Your Guide to the Best First Day of Vacation on the Outer Banks

The anticipation of your first day of vacation at a beachside rental on the Outer Banks is exhilarating. The sun-kissed shores, rolling waves, and endless possibilities await you.

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To ensure your vacation starts on the perfect note, we’ve handcrafted this guide to help you make the most of your initial day in our coastal paradise. From seamless check-in to beach sunsets, we’re here to make sure your first day sets the tone for a relaxing and memorable vacation with Paramount Destinations.

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Seamless Check-In:

As you drive up to your vacation rental, excitement bubbles up – you’re finally here! Yay!! With advanced technology and communication from the team at Paramount Destinations, check-in is a breeze. Forget waiting in long lines; your vacation starts the moment you arrive. Unlock the door to your home away from home and step into your dream vacation.

Settling Into Your Home:

Take a moment to explore your vacation abode. Drop your bags and wander through the rooms, imagining the laughs, stories, and memories that will fill these spaces. This is your sanctuary for the coming days – make it your own.

Pick Your Dream Room:

When it’s time to rest, indulge in the delightful process of picking your room. Each room in your vacation rental carries its own charm, view, and comfort. It’s like choosing your own personal haven within the haven.

first day of vacation shopping list

Dive into Amenities:

Unwind with a splash in the pool, relax in the hot tub, or let your kids enjoy the game room – your vacation rental is designed for relaxation and fun. Take advantage of the amenities right at your doorstep to make every moment count. Be sure to also take stoke of the well-equipped kitchen to make meal-planning and shopping a breeze.

Essential Store Buys:

Before you retire for the night, make a quick trip to a nearby store to grab a few essentials. Pick up some snacks, beverages, and any items you might need for the coming days. This ensures you have everything you need to make your stay as comfortable as possible. If you have time, you may want to stock up on all your groceries for the week. There is Food Lion or a Harris Teeter within a few miles drive of most our Outer Banks vacation rentals.

Local Takeout or Dine-in Delights:

You’re on vacation, so why not let someone else handle the cooking on your first day of vacation? The Outer Banks boasts a vibrant food scene, and local restaurants are ready to serve up mouthwatering dishes. Indulge in fresh seafood, savory barbecue, or beachside bites – your taste buds are in for a treat.

beach sunrise

Nearby Attractions:

Venture out and explore the local attractions during your first vacation day. Visit historic sites, discover charming boutiques, or embark on a family-friendly adventure. The Outer Banks has something for everyone, ensuring your vacation is filled with both relaxation and excitement.

Beach Sunset and Sunrise Spots:

As the day winds down, make your way to the beach – THE MAIN ATTRACTION – for an unforgettable sunset. The soft hues painting the sky and the tranquil sound of the waves create an enchanting ambiance. And if you’re an early riser, the sunrise over the Atlantic is a mesmerizing sight that’s well worth the early wake-up call on the second day of vacation.


Your first day of vacation on the Outer Banks is a canvas of possibilities waiting to be painted with cherished moments. From the seamless check-in to settling into your rental home, indulging in local cuisine to witnessing breathtaking sunsets, every detail contributes to crafting an unforgettable experience. So, immerse yourself in the magic of this coastal paradise and let the adventure begin!