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The Outer Banks is a chain of long but narrow barrier islands that lie off the coast of North Carolina. They’re home to beautiful beaches and sandy dunes, picturesque lighthouses and opportunities for a long list of recreational activities on land and in the water. In some areas, you can even see wild horses. If you’d like to enjoy some time relaxing and playing here, these VRBOs are especially ideal.
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This oceanfront estate-sized home accommodates up to 32 guests in 12 bedrooms, perhaps ideal for that family reunion. No matter what size your group you’re sure to appreciate the many luxuries while, as your host states, enjoying “gracious living reminiscent of antebellum Carolina subtly enhanced by 21st century.” It offers gorgeous views of the Atlantic and the Wright Brothers Memorial, a large outdoor pool for relaxing while sipping your favorite cocktail and endless perks inside, from billiards to a home theater, video games and four fireplaces.
This two-bedroom ocean view condo accommodates up to seven and offers an idyllic location close to the Wright Brother’s National Memorial and award-winning restaurants. A day trip to see the wild Spanish Mustang horses is only about a 45-minute drive away and when you return you’ll be able to enjoy your own direct beach access as well as swimming in the outdoor pool with a view. The condo includes two flat-screen cable TVs, Wi-Fi and a well-equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances.
The Blue Moon has just about everything you could imagine and then some, including unobstructed views of the ocean – it’s so close, you can let the waves lull you to sleep. In the morning, sip your coffee and you waqtch for dolphins It incudes a large private pool and hot tub, outdoor shower with hot and cold water, an outdoor private bathroom and Tiki Bar. You’ll also enjoy the 1950s style Retro Game Room with a pool table, commercial pinball machine, wet bar/kitchenette, full size refrigerator and more. It contains 8,200 square feet of space, sleeping up to two dozen guests in seven bedrooms.
This four-bedroom oceanfront home sleeps up to eight and provides direct access to miles and miles of powdery beach. You’ll be able to wake up and watch the sunrise, as well as the dolphins that frequently pass by from the first and second level decks. It has a large floor plan, lots of windows to showcase those views and all the comforts of home.
This charming sea blue cottage offers lots of historic charm and character, built in 1953, but everything inside has been updated in a fun sea-theme nod to mermaids and other sea creatures. It’s just steps to the ocean and within short walking distance from the pier, restaurants, shops, bars and more. You’ll have a front porch and back deck to relax on, an outdoor shower with hot and cold water, and an alfresco dining area. A fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi and cable TV are all included too.
This luxury three-bedroom penthouse unit provides picturesque views of the Atlantic and the Wright Brothers Memorial in the heart of Kill Devil Hills. It has a fabulous tropical island feel along with a spacious kitchen and living space. The deck is furnished for dining with a salty sea breeze and a classic hammock where you can sway to the sounds of the waves while relaxing with a good book. Just a few of the other highlights include a 42″ flat-screen TV and a whirlpool tub in the master bedroom.
This oceanfront home is truly that, with no dunes to interrupt your ocean view – and you can enjoy them from all four floors. It includes three oceanfront decks, ideal for dolphin and sunset watching. It even has an elevator under the home adjacent to the parking area making it easy to bring up your luggage and groceries. You’ll have all the luxuries from a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities to flat-screen TVs with Blu-ray players.
This beachfront two-bedroom condo for up to six offers direct beach access and spectacular ocean views from your own private balcony. Located near Jennette’s Pier and several ‘Best of the Beach’ award-winning restaurants, you’ll enjoy all the comforts of home like a fully equipped kitchen, a dining table for six plus two stools at a breakfast bar. Both bedrooms have their own bathrooms, and in the living room you’ll have a flat-screen HDTV – there’s another one in the master bedroom. It includes Wi-Fi and access to two outdoor pools as well.
Set up on stilts right on the beach, this oceanfront home accommodates a dozen guests in four bedrooms and includes a deck for watching the dolphins along with colorful sunrises and sunsets. Just a few of the highlights include a large living open area ideal for entertaining with a flat-screen TV and DVD player (there are multiple TVs throughout), while the master bedroom has a king bed with a large bathroom that includes a jacuzzi tub. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum are all just a short drive away.
You’ll be just 100 feet from some of the most pristine, soft white sands in Nags Head by booking this four-bedroom home. It comes with vintage Outer Banks memorabilia, plenty of peace and quiet, and a beautiful Atlantic Ocean view. It even includes a pond with turtles and fish that you can feed. Recently added are a pool and hot tub, and you’ll also have Playstation 2 with games, a 40” flat-screen TV with DVD player, board games and a video library. It also comes with an impressive very well-stocked chef’s kitchen.
This three-bedroom oceanfront beach home for up to seven is located by the Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills. It has an open floor plan with ocean views from nearly every room, including the living room and two bedrooms, while the fully stocked kitchen (including a crockpot, seafood cooking pot, shrimp deveiner, and crab cracker) and dining area lead to an oceanfront deck. There’s a Smart TV in the living room, and a washer/dryer too.
This house truly has it all – it sits at the oceanfront on Cape Hatteras Island and comes with its own private lazy river, hot tub and outdoor water and play area. Right in the middle of the lazy river is a working replica of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. You won’t find anything else like it in the area. There’s also a fire pit to gather around and sand volleyball. Just a few of the perks inside include a game room with a pool table and wet bar, fireplace and new custom kitchen.
This cozy studio space sleeps three, with Cape Hatteras right at its doorstep. It includes a rooftop deck where you can enjoy incredible stargazing after a day enjoying the beach and watching dolphins frolic in the surf. It sits on stilts and includes a full kitchen, charcoal grills and picnic tables, beach chairs and umbrellas, and two boogie boards.
If you’re hoping to see the wild horses, this house is in Carova Beach where the roads are sand and the animals might even be there to greet you. It sleeps up to eight in three bedrooms and provides direct access to the beach from a gazebo. At the end of every day, you can look forward to soaking in the hot tub while gazing up at the brilliant night’s sky.
This five-bedroom home accommodates 14 and is less than a block from the beach. It has a private outdoor pool, hot tub and two private outdoor showers, with the pool deck surrounded by large pine trees providing plenty of privacy. The house itself has a full kitchen with everything you need to make your own meals, a dishwasher, a high-efficiency washer and dryer set, fast Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and even professional Warrior brand table soccer.