No trip to the North Carolina coast is complete without spending at least one day on the sand under the warm sun. Keep reading to discover the best Outer Banks beaches for swimming, relaxing, and sightseeing! Trust us; you won’t want to miss out on these gorgeous shorelines.
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Here Are the Best Outer Banks Beaches
It’s no secret that the Nags Head beaches are some of the most sought-after vacation spots along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There are over 30 public access points to the 12 miles of pristine seashore where you and your family can frolic in the ocean, build sand castles on the beach, and relax with your favorite book or drink under an umbrella. Visitors can also bring their dogs if leashed.
Kill Devil Hills
The thin strand of sand draped up and down the coast of this history-laden beach town is perfect for long walks, surfing the celebrated Kill Devil Hills waves, and relaxing with your favorite cold beverage. There are many public access points up and down the beach in addition to over 15 lifeguard stations that rotate on a scheduled basis.
Kitty Hawk is one of the best Outer Banks beaches for families. This beautiful stretch of sand located in between Kill Devil Hills and Southern Shores has several public access points, including one near the Black Pelican Oceanfront.
Duck and Southern Shores
If Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills are both crowded, head up to the beaches in Duck and Southern Shores. The picturesque shoreline of this stretch of the Outer Banks is the perfect place to relax with the family on a warm sunny afternoon.
If you want to experience one of the most unique beaches in the Outer Banks, head up to Corolla. While the actual beach isn’t anything to write home about compared to other nearby stretches of sand, but there’s nothing quite like gazing at the wild horses wandering the area.
Ocracoke Island is a fantastic place to enjoy a day trip from Manteo. While the charming beach town warrants some exploring, but the tranquil shores of this island are among some of the most beautiful spots on the North Carolina coast!
Pirate’s Cove Resort is the ultimate Outer Banks getaway! Our extensive collection of condos and homes on Roanoke Island provide unique stays for parties of all sizes! Whether you want to escape on a romantic retreat for two or take the entire family on a summer beach trip, we have the perfect accommodation for you! One of the best benefits of renting with us is our prime location. Roanoke Island has tons of amazing attractions in downtown Manteo and on the northern tip of the island. You’re also just a quick 10-minute drive from Nags Head Beach!
Plan your Outer Banks vacation and book your condo or home today! We look forward to welcoming you to the Pirate’s Cove family!