1 . The Winds Resort Beach Club, Ocean Isle

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 929 - 1158

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Looking for a charming island resort that offers everything the larger resorts offer? Then look no further than the Winds Resort Beach Club. It’s one of our favorite cozy family-operated resorts. Surrounded by white sand, palm and banana trees, this Ocean Isle resort is an ideal romantic getaway.

The Winds' complex is a lush and tropical paradise, offering a variety of rooms, suites, and resort cottages. Just minutes north of Myrtle Beach, this powder-sand oceanfront destination offers exceptional accommodations and a variety of amenities that gives a vacation experience to remember! Relax alongside one of their three large pools or rejuvenate in one of the many whirlpool spas! Enjoy a refreshing tropical drink at the poolside Tiki Bar while listening to the ocean waves and island tunes. The Winds is upscale but casual, so it’s a perfect place for vacations, golf excursions, weddings and reunions. They serve a complimentary hot Southern breakfast buffet in the mornings and offer bikes to explore the island. There’s a lot to do in Ocean Isle! With just 525 year-round residents, Ocean Isle offers a quiet beach atmosphere with quaint shops and restaurants serving up some of the best seafood you ever tasted! And golfers will find over a hundred excellent courses offering challenging play and spectacular greens. Try your hand at fishing or visit some of the historical sites. The Winds staff gives friendly, Southern hospitality and planning advice to make your stay here relaxing and fun!

Address

310 East 1st Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

Fun facts

The Ocean Isle Beach Concert series starts in June! The stage is in the parking lot at the Museum of Coastal Carolinas on Ocean Isle Beach.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Winds Resort Beach Club has designated several of their units as pet-friendly, so bring your pet with!

2 . Ocean Isle Inn

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 927 - 7141

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Uncrowded, Unhurried, and Unforgettable. The Ocean Isle Inn is situated on the South Brunswick Island in Ocean Isle Beach, and offers guests the ideal beach vacation. This Inn is idyllic for relaxation, swimming, and taking in the sights.

It’s been said that there is no better place to tie the knot than on the beach at the Ocean Isle Inn. And they mean it! The resort offers an array of wedding packages to create a beautiful and unforgettable event. The Ocean Isle Inn provides the perfect balance of resort accommodations and the simple pleasure of white sandy beaches. It offers beautiful views of the Atlantic, Intercoastal Waterway, and scenic marshlands from their private balconies. And their rooms are tastefully decorated with hand-made teak wood furniture and beautifully tiled floors. For your family vacation, Ocean Isle Inn offers a variety of seasonal activities for children such as miniature golf courses, a water slide, grand prix racetrack and arcades. Relax and unwind by the pool at this tropical getaway or explore the great Ocean Isle Beach. For the golf lovers, play a round of golf at one of over 100 nearby championship courses. Grab a pole and fish off the pier, in the surf, or charter a boat for a day trip to the Gulf Stream. There are many unique boutiques, galleries, gift shops, and surf shops on Ocean Isle and the nearby Fishing Village of Calabash. For entertainment, see one of the spectacular shows at the Alabama Theatre, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Land Stampede, Legends, and the House of Blues. The Ocean Isle Inn is your one stop vacation destination for fun!

Average temperature

Low 33 degrees, high 89 degrees F.

Highlights

The Ocean Isle Inn offers a “Create the Rate” program where guests can make a reasonable bid on a room of choice for their Oceanfront or Soundview rooms. Bids are either accepted or a counter offer is rallied.

Fun facts

The Ocean Isle Inn is the only accommodation directly on Ocean Isle Beach that offers high speed wireless internet.

3 . Ramada Plaza Nags Head Beach

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 537 - 0220

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This resort is one of our Outer Banks favorites! The white sandy beach is relaxing and scenic with beach chairs and umbrellas available for you to stretch out by the surf. Their central location puts you just minutes from a plethora of area attractions. But the best part is you don’t even have to leave the hotel to find plenty to do!

