1 . Ramada Plaza Nags Head

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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At the top of our list of can't-miss beach hotels on the Outer Banks is the Ramada Plaza Nags Head. At this luxurious getaway, you're sure to find the pleasing beach experience you crave.

At Ramada Plaza, the Atlantic Ocean is just a few steps away. Literally. From the hotel, guests have direct access to the beach in Kill Devil Hills. You may be lucky enough to have a great view of it from your room as well. Even if your room doesn’t face the beach, you can be sure that its décor will remind you of the sandy wonderland. Each guest room at Ramada Plaza is furnished in a pleasant beach style. When you choose to leave your finely appointed accommodations, the beach will be waiting. Feel free to stretch out on the beach chairs and relax under the umbrellas provided by the hotel. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a book, or simply drink in the sun. If you’d rather be a bit more active, take a swim in the salty waters of the ocean. In case the water is too cold, or too salty, or the weather isn’t cooperating, you don’t have to worry about missing out on swimming. There’s a heated pool and jacuzzi inside!

Address

Ramada Plaza Nags Head 1701 South Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Highlights

Visit Peppercorns, the onsite restaurant, for a delicious meal. Children's menus are available.

Getting there

From the Eastern Shore: Stay on Hwy 13 through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to I-64 in Norfolk. Take I-64 east to Chesapeake. Take exit 291B for Route 168 south (new $2 toll expressway) to North Carolina. Route 168 becomes 158 at the 7-Eleven in Barco, and continues all the way to the Outer Banks. We are 9.5 miles from the bridge that brings you onto the Outer Banks. Turn left at Burger King, Neptune Drive.

2 . Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

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The Hilton Garden Inn is second on our list, but certainly isn't second rate. These Kitty Hawk accommodations offer everything a traveler needs for an outstanding vacation.

Bright, clean, comfortable rooms offer you the perfect place to relax during your Outer Banks getaway. The list of amenities offered in each and every room is extensive and includes a refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave. Plus, each room features a 27 inch HDTV with movies and video games, so you’ll have plenty of entertainment on rainy days, or when you don’t feel like going out. When you do feel like going out, the beach is the perfect place to go. Feel the sand beneath your bare feet as you walk along the edge of the water, listening to the soothing rhythmic sound of the waves. Another great feature travelers should be sure to take advantage of is the fishing pier. It’s available exclusively to guests of the hotel, and it’s a great way to experience the ocean from a whole new angle!

Address

Hilton Garden Inn 5353 N. Virginia DareTrail, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 27949

Getting there

From Norfolk International Airport (78 miles, 95 minutes) SW on Norview Ave. tow Bromley Ct. Merge -I-64E towards VA Beach/Chesapeake Merge I-464 via Exit 291B toward VA-104 Merge VA 168 S via exit on left to Nags Head VA 168S becomes US 158 S. Turn left Turn right NC23 Virginia Dare Trail

Related Onsite Offerings

If you need to get some work done during your stay, the Hilton Garden Inn has a 24-hour business center available for their guests. Enjoy printing services, meeting space, audio/visual equipment, and even a notary!

3 . Outer Banks Inn

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Miles of sugar-white sand beckon just outside your door at Outer Banks Inn, where a bevy of beach activities await! Enjoy aquatic adventures in the ocean, catch a tan on the sand, or sprawl out at the resort with a cold drink in your hand at this number three resort!

Whether you're seeking a secluded getaway under the sun or an ocean of adventures, this inn is more than happy to accommodate you. Take the complimentary shuttle down to the powdery white beach and soak in the sun, explore the roaming Atlantic Ocean, or head into town for sensational shopping, elegant dining, and exciting nightlife options! Once you've explored the surf, head back to the inn's turf and let loose. Make a splash in the private pool or stay in shape 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

There's so much to do just off the property. Go deep sea fishing, view aquatic animals at the North Carolina Aquarium, or scope out the Wright Brothers Memorial.

Related Onsite Offerings

Take a dip in the sprawling onsite pool or dive into the Atlantic Ocean just a block away!

4 . The Sanderling Resort and Spa

Duck, North Carolina

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Truly an extraordinary place, The Sanderling Resort and Spa is located in Duck North Carolina, between the Atlantic Ocean and the waters of Currituck Sound. With water on both sides this prime location offers a feeling of being in a world set apart from the rest.

The resort accommodations consist of three separate buildings, The North Inn, The Main Inn, and The South Inn, as well as five individual vacation homes. Regardless of where you stay within the resort, you’re sure to find spacious rooms and beautiful décor. To match this range of accommodations, there are also several dining options at The Sanderling. The Lifesaving Station Restaurant is open daily and provides a casual dining atmosphere, while The Left Bank offers a fine dining experience to guests, and is open only in the evenings during the summer. There are several other choices as well. It is fair to say that The Sanderling offers much more than could ever be expressed in this top ten list, and perhaps more than could be experienced in one visit. However, one thing you don’t want to miss is the beach. This fantastic stretch of sand is the perfect place to cast away your cares and lose your troubles in the picturesque scenery that surrounds you, leaving you free to simply enjoy the way the ocean is sure to enchant your senses.

