1 . Ramada Plaza Nags Head

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 537 - 0220

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Ever daydream of waking up on the beach every morning? At this resort, your dreams become reality. But more than just a cozy place to relax, there is plenty of sight-seeing right around the corner – from national historical sites to abundant gardens to fabulous dining.

Ramada Plaza Nags Hotel is the perfect getaway for any traveler, solo or with a group. Every room at this resort offers a private balcony with a view of the city, sand dunes or the ocean itself. There is no way to avoid a trip to the beach with it waiting right outside your window! After a morning workout in the resort’s fitness center (or using a complimentary pass to the nearby YMCA), enjoy some free coffee with your fellow vacationites from 6am-9am in the lobby. During the day, venture out to visit the beach cottages in the Historic District, or head to Gallery Row to check out the local canvas and woodcarvings, not to mention much more. Later, enjoy an ocean-front dinner at the resort’s Peppercorns Restaurant, where live entertainment is available on the weekends in the form of bands as well as karaoke. If you’re planning a group event or a wedding, Ramada Plaza can provide for you. They have 171 lush guest rooms, their ballroom holds 260 guests, banquet-style, plus they offer over 3600 square feet of meeting room space for any kind of corporate retreat.

Highlights

The resort offers special packages for romantic weekend getaways for two, a variety of fishing expeditions, and Taste the Beach which includes tickets to the Chowder Cook Off.

Related Onsite Offerings

Ramada Plaza Nags Head offers complimentary passes to the Kitty Hawk Pier nearby, as well as to the local YMCA.

Address

1701 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

2 . Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 5368

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Hilton is renowned for more than just their famous daughter. They have some of the most luxurious and fantastic hotels in the world. The Outer Banks Garden Inn is no exception.

The Hilton Garden Inn offers a variety of on-site amenities to tickle your fancy while on vacation. You can head out to their own fishing pier to see if you have any luck, or take a lap in either their indoor or outdoor pool. They also offer “stay fit kits” for your room, so you can workout in the privacy of your own room. If you’re feeling up for venturing further away, they have a partnership with Kilmarlic, where you can play a game of tennis or a round of golf at reduced cost. Enjoy a meal later on at the Great American Grill, where even vegetarian options are provided.

Fun facts

The Kilmarlic Golf Club is also a partner with Ducks Unlimited to help keep the 300+ acres a nature preserve.

Related activities

In March, the Hilton Garden Inn hosts a Night at the Races. Your ticket gets you $30 in play money for 6 races, hors d’oeuvres, and participation in a hat contest.

Address

5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

3 . Oasis Suites

Nags Head, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 780 - 8134

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Taking the #3 spot on our list of Top 10 North Carolina Beach Resorts is Oasis Suites, a beautiful boutique hotel located on the Nags Head Causeway. This Outer Banks destination prides itself on offering the best amenities on the beach, and we agree!

It doesn’t matter if you’re on a romantic getaway for two or a fun-filled family vacation, Oasis Suites offers accommodations to fit every vacationer’s needs. You’ll enjoy beautiful, spacious suites without the extra cost of renting a beach cottage for a full week. Choose from three styles of suites- Family Suites, Executive Suites, or Honeymoon Suites. Each unit is immaculate and features a full kitchen, jet spa-inspired tubs, and private balconies. Plus each room is uniquely furnished and decorated. Outside your room you’ll find an outdoor pool area with kiddie pool, hot tub, and a shower and changing area. Enjoy Oasis Suites’ waterside gazebo where you can grill out and watch an amazing sunset. Does it get much better than that? Actually, yes it does. Oasis Suites is near to Historic Roanoke Island, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and Pirate’s Cove Marina. And there to cater to your every need are the hotel’s professional Guest Services Representatives who can arrange just about anything during your stay. Booking is via telephone only!

Highlights

Oasis Suites has an exercise facility with resistance and aerobic equipment, plus waterfront views!

Related Onsite Offerings

Guests staying at the Oasis Suites are invited to enjoy a FREE sitting for a group/family photo session.

