1 . The Winds Resort Beach Club

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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Swaying palms, banana trees, hibiscus blossoms, soft sand beaches. Not what you expect to find at a North Carolina resort. But our No. 1 pick isn’t your average beach resort, which is precisely why it graces the top of our list. The Winds Resort Beach Club gives your vacation a touch of the tropics.

The Winds Resort always keeps you within view of the sparkling ocean. Whether you stay in a convenient guestrooms or a private, six-bedroom cottage, you’ll always feel the island vibe. Each room offers nautical-inspired luxury. Best of all – The Winds Resort isn’t a high rise at its maximum guest capacity; rather, it gives you a personal, intimate beach vacation and lets the natural beauty of Ocean Isle – warm beaches, rolling waves, coastal breeze – take the spotlight. If you’re tired of the ocean, you can choose to swim in any of three pools, including one stunning oceanfront pool with a Tiki Bar. Wander the beautiful, artistic grounds. Sink into a hammock, listening to the rustling palms above you. This resort is an entirely unique experience – a tropical paradise in North Carolina.

Highlights

When you stay at The Winds Resort, you'll receive a complimentary hot Southern-style buffet breakfast each morning!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Winds Resort Beach Club offers surf lessons on the stretch of beach right in front of the resort.

Address

The Winds Resort Beach Club 310 East 1st Street Ocean Isle Beach NC 28469

2 . Ocean Isle Inn

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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Our No. 2 pick lets you embrace the island attitude: Lean back in your lounge chair, sink your toes in the sand, let the sun warm your skin, listen to the waves roll onto the shore. Ocean Isle Inn provides hassle-free North Carolina beach vacations.

Wake up to a complimentary breakfast at the inn’s seaside garden. Once the sun warms the sand, it’s merely steps to the seven-mile stretch of beach. Or, relax at the oceanfront swimming pool. Ocean Isle Inn is perfect for families, offering a variety of kid-friendly activities nearby – mini-golf, arcades and more! The accommodations at Ocean Isle add a Polynesian flair to your vacation. Each room features hand-crafted teakwood furniture, Spanish tiled floors and unique artwork. Plus, private balconies give you spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean! Spend the afternoon exploring the historic riverfront town of Wilmington, just a short drive away. Or, if you need new beaches to explore, Myrtle Beach is nearby! For a beach vacation with a South Pacific twist, stay at Ocean Isle Inn!

Related Onsite Offerings

Ocean Isle Inn offers a golf package so that you can take advantage of over 100 courses in the Myrtle Beach area!

Average temperature

Average water temperatures at Ocean Isle are 79-80 degrees, June through August.

Address

Ocean Isle Inn 37 W First St Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

3 . Sea Trail Resort

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

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Our No. 3 pick is just one mile away from Sunset Beach, voted the #1 beach in North Carolina by Duke University. Sea Trail Resort offers a variety of quiet villa-style suites and condos, perfect for your next NC beach vacation.

Located between historic Wilmington, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC, Sea Trail Resort features an outdoor swimming pool with Tiki Bar, a state-of-the-art spa, and three spectacular golf courses, which earned Sea Trail Resort placement in Golf World’s “Top 50 Golf Resorts.” Sea Trail also offers bike rentals and guided horseback riding so you can explore miles of North Carolina shoreline. The varied villa accommodations are spread throughout the resort’s natural surroundings, giving you views ranging from lush fairways to peaceful lakes. Each charming villa features a full kitchen, spacious living room and dining areas and elegant décor. Plus, the resort offers two onsite dining options – Magnolia’s Lounge and Brassie’s Pub. Sea Trail Resort combines convenient access to bustling Sunset Beach with the secluded ambience of their luxury villa-style accommodations to create a one-of-a-kind North Carolina vacation. Ask about their summer golf specials!

Address

Sea Trail 211 Clubhouse Rd Sunset Beach, North Carolina 28468

Average temperature

74 degrees

Highlights

Sea Trail Resort offers a spa package and a golf package to help make your next SC vacation affordable and hassle-free!

4 . Ramada Plaza Nags Head

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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The Ramada Plaza Nags Head easily grabs the No. 4 spot on our list. Between its central location right on the beach in Kill Devil Hills and its tastefully decorated rooms with breathtaking views- it’s no surprise that this hotel is one of our Outer Banks favorites!