Address

The Sanderling Resort and Spa 1461 Duck Rd. Duck, NC 27949

Highlights

The Sanderling Resort and Spa has received the AAA four diamond award!

Getting there

From Norfolk/Va. Beach and points North: Take I-64 to US 168 at Exit 291B [Oak Grove Connector/Great Bridge Bypass and Chesapeake Expressway (toll)]. Follow US 168 and US 158 south toward Nags Head, crossing the Currituck Sound over the Wright Memorial Bridge. Once over the bridge, The Sanderling is 16 miles north via NC Route 12. When you see the Sanderling sign on the left side of the road you have about one mile to go. You will see The Sanderling on the right.

5 . Comfort Inn Oceanfront Noth

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Comfort Inn Oceanfront North in Kill Devil Hills North Carolina goes above and beyond your average run of the mill hotel. It's location puts it's guests within an easy distance of a number of fantastic attractions in the area.

Bodie Island Lighthouse is nearby, as well as The Lost Colony outdoor theater. Each would make an excellent afternoon outing. There's also The Elizabethan Gardens, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Jockey's Ridge State Park, and of course, the beach.

Address

Comfort Inn 1601 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC, 27948

Getting there

From Raleigh: Take Rt. 64E to Manteo. Cross Washington Baum Bridge and stay left (Rt. 158). Follow 158 approx. 7.5 miles and turn right onto Neptune Way (7-11 & Burger King). Hotel is straight ahead. From Washington/Richmond: Take Hwy 64E to 168E. This is a toll road ($2.00). Follow 168E to 158E. Follow 158E to Wright Memorial Bridge. 9.5 miles past bridge turn left onto Neptune Way (Burger King & 7-11). Hotel is straight ahead.

Related Onsite Offerings

For business travelers, the business center is sure to make your stay more convenient. The copy and fax machines are available 24 hours a day!

6 . Best Western Ocean Reef Suites

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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In our number 5 spot is the Best Western Ocean Reef Suites. Rated a three diamond hotel by AAA, it's located on the beach, right in the midst of all the excitement of Kill Devil Hills.

Every room is a suite at this fantastic hotel. They each have a kitchenette, allowing you to prepare food without leaving the comfort of your room. Although there are plenty of restaurants within a few miles of the hotel, you won’t have to worry about finding a place that is open if you want a late night snack. Plus, each room has a coffee and tea maker, so you can enjoy your favorite hot beverage whenever you want. As appealing as the suites at Best Western Ocean Reef Suites are, there’s quite a bit to enjoy when you venture out of your room as well. Take the time to enjoy a swim in the outdoor heated pool, relax in the steam room, or visit the spa. There’s also an exercise room in the hotel if you’re looking for a work out. At the beach, there are great opportunities for fun activities. Spend an afternoon fishing, try kayaking, or simply enjoy soaking up the sun.

Address

Best Western Ocean Reef Suites 107 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, 27948-7892

Related activities

Best Western Ocean Reef Suites is located just one mile from the Wright Brothers National Park and Memorial.

Getting there

From: Interstate 64 (North) Take Route 168 South to US Highway 158 East. After crossing the Wright Memorial Bridge, continue on the Highway 158 Bypass Road, passing the Wright Memorial. At the 8.5 Mile Post, turn left at the traffic light (Ocean Bay Blvd)and proceed to the Best Western Ocean Reef Suites.

7 . Sea Ranch Resort

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is the Sea Ranch Resort. Another three diamond AAA hotel, it ranks seventh on our list. And for good reason!

Among all the great hotels that have flocked to this popular vacationing area, Sea Ranch Resort has stood the test of time, being one of the longest standing hotels in the area. It’s also a great place for business minded travelers, who are sure to find that the event/business center within the resort helpful and convenient. Naturally, no matter what your reasons for staying are, a comfortable room has to be a priority. With two Queen sized beds, or one King and a sleeper sofa in every room, along with microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers, you can rest assured that you're in good hands. There’s also a wealth of entertainment at your fingertips with HBO, cable TV, and wireless internet. You're also welcome to enjoy the heated swimming pool, and oceanfront decks. Spend an afternoon exploring the area and taking in everything the Outer Banks have to offer. Visit the beach and enjoy spreading out on the sand.

Address

Sea Ranch Resort 1731 N. VA Dare Trail MP 7 Kill Devil Hills, NC 2794

Highlights

There are several golf courses, and many other great attractions within a few miles of the resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Sea Ranch Resort will be glad to help you plan the wedding or reception of your dreams! Exchange vows on a white sandy beach, then enjoy the ample event space available at Sea Ranch Resort.

8 . John Yancey Inn

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Number seven on our top ten list of Outer Banks beach hotels is a charming place called John Yancey Inn, and it offers pretty much everything you could possibly want in a beach vacation.

