The Best Hotels and Vacation Rentals to Book on the Outer Banks, North Carolina

Enjoy Ocean views at the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head, North Carolina
Enjoy Ocean views at the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head, North Carolina | Courtesy of Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront / Expedia
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7 September 2021

From family-friendly resorts to romantic boutiques, these hotels and holiday rentals will make sure you’re having a beach of a time on the Outer Banks. Book your stay now with Culture Trip.

For a sunny seaside getaway with bags of Southern charm, the Outer Banks are the place to go. The barrier islands in North Carolina have a decidedly different feel than the rest of the Tar Heel State – hundreds of miles of open beach, dozens of shipwreck diving sites and an islander’s pace will keep you entertained and at ease for days.

Roanoke Island Inn

Hotel, Inn, Boutique Hotel
5/5 (28 Reviews)
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Now from $257 per night
This near-two-century-old island home is as calm and welcoming as the sea breeze. Spend hours on the porch, kicking back (and forth) on a rocking chair, getting up only to grab a snack from the complimentary Innkeeper’s Pantry. Rent out your very own beach bungalow so you can soak your feet in the clawfoot tub after an afternoon spent meandering around the waterfront under the watchful eye of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.
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The Burrus House Inn Waterfront Suites

Hotel
4.8/5 (8 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $383 per night
Two-person showers, jetted spa tubs and a private deck – if that doesn’t fill you with a load of loved-up thoughts, how about flexible yoga classes, followed by champagne by the fire pits? Resistance to romance is futile at the Burrus House Inn. Couples whose passion is the outdoors can hire paddleboards, bikes and kayaks for a bonding day exploring the landscape beyond your bedroom door.
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Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Hotel
4.4/5 (934 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $115 per night
Right off of the Kitty Hawk Pier, Hilton Garden Inn insists that flip flops, sunglasses and swimsuits are all you’ll need during your stay. This oceanfront hotel features indoor and outdoor pools, an all-day restaurant and a sun-kissed sandy shoreline that you’ll never want to leave. Should you need to give your tan a break, shopping, dining and escape rooms are right across the street. Of course, you could always host your own “escape room” in your suite, allowing room service to keep you “trapped” with sips and snacks.
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Beachwoods by Diamond Resorts

Resort
4.1/5 (517 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $113 per night
Surrounded by 100 acres (40ha) of maritime forest, Beachwoods is a hidden resort that’ll have you reassessing the essentials of a coastal holiday. The private man-made lake here is primed for paddle boating and fishing. On a rainy day, the Lakeside Lodge is ready to fill the time between cloudbursts with arcade games and game tables. Looking out at the forest from your screened-in porch will feel so relaxing that you might never make it to the beach.
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  • Pierhouse Bed & Breakfast

    Bed and Breakfast
    3.8/5 (13 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $182 per night
    Anglers, this is the fishing trip you’ve been waiting for. Pierhouse Bed & Breakfast is within a rod’s reach of the Avalon Fishing Pier, giving you every excuse to spend all day casting lines in the water. Rent one of these vacation homes, and bring your pals along for a low-key weekend. Stoney Spencer’s Shrimp Shack and Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar keep things fresh, while the Something Fishy gift shop has a knick-knack to remind you of the one that got away.
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    Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Nags Head Oceanfront

    Hotel
    3.9/5 (880 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $75 per night
    Load up the family – including your four-legged friend – and spend your vacation splashing in the Atlantic Ocean at Ramada Plaza by Wyndham. The kids will love making wet footprints running from the beach to the indoor pool and back again. Encourage them to perfect their cannonballs so you can wring a few more minutes in the hot tub. Your pooch will love these OBX digs, too, especially when you let them run wild at Nags Head Dog Park.
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    Sea Scape Beach and Golf Villas by Capital Vacations

    Golf Hotel
    4.6/5 (32 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $67 per night
    Sea Scape Beach and Golf Villas have the difficult responsibility of keeping you both on and out of the sand. Along with a host of amenities such as a movie theater, games room, basketball court and three pools, it also has a beach to the east and an 18-hole course to the west. The trick is keeping your toes in the sand and your golf balls on the green. Up for the challenge? Sea Scape will make sure your vacation is a hole-in-one.
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    Saltaire Cottages

    Cottages
    4.5/5 (21 Reviews)
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    A private cottage with a private beach – need anything more for a perfect Outer Banks getaway? Saltaire Cottages are fully equipped with homey conveniences, including kitchens with all the cookware you need. You’re always welcome to tan at the community sundeck or pool, but Saltaire’s own stretch of shoreline across the street will likely wave you over first. Brew up a pot of coffee, and decide which swimsuit to wear as you sip on your breezy porch.
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    Planning to bring along a four-legged friend? Book into one of the best pet-friendly hotels on the Outer Banks instead. Looking further afield? Opt for one of the best hotels in the whole of North Carolina. Inspire your itinerary with our adventure traveler’s guide to the Old North State; for a quieter pace for your visit, don’t miss the best places for seeing fall foliage.

    These recommendations were updated on September 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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