When Is the Best Time to Visit the Outer Banks?

Known for their natural beauty and wide-open beaches, the Outer Banks are unlike any other travel destination in the world. If you are considering a trip to North Carolina’s barrier islands, it’s not a question of if you should go, but when! Read on to discover everything you need to know about the best time to visit the Outer Banks. Then, be sure to request our free Vacation Guide for more tips about shopping, dining, and local activities to enjoy during your stay.

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The Best Time to Visit the Outer Banks by Season


Winter is a perfect time to discover a quieter side of the Outer Banks when the rates are lower and there are fewer crowds. Temperatures range from 40 to 50 degrees from December through February. Like much of the Southeast, the weather is cool yet mild during this time of year. While many of the beach shops are closed for the season, this is the best time to go horseback riding or look for shells along the empty shoreline. Here are more ways to have fun in the Outer Banks this winter:


If you would like to take advantage of the great weather before tourist season officially begins, Spring is the best time to visit the Outer Banks. The weather in April is quite warm with temperatures reaching a balmy 70 degrees. Weather in May is even warmer, with an average temperature of 75 degrees. Enjoy a beautiful day outdoors, attend an annual event, or visit area attractions without all the long lines. Here are more ideas for your spring break trip to the beach:


With warm temperatures and endless outdoor activities, summer is one of the most popular seasons in the Outer Banks. The weather in June until August ranges between 70 and 85 degrees – perfect for the beach! From surfing and paddleboarding to swimming and sailing, there are plenty of ways to have fun out on the water. Parasail over the Atlantic, kayak to Monkey Island, or ride the waves on a thrilling jet ski adventure. Or, simply lounge on the beach and enjoy the fresh ocean breezes! Make sure to take advantage of our Paramount Perks program to enjoy discounts on many of the water activities. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the following summer activities and events:


Fall is an absolutely beautiful time to visit the Outer Banks. The traffic and large summer crowds have disappeared, the water is still warm, and the off-season rates can’t be beat! Temperatures from September through November range anywhere from 60 to 80 degrees, ideal for outdoor activities or a day at the beach. Another perk of visiting in fall is that many of the shops and restaurants are still open for business. Here are more fun things to do in the Outer Banks in autumn:

Enjoy the Outer Banks Year-Round With Paramount Destinations

Because there are so many activities to enjoy year-round, there really isn’t a “best” time to visit the Outer Banks. Each season has something special to offer, and it really depends on the type of experience you prefer! No matter what time of year you decide to visit, we guarantee that your stay with Paramount Destinations will be an unforgettable one. Our vacation rentals are located in Corolla, Duck, and Southern Shores. Whether you prefer a home with a private pool or a dog-friendly rental, we are sure to have the perfect property for your stay! So, what are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your Outer Banks getaway today. We can’t wait to welcome you!


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