When you arrive at Ramada Plaza Nags Head, you’ll probably wonder what you should do first. The possibilities are endless. You could choose to unpack and spend the rest of your day relaxing in your comfortable beach-style guestroom or on your private balcony. But having such an amazing view will undoubtedly make you want to venture from your room down to the beach so you can stick your toes in the white sand and blue surf. Grab a beach chair and an umbrella and pick a spot to call your own for the rest of the day. After you’ve had your fill of the beach, plan a wonderful day trip to one of the nearby attractions. The Wright Brothers First Flight Monument and Bodie Island lighthouse are just a few of the things in the area. Perhaps the best part about the Ramada Plaza Nags Head is the fact that you don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy yourself. You can always lounge on the expansive sundeck or in the indoor heated pool and jacuzzi. Looking for some live entertainment? Stop by Peppercorns, the hotel’s full service restaurant. No matter how you decide to spend your vacation to the Outer Banks, the Ramada Plaza Nags Head will provide you with an ideal stay!

Address

1701 South Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Highlights

Take a trip to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It’s the tallest in the US and was recently relocated back to the beach!

Related Onsite Offerings

The hotel offers 3,643 square feet of meeting space for those looking to host a meeting, presentation, retreat, or any other corporate event.

5 . Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

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We think you’ll find our No. 5 choice to be a spectacular and awe-inspiring Outer Banks hotel. At the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk you can walk out the front door and be on the beach, and that's something worth getting excited about.

When you stay at any Hilton hotel, you expect the best– the best rooms, the best amenities, and the best location. Well the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk gives their guests that and more. Not only is every room spacious and equipped with modern conveniences, but you’ll also discover that each guestroom has a breathtaking ocean view that can be enjoyed on your private balcony. The hotel also provides great amenities for both business travelers and vacationers. Complimentary Wi-Fi and a 24-Hour Business Center will help you fulfill your work obligations. Families will love the onsite restaurant and convenience mart. And what kid doesn’t love splashing around in the pool? The Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk has outdoor and indoor swimming pools plus a seasonal Tiki Bar. With so much to do inside the hotel, you might forget about what lies outside the front door– the beach! Umbrellas and beach chairs are provided, so all you need to do is throw on your bathing suit and apply lots of sunscreen. If you’re in the mood to explore, don’t worry! There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. The Wright Brothers First Flight Monument, Elizabethan Gardens, and Manteo Aquarium are all nearby. The friendly staff at the Concierge Desk will be happy to help you plan the Outer Banks vacation of a lifetime!

Address

5353 N. Virginia DareTrail, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 27949

Related Onsite Offerings

The hotel offers a golf package which includes one night of lodging and 18 Holes of Golf at Kilmarlic Golf Club.

Highlights

The Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk is an exceptional wedding destination.

6 . The Sunset Inn

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

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Imagine yourself escaping to a place untouched by the crowds, where the beach is natural and unspoiled the way nature intended it to be. This is what you’ll discover at Sunset Beach, North Carolina- home to our No. 6 choice, The Sunset Inn.

Located on a picturesque island between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC, Sunset Beach is a quaint seaside town where development is limited and the area maintains its quiet, charming coastal allure. And overlooking a saltwater marsh only five minutes from the ocean, you’ll find The Sunset Inn, a place as cozy and charming as the area surrounding it. This unique destination is the ideal cross between a small inn and a large bed and breakfast. The Sunset Inn offers ten standard rooms and four grand rooms, ensuring that you’ll have a comfortable and peaceful stay. Each room offers superb views of the marsh from a private screened in porch, allowing you to enjoy the ocean breeze in any season. Relax in your beautifully appointed guest room, with a style all its own. King beds, private baths, luxurious linens, and a host of modern amenities guarantee your room will become a relaxing respite during your North Carolina vacation. The Sunset Inn has an accommodating staff that will make sure your stay is all you expect it to be and more. Take advantage of the inn’s two outdoor showers, book and video library, and the buffet-style breakfast served each morning. Most importantly, make time to enjoy the white sand beaches of this beloved island. The Sunset Inn will take care of the rest!

Address

9 North Shore Drive, Sunset Beach, NC 28468

Related Onsite Offerings

Ask about The Sunset Inn's discount kayak tours through Summertide Adventure Tours.

7 . Beau Rivage Golf & Resort

Wilmington, North Carolina

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The No. 7 choice on our list of Top 10 North Carolina Beach Resorts is none other than Beau Rivage Golf & Resort, located in the colorful port city of Wilmington. Here you’ll find the Coastal Carolina’s only “Stay and Play” facility- a true hidden gem in North Carolina.

The Carolinas are known for a lot of things- white sand beaches, quaint coastal communities, and world-class golfing. Beau Rivage Golf & Resort has all of that and more, making them a premier North Carolina destination. The resort is home to an award-winning championship 18-hole golf course that ranks among the finest in the East Coast. Also onsite is a golf learning center staffed with certified teaching professionals, a Pro Shop, and complete practice facilities. Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is truly a golf-lovers paradise. But you don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy this beautiful destination. The spacious two-room clubhouse suites at the resort have an old-fashioned charm paired with modern amenities like a wet bar and mini-fridge. Each suite can comfortably accommodate up to six people and features a private patio or balcony with splendid views of the golf course and manicured grounds. You’ll also find The Veranda Bar & Grill, two professional tennis courts, and an outdoor swimming pool on the property. We know you’ll love this resort’s Old South charm and unmatched “Stay and Play” Packages. That’s why we’re letting you in on, “The Best Kept Secret in North Carolina.”

