Seeking a Deal on that Outer Banks Vacation Rental?
Dreaming of calling that “perfect” Outer Banks vacation rental “home” but can’t make the numbers meet? The prime time of year to get the best deal on that OBX vacation home is during shoulder-season. September to early May rates dip making that special property obtainable. For the deepest discount, look at winter for your Outer Banks escape.
The Outer Banks can be enjoyed year-round. It all depends on what kind of vacation you are seeking.
Months: Mid-December to Mid-March
Temps: Mid 30’s to Mid 40’s
Vacationing in Winter on the Outer Banks is a very peaceful time of year. The pace slows as well as the tourist traffic. Not many shops and restaurants are open, but you will still find a few local dining establishments and major grocery and home improvement stores open. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy an afternoon walk on the secluded beach, sip a mug of something warm, watch the sunset from your vacation property or partake in an annual event (holiday lights are beautiful).
Months: Mid-March to Mid-June
Temps: Mid 40’s to Low 80’s
Life begins to come back to the barrier islands this time of year. With the warmer weather comes flowers in bloom and migratory birds' arrival. Taking walks in area parks such as Wright Brothers Memorial, Nags Head Woods, Jockey’s Ridge Park and the Elizabethan Gardens are beautiful. Shops and restaurants begin to open for the season. This is a great time to try new dining options before the crowds arrive.
Months: Mid-June to Mid-September
Temps: Low 70’s to Mid-80’s
The traditional visit to the Outer Banks typically is during the summer months. This is the time of year that many wait all year for. Nothing beats spending lazy days on the beach with family and friends. The temperatures are warm as well in the Atlantic Ocean ranging from 74-80. All of the attractions, dining venues, and shops are in full swing.
Months: Mid-September to Mid-December
Temps: Low 50’s to High 70’s
The fall season is one of the best times to visit the Outer Banks. Many families with children are back to school reducing the crowds. The beaches are less full but still warm and welcoming. Many of the local establishments are still open as well. Fall is also festival season! Annual festivals include surfing contests, seafood festivals, and jazz and bluegrass music festivals.
The best time to explore the Outer Bank is between March and May or September and November when accommodation rates decrease and crowds disappear. Most North Carolina settlers and visitors come during the summer when humidity is high and the average temperature consistently hits higher than 80 degrees. The winter temperatures fall to the 40s and 50s. Please bear with us that during the off-season certain attractions, restaurants, and retail outlets might be closed or operated at shorter hours but the weather, rates, and lack of crowds make it worthwhile.
Depending on your OBX vacation vision you may look to stay in an area that suits those desires.
Most Relaxing Outer Banks Beach
If your ideal Outer Banks escape involves long walks on the beach and enjoying peaceful nature - head South. Once you get past Nags Head onto Hatteras Island the hustle and bustle of shops, restaurants, and rows of houses disappear. This area is full of untamed natural beauty and charm. There are seven villages that comprise Hatteras Island - Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village. Many visitors come to this island to fish, visit the lighthouses, drive 4x4 on the beach, bird watch and just slow down and reconnect.
Best OBX Beach for Kids
Looking for that family-fun-friendly Outer Banks vacation? Your best bet is to head to Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head. With a plethora of beach accesses and seasonal lifeguards, the beaches are convenient and family-friendly. There are many attractions besides the beach to enjoy as well! With adventure parks, miniature golf, escape rooms, laser tag, video arcades, bowling, and movie theaters there is plenty to occupy the whole lot. Need a break from cooking or a sweet treat? There are oodles of options for dining and ice cream shops just a few minutes from any area vacation rental.
Luxury OBX Areas
Seeking a peaceful setting with refined taste? Look no further than Duck and Corolla. Upscale vacation homes, amenity-loaded golf communities, luxurious day spas, and fine dining options are in store for you here. A picturesque place to take an evening stroll? The quaint town of Duck provides residents and visitors access to the Duck Boardwalk which beings at the southern end of the Village and runs .62 miles to the Waterfront Shops. The Waterfront Shops are a great place for unique finds, eateries, and entertainment.
Best OBX Historical Towns
Interested in immersing yourself in Outer Banks history? While there are historic landmarks scattered throughout the islands of the Outer Banks, the oldest establishment and mystery took place on the shores of Hatteras Island and Roanoke Island.
Hatteras Island has been occupied for more than 1,500 years, and as a result, is filled with historical sites. Historians estimate that the island’s earliest residents date back around 500 AD. They were sheltered from invaders, harsh winters, and shortages of food supplies due to being miles offshore. Hatteras Island was one of the first regions “discovered” by English explorers before heading north to Roanoke Island. Since then there have been many notable eras and events that occurred here.
On Roanoke Island in 1587, 117 English men, women, and children came ashore with the commission from Queen Elizabeth I to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. They vanished three years later. Located on the Island of Roanoke is the charming town of Manteo, established in 1899, named for an American Indian who was one of the members of the Croatans tribe. He and another Indian, Wanchese were "civilized" by the English during a trip to London in 1584 where they learned to become the liaisons between the Roanoke Colony settlers and the Indians.
Off the shores of Hatteras Island, accessed by ferry, is the island of Ocracoke famed for being frequented by Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard and also the place of his beheading in 1718. Today you can visit many of the scenic and historical sites to follow in the footsteps of the legendary pirates.
Best OBX Town for Water Sports
If fun on the water is your idea of the perfect Outer Banks vacation, we've compiled a few locations that may be of interest for your OBX vacation rental property. Heading north to the towns of Corolla and Duck, there are quite a few options to explore both the Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Located in Corolla, you can book a kayak tour of the Sound through Coastal Explorations. They also offer SUP tours, on-site rentals, and weekly rentals.
Heading a bit south to the town of Duck, you will find options for both excitement and relaxation. Corolla & Duck Parasail offers a parasailing experience you're sure to remember. Nor' Banks Sailing and Watersport offers sailing and catamaran cruises as well as waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard, and tubing trips. If you prefer to spend time on your own on the water, they also offer sailboat, SUP, jet ski, pontoon boat, and kayak rentals.
Looking to cast a line? Head down to Wanchese located on Roanoke Island and book a fishing charter with Outcast Fishing Charters. There are options for both sound and ocean fishing and can range from 2 hours to a full 8-hour day!
Into kiteboarding? Waves is the perfect Outer Banks destination! Located on Hatteras Island, home to the Triple S Invitational - the annual foremost free ride kiteboarding event in the world - you will find the perfect conditions at the Pamlico Sound. If you need to rent purchase equipment or would like to learn the art of kiteboarding while enjoying your Outer Banks vacation be sure to check out REAL Watersport. They offer lessons and camps, kiteboard, SUP, and surfboard rentals.
Traditionally a vacation on the Outer Banks consists of 7-day stays with check-in/out being Saturday or Sunday. The 7-day OBX vacation allows for amazing relaxation time with friends and family and the ability to really soak in all that the chain of barrier islands has to offer. Most vacation rental properties on the Outer Banks operate in this manner, but there is another option! KEES FlexStay™ gives you to choice of how long your Outer Banks vacation is and when you want to check-in and out. This is very helpful when you want to avoid the traffic onto the island from the mainland, hosting a special event, looking for an extended stay, or simply do not have the luxury of staying for 7 days.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
4x4 Beach Driving and Wild Horse Tour
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Jockeys Ridge State Park