Address

7721 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, North Carolina 27959

4 . Hatteras Realty

Avon, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 539 - 6081

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It’s time for you to start planning a family vacation to the Outer Banks. You know what you want- a location close to the seashore, amenities that will keep everyone happy, and spacious accommodations. But maybe you’ve never been to the area before and aren’t sure where to start looking. Hatteras Realty will help you find the perfect vacation home, and that’s why they land the No. 4 spot on our list.

It doesn’t matter why you’re vacationing in Hatteras Island- maybe it’s to enjoy the East Coast’s best beaches or maybe you’re here for the world-class fishing. One thing remains steadfast- Hatteras Realty’s knowledgeable staff will locate the ideal vacation home from over 560 premier homes. Do you want to be right on the beach or would you prefer something farther inland? How many bedrooms do you need? Do you need pet friendly accommodations? Hatteras Realty has rentals to fit every vacationer’s specific needs and budget. They will make the search for your accommodations stress-free so you can actually enjoy planning your vacation. As an added bonus, every vacation you book with Hatteras Realty comes with access to the famous Club Hatteras for no additional charge. Your family will love the club’s heated pool, tennis courts, putting green, and playground. Seasonal kids programs are also offered! So take the burden out of searching for the perfect vacation rental. Start planning with Hatteras Realty and end with a vacation you’ll remember for a lifetime!

Highlights

Hatteras Reality has over 560 Premiere Outer Banks vacation rentals on Hatteras Island, NC.

Fun facts

You'll find 72 miles of beach in the area, all part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Address

41156 Hwy. 12, Avon, North Carolina 27915

5 . First Colony Inn

Nags Head, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (252) 441 - 2343

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Looking for a unique Outer Banks experience? Stay at the Outer Banks' only historic bed and breakfast inn!

First Colony inn has been serving travelers for over 75 years. Their comfortable rooms offer you plenty of historic charm alongside modern conveniences like air conditioning, telephones, high speed wireless internet, and much more! That historic charm is just the start. From historic sites to lighthouses to sparkling water, there is a wide variety of beautiful sites to explore. Go shopping, sightseeing, or just relax in your room. This and more awaits you at First Colony Inn.

Address

6715 South Croatan Hwy Nags Head, NC 27959

Related activities

Looking for a way to spend time together? Climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse!

Fun facts

First Colony Inn was awarded the Gertrude Carroway Preservation for historic preservation by the Historic Preservation Foundation of NC.

6 . The Sea Ranch Resort

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 9543

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With the option of getting a room or your very own condo for a vacation, why wouldn’t you want to stay there? All 26 of their condo suites overlook the ocean. Makes you want to sign up for a few extra swimming lessons, huh?

With its newly renovated facilities and a highly-welcoming staff, you’ll feel like this is home away from home. Take an early-morning lap in their enclosed heated pool before deciding what adventure to go on. There is plenty within walking distance, including several restaurants like the Jolly Roger, which offers great East Coast fare like clam chowder. If you’re up for more of an adventure, head south to Cape Hatteras in Buxton and check out the nation’s tallest lighthouse, available to climb during the summer months. There’s also plenty of uninhabited shoreline nearby, where you can scavenge for treasure (or at least a few pretty seashells).

Related activities

Try flying kites at the nearby Jockey’s Ridge Sand Dunes for a fun daytime adventure.

Average temperature

In the winter months, the temperature ranges from mid-30s to high 50s and in the summer stays in around the mid-to-upper 80s.

Address

1731 Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 USA

7 . First Colony Inn

Nags Head, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (252) 441 - 2343

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Located in the heart of Nags Head awaits a quaint getaway that's known for its charm, elegance, and relaxation! The First Colony Inn is more than just a vacation destination - it's an experience.

