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North Carolina is a popular beach vacation destination, with over 300 miles of coastline and countless gorgeous stretches of sand. Enjoy everything from water sports and exploring lighthouses to watching wildlife, dining on fresh local seafood, and simply lounging around, soaking up the sun. While there are plenty of hotels providing accommodation, beach house rentals can be ideal. They not only offer more conveniences, like a kitchen to cook some of your own meals but more privacy. And, if you’re traveling with a larger group, a lot more space than your standard hotel room.
This beach house is so close to the waves you can practically touch them – and, you can even fish right from the deck which includes lounge chairs and an outdoor shower. The home sits right on the sand and comes complete with private beach access via an exclusive walkway. It accommodates up to six guests in two bedrooms and comes with all the bells and whistles too, including a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and a 65″ HDTV with Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, HBO Max, and Disney+.
This Easter egg blue cottage is a beachfront rental on Oak Island, offering private access to the sand and breathtaking panoramic ocean views. If it looks familiar, that might be because it was featured in the 2021 Hallmark film, “One Summer.” Here you’ll be able to surf, sunbathe, or just dig your toes into the sand while relaxing with a good book. It accommodates up to seven guests in three bedrooms and includes many desirable amenities, from a full kitchen with both a drip coffeemaker and a Keurig coffee machine to laundry facilities and an HDTV with a DVD player, HBO Max, Netflix, Roku, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Disney.
A second-level unit at a beautiful beach house, this rental offers two bedrooms for up to six and comes with a deck where you can watch glorious sunrises and sunsets, as well as enjoy frequent dolphin sightings. You’ll be right on the beach, steps from shell collecting, swimming, and more. All of the essentials are included, from a full kitchen and washer/dryer to Wi-Fi and TV, with a shared grill available for cookouts.
One of the most unique beach houses in North Carolina, the Seaside Stargazer is a six-bedroom dome home on the oceanfront with its architecture allowing for stunning views of the waves and lots of natural light to brighten the space. Sleeping up to 16, you can bring the whole family and the cousins too. There are numerous impressive features, from private beach access to a fourth-story indoor crow’s nest with hammocks leading to a spacious deck. You’ll also have a private master bedroom balcony, providing vantage points for both sunrises and sunsets enjoyed inside and out. On the lower level deck, there’s even a hot tub where you can soak while enjoying the sounds of the waves.
“A Beach Inn Place” is an oceanfront rental with four bedrooms, sleeping up to 11 guests. During the peak season, it’s available on a weekly basis from Sunday to Sunday and comes with the beach right outside the back door. Every room on the beach side boasts a fabulous ocean view, including the spacious, open-concept living room on the top floor. It comes with a full kitchen that has a drip coffeemaker and Keurig coffee machine, a washer/dryer, and Smart TV. You’ll have a hot and cold outdoor shower to rinse off after a day of fun at the beach too. Bring your own beach towels and you’ll be set for an unforgettable time.
Sea Maiden West offers plenty of space for a large group, sleeping up to 12 in five bedrooms, all of which come with spectacular ocean views. There are multiple private decks for watching the colorful sunrises along with furnished outdoor spaces for unwinding with a soundtrack of the waves. You’ll be surrounded by magnificent ocean vistas from the moment you step inside while enjoying a recently remodeled kitchen, high-speed Wi-Fi, central a/c, surround sound, a washer/dryer, and more. It comes with an outdoor hot-and-cold shower too.
Risky Business offers an ideal location on southern Topsail Beach, accommodating up to eight guests in four bedrooms. You can bring your four-legged best friends, with two canine companions allowed too. All bedrooms come with access to oceanfront decks for enjoying awe-inspiring ocean views, and you can look forward to those vistas from the living, dining, and kitchen areas on the top floor too. You’ll be close to the downtown Topsail Beach area for shopping and dining when you don’t feel like cooking, and you’ll have satellite TV with a DVD player for indoor entertainment.
