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Made up of a 200-mile-long string of barrier islands that lie between the mainland and the Atlantic, the Outer Banks is a popular vacation destination with white powdery sands and subtropical temperatures. You’re unlikely to have to battle for a spot to toss down a blanket here. Plus, there are plenty of vacation rentals allowing you to enjoy your own private space – these options will let you bring your furry best friend along too.
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Set up on stilts right on the beach, this four-bedroom oceanfront home can accommodate as many as a dozen guests plus Fido or Fluffy too. Just a short drive away is the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. It includes a deck for relaxing while watching for the dolphins as well as taking in colorful sunrises and sunsets. The large open-concept living has a flat-screen TV and DVD player, while the master bedroom is a real treat, with a king-size bed and large master bath that has a Jacuzzi tub.
This bungalow for up to five (plus your pet of course), is so close to the ocean you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds of the waves while swaying in the hammock on the porch. Live like a local, enjoying the laid-back surf/beach lifestyle and plenty of amenities. It includes two beach cruiser bicycles, two foam-style surfboards, a private outdoor shower, a gas grill with propane supplied, and options to rent additional beach gear. While the space has managed to retain an original 1950s bungalow charm, it comes with all the modern amenities, including a full kitchen, washer/dryer, cable TV and Wi-Fi.
This treehouse-style log cabin sits on nearly 10 acres of land, providing fabulous tranquility and seclusion, surrounded by large oaks while sleeping as many as 15 guests in four bedrooms, perfect for a large group gathering. You’ll be about 10 miles from popular Wrightsville Beach while enjoying plenty of amenities right on the property – in fact, there’s a deep water slip right out front on the Northeast Cape Fear River and your host will even take you out on the water. Other highlights include a 1907 concert grand piano, a digital self-player with recording ability, and a large organic garden.
The Sunset Bungalow is located in North Duck at the sound front, providing panoramic views of the water and glorious sunsets. A studio space, it sleeps two plus your dog and comes with a free golf cart for accessing the day-use beach. You’ll have a private outdoor shower and access to a detached bathroom shared by the water sports business next door. It includes fast Wi-Fi, a Smart TV with Netflix and cable channels, and a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and drip coffeemaker.
Located right on the beach, this one-room bungalow accommodates up to four, overlooking the confluence of the North River and the Albermarle Sound. You’ll have your own private stretch of sand, while the Outer Banks beaches and attractions are only about 15 minutes away. From here, a short paddle (kayaks are included) will bring you to unspoiled shorelines with Cypress trees and long, undeveloped beaches. Enjoy cooking out on the charcoal grill and gathering around the outdoor fire pit – you and your four-legged friend will appreciate having a fenced-in yard too.
This three-bedroom oceanfront beach home sleeps up to seven, with a stay here providing ocean views from almost every room, including two of the bedrooms and the living room which includes a Smart TV. The kitchen is very well stocked, keeping in mind the location, complete with a shrimp deveiner, crab cracker, and large seafood/crab cooking pot, while the dining area leads to an oceanfront deck, perfect for sipping your morning coffee with a view.
This cottage offers the chance to stay in a slice of Outer Banks history, once used as the station keeper’s house for Kitty Hawk Life Saving Station #7, serving as the living quarters for the station keeper. Located right along the beach road with restaurants and bars within walking distance, it comes with an uninterrupted ocean view with the beach just across the street. You’ll have a fenced-in back yard for your dog, along with plenty of other relaxing outdoor spaces like a rooftop deck, front deck, and back deck, as well as a sun porch. There’s an outdoor shower and Weber BBQ grill too. Inside, enjoy beach decor, a full kitchen with a Keurig coffeemaker, and two flat-screen cable TVs.
This adorable pet-friendly one-bedroom apartment boasts gorgeous views of Kitty Hawk Bay just a short walk or bike ride from the ocean and the sound, with two beach cruiser bikes included. Restaurants, coffee houses and shops are easily reached with a quick pedal too. Plus, it comes with beach chairs, a kayak, and beach towels. The space is underneath the host’s home, but separate, and includes a TV with AppleTV, Netflix, and Hulu, along with access to an organic garden that guests are welcome to pick from.
This classic three-bedroom Hatteras island cottage offers historic charm, built nearly a century ago but renovated with modern amenities, including laundry facilities, Wi-Fi and both a/c and heating units in each room. It’s two miles from the ocean, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach and Cape Point, providing a quiet setting away from the crowds while still being fairly close to the sand.
Located at sound side, this studio space can sleep up to three with a king-size bed and sofa, within walking or cycling distance to the beach. It comes with two bikes, kayaks, SUP, beach chairs and an umbrella, while dogs welcome for an additional charge. You’ll have a Smart TV and a gas grill for cooking out, while the host is a former pro surfer and offers lessons with all equipment included for a small fee.
Accommodating up to eight guests in three bedrooms, the Snow’s Nest boasts the highest crow’s nest in the area, providing incredible views to relax with after a day at the beach which can be reached in about 15 minutes on foot. It’s ideal for a family vacation, with something to keep everyone entertained, including a PlayStation, Ping Pong, board games, and movies. Of course, you’ll have all the necessities like a full kitchen, plus a charcoal grill, an outdoor shower, and a washer/dryer too.
This beach cottage in Nags Head’s Gallery Row district is a block and half from access to two beaches and accommodates up to six in three bedrooms, plus your 30-pound or under dog. It includes lots of great amenities for spending time on the sand, including a beach court, beach toys, tents, chairs, and coolers, although you’ll want to bring your own beach towels. There’s a covered front porch with Adirondack chairs for relaxing with a view, along with indoor entertainment like a 40″ Smart TV with a DVD player and large DVD collection, games, and books. Laundry facilities and an outdoor shower are provided too.
If container homes have piqued your interest, here’s your chance to try one out while being just a short walk from the beach with public access right at the end of the street. It’s suitable for a couple or a family with a small child. While it is a version of “tiny living,” it has a spacious feel with a well-stocked kitchen that includes a coffeemaker, storage under the comfy bed with a Casper mattress, and a perfectly placed TV. Guests appreciate the quiet setting and outdoor shower ideal for rinsing off after a day on the sand.
Ideal for a trip with extended family and friends, this Nags Head beach house sleeps up to 12 in four bedrooms, located right at oceanfront on the sand. It includes fabulous indoor and outdoor living spaces, with a hot tub for soaking while enjoying the sounds of the waves. If you want a break from the saltwater, you’ll have access to a heated community pool too. You’ll have furnished decks to relax on, a spacious living and dining area with ocean views, and an updated kitchen too.
Accommodating up to 12 guests in four bedrooms, you’ll have plenty of room for the whole family and then some in this colorful home that’s surrounded by live oak trees, with six decks providing the perfect place to relax and enjoy some privacy. It includes a gas BBQ, private seasonal pool (available between early May and mid-October), a hot tub, and complimentary gear like adult beach bikes, beach chairs and boogie boards. Plus, it’s just a two-minute pedal to cafes, shops, a community boat launch and mini-golf. You can be at the beach in five minutes by bike or 10 minutes on foot, and access to a gym, tennis and basketball courts is included too.