How to Choose Between Outer Banks and Virginia Beach

access the vacation guide, beach, waves, starfishThe Outer Banks vs. Virginia Beach. The ultimate debate. It’s crazy how two vacation destinations that are so close together can be so different! Each place has its own unique personality and entices people differently based on your personal preferences. Below, we’ll dive into what makes each beach destination special.

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Comparing the Best of Outer Banks and Virginia Beach for Your Getaway

It’s up to you! If you’re more of a laid back kind of person, who’s looking for a relaxing getaway for the whole family, an Outer Banks vacation is what you need! But, if you’d rather take a trip where there’s always a lot of action, VA Beach is the way to go. They have a large number of tourists as well as bars and entertainment, similar to Myrtle Beach. But, if you want to get away from it all, we highly recommend the Outer Banks.

The barrier islands of North Carolina are the best place to relax and unwind! The beaches are a lot less crowded, so you have space to breathe some fresh air, make sandcastles with the kids, and let go of all of your stress as you take in the gorgeous sights of the Atlantic Ocean!

Things to Do On the Outer Banks

Unique Outer Banks Activities

There are so many unique things to do across several charming and quirky towns on the Outer Banks. Some of our favorites include searching for a wild horse or driving on Corolla Beach. Feeling outdoorsy? Try kayaking, paddleboarding, jet skiing, or boating on the Currituck Sound! Or, if you’re a thrill-seeker, you should try hang gliding at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head! It’s home of the largest living sand dune on the East Coast!

Where to Eat on the Outer Banks

Being on the coast has its perks! The Outer Banks has a fantastic selection of local seafood restaurants. Indulge in delicious meals like a traditional seafood boil from Outer Banks Boil Company. Or, treat your sweet tooth to a sugar rush at Duck Donuts in its founding location, Duck, NC!

Where to Stay on the Outer Banks

exterior of salty bones vacation rental on outer banksIn comparison to Virginia Beach, which mainly offers hotels, the Outer Banks is home to a large variety of vacation homes by the beach! Paramount Destinations offers the best rentals on the Outer Banks, and has homes in Corolla, The Currituck Club, Southern Shores, and Duck! All of our vacation rentals are just a short drive or walk from the public beach and all of the best OBX attractions!

Make Salty Bones your home-away-from-home in Corolla! This gorgeous house is on a quiet cul-de-sac by Currituck Sound and only a half-mile from the beach! Your relaxing beach retreat awaits on the Outer Banks! Check our availability and start planning the best vacation ever!