A colorful beach house steps from the sand, Larry’s Lazy Susan is a great spot to land for experiencing the sights and sounds of the Atlantic while being just a short drive from shops, restaurants, fishing, golfing, and more. It includes two oceanfront decks when you want to relax with a view. The host recommends starting your day by sipping your morning coffee from the oceanside deck while watching the shrimp boats just offshore dragging their nets while the birds enjoy a feast, feeding on the leftover shrimp and fish, and dolphins often trail behind. It includes HDTVs in the bedrooms and the great room with Dish satellite channels and you’ll have a DVD player for movie nights with a DVD library included too.
Wynd Swept is an oceanfront home nestled in a quiet, private neighborhood where the silence is interrupted only by the sounds of the surf. It accommodates up to 10 comfortably with three bedrooms, two of which are masters, and with many ocean-facing windows, you’ll enjoy stunning ocean views indoors or out. There’s an oceanfront deck off the master and living room ideal for sipping your morning coffee while watching the sunrise or evening wine while gazing out at the dolphins swimming by. The living room includes ROKU TV, and you’ll have a very well-stocked, high-end open-concept kitchen too.
Immerse yourself in the beach life from this four-bedroom townhouse for up to nine. Here you’ll be able to watch the sunrise over the ocean before enjoying a day on the sand, memorably concluded by falling peacefully to sleep by the sounds of the waves. The master bedroom includes a porch with an ocean view ideal for sipping your morning coffee, while access to the beach is within a three-minute walk away. The pier, local eateries, and a park with a playground, a disc golf course, and tennis and basketball courts are all just a short stroll away. Some of the other highlights include a 55″ HDTV with Roku and standard cable channels, a well-equipped kitchen, a washer/dryer, and a Ping Pong table.
A dog-friendly oceanfront home for up to eight guests, this beach house provides easy access to the sand with pristine beaches right out the back door. It offers many ways to relax, including a sundeck and a six-person hot tub where you can soak while enjoying the sounds of the wave. It includes four bedrooms, one of which is a master suite, an outdoor shower with hot-and-cold water, a full kitchen and gas grill for cookouts, and indoor entertainment, including five flat-screen Smart TVs, a home theater system, and Netflix for streaming movies. You’ll have laundry facilities too.
Just imagine being steps away from the beautiful white sands of a private beach. You can do just that by booking this two-bedroom beach house that accommodates up to four and includes many extra perks, like a wagon filled with beach chairs and two cruiser bikes for exploring. After a day at the beach, come back and enjoy a game of darts or cornhole. There’s a hammock for afternoon naps and a furnished deck for relaxing while the kids enjoy the water/sand table with toys. When you’re ready to head indoors, there are two TVs with HBO, Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and more. Plus, you’ll have a fully stocked kitchen with a coffee bar that includes syrups and K-cups.
A four-bedroom beach cottage for eight, “Beautiful Breeze” is an oceanfront rental that’s close to it all, including the Ocean Crest Pier. A great place to fish, you can rent a rod and buy bait here, as well as enjoy dining at Island Way Restaurant. The rental includes a full kitchen for making your own meals too, along with five ROKU SmartTVs, high-speed Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, board games, and books.
Rent this four-bedroom oceanfront home with a fun name from Saturday to Saturday and look forward to relaxing on your spacious deck among the fresh salty sea air and sunshine. You’ll find another deck with breathtaking views of the beach upstairs too. There’s a BBQ grill and a chef-worthy kitchen along with a family room that includes a big-screen TV and a fireplace. Guests have called it perfection, a “dream, inside and out.”
Moonshadow comes with your own private hot tub and sits right on the oceanfront in tranquil South Nags Head. It sleeps up to eight in four bedrooms and includes access to the Village Beach Club, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends during May and September. It includes an Olympic-sized pool, a kids’ pool, a tennis court, a full-service bar, and a cafe for light bites. While you’re here, enjoy all the comforts of home, from a full kitchen and washer/dryer to cable TV and Wi-Fi.