Located right on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, the Ramada Plaza Nags Head beach is the ideal Outer Banks hotel for a relaxing getaway. Stay in tastefully decorated rooms that offer breathtaking views, all with private balconies. Their close proximity to the beach means you can step outside anytime to enjoy the beautiful Atlantic seashore. Looking to lounge and relax? There’s no place better to unwind than on their expansive deck or in their seasonal outdoor jacuzzi. If you're planning a wedding reception or family reunion, their accommodations give guests plenty of space to converse, relax, and enjoy the oceanfront views. The Ramada Plaza also offer a full-service oceanfront restaurant with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. When you’re ready to get out and explore, you’re just minutes from the Wright Brothers First Flight Monument. The steady breezes that attracted the Wright brothers continue to draw kite fliers and hang gliding aficionados to nearby dunes. And while you’re there, check out the Jockey’s Ridge State Park and the Manteo Aquarium. Better yet, plan a day trip to the iconic Cape Hatteras lighthouse where you’ll find hang gliding, deep sea fishing, jogging trails and biking. However you decide to spend your vacation, the friendly staff at the Ramada Plaza Nags Head Beach will make it memorable!

Related Onsite Offerings

Bring the kids to their family-friendly Outer Banks restaurant and enjoy half off a kids’ menu item with your choice of dinner entrée.

Getting there

They're 9.5 miles form the bridge that brings you onto the Outer Banks. Turn left at Burger King, Neptune Drive.

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!

4 . Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 5368

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It's all about the beautiful beaches at the Hilton Garden Inn Kitty Hawk. Whether your family wants to swim, beach-comb, fish or even fly, you’ll find what you’re after at this Outer Banks hotel!

Breathtaking ocean coast awaits you at the Hilton Garden Inn. Grab your beach towel and flip flops because can walk right out of their doors and onto the beach! This resort offers the finest in accommodations, amenities, and service. Every sizable guestroom and suite enjoys its own spectacular view of the ocean. Their fitness center features state-of-the-art fitness equipment to get your feet moving and your heart pumping. And enjoy complimentary tennis at nearby Kilmarlic Health and Racquet Club. Are you planning a meeting, wedding, or social event? Then check out their unique Kitty Hawk Pier Ballroom which offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean! If you like fishing, grab a pole and stroll out onto their on-site pier and reel in a catch. In a mood to explore? Well, you won’t need to go far to find something to do! Enjoy a guided hike at nearby Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Rising 110 feet, Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest active sand dune on the east coast. Or explore marine life at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. It features the largest aquarium in the state – a 285,000 gallon ocean tank complete with sharks, sea turtles and hundreds of fish!

Highlights

Kitty Hawk’s annual Hang Gliding Spectacular event is scheduled each year during the third week of May. Over 60 competitors from all over travel to Kitty Hawk to fly and compete.

Getting there

Located on the beautiful coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Kitty Hawk, it’s just one-half mile from the bridge to the Outer Banks.

Related Onsite Offerings

For your dining pleasure, enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at their Great American Grill, serving signature American dishes, regional seafood specialties, and casual family fare.

5 . Oriental Marina and Inn

Oriental, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (252) 249 - 1818

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A tapestry of contemporary flair and sandy beaches, the Oriental Marina and Inn is a beach bummer's paradise! Aquatic adventurers will find their paradise in "The Sailing Capital of North Carolina" while those looking to sit back and relax will find plenty of sand to fit their fancy!

Enjoy a coastal 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, meaning this beach getaway serves as your secluded sanctuary.

Related Onsite Offerings

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

6 . Courtyard by Marriot, Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 321 - 2211

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From outdoor music festivals and world-class fishing to fireworks by the ocean, there’s something for everyone in Carolina Beach. And you can enjoy everything Carolina Beach has to offer at the oceanfront Courtyard by Marriot. Delight in sampling award-winning chowder or perusing in Carolina Beach’s vibrant shops and boutiques. At this hotel, you’ll have instant access to the beach and boardwalk – plus the added perk of a Starbucks coffee shop on-site.

