Planning a big vacation with your family and friends is a great way to bond, but sometimes it’s nice to get away with just your immediate crew. Contrary to what some travelers might think, OBX vacation rental homes still offer the ideal setup. Instead of finding a rental home that sleeps 12, choose a mid-sized house with three or four bedrooms. You’ll still enjoy benefits like space, privacy and a full kitchen, but you won’t have empty space you feel obligated to fill. For family vacation ideas to the Outer Banks, here are 8 homes that’ll help keep your party limited:
Located in the exclusive Avon neighborhood of Kinnakeet Shores, Mermaid Haven leaves no seashell unturned. The hand-laid stone tower gives it a lighthouse feel, while inside, a handcrafted wooden staircase leads up to an open living area, dining area and kitchen. Lounge on the sunny deck while the kids swim in the private pool, and take advantage of the elevator to stock the home with groceries. Have some family fun in the game room before turning in for the night. With five bedrooms, you can each have your own room (and your own bath too).
Located on the soundfront in family-friendly Brigand’s Bay, the three-bedroom Blue Crush offers access to some of the best kayaking waters on the island. You’ll find fish swimming and ducks paddling along just outside the back door – a sight the little ones will love. The home also boasts a hot tub and stunning views of the Pamlico Sound. Cook up a family dinner and dine over the memorable scene. Parents will enjoy the top floor master bedroom, which has its own, private waterfront deck.
Vincent Van Gogh to the Beach
Vincent Van Gogh himself would likely approve of a week in this bright and cheery four-bedroom beach cottage. Just 120 steps away from the beach, the OBX vacation rental has a bubbly hot tub that offers water views, a game room for some friendly family competition (winner gets to decide what to watch for movie night!), and expansive ocean and sound views from its elevated observation deck. Disconnect from your day-to-day and catch up with the ones who mean the most. Fill up some bowls with ice cream and find the constellations when it gets dark.
Located at the quiet northern end of Avon, this newly renovated, five-bedroom beach home adds a modern twist to the traditional beach style. Snuggle up with the kids and watch the waves roll in from the comfort of the living room, thanks to the floor to ceiling windows. Spend summer days soaking in the sunshine on the nearly empty beach, just a short walk from the house. When the little ones are done for the day, enjoy some time relaxing in the hot tub on the home’s covered oceanfront deck.
A Friday check-in at this four-bedroom beach home means no traffic for a weekend vacation in OBX! One of Corolla Bay's newest villas, Bailey’s Bungalow is an immaculate beach home. Decorated with a coastal theme throughout, it’s only a short stroll from the beach, and the home provides beach carts to make transporting your gear easy. Too windy for the beach? Hang back at home with the home’s private pool and hot tub, and grill up some hamburgers and hot dogs.
A Mermaid’s Tale
Located oceanside in the community of Monteray Shores, this four-bedroom beach house in OBX is close to shopping, grocery stores and area entertainment. It's only a short walk to the beach, and for those who don’t feel like leaving the rental, there is an oversized, private pool and a hot tub. Monteray Shores offers some great community amenities too like summer events and a clubhouse with a pool and tennis courts.
With sweeping ocean views, custom design features and a location right by the beach, this four-bedroom rental home in Corolla is fit for families. Inside, you’ll find cheerful furnishings, lively colors, whimsical décor and a fine attention to detail. Admire views of the Currituck Lighthouse, as you whip up a leisurely lunch together. Then spend some time out back by the pool or venture out together for a round of mini golf or a bike ride.
An Ocean State of Mind
Aptly named, this four-bedroom beach house near the Outer Banks sits only 75 yards from the beach walkway and is decked out with a nautical theme. It’s the ideal place to relax and reconnect with your family. Recent remodeling includes new hickory hardwood and Italian porcelain tile floors, new kitchen appliances, a foosball table, new TVs and more. There’s an outside kitchen too and a private pool and hot tub. A portable crib and a high chair make it easy to cater to your littlest one.