Embark on a Tour of the Best Outer Banks Lighthouses

For centuries, the Outer Banks lighthouses have served as a guiding light to seaborne travelers and merchants as they navigate perilous channels. These beacons of hope have become time-honored attractions. So, if you’re looking for things to do in the Outer Banks, embark on a self-guided tour of the best North Carolina lighthouses near your Atlantic Realty vacation rental. 

Bodie Island Lighthouse at Sunset

Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse (pronounced “Body”) you see today is the structure’s third iteration. The first commissioned lighthouse in 1837 had been abandoned due to structural issues and repair costs. Another attempt in 1858 became a casualty in the Civil War. After a new construction plan and relocation in the late 19th century, we have the black and white striped, 154-foot lighthouse that stands today. The wetlands surrounding Bodie Island Lighthouse are a popular spot for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Get a bird’s eye view of the North Carolina Outer Banks coastline when you visit the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Climb to the top of this 162-foot structure, the light from which can be seen from 18 nautical miles. The conservators will gladly answer any questions you have. They even have a free book about this Outer Banks lighthouse, which you can download for free: To Illuminate the Dark Space

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Often overlooked due to this smaller structure, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse quietly sits in a remote location at the east end of the Manteo waterfront. Similar to the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse you see today is the third iteration of the structure. Even still, this picturesque beacon has led hundreds of people to safety over the years. Consider going for a stroll along the boardwalk and treating yourself to an exceptional sunset. 

Outer Banks Lighthouses Await Your North Carolina Getaway 

Learning about the rich regional history is one of the highlights of booking an Outer Banks vacation rental. Luckily for you, when you reserve a house or condo via Atlantic Realty, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the top area attractions. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, our diverse selection of North Carolina rentals will satisfy your needs. We even have a litany of exclusive deals so that you can get the most of your coastal retreat. For more information about Outer Banks lighthouses or making a reservation, please give us a call at 877-858-4795. Our resourceful staff is happy to assist you.

Top 5 Autumnal Outer Banks Activities

Spring and fall are the perfect times to visit Atlantic Realty because the temperatures are less hot and humid, and there tend to be fewer people. While crowds have thinned, there’s still a plethora of fantastic autumnal Outer Banks activities to keep you entertained. Treat yourself and your loved ones to our beach house rentals, NC, and a tranquil coastal getaway.

1. Perfect Weather for Beachy Outer Banks Activities 

The average temperature highs during September and October range between 73 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is prime for swimming, hiking, fishing, biking, and other outdoor ventures. If you’ve booked a Nags Head rental, consider hosting a bonfire on the beach. You’ll have to get a permit to do so, but it’s worth it. Roast corn, hot dogs, and marshmallows over a peaceful bonfire while watching the moon rise over calm, Atlantic waves. 

2. Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

Hit up a local pumpkin patch for that authentic autumnal experience. Meander through farms with a hot cider in hand, sign up for an oxen ride, and pick out your favorite pumpkin. You can even make use of your private Outer Banks house rental to paint or carve your pumpkins.  

3. Sip Some Autumnal Outer Banks Brews

While the classic IPA’s of summer are super crisp and refreshing, there’s something comforting about the spiced lagers, ales, Belgians, and porters that hit brewery taps in the fall. Whether you prefer a sweet pumpkin ale or a classic lager, you’re sure to find a brew to your liking at a nearby OBX brewery. There’s a wide variety of price ranges and on-tap selections, so don’t shy away from trying out a few in order to find your favorite. 

4. Check out the Outer Banks Fall Events

Just because the crowds have thinned doesn’t mean there aren’t many local events to partake. It’s quite the opposite! If you love seafood, their Seafood Festival is a must-go Outer Banks activity. Find out what other festivities might pique your interest:

Jockey’s Ridge Kite Festival

5. Dune Climbing at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Autumn is the perfect time of year to take on the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. They’re much easier to climb when the sun doesn’t burn as hot, and you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views. Plus, the park is open all day, so the possibility of bumping into other tourists is slim. 

Your Ideal Fall Getaway Awaits at Our OBX Vacation Rentals

Plan the perfect autumnal vacation at our Outer Banks house rentals via Atlantic Realty. Take advantage of the local festivities, gorgeous weather, and our fall getaway specials. To learn more about seasonal Outer Banks activities, or to make a reservation, please give us a call at 877-858-4795.

Top 5 Reasons to “Coastal Distance” on the Outer Banks

Coastal Distancing is social distancing – Outer Banks style!   Here are the top 5 reasons you should make plans to Coastal Distance on the OBX this Fall! 