There’s no time like summertime at the Courtyard Carolina Beach hotel. Catch the movie and fireworks display in the front of the hotel, and sample seafood specialties that are out of this world! Courtyard Carolina Beach hotel offers spacious rooms and suites featuring flat-screen TV’s and private balconies facing the ocean. We like the on-site Starbucks to indulge in our favorite drinks! The Courtyard’s directly on the beach, and just two blocks from the marina. Experience the unconventional nightlife at Carolina Beach including tiki bars with ocean views, and the legendary walk-in cooler at the Fat Pelican bar. Or check out the Carolina Beach State Park. It’s the Number One tourist attraction in Carolina Beach and one of the best places to catch the sunset over the Cape Fear River. There are also local concerts and museum exhibitions. And if a winter escape is your destination, Carolina Beach offers mild temperatures and uncrowded beaches. After seeing the sights, unwind at the end of the day in one of the Courtyard’s pools or on the white sandy beach. Their Sea Side Bistro offers a scrumptious variety of steaks, seafood, salads, sandwiches, and local specialties.

Address

100 Charlotte Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Highlights

Sample the area’s best chowder at the Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off in April. Each year chefs from area restaurants gather to compete in this time-honored event. Kids 12 and under eat free!

Getting there

From the Wilmington Airport or Interstate 40 East, take Carolina Beach Road/US-421 South. The hotel will be on the left at Charlotte Ave.

7 . The Islander Inn

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 325 - 4753

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Take off your flip flops and take a barefoot walk down the beach and you’ll know why visitors keep coming back to Ocean Isle Beach year after year. This barrier resort island offers miles and miles of white sand, sun-danced waves, and windswept marshlands, making The Islander Inn one of the loveliest places to relax and enjoy a quiet and refreshing time.

This barrier island is attached to the mainland by a bridge over the Intercoastal Waterway and is home to just over 500 residents. In contrast to other resort areas along the coast, Ocean Isle avoids the everyday hustle and bustle. One of our favorite places to visit is the Islander Inn. It overlooks one of the most pristine North Carolina beaches. What we love is that it’s a perfect place for a relaxing morning swim in the surf, building sandcastles with your family, or turtle-watching at dusk. Their Tiki Hut opens in May and offers pool side service. You can work out in their on-site fitness room and then relax in their indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi. Let the soothing sound of rolling waves tempt you, the bold sunsets leave you breathless, and let the quiet serenity of the Islander Inn inspire you to return each year. Nearby, you’ll find the Silver Coast Winery where you can taste wines in their beautiful tasting room. Or try your hand at fishing by heading down to the Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier, one of the oldest fishing piers on the coast. The close proximity to both North Carolina and South Carolina offers plenty of attractions and exciting things to do. And if you’re planning your dream wedding, have your ceremony on the white sand beaches of Ocean Isle and then celebrate with your closet friends and family with a reception at the Isles Restaurant!

Related Onsite Offerings

All oceanfront rooms have 50” plasma TVs. All rooms comes with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.

Fun facts

Each October the Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival and the coastal waters of Brunswick County provides an abundance of marine mollusks each year bringing over 30,000 people to Ocean Isle Beach to celebrate the tasty treat.

Address

57 West 1st Street Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

8 . The Sea Ranch Resort

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 9543

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True to its slogan, the only thing this luxury resort overlooks is the ocean – the Atlantic Ocean! And as the oldest resort that sits directly on the white sand beach along the ocean shores, the Sea Ranch boasts exceptional accommodations and recreation, giving you the perfect place to stay during your Outer Banks vacation!

Legend suggests that Kill Devil Hills got its moniker from a buccaneer on shore leave, sitting on the white sandy beach and drinking moonshine that was “strong enough to kill the devil!” Well, the buccaneers are long gone, but the beaches and pristine waters still remain. Breathtaking ocean views await you while eating breakfast in an oceanfront room at the historic Sea Ranch Resort. This hotel features one of Outer Banks premiere fine dining restaurants where you can enjoy some of the best seafood and local dishes. Bask in a complete experience of luxurious accommodations and superior service. Take in the spectacular ocean views on their oceanfront decks. Their on-site facilities include an enclosed swimming pool, and rooms have either two Queen size beds or one King with a sleeper sofa. And kids under 16 stay free! You’ll have plenty to do if you’re into sport fishing, kite flying, hiking, or just relaxing by the pool. In nearby Nags Head learn to hang glide at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Or hike to the top of dunes and slide down the other side! If you’re planning a wedding, the Sea Ranch Resort is a beautiful place to tie the knot! They can manage your entire affair from boutonnieres to the wine selection. Whether you’re getting married barefoot on the beach or wanting something more formal, the Sea Ranch Resort’s luxury accommodations are perfect for this special occasion.

