Beach Time On The Outer Banks

The main Outer Banks attraction: The BEACH! There are so many fun and relaxing ways to enjoy your beach time on the Outer Banks, and we’ve outlined some of our favorite activities below.

Beach Time On The Outer Banks

Outer Banks beach day

The main Outer Banks attraction:

So much makes the Outer Banks special, but miles and miles of pristine coastline are what brings visitors back year after year. There are so many fun and relaxing ways to enjoy your beach time on the Outer Banks, and we’ve outlined some of our favorite activities below.

Reading a book on the beach.

Stretch out on a towel with a great book.

If you need some inspiration, we’ve reviewed several interesting Outer Banks-related books!

Seashell in the sand

Find a perfect seashell.

Several different shells can be found on our shores, and the best time to look is low tide. Our beachcombing guide will help you identify your treasures from the sea.

Go for a long beach run

Go for a long walk or beach run.

Hoping to fit in some exercise on vacation? Walking on sand is a workout! It can take more than twice the energy to walk or run on sand compared to hard surfaces. Plus, exercise with an ocean view isn’t so bad…

Outer Banks Sunrise

Catch the sunrise.

Set that alarm. We promise it’s worth it! Sunrises over the Atlantic are breathtaking. Plus, early mornings are one of the best times to spot pods of dolphins swimming parallel to the shoreline. (If you aren’t a morning person, sunset afterglows on the beach are truly beautiful too! Or you can catch the full sunset on the soundside. Check out our soundfront homes here.)

Go for a drive on the sand

Go for a drive on the sand.

Most Outer Banks towns allow off-roading on the beach during certain times of the year. It’s a ton of fun to pack a lunch, some beach gear, and take a four-wheel-drive vehicle out to find the perfect spot to spend the day. Learn more about each town’s rules and off-road vehicle safety.

Have a beach bonfire

Have a beach bonfire.

Few things are more relaxing than the sound of a crackling fire next to waves lapping the shore. Beach fires are only allowed in Nags Head and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Learn more about the regulations and required permits.

go fish

Go fish!

Surf fishing from the beach is a pastime enjoyed by all ages. Learn more about the required fishing license and all the other ways to fish on the Outer Banks.

Build a sand castle

Build a castle.

Sandcastles are a classic beach day activity. Add some friendly competition to the mix by having a sandcastle-building contest with others in your vacation group! You don’t have to stick to castles – your imagination is the limit.

Take in an Outer Banks surfing lesson

Take in a surfing lesson.

Surfing is a favorite local pastime, and there are great instructors on the Outer Banks ready to help you learn. No board? No problem – if the instructor doesn’t provide boards, they can be rented locally.

Give boogie boarding or skimboarding a try

Give boogie boarding or skimboarding a try!

Boogie boards (also known as bodyboards) are great for riding shore break waves back to shore. Skimboards are used to glide on the water’s surface closer to shore. Boogie boarding tends to be the easier of the two. Both types of boards can be rented or purchased locally.

Beach chair on the beach

Need more vacation inspiration?

Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest! We have several recent blog articles that may inspire your trip planning too.

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Enhanced COVID-19 Protocols

Enhanced Protocols for COVID-19

Our in-house Housekeeping Department will be taking extra precautions to properly sanitize the home prior to your arrival. We encourage you to continue following the CDC guidelines, including frequent hand-washing and sanitizing of high-touch areas.


We are adding to our already high cleaning standards, focusing additional attention on high-touch surfaces, including but not limited to: doorknobs, keyless entry pad, light switches, TV remotes, stair handrails, cabinet drawer pulls, appliance handles such as fridge, microwave, & oven, laundry machines, washer/dryer knobs, and thermostats. Cloth furniture will be misted with sanitizer. All hard surfaces, kitchens, and bathrooms will be thoroughly sanitized. Please note that throw pillows, decor items, board games, etc. may be removed from the home to cut down on items to be be sanitized between guests.

Check-In and Check-Out

In order to implement additional cleaning protocols, check-in time is now 5:00 p.m. However, you will be notified if your house is ready early. We will not be able to accommodate early check-in or late check-out requests.


Beds will be made with freshly laundered sheets and pillowcases. Pillows, mattress pads, and comforters will be misted with sanitizing product.

Sheets & Towels:

Our sheets and towels are cleaned at a commercial facility following the process below:

A.) Pre-Rinse and Soaking: This is achieved in the first module of the Continuous Batch Washer, later referred to as CBW. This water is a standing bath and is isolated from the rest of the CBW and is drained. The heaviest of soil is removed here.

B.) Conditioning and Washing: These are accomplished in the next four to five compartments. Proper water chemistry is achieved to remove and suspend solids. Counter flow or bath exchanges are used to separate the suspended soils from the cleaned products.

C.) Bleaching: Occurs immediately behind washing. This is accomplished with Sodium Hypochlorite and Hydrogen Peroxide at temperatures ranging from 150-160 F.

D.) Rinsing and pH Correction: The last step done in the cleanest of water to establish close to skin pH conditions.

E.) Drying/Ironing of all items are last steps of finishing process. During these processes, items are exposed to temperatures in excess of 350 F.

Pools and Spas

The Center for Disease Control states that “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.” All of our pool vendors are certified, and chemical checks are performed regularly.

Social Distancing:

Our field staff has been advised to adhere to social distancing protocols and maintain a 6 ft distance at all times. If you require housekeeping or maintenance services, our staff will likely be wearing protective wear such as masks and gloves, and will maintain six feet distance at all times for everyone’s safety. Many of the vendors Carolina Designs Realty works with are following the same practices as our in-house staff. We encourage you to sanitize after each visiting technician and vendor. Our offices will be closed to all non-employees, but we will be happy to assist you over the phone.

Community Amenities

Please note that community amenities such as pools and clubhouses that would usually be open during your stay may not be available or may have limited hours and occupancy due to their own increased protocols. These amenities are individually managed and their details are subject to change.

Multi-Week Stays

For the safety of both our guests and our staff, we do not perform mid-stay spruce cleans for multi-week stays. In lieu of a mid-stay clean, multi-week guests can contact to schedule a mid-stay drop-off of fresh linens, towels, and a new welcome package. For each drop-off, we ask that guests strip the sheets off the beds and gather any used towels for pickup by our staff.