Towns On The Outer Banks

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Towns Of The Outer Banks, NC

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina is one of the most unique places in the US. Stretching over 100 miles and bordered by water to the east and west, the OBX provides some of the best beach vacationing in the country. Plus, visitors can enjoy the unique culture of each town, from mellow Corolla to historical Nags Head. Whether you’re surfing, fishing, or simply relaxing with friends and family, you’re sure to find what they’re looking for here.
To help you explore what makes each area unique, we’ve made a handy guide to the towns along the Outer Banks.


CorollaCorolla, NC is best known for its large, sandy beaches, and is one of the most popular towns along the Outer Banks among beach-goers. One of the main draws of Corolla are the famous wild horses, descendants of Colonial Spanish Mustangs that now roam free along sections of the coast.
The overall pace of Corolla is relaxed, and with plenty of things for families and children to do. Enjoy excellent food, shopping, golfing, bike rentals and of course, relaxing on the beach. The town was mainly developed in the 1990’s through to the present, giving the architecture a modern and luxurious feel.

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DuckThe quaint village of Duck, NC has maintained much of the charm that has kept visitors returning since the 1970s. With many town-sponsored activities such as outdoor concerts and yoga, Duck caters to family vacations. It’s no surprise that this Outer Banks town was named one of the best beaches in America for families.
Duck is also home to some of the finest food and shopping that the Outer Banks has to offer, which are accessible by a meandering soundside boardwalk that lines the length of town. It is also host to the annual Duck Jazz Festival in October, as well as some of the best kayaking, biking, and fishing on the East Coast.

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Kitty Hawk

Kitty HawkOne of the main draws of Kitty Hawk, NC is its central location. Close to the main bridge that connects the Outer Banks to the mainland, Kitty Hawk is easily accessible and a short distance to grocery stores and shops. It is also home to beautiful beaches and historical attractions, and is a short drive to the location where the Wright Brothers took their historic first flight in 1903 (many don’t know this, but the famous first flight actually took place down the street in Kill Devil Hills!). After a day lounging on the beach, there are wonderful bars and restaurants to choose from that provide some of the best food and atmosphere on the Outer Banks.

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Nags Head

Nags Head Vacation RentalsThe relaxed pace of historic Nags Head, coupled with its 11 miles of oceanfront, makes it an ideal spot on the Outer Banks for a family beach vacation. Nags Head is also home to Oregon Inlet, where you can take one of the world-renowned offshore fishing charters to the Gulf Stream, an experience you’ll never forget.
Many of the Outer Banks best-known festivals are held in Nags Head, including the Outer Banks Seafood Festival held each October. Of course, even if you’re not visiting in October there is plenty to do, including visiting Bodie Island Lighthouse and Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the largest sand dune on the East Coast!

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Southern Shores

Southern shoresSouthern Shores is a small community nestled between Duck and Kitty Hawk. The location gives those visitors access to all the amenities of the neighboring towns, but generally with fewer people. Southern Shores is a perfect vacation spot for those wishing to truly get away from it all yet have easy access to shops, dining, and activities of the Outer Banks.
Unwind as you stroll along miles of quiet beaches, or take a bike ride along the multi-use path. Southern Shores is a perfect destination on the Outer Banks.

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Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil HillsKill Devil Hills, centrally located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is a popular vacation spot for the active family. In addition to traditional beach cottages with private ocean walkways, this stretch of beach on the Atlantic Ocean also offers public beach accesses, some with parking, bathhouses and special accessibility.
Lifeguards are stationed every half-mile for your family’s safety and convenience (seasonal).  A wide range of restaurants are within easy reach, along with surf shops, miniature golf, go carts, laser tag, a bowling alley, movie theater and grocery stores and of course, the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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Browse Outer Banks Vacation Rentals by Carolina Designs

Carolina Designs offers luxury vacation rentals on the Outer Banks, North Carolina with homes in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head.

Our Outer Banks Vacation Rentals

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For over 30 years Carolina Designs Realty & Vacation Rentals has delivered the highest quality in luxury Outer Banks vacation home rentals located in the towns of Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, North Carolina.

Carolina Designs Realty & Vacation Rentals is a family owned and operated business that has established a solid reputation with vacationers to the Outer Banks, through our years in operation on the OBX. Guests who reserve our vacation homes enjoy keyless entry, freshly made beds, towel sets in each bedroom, wifi, our signature welcome package and a dedicated staff whose only goal is to enhance your vacation experience.

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Vacation Rentals Southern Shores, Outer Banks, NC | Carolina Designs

Join us at Carolina Designs for your Southern Shores vacation rentals; nestled in a quiet community with beautiful beaches on the Outer Banks.

Vacation Rentals in Southern Shores, NC

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Enjoy a stay in our Southern Shores vacation rentals along tree-lined streets of a residential nature. Southern Shores rentals are found along a narrow stretch of land, approximately a mile wide, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound. This lovely and quiet community greets you as you approach the Outer Banks from the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge.