Address

1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Population

Kill Devil Hills has a year round population of approximately 7000 residents.

Highlights

The Sea Ranch Resort provides its guests with full YMCA privileges at the Outer Banks YMCA. No matter what the weather is doing, rain or shine, your vacation will be enjoyable, fun, and full of activities!

9 . Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel

Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 624 - 8875

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Vacationers flock to the pristine shores of Atlantic Beach to enjoy the long stretch of white sands. And there's never a dull moment at the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Hotel where you can experience plenty of amusements and activities day and night! Kids will enjoy creating arts and crafts, building sand castles, and hunting pirate treasure at the Sheraton Little Pirates Kids Club. Meanwhile…Mom & Dad can relax or take a dip in the pool.

One of our favorite places in Atlantic Beach is the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel! It has tons of activities to entertain everyone in the family - from the active adventure seeker to those wishing to relax and do nothing at all. Their activity directors offer fun-filled days of family activities including volley ball & bocce ball tournaments, poolside bingo and friendly games of beach flag football. Enjoy a pleasant night’s rest on their Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, featuring a Sealy Posturpedic Plush Top Mattress, feather pillows, and the soft cozy feeling of their specially made down comforters. And don’t worry about making the bed – they offer daily maid service! There is an abundance of historic places and cultural venues, water sports galore, quaint shopping spots, adventure parks and fresh seafood restaurants to visit. And don’t forget your dancing shoes! Enjoy a night out on the town and go dancing at the many different dance clubs. A local favorite and traditional southeastern coastal dance, the shag, is the dance of choice at Memories Beach and Shag Club; you can even take lessons there from dance instructors.

Related activities

Nearby attractions also include tennis, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, boating, and horseback riding.

Average temperature

Low 36 degrees, high 88 degrees F.

Related Onsite Offerings

Their accommodations include an oceanfront outdoor pool and large sun deck as well as the indoor heated pool & hot tub. The beach is complete with beach chair and umbrellas rentals, volley ball nets, and a fishing pier.

10 . John Yancey Inn

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 367 - 5941

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The John Yancey hotel is located on some of the widest, most beautiful beach in North Carolina! Relax on one of their oceanfront balconies and watch the sun come up over the Atlantic Ocean. Grab your flip flops because this hotel offers the easiest beach access in Nags Head.

You don’t have to stray from this hotel to enjoy your Outer Bank vacation! The John Yancey hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool, large picnic area, and a kids’ playground area and gazebos. Their rooms are spacious and can accommodate groups of all different sizes. Slow down and relax on the white sandy beach. The friendly staff will help you charter a fishing boat and tell you the best place to fly a kite. Are you into fitness? Then bring your tennis shoes because the John Yancey hotel gives their guests free YMCA passes to use during their stay. All standard rooms come equipped with all the important amenities, such as microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. And if you’re vacationing with a larger group, we suggest renting the “White House.” It’s a John Yancey property and offers an enclosed outdoor shower, ocean views, screened patio, sun deck, and three bedrooms. Nags Head is home to the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. Walk along its coastline of white sand and dancing waves. If you want to venture out, visit the Elizabethan Gardens. Located next to Fort Raleigh, the gardens are a living memorial to Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists. And check out the Wright Brothers Memorial, where Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first powered airplane flight. The John Yancey hotel is close to all this and more!

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy the Penthouse Suite, a unique top floor rental unit. The suite features a separate spacious King bedroom, living area, dining room, and full kitchen. And it has two balconies!

Address

2009 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Milepost 10 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Fun facts

Don’t want to leave Fido home? Bring him with! Pet friendly accommodations are available so everyone can enjoy their vacation.

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