Come discover the best of Nags Head a the First Colony Inn, where you'll love a close oceanfront location and endless opportunities. Start the day with a deluxe continental breakfast before heading down the boardwalk to the beach. The white-sand shores will greet you to a warm, sunny setting, where the waves roll calmly onto the surf and offer you a place where you can truly relax. Spread out on a beach towel, go windsurfing, or dive onto a sunken ship! First Colony Inn is located near incredible historical sites, too! The Wright Brothers Memorial is a great place to visit, or you can board the Elizabeth II, a replica of a 16th century ship. A 19th century lighthouse is close, too! And when you're ready to just unwind at the end of the day, First Colony Inn offers a pool for soaking, a library stocked with books and games, and onsite croquet! Your cozy accomodation features everything you need for relaxation, and offers the ideal spot to enjoy the sunsets over the beach!

Address

6715 South Croatan Hwy Nags Head, NC 27959

Highlights

First Colony Inn offers deluxe continental breakfast every morning in the John White Breakfast Room! Enjoy coffee, juice, fruit, cereals, and at least one "hot dish" - it's the perfect way to start your day!

8 . Outer Banks Inn

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 968 - 1844

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Just a stone's throw from both the beach and buzzing downtown excursions, Outer Banks Inn promises a diverse array of activities. Featuring adventures on the surf and turf allows this inn to grab the No. 8 spot on our list!

Offering both beach relaxation and ocean recreation, this inn supplies your perfect Outer Banks vacation! Take the complimentary shuttle down to the powdery white beach and soak in the sun, snorkel the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, or mosey on downtown for fantastic restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Once you've explored the surf, head back to the inn's turf and soak up the good life. Make a splash in the private pool or stay fit with free YMCA passes. Afterward, relax in your spacious room, which features an HD television, free wireless internet, and free continental breakfast!

Address

1003 S. Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Related activities

Head to the sugary white beaches for ocean adventures, cast off on a deep sea fishing expedition with the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, or observe marine life at the North Carolina Aquarium!

Related Onsite Offerings

This resort is teeming with fun! Splash around in the sprawling swimming pool, walk a block to the beach, or just relax in your spacious room!

9 . Captain's Landing Waterfront Hotel

Ocracoke, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (252) 928 - 1999

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Feel as if the hotel was built just for you. There are plenty of brilliant, ocean-front balconies to sit upon and watch the waves, and a penthouse to rent out for the whole family, which includes your very own private deck.

Far from the other Outer Banks islands, the Captain’s Landing sits on Ocracoke, a community in itself. Nature lovers rejoice, because this fairly new establishment cozies up to the water, where a variety of animals have been spotted including otters, pelicans, and a variety of other birds. All rooms come with fully-equipped kitchens, so you can walk down to the nearby fish market and buy the daily catch, and fix it in your room as you overlook the harbor and lighthouse. Take a boat tour of the surrounding island, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, rent a kayak and give yourself a tour. The Captain’s Landing also has boat slips available if you have your own boat to dock.

Address

324 Highway 12, Ocracoke, NC 27960 USA

Fun facts

Owners George and Betty Williams have a little captain in them on both sides of the family. George was a USAF pilot, and Betty’s a direct descendent of Captain Horatio Williams, local legend.

Related Onsite Offerings

Besides the many shops on the island, there is a gift shop at the resort itself – Captain’s Cargo. It houses many locally-made articles worthy of gifting or keeping as a souvenir for yourself!

10 . Hampton Inn and Suites Corolla

Corolla, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 1236

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Nestled into the town of Corolla, one of the furthest north cities of the Outer Banks, a warm and welcoming Hampton Inn provides ocean views and free cookies (who could ask for more?)

Not as kitschy as some of its neighboring lodging, but definitely worthwhile to stay here. The hotel has an indoor and outdoor pool, but also the Lazy River, which is the perfect name for anything vacation-related. If you’re not inclined to be lazy, check out a wild horse tour or the Back County 4x4 and Kayak Safari where you go off-road and off-the-beaten path to discover the island’s treasures. Make sure you grab a complimentary breakfast from the resort on your way out – you’ll need the energy!

Address

333 Audubon Drive, Corolla, NC 27927 USA

Number of runs/trails/roads/etc.

An unmarked trail will lead you through the Audubon Wildlife Santuary, a 6000-acre habitat, protecting birds, deer, rabbits and many species of plants.

Related activities

Feeling extra daring this trip? Take a surf lesson from the Corolla Surf Shop.

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