Located between the towns of Kitty Hawk and Duck, Southern Shores offers high elevation homes and views, in a peaceful setting. Many vacation houses in Southern Shores offer amenities such as private pools and hot tubs that are a great compliment to their signature great rooms, luxury furnishings, spacious master bedrooms, and theater or media rooms.
Oceanfront homes enjoy views of vast stretches of crystal clear water and surf rolling onto uncrowded beaches. Southern Shores is conveniently located near a wide range of shopping and dining experiences while at the same time in easy driving or biking distance to the quaint shops and restaurants of Duck.
Our Southern Shores rentals share neighborhoods that enjoy a mix of year-round and vacation homes in the wooded areas and a beach zone of houses that are in the dunes and very close to the ocean with parking. Southern Shores also has two children’s playgrounds, tennis and a soundfront beach. Streets are quiet and perfect for walking and biking.
Spend a week relaxing in one of our beach vacation homes in Southern Shores, NC and discover all of the wonders of this unique and popular town. Take some time to walk along paths lined with pine trees, dogwoods and live oaks, growing in abundance in Southern Shores, or take advantage of the easy access to private oceanside beaches. Spend glorious days with family and friends, on a vacation in Southern Shores, Outer Banks – one that no one in your group will ever forget!

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Vacation Rentals Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC | Carolina Designs

Carolina Designs offers luxurious Nags Head rentals with easy access to beaches and shops, Nags Head, NC is perfect for your Outer Banks beach vacation.

Vacation Rentals in Nags Head, NC

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Take the vacation of a lifetime in one of our luxury Nags Head rentals and find out why vacationers have been coming to this special place, known as the historic center of beach vacations for families, since the 1940s and 50s. Nags Head rentals are typically comprised of luxurious large oceanfront and semi-oceanfront homes, with multiple bedrooms, well-equipped kitchens, oversized great rooms, game rooms, theater rooms, elevators and private pools. Walkways provide convenient access to the beach, and for those off the ocean, there are many public beach access points with parking.

Guests staying in our Nags Head vacation homes enjoy proximity to Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the tallest natural sand dune system on the East Coast, covering 426 acres and offering hiking, nature trails, picnicking, a museum and visitor center. Vacationers who are staying in Nags Head vacation rentals experience more than the beach in a unique and diverse ecosystem at The Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, which offers 1400 acres of maritime forest, over 5 miles of trails, 50 species of birds and deciduous hardwoods hundreds of years old.
Guests to Nags Head can fish along the beach or one of three piers for a reasonable fee; Jeannette’s Pier was purchased by the state and has been completely renovated with an annex to the aquarium, wind turbines and interpretive displays about wildlife here. The town of Nags Head offers a variety of settings; South Nags Head vacation rentals enjoy being part of the gateway to Pea Island Reserve and National Park Service coastline; here, it is more remote and slightly further from grocery stores, shops and activities.
Vacation rentals further in northern Nags Head are within easy distance to miniature golf, go-carting, a brand-name outlet mall, a wide variety of restaurants ranging from casual and take-out to fine dining, and numerous specialty shops. Spend time taking an easy drive to historic Roanoke Island, the NC Aquarium, and the fishing village of Wanchese.
Experience first –hand a memorable stay at one our many fabulous vacation rentals located in the unforgettable town of Nags Head, NC in the most popular coastal vacation destination of the East Coast – the Outer Banks. Find out why families come back to their favorite Nags Head beach rentals, year after year!

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Vacation Rentals Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks, NC | Carolina Designs

Enjoy an Outer Banks vacation with Kill Devil Hills rentals. This happening town boasts beautiful beaches, great shopping, dining & fun family activities.

Vacation Rentals in Kill Devil Hills, NC

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Kill Devil Hills is a popular vacation spot with beautiful vacation rentals ideal for active families. Look through our select inventory of Kill Devil Hills rentals to find out why our houses top the list of choices for family groups coming to the area. Kill Devil Hills offers traditional beach cottages as well as large, luxurious oceanfront and semi-oceanfront homes with private pools and hot tubs.

Our Kill Devil Hills vacation homes are exquisite in design and include movie theaters, game rooms, expansive great rooms, kitchens stocked with state-of-the-art appliances, dune top decks, and easy walkways to the beach. Water sports are available on both the ocean and sound. Regardless of what vacation house you choose, beach access is usually steps away. This stretch of beach on the Atlantic Ocean offers several public access locations, some with parking, bathhouses and special accessibility. For convenience and safety, lifeguards are stationed every half-mile during the summer season. Kill Devil Hills oceanfront homes enjoy direct beach access.
Close to many parks, family and friends staying in our vacation rentals enjoy a network of bike and walking paths, a community skate park, playgrounds, as well as the excitement of go-carts, bowling, miniature golf, laser-tag, and the movies. Our guests staying at our Kill Devil Hill vacation rentals can also easily visit a treasured, historic national park, the Wright Brothers Memorial Monument. Housing a reproduction of the Wright Flyer, the first airplane flown in 1903 by Wilbur and Orville Wright, the memorial is a national historic attraction that celebrates the beginning of the age of aviation.
Kill Devil Hills is convenient to several grocery stores, shopping and a variety of dining options from finer restaurants to family fare. This wide range of restaurants and shops are within easy reach along the two main thoroughfares, the beach road or the “bypass,” which is also dotted with surf shops and colorful boutiques. Venture off the main roads to Colington Island, where fresh seafood is caught and sold and a narrow road takes you through the maritime forest towards the sound.
Experience for yourself why vacationers staying in Kill Devil Hills love renting in the heart of the Outer Banks!

