Where to Stay on the Outer Banks to Be Close to the Action

There are so many unique towns on the Outer Banks. It can be difficult deciding where to stay on the Outer Banks. Luckily, we’ve put together a guide of some of the best things to do around different OBX neighborhoods. 

For a more extensive list, make sure to access our free Vacation Guide. We’ve included all of the best Outer Banks restaurants, attractions, outdoor recreation, entertainment, and shopping to help you put together the perfect vacation itinerary.


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Where to Stay on the Outer Banks

Nags Head

Nags Head, NC, is known for breathtaking coastal scenery. Here, you can admire the towering sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. It’s the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic Coast!

Hang glide over the dunes or try sandboarding on the majestic mountain of sand. Kitty Hawk Kites, near the visitor, can assist you as you take the leap!

Just North of Nags Head is Kill Devil Hills, where aviation history took flight! You have to add the Wright Brothers National Memorial to your OBX itinerary. That’s where the first flight happened more than a century ago!

Nags Head is also just across the sound from Manteo on Roanoke Island. Drive over the oldest Outer Banks bridge (the William B. Umstead Bridge) and visit the North Carolina Aquarium or The Lost Colony. These fun attractions are great ways to learn about the area!

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Where to Stay in Nags Head

Rest after adventurous days on the Outer Banks by relaxing poolside at our Tee-rific vacation rental in Nags Head!

Enjoy incredible views of the 12th Fairway of Nags Head Links Golf Course from multiple places around the house. You can also catch a great view of the sunset against the course when you relax on the sun deck!


Visit the eclectic Town of Duck, NC, and enjoy pristine beaches, forests, wetlands, and more. Explore the Currituck Sound by kayak, parasail, jet ski, or paddleboard. 

Outdoor adventurers and ocean lovers flock to Duck for its gorgeous backdrop to exciting watersports and activities.

It’s also the famous town that created the Duck Donuts franchise, so make sure to stop by the original donut shop!

exterior of yellow and blue vacation rentalWhere to Stay in Duck

Stay near the action at Jewel of the Isle in Duck. It’s also very close to the stunning Southern Shores! This is a dream home for families and large groups, as the brightly colored escape accommodates 20 of your closest friends and family!

Since there aren’t too many options for public access to the beach in Duck, you can enjoy the perk of being incredibly close to the Duck landing beach access while staying in this vacation home!


One of the most gorgeous areas of the Outer Banks is Corolla! If you’d like to see majestic wild horses on the beach, make the trip to Corolla. 

Take a wild horse tour or go horseback riding in this fantastic OBX destination. For a fascinating mustang experience, book one of the Corolla Horse Tours or head south to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Hatteras Island for more horseback riding options. Where else in the United States can you find wild horses on the beach?

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Where to Stay in Corolla

Paramount Destinations offers a wide variety of vacation rentals in Corolla. Rendezvous II is an amazing property near the beach! This towering beauty includes free passes to an oceanside parking lot. You can also enjoy all the amenities of the Villages at Ocean Hill, including access to the fitness center, two pools, and more!

Still not sure where to stay on the Outer Banks? Browse our full list of vacation homes, and find your dream home today!