Particularly recommendable for families, there’s a staggering amount of pleasing extras designed to make a vacation at John Yancey Inn as enjoyable as possible. There’s a heated outdoor pool area available, which includes a kiddie pool. That’s far from being the only consideration for children as well. There’s also playground equipment with a slide, swings, and more for them to enjoy. If Mom and Dad need a break, John Yancey Inn provides its guests with a complimentary guest pass to the YMCA, where babysitting services are available as well as basketball, yoga, swimming, and more. After a fun filled day, you’ll be glad to return to the rest and repose of your room. Feel free to grab a snack from the refrigerator, or heat something up in the microwave. Then turn on the 27 inch television for a bit of entertainment before drifting off to sleep wrapped up in quality linens. All the comfort of home surrounds you at John Yancey Inn, but here, there’s an ocean beach waiting right outside your door.

Address

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

Highlights

For a small fee, pets are welcome to stay at John Yancey Inn with their owners! There are restrictions as to when and where dogs are allowed on the beach, but are free to be on the stretch of beach in front of the Inn at any time of day. Pets must always be on a leash no longer than 10 feet.

Getting there

From the North – Take I-64 in Chesapeake, VA to US 168 South (changes to US 158 in Barco, NC) US 158 goes all the way to the Outer Banks. Turn left at Neptune Drive, MP 9 (between Burger King and 7-11) go 2 blocks to Virginia Dare Trail (the Beach Road) turn right and go ½ mile hotel is on the left. From the South and West – Take US 64 to Nags Head, (US 64 becomes US 158). Go to MP 10 in Kill Devil Hills, turn right on Eighth Street at city line, go 2 blocks to Virginia Dare Trail (Beach Road) go left ½ mile, hotel is on the right.

9 . Captains Landing Waterfront Hotel

Ocracoke, North Carolina

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Captain's Landing is located on Ocracoke Island. At number eight, this hotel has the most history in it than any of the other fine establishments mentioned on this list.

Styled after the old Ponzor Hotel and the styles of the 1800's, the pictures that inspired the founders, Betty and George Chamberlin, still hang on the walls of the hotel today. Even the names of the suites have historical significance, as each is named after a pilot of the 1800's that was a native of Ocracoke. This deep rooted history fosters a feeling of community, and creates a welcoming atmosphere for each and every guest. A person can hardly help feeling at home here. Plus, the close proximity of the water is a delight. Hear the sound of the waves from your room, and enjoy the sight of them from your private balcony. There’s also a walkway and docks alongside the water, so if you care to get just a little bit closer without getting wet, you can. It’s also a great opportunity to try your hand at fishing! In addition to the eight suites, there’s also a penthouse, and a separate Captain’s Cottage, providing even more choices for accommodations.

Address

Captain's Landing Waterfront Hotel 324 Highway 12, P.O.Box 1150, Ocracoke, NC 27960

Highlights

The Captain's Cargo is a specialty gift shop with beautiful items to help commemorate your vacation at the Captain's Landing Waterfront Hotel. It's also a great place to find something special to bring back to friends or family back home.

Related activities

Visit the nearby Ocracoke Lighthouse, rumored to be the favorite ancorage of the infamous pirate Blackbeard in the 1700's!

10 . Hampton Inn and Suites Outer Banks Corolla

Corolla, North Carolina

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Ranking ninth on our list is Hampton Inn and Suites Outer Banks Corolla. Providing great service and 123 well maintained comfortable rooms, it's earned it's place on our list of the best of the Outer Banks.

This multipurpose destination offers a great deal of convenience to its guests, no matter what brought them to the area. If you're traveling for business, the high speed wireless in the hotel is sure to make connecting with business partners, clients, or supervisors easy. The business center in the hotel offers fax, copy, and print services. There are also meeting rooms available, and a well-trained staff that's eager to help. Of course, if at all possible, we recommend having your meetings on the beach. Even if you’re traveling for business, when you’re in the Outer Banks, visiting a few beaches is a must. You won’t have to go far when you’re staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites Outer Banks Corolla. In fact, just look outside the window of your room and enjoy the view of the sandy dunes that are waiting for you. The beach provides tons of entertainment for travelers as well as families. It’s the perfect place to soak up some sun, but if you prefer to stay inside, the indoor pool is a great option as well.

Address

Hampton Inn and Suites Outer Banks Corolla 333 Audubon Drive, Corolla, North Carolina, 27927

Highlights

Hampton Inn and Suites Outer Banks Corolla is a three diamond rated AAA hotel!

Getting there

From Norfolk Int'l Airport & points north - Take I-64E to Exit 291B US-168S. US-168S becomes US-158E. Turn left onto NC-12N and travel 12.5 miles. Hotel is on the right. From Raleigh & points west - Take US-64E to US-158W. Turn right onto NC-12N and travel 12.5 miles. Hotel is on the right. From points south -Take I-95N to US-64E to US-158W. Turn right onto NC-12N and travel 12.5 miles. Hotel is on the right.

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