Destination guide

Buxton is a beguiling seaside getaway

Running along the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks is a chain of blissfully unspoilt barrier islands, which entices visitors from far and wide with a winning combination of expansive sandy beaches, world-class water sports, and a tranquil pace of life. Buxton is the bustling epicenter of Hatteras Island, and an ideal base from which to explore the Banks. There's an abundance of alluring Buxton vacation rentals to choose from, many of which boast enviable waterfront locations. Find yourself a home-away-from-home to suit your needs, and look forward to lazy days filled with sunshine, sand and surf.

Things to do

Immersive museums and a legendary lighthouse

Within easy reach of your Buxton vacation rental, you'll find an abundance of awesome attractions. The local skyline is dominated by the distinctive, black-and-white candy-striped Hatteras Island Lighthouse. Visitors can climb over 200 feet to the top, for breath-taking panoramic views. A short drive across the island, the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum offers a fascinating dive into the region's maritime history, with an abundance of Civil War relics on display, and thrilling exhibits about shipwrecks and pirates, guaranteed to enthral young and old alike. Nearby the Frisco Native American Museum houses thousands of beautifully preserved local and national cultural artifacts.


World-class water sports and heavenly hikes

Buxton's breezy seafront and crashing waves offer optimum conditions for adrenalin-pumping sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding. Nearby Old Lighthouse Beach is a hotspot for novice body boarders and expert surfers alike, and surf fishing is another extremely popular local pastime. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on dry land, the town is surrounded by spectacular hiking trails, many of which pass through the dense, lush Buxton Woods. If you need a break from the sun, Hatteras Island is also a shopper's paradise, with all manner of chic fashion boutiques, hip surf shops, and artisan food stores to peruse.


Long, hot summers in Buxton

Buxton enjoys a subtropical climate. Summers are long, hot and sunny, with the occasional downpour to alleviate humidity. As you might expect, Buxton vacation rentals are in particularly high demand between June and August, so early booking is a good idea if you're planning a peak season break. It's also worth bearing in mind that North Carolina is sometimes affected by hurricanes and tropical storms. The shoulder months of May and September offer pleasantly warm temperatures, and fewer out-of-towners, so these are great times to visit. Winters are short and mild, with night-time lows generally comfortably above freezing.

Natural features

Sea turtles and beautiful birds in Buxton

Buxton is surrounded by a thrillingly diverse ecosystem. Take a leisurely stroll out of town and you may encounter undulating sand dunes, verdant forests, and saltwater marshes. In the warmer months, you might be lucky enough to spot majestic sea turtles sunning themselves on the shore, whilst adorable seals often show up on the beach during winter, to take momentary respite from the cool ocean. Birdwatchers should keep an eye out for nesting water birds like gull-billed terns and black skimmers, and shorebirds like the American oystercatcher.

How many vacation rentals are available around Buxton, NC?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,016 vacation rentals around Buxton. From 793 house rentals to 78 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a water-view property in Buxton?

The soothing sounds, the undeniable sense of serenity, the gorgeous views... is there anything more relaxing than being beside the water? Vrbo has 613 vacation rentals with waterfront views in this destination. Of course, that might not work for the whole group. Luckily, Vrbo has a bunch of other options, including:

  • 502 seaside vacation rentals.
  • 452 ocean-view vacation rentals.
  • 383 waterfront vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Buxton?

If you want to have an authentic local experience and love having lots of space to spread out, renting a whole house is the way to go. There are 903 options available on Vrbo. Prices start from $83 per night. If that doesn't agree with your group's taste, we have a range of different property types to select from, such as:

  • Condo: 110 vacation homes. Prices start from $99 per night.
  • Cottage: 75 vacation homes. Prices start from $110 per night.
  • Townhome: 22 vacation homes. Prices start from $228 per night.

Can I stay in Buxton in a large group?

It can be tricky finding the time to catch up with your family and close friends. A vacation is a great way to get together. If you were hoping to stay under the same roof, Vrbo has options for you. Presently, house vacation homes are popular for big groups of visitors here, and we have 239 listed on our database. In and around the area, the rental options that can house bigger groups include:

  • Searching for vacation homes that can sleep 8 people? We have 264 that will suit. Prices begin from just $103 per night.
  • If you've got 6 in your group, you'll be happy to discover that there are 179 vacation homes that are suitable. The starting price is $114 per night.
  • Hunting down vacation rentals catering to 10 people? You'll be thrilled to learn we have 162 that'll be perfect. You can score one from just $160 per night.

So don't fear! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your uncle, your sister and all your pals to Buxton.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Buxton?

Vrbo has a wide range of terrific cost-effective rentals. Treat everyone to a fancy night out or hang around a bit longer with all the moolah you have left over. Brigands' Bay is a great area to take a look at if you want to keep an eye on your budget. Vrbo has 41 rentals, and the average price is a modest $274 per night. Another 45 Vrbo rentals are on offer in or around Indiantown Shores. With an average price of $278 a night, you're sure to grab a deal worth boasting about.