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Vacation Rentals Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NC | Carolina Designs

Carolina Designs offers premier Kitty Hawk rentals in this historic town. With lots to do, this is the perfect location for a family beach vacation.

Outer Banks Rentals for Weddings & Special Events

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the United States – and for good reason. There’s nothing like saying “I do” next to the majesty of the ocean. Many of Carolina Designs Realty’s Special Event Homes provide the perfect setting for both weddings and receptions, with private walkways to the Atlantic, expansive great rooms, large dining tables, kitchens equipped for catering, and so much more.

Our Special Event Homes also welcome business conferences, retreats, and family reunions. Only select homes are part of the Special Event Program, with plenty of Carolina Designs Realty homes nearby for the rest of your guests. Please see our House Rules to review policies and fees involved when reserving an event home, and reach out to us at with any questions!

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Vacation Rentals Duck, Outer Banks, NC | Carolina Designs

Join Carolina Designs for premier Duck, NC vacation rentals on the Outer Banks. Enjoy excellent shopping, dining, and beautiful beaches.

Vacation Rentals in Duck, North Carolina

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Duck has more to offer than its calming coastline, and stunning soundfront. The town is home to several quaint neighborhoods, local shops, unbeatable restaurants, and offers a boardwalk experience that is like no other.

Whether you like to relax on the beach, go kayaking in the sound, savor a locally inspired meal, or shop ‘til you drop — Duck, North Carolina is your place. Family and friends alike can enjoy a wide range of activities during their vacation to this unique Outer Banks coastal village. Several of our Duck rentals offer waterfront views or are located along scenic streets that are only a short walk to the beach or sound. No matter which vacation home you choose, you are never more than a quick drive or bike ride from the local attractions. Find out why visitors of Duck, NC choose to return year after year. 

Vacation Rentals Corolla, Outer Banks, NC | Carolina Designs

Carolina Designs is proud to offer premier Corolla vacation rentals in beautiful Outer Banks, NC. From the beach to the pool, we have the place for you.

Vacation Rentals in Corolla, NC

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Find out why our Corolla, NC rentals are some of the most popular Outer Banks vacation homes on the beach. The main attraction in Corolla still remains the expansive, wide beaches of finely textured sand and clean rolling surf. From oceanfront to the sound, large and medium-size homes, we hope you enjoy the variety of Corolla vacation rentals that are managed by Carolina Designs Realty. With its quiet neighborhoods, shopping and historic sites Corolla, NC has become the perfect family vacation rental spot on the beach.

Corolla, also known as the “gold coast” of Currituck County, is situated on an expanse of Atlantic Ocean at the Northern end of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In the early 1900s, this area became a favorite of a handful of wealthy businessmen who built exclusive, private hunt clubs on large acres of Corolla beach and land. One of them, the Whalehead Club, located at Currituck Heritage Park, began as a private hunt club/mansion on the sound; restored in 1993, it is now a popular historical vacation attraction.
Another favorite with visitors is the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Built in 1875, it is the only natural red brick lighthouse on the East Coast and was constructed to provide a safe pathway for and warning of shallow waters to sailors entering what has long been known as “the Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Building on a history shaped by this unique landscape, today Corolla is widely known for its large, upscale vacation homes. Consider a stay in one of our Corolla, NC rentals—the estates come complete with private pools, hot tubs and luxurious amenities overlooking vast stretches of beach. Corolla has easy access to golf and tennis. Catch the latest release at the local movie theater, take surfing lessons, go on a kayak tour, rent jet skis, or take a guided beach tour in search of the wild horses of Corolla—herds of mustangs that roam freely in isolated areas and are descendants of wild Spanish mustangs brought to the area hundreds of years ago. For your shopping convenience, grocery stores, gift shops, surf shops, coffee shops, ice cream parlors and souvenir shops are found in several local shopping centers, including Monteray Plaza, Tim Buck II and Corolla Light Town Center—a quaint historic district near the lighthouse has been restored and provides a lovely location for a walking tour. Bring your family to the Outer Banks to enjoy everything that Corolla vacation rentals have to offer; your dream vacation may be just around the corner in one of Carolina Designs Realty’s beach rentals!

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