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.


Things to do near Outer Banks vacation rentals

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.


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.


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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Outer Banks, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,259 vacation rentals around Outer Banks. From 5,182 house rentals to 318 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Outer Banks?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Outer Banks. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Virginia Beach: 1,283 vacation rentals
  • Corolla: 2,384 vacation rentals
  • Nags Head: 2,226 vacation rentals
  • Duck: 2,377 vacation rentals
  • Sandbridge: 258 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Outer Banks! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Outer Banks?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Outer Banks:

  • Virginia Beach: 1,283 rentals
  • Corolla: 2,384 rentals
  • Nags Head: 2,226 rentals
  • Duck: 2,377 rentals
  • Kill Devil Hills: 2,514 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Outer Banks?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Outer Banks are:

  • Hatteras, NC (HNC): 1,232 vacation rentals
  • Manteo, NC (MEO-Dare County Regional): 2,664 vacation rentals
  • Elizabeth City Cgas Regional Airport (ECG): 24 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Outer Banks?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Outer Banks. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ocracoke Pony Pens: 521 rentals
  • Outer Banks Visitors Bureau: 2,411 rentals
  • Nags Head Fishing Pier: 2,847 rentals
  • Jennette's Pier: 2,420 rentals
  • Currituck Outer Banks Visitor's Center: 3,021 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Outer Banks listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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