Are you looking for somewhere to escape it all, wind down, and chill out? Are you eager to steer clear of swarming beaches and tourist traps? If so, why not make the Outer Banks your next port of call? This narrow stretch of islands off the coast of North Carolina is an idyllic spot to soak up the sun, relax and enjoy stunning scenery.
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Where to stay
When it comes to booking accommodation in the Outer Banks, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Choose from budget motels and opulent hotels. Or hire a beach house. You may be surprised at the sheer number of beautiful Outer Banks vacation rentals. If you’re traveling in a group, it’s well worth considering condos and vacation homes. You’ll often find that splitting the cost works out much cheaper than booking individual hotel rooms.
The best places to stay include Corolla, Kitty Hawk, and Cape Hatteras.
When to visit
Summer is the busiest season, but this is essentially a year-round destination. During the spring and fall, you’ll get pleasant weather and deserted beaches. In the winter, temperatures fall, and you may find that some resorts and restaurants are closed. In the height of the summer, temperatures can reach well in excess of 80 degrees. If you don’t like the heat, wait until September. If you’re a sun worshipper, July and August vacations will suit you down to the ground.
What to do
A vacation in the Outer Banks offers something for everyone. You can easily spend two weeks catching rays and working your way through a library of holiday reads. Alternatively, you can get out and about and explore. Book a wild horse riding tour in Carova or charter a boat and go dolphin spotting. Try your hand at fishing or spend the day at Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Go shopping in Duck or visit historic Manteo. Dine under the stars or enjoy a refreshing sunset drink. Scuba dive around the shipwrecks or hit the greens with a golf lesson. The options are endless, and you can be as active or as lazy as you wish.
Look out for details of special events and festivals. Search online and see what’s coming up. You may find that you’re in town for one of the annual highlights, such as the 4th July Parade or the Wright Kite Festival.
Flying and renting a car is the best option for those visiting the Outer Banks. The nearest international airport is Norfolk, 82 miles away. Pick up a hire car at the airport and you can then navigate the rest of your trip by road. There is no public transport available on the stretch, so car rental is highly recommended.
Are you thinking of planning a beach vacation in the US? If so, you may automatically start researching Florida or California. But don’t limit your options before you’ve had chances to explore some lesser-known gems. The Outer Banks are a perfect choice for those looking for rest and relaxation. But they also offer all kinds of activities. Sail the seas, join a dolphin spotting tour, or learn to scuba dive. Pack your golf clubs, relax at a spa, or make the most of lazy beach days.