Address

649 Rivage Promenade, Wilmington, North Carolina 28412

Highlights

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is the only “Stay & Play” facility in the Coastal Carolinas.

Related Onsite Offerings

The resort has two professional hard-surface tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool with a shade lounge and Tiki Bar.

8 . Oriental Marina and Inn

Oriental, North Carolina

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Combining chic accommodations and sun-kissed beaches, the Oriental Marina and Inn is your sandy oasis! Aquatic adventurers will find their paradise in "The Sailing Capital of North Carolina" while those looking for relaxation will find plenty of space to relax thanks to the sandy shores!

Claim your beach getaway along the Neuse River on Oriental’s town harbor at Oriental Marina & Inn. Oriental Marina & Inn has spacious and comfortable accommodations filled with modern amenities to provide a home away from home. Each one- to three-bedroom suite has breathtaking views of the water and an elegant kitchenette. Make a splash in the sparkling pool and sample the delicious concoctions served at the tiki bar. Relax in the sun, sand, and seclusion! Of course, there’s so much to discover outside of your stay with Oriental Marina & Inn. As the “sailing capital of North Carolina,” Oriental is the ultimate place to hit the marina for a sailing adventure or an array of water fun. Your stay is only steps from tasty restaurants such as fresh seafood at Toucan Grill, quaint gift shops, and galleries. Explore the inner and outer banks or head over to the links at Minnescott Golf Club.

Address

103 Wall Street, Oriental, NC 28571

Population

As of 2012, Oriental, North Carolina has a population of 899, which means you don't have to share the sandy shores!

Related Onsite Offerings

Make a splash in the shimmering pool before tasting the delectable cuisine at the Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar or creative cocktails and music at the tiki bar!

9 . Hatteras Realty

Avon, North Carolina

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Between the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound, these beautiful vacation rentals on North Carolina’s Outer Banks land in our No. 9 spot. Hatteras Realty provides luxury accommodations with resort perks.

Hatteras Island offers over 70 miles of white sand beaches. Many of the vacation rentals at Hatteras Realty highlight this location – stay in an oceanfront two- to nine-bedroom luxury home, with features like furnished sundecks, game rooms and private pools. Or, stay on the Pamlico Sound side of the island for stunning views of the peaceful waters. And besides having some of the most luxurious vacation rentals on the island, Hatteras Realty also boasts the largest swimming pool! Staying here gives you the added resort touches of tennis courts, a putting green, a snack bar and kid’s programs. For fishing enthusiasts, Hatteras Realty puts you in prime location for world-class charter fishing. With their spectacular locations, added resort amenities and dose of luxury, the vacation rentals at Hatteras Realty are the perfect choice for an Outer Banks vacation. Ask about the specials!

Highlights

Hatteras Realty offers a variety of family programs, including “Carolina Coastal Cooking,” which gives you gain tips about seafood selection, cleaning and preparation.

Related Onsite Offerings

Hatteras Realty has an event team to help you plan and execute your dream wedding or successful conference getaway!

Address

41156 Hwy. 12, Post Office Box 249 Avon, North Carolina 27915

10 . The Sea Ranch Resort

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 9543

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Rounding out our list of Top 10 North Carolina Beach Resorts is The Sea Ranch Resort, a historic and luxurious beachfront resort in Kill Devil Hills.

The Sea Ranch Resort is one of the oldest resorts on the Outer Banks and we think this destination has gotten better with age. Sea Ranch overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and you’ll enjoy watching the sun rise and set each day from your oceanfront room. This resort is one of the few in the area with exceptional accommodations and amenities. All rooms come equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. There are also 26 two-bedroom condominiums available! But luxurious accommodations aren’t the only thing The Sea Ranch Resort has to offer. Also onsite you’ll find an enclosed heated swimming pool and a brand new restaurant, providing guests with an unforgettable dining experience. If you’re planning a wedding, the Sea Ranch Resort is a beautiful place to say, “I do!” The staff will help you plan every detail of your big day. Whether you’re getting married barefoot on the beach or having a more formal affair, the Sea Ranch Resort’s luxury accommodations are perfect for this special occasion. You’ll find this No. 10 choice to be exceptional in every aspect!

Fun facts

Legend suggests that Kill Devil Hills got its name from a buccaneer sitting on the white sandy beach and drinking moonshine that was “strong enough to kill the devil!”

Related Onsite Offerings

You can book your Outer Banks vacation, business event, wedding reception or family reunion at Sea Ranch Resort!

Address

1731 N. VA Dare Trail MP 7, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

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