It's A Great Day At The Beach!

The Outer Banks has something to offer for everyone. From the pristine beaches to the plentiful local shops, restaurants and attractions to the vast selection of private Outer Banks Vacation Homes - it is no wonder why millions of families like yours drive many hours to the Outer Banks every year for their own little piece of heaven.

Where should you stay?

The Outer Banks is known for it's fabulous beach towns, to name a few: Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and many more further south! In order to choose the right town for you, you may want to learn a little about what each town has to offer.

Corolla View Vacation Homes in Corolla

Native Indian tribes used the barrier island for fishing and hunting grounds. When Europeans came to Corolla, it was known as Jones Hill. Named after the center of a flower, Corolla was also known as Whalehead or Currituck Beach. Today, Corolla is more then land for hunting and fishing; it is a prime resort area with water sports, golf, and many other activities. Mostly locally owned and operated, shop at the unique shopping centers of; TimBuck II Shopping Village, with water sports and go carts;Monteray Shores Shopping Plaza, with wall climb and movie theater; and Corolla Light Town Center, complete with a skate park. Take the time for a relaxing spa treatment at the Sanderling Spa, sure to enhance any vacation. To experience the natural and historic Corolla, The Currituck National Wildlife Refuge located on an Outer Banks barrier island. Many of the native animals can be seen wading through the marshes, or basking in the sun. Still in its original structure from 1875, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a little piece of history. The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education shares with visitors Currituck's coastal wildlife and traditions of fishing, hunting, and decoy making. It is conveniently located near the Lighthouse. While in the area, tour a Currituck landmark, the fully restored Whalehead Club. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, in Old Corolla Village, offers a museum and shop. Learn about the history of the majestic, 16th century Spanish mustangs that roam free in the grassy dunes of Corolla. Corolla is the ultimate vacation destination.

Duck View Vacation Homes in Duck

Named after the waterfowl that migrate though the area, Duck is a Northern Outer Banks paradise. With its four vibrant vegetative communities, Duck Town Park contains a maritime deciduous and evergreen forest, the willow swamp, and marshland. Complete with public sound access, the Town Park has a soundside boardwalk, trails of crushed bluestone, a playground, gazebo, and picnic area. They even thought of the family pet with a water fountain that has a dog friendly unit. There are summer events for everyone and an annual Jazz Festival in October. Town Park is a vacation within itself. Visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility for a fascinating tour. Research conducted at this facility has helped gain knowledge about nor'easters and hurricanes. There is a path through the town for biking, walking, or inline skating. The quant shops, art galleries, day spas, and fine sea side dinning are some of the unique features of Duck. As a consistent contender on the Travel Channel's America's Best Beaches, Duck is ideal for a family beach getaway.

Southern Shores View Vacation Homes in Southern Shores

The premiere residential community of Southern Shores is settled between the blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean to the Currituck Sound and Ginguite Creek.  Southern Shores offers quiet cul-de-sacs and inspiring landscaping.  The tranquil sandy beaches of Southern Shores are between Duck and Nags Head, so it is convenient for sight seeing. Shopping at the popular Duck Village shops and dining at restaurants are just round the corner.  For leisurely activities, take advantage of picnics by the sound or a park overlooking the beach.  For more sporty activities, explore the trails for biking or walking, tennis courts, and marinas.  There are golf courses just a short drive away.  Enjoy the aesthetic community of Southern Shores that will delight the senses and offer a number of amenities.

Kitty Hawk View Vacation Homes in Kitty Hawk

Chickahauk was the native Indian’s term for “goose hunting grounds” and some believe Kitty Hawk is derived from that very name.  With its 461-acre maritime forest reserve, Kitty Hawk features abundant assortment of native plant and animal life. Ocean Rescue, a division of the Fire Department,provides lifeguards and keeps the public informed on ocean safety so that visitors can enjoy the many public beaches. Kitty Hawk is a great option for golfers, with the Seascape Golf Course close by. In addition, there is plenty of shopping in the area at the unique beach shops and cuisine to please any food critic.  Kitty Hawk is an exceptional vacation choice.

Kill Devil Hills View Vacation Homes in Kill Devil Hills

The oldest township in the Outer Banks, Kill Devil Hills is the center of the Outer Banks.  The unique name comes from the band of rum found during the colonial period, from shipwrecks, said to be strong enough to “kill the devil”. Kill Devil Hill is the site of the Memorial Pylon, commemorating the flights of 1903, when Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the first plane.  The Wright Brothers National Memorial is located in this popular vacation spot, along with a wide variety of restaurants, shopping, ample public beach accesses, and night life.

Nags Head View Vacation Homes in Nags Head

Legend of Nags Head is one of piracy.  Mules were used to confuse passing ships.  After tying lanterns around the necks of “nags” or mules, pirates would lead the animals along the beach at dark to trick the off shore boats into believing that the lanterns were lights from passing ships.  This would cause the ships to run ashore, thus giving opportunity to loot and seize “booty” or treasures aboard the ship.  When visiting Coquina Beach, see bits and pieces of the Laura Barnes shipwreck, visible from the beach.  On a clear day you can see some of the shipwrecks from a plane, or snorkeling provides a closer look.  Get a different view of the ocean from one of the three piers in the area:  Nags Head Pier, Jeanette’s Pier (under reconstruction), and the Outer Banks Pier. 

Dolphins can be seen playing in the waves along with kayakers, windsurfers, and surfers.  Climb the largest sand dune on the East Coast at Jockeys Ridge or hang-glide over top to admire the ever changing dunes.  From the top of the dune, watch kites dance in the ocean’s breeze and admire the Roanoke Sound and Atlantic Ocean.  To learn more about the Ridge, visit the museum complete with exhibits.  The Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve provides acres of National Natural Landmark for many adventures.  There are two parks in the town, the Dare County Recreational Park (with a soccer field) and Town Park, for an afternoon picnic.  Both locations offer sheltered picnic areas. Rollerblade or bicycle along the wide path that runs along the road throughout Nags Head.  Along with the rich history and numerous activities, Nags Head has many restaurants to choose from and shops with trinkets and souvenirs in abundance.

South Nags Head View Homes in South Nags Head

To experience the exotic fish at the North Carolina Aquarium, the array of colors at the Elizabethan Gardens or the history learned at The Lost Colony, enjoy a stay in South Nags Head. The historic town of Manteo, on Roanoke Island, is just a short ride away and offers unique shops, local menu restaurants, and is home to many attractions.  There is also Festival Park, which is on the waterfront in Manteo. The versatile aspect of South Nags Head also offers the fishing and boating activities close by at Oregon Inlet and Pirates Cove marinas.  For a nature enthusiast, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Pea Island Wildlife Refuge are just a stones throw away.  The areas are perfect for hikes, bird watching, and combing the beach for seashells.  South Nags Head is a splendid choice for a vacation.





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