcome" is another great pick. It's located in Cape Hatteras National Seashore and comes with a nearby marina and heating.

Can I find short term rentals in Outer Banks?

Short-term rentals come in all sizes, shapes and budgets in Outer Banks. Whether you're planning a family celebration or a few nights with some friends, Vrbo will help you find the ideal property. Here are some irresistible options:

  • "Where The Beach And Nature Collide" in Kitty Hawk is waiting to welcome you. Spend your time doing little else except chilling here or get active and explore. Wright Brothers National Memorial and Duck Boardwalk are among the top things to check out nearby.
  • Explore the best Historic Downtown Manteo has to offer from "The Starry Banner Classic Yacht Docked In Historic Downtown Manteo Marina". If you settle into this quality property, Nags Head Fishing Pier and Pirate's Cove Marina are sights to put on your itinerary.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Outer Banks?

A romantic weekend getaway in Outer Banks is sure to rekindle your passion. Light a fancy candle, grab your honey by the hand and let the sparks fly at one of these vacation rentals:

  • Catch up on cuddles and quality time at "Four Seasons, Top Amenities, Fully Stocked" in Kitty Hawk. Winery tours and a fireplace are some of the nice touches you'll find here.
  • Alternatively, plan an amorous weekend away at "Bright And Beachy 3 Bed/2 Bath Soundside Mp6". Located in Kill Devil Hills, it offers beauty services, a nearby bay and other bonuses.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Outer Banks?

If your idea of the perfect trip away is to bring along all your favorite people, you'll be needing a whole bunch of space. Luckily, there are many vacation rentals in Outer Banks that are suitable for large groups, starting with these sprawling pads:

  • "Four Seasons, Top Amenities, Fully Stocked": This popular vacation rental is an excellent choice for large groups planning to visit Kitty Hawk. It has 6 bedrooms and lots of great amenities, including a kitchen and a fireplace.
  • "Corolla Village Nc Obx Easywalk2 Beachpoolhottuboceanside": You'll get your team's stamp of approval at this Corolla Village option which comes with a kitchen, a garden and more. It has 6 bedrooms that will easily accommodate everyone you love.

Are there large vacation rentals that sleep 30 or more in Outer Banks?

Planning a getaway in Outer Banks with all your family and friends doesn't have to mean cramming everyone into one room. If you're searching for someplace comfy where you and your gang can spread out, one of these large vacation rentals might be the answer:

  • "New Beach House With Pool, Walk To Beaches + Bites": This property in Kill Devil Hills has 3 bedrooms and can comfortably sleep up to 100 people. As well as a generous amount of space, it comes with a kitchen and a garden.
  • "Semi - Oceanfront, Dog Friendly Home With Hot Tub": Everyone can join in the fun at this vacation rental in Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It has 4 bedrooms and can house up to 100 guests. Quality amenities here include an oven and games.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Outer Banks?

Get ready to take your pick and hop right in. Here are a couple of sought-after house rentals in Outer Banks where awesome memories are made at the pool:

  • The pool at "Ocean View, 5 Master Bedroom House" will add another layer of fun to your getaway. Located in Corolla, this vacation rental also features a barbecue grill and a kitchen island.
  • Jump out of bed and go for an early morning dip at "One Of A Kind Oceanfront Beach House With Million Dollar Views And A Hot Tub" in Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A video library and towels are other amenities on offer here.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in Outer Banks?

There's nothing like travel to bring your family together, but first, you need to find a space where magic moments can come to life. These family vacation rentals in Outer Banks come with plenty of room to stretch out and relax with your loved ones:

  • Located in Kitty Hawk, "Four Seasons, Top Amenities, Fully Stocked" has 6 bedrooms and sleeps up to 16 of your nearest and dearest. A couple of the conveniences here include a kitchen and a living room.
  • "Beautiful Lakefront Beach Property" in Cape Hatteras National Seashore is another top choice. You'll be able to invite up to 8 guests to this charming property which features 4 bedrooms, a dishwasher, coffee and tea making facilities and more.