The Best Town on the Outer Banks for Your Vacation

Welcome to the northern Outer Banks, where southern hospitality rules. We invite you on a quick tour of five of our favorite villages on the OBX. Let us show you the best towns on the Outer Banks for you and your family’s next great vacation.

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Buckle up. We are off on a blog adventure through a few of the best towns on the OBX.


First up on our tour is the town of Corolla. This is the northernmost town on the Outer Banks, located between Currituck Sound to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Families have been visiting this charming coastal village for decades. Drawn to the natural beauty, rich history, and modern amenities, it continues to beacon visitors year after year. The main attraction is the pristine, sandy beach that stretches for miles. Corolla is known for its serenity, featuring fewer crowds than other OBX towns. The area is most famous for its wild horses, which roam freely and are a majestic sight to behold. You can observe the wild horses from a distance or take a tour. With Paramount Perks, guests can enjoy a discount at Wild Horse Adventure Tours.

The towering iconic red-brick structure, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, is a must-see attraction. You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the story of the lighthouse and the panoramic views offered to those who wish to climb to the top. The Whalehead Club, a restored 1920s Art Nouveau-style mansion, provides a glimpse into the opulent past of the Outer Banks.

Corolla is the perfect location for outdoor activities. From kayaking and paddleboarding in the calm waters of the Currituck Sound to exploring nature trails and birdwatching in the Currituck Banks Reserve, there’s something for everyone. Climb to new heights at the Corolla Adventure Park or play a round of putt-putt at Corolla Adventure Golf. There are plenty of fun things to do and kid-friendly activities in Corolla.

Enjoy the best restaurants in Corolla, explore unique boutiques, and indulge in luxurious accommodations. This coastal oasis caters to all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, a vacation in Corolla promises a memorable and rejuvenating experience… all from the convenience of your vacation rental.


Next on our tour is the picturesque town of Duck, NC. Located just south of Corolla, it is celebrated for its charming atmosphere. Visitors can expect a delightful blend of beautiful beaches and a welcoming community vibe when vacationing in Duck.

Duck’s expansive, uncrowded beaches are perfect for fun in the sun, swimming, and beachcombing. The town’s sound-side Duck Boardwalk is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. You will find stunning views of Currituck Sound and a plethora of water activities like kayaking and paddleboarding.

The town is renowned for its boutique shopping and vibrant arts scene. There are many great restaurants, including many waterfront dining options. One of the most popular eateries is the famous Duck Donuts! The Duck Town Park features a playground, picnic areas, and a seasonal concert series, making it ideal for families. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the town’s extensive trail system, perfect for biking and hiking.

Cultural events and festivals are frequent in Duck, adding a lively artistic vibe. From jazz festivals to craft fairs, there’s always something happening to engage visitors.

Just a short drive from your Duck vacation rental, you will find an array of activities. This is an idyllic destination for relaxation, adventure, and an unforgettable experience.

Southern Shores

Continuing our journey south, we come to Southern Shores. This residential community is known for its peaceful ambiance and wide sandy beaches. Visitors to Southern Shores can expect a laid-back vacation experience, perfect for those looking to unwind and escape the crowds.

The town's beaches are expansive and less crowded, providing an ideal vacation setting. Its residential streets are lined with beautiful vacation homes and towering live oaks, perfect for long walks and bike rides.

Those who love the outdoors will appreciate the town’s network of walking and biking trails and access to the Currituck Sound for kayaking, paddleboarding, boating, and fishing. The town also offers several parks and recreation areas, perfect for picnics, sports, and family gatherings.

While Southern Shores offers a quieter atmosphere, it is close to Duck and Kitty Hawk, providing easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds – the serenity of Southern Shores and the activities of neighboring towns.

Southern Shores is perhaps one of the best towns on the Outer Banks for you to stay. It is the perfect destination for families, couples, and solo travelers seeking a peaceful and rejuvenating Outer Banks experience.

Kitty Hawk and Nags Head

Iconic Kitty Hawk and Nags Head are just a hop, skip, and a jump from Southern Shores. They are very close together, making it easy to access the attractions of each town. These neighboring towns provide vacationers with diverse experiences that are perfect for relaxation and exploration.

Kitty Hawk is famous because it is the site of the Wright brothers' first powered flight. Visitors can explore the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where the history of aviation comes alive. The town boasts beautiful beaches that are ideal for swimming, surfing, and fishing. Nature lovers will enjoy the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve, offering hiking, birdwatching, and kayaking through serene maritime forests and wetlands.

Nags Head is renowned for Jockey's Ridge State Park, home to the tallest sand dunes on the East Coast. This unique landscape offers a location for hang gliding, sandboarding, and kite flying. Nags Head’s beaches are wide and inviting, perfect for sunbathing, kiteboarding, and other water sports. The historic Nags Head Fishing Pier is a must-visit for anglers and sightseers alike.

Both towns offer a variety of dining options, from casual seafood shacks to fine dining, along with charming shops and galleries. Family-friendly attractions, such as First Flight Adventure Park or Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf & Putt-Putt, ensure there's something for everyone.

Vacationing in Kitty Hawk or Nags Head promises a memorable Outer Banks experience filled with historical landmarks, outdoor adventures, and relaxing beach days… minutes from your vacation rental. Book your perfect coastal getaway today!

As our adventure through the best towns on the Outer Banks for you comes to an end, there is one question left to ask. Which of these wonderful villages will play host to your next OBX vacation?