  1. Privacy – You have the entire home or condo unit to yourself!  No common areas like hotels or resorts or sharing rooms/spaces like in Airbnbs and VRBOs. 
  2. Cleanliness – Our properties are cleaned by professional housekeeping staff who follows industry guidelines for disinfecting and sanitizing homes between guests.  We use commercial grade products to ensure your home is safe and clean for your arrival. 
  3. Safety – Linens are delivered from a commercial laundry company and left if their sanitary plastic wrap for guest to use.  This limits handling.    
  4. Keyless Entry – to further enhance the contactless experience, almost all of our homes feature keyless entry.  No need to check in at the office – go straight to the home to begin your vacation. 
  5.  Internet Acccess – With high speed internet access in most homes, it’s easier than ever to work and attend school virtually from anywhere – even the beach!  
Work remotely or learn virtually anywhere with coastal distancing

So, grab your family (and your masks) and head to the Outer Banks this Fall!  Search for vacation homes here:  weAReobx.com

The Best OBX Dolphin Tours

The Best OBX Dolphin Tours

Who doesn’t love a beachside vacation? Your toes wiggling in the soft sand, watching gorgeous oceanic sunrises, sunsets, and marvelous marine life. Our Outer Banks vacation rentals at Atlantic Realty are perfect for outdoor, aquatic adventures. Whether you’re vacationing with your partner, family, or friend group, consider going on a dolphin tour in the OBX.

Dolphin Tours are a fun Outer Banks experience for the whole family

What to Expect from Your OBX Dolphin Tour

Embark on a nautical adventure near our Kitty Hawk vacation rentals. Outer Banks dolphin tours will show you all manner of marine life you wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise. Learn interesting facts about the area, snap a few Instagram-worthy photos of some friendly dolphins, and bond with your loved ones under the warm sun. 

Captain Johnny’s Outer Banks Dolphin Tours

Join Captain Stuart Wescott for the cruise of a lifetime. Choose between a morning, afternoon, and sunset OBX dolphin tour options. If you’re looking for a romantic evening out on the water, we recommend choosing their Sunset Dolphin Cruise. 

Harbor Star Dolphin Tours

If you’re looking for a dolphin tour in the OBX that the whole family will love, consider booking a cruise with Harbor Star Dolphin Tours. Spend a spectacular couple of hours watching bottlenose dolphins as they show off their best moves. If you’re a fishing family, you might also want to look at the fishing charters they offer at this establishment.

Nags Head Dolphin Watch

You’re in for a unique ecotour experience when you book a cruise with Nags Head Dolphin Watch. Local biologists lead these tours, so they’ll be available to answer any questions you may have about the wildlife. In addition to seeing bottle-nosed dolphins and other marine creatures, you’ll have an inside look at how scientists conduct their research. The Nags Head Dolphin Watch cruise is perfect for those who love marine biology or have kiddos who love science.

The Best Outer Banks House Rentals for the Family

Treat your family to the best North Carolina oceanfront getaway at Atlantic Realty. Our cozy vacation rentals can accommodate groups of most sizes. We even have pet-friendly rentals so that you can bring your beloved pooch. You’ll also have easy access to numerous Outer Banks attractions, like OBX dolphin tours. Please call us at 877-858-4795 to make a reservation. 

Rainy Day or “Staycation” Vacation Ideas

The idea of being stuck indoors due to a rainy day at the beach isn’t always a fun one, but our vacation rental homes offer loads of amenities and features to keep you entertained! Bust that boredom with Private in-home theaters, TVs equipped with streaming options, game tables including Pool Tables, Air Hockey, Shuffleboard, Ping-Pong, the options are endless! Here are a variety of things you can do when the clouds roll in or when you’re trying to stay safe and “staycation” on the Outer Banks!

Read with the family on rainy beach days

Stuck Inside? Try these ideas!

  • Host and in-home movie night: Stream/rent DVDs, grab some popcorn, candy, and soda, & watch a movie together!
  • Binge watch a new show (or shows) on Netflix or Hulu
  • Play indoor Hide & Seek with the kids (and kids at heart)
  • Create a family playlist & throw a dance party!
  • Play board games or charades
  • Take advantage of the private pools and hot tubs (when there is a break in the weather)
  • Plan an indoor treasure (or Easter Egg) hunt
  • Listen to Audiobooks or Podcasts
  • Have a family photoshoot
  • Create your own bingo cards & have a bingo tournament!
  • Learn & play a new card game
  • Snuggle on the couch (or covered porch) & read your favorite books
  • Do a puzzle– Outer Banks themed puzzles can be found at Duck’s Cottage
  • Learn to bake/cook something new! (Bonus: Film it as a “family cooking show” or have a group bake/cook off!)
  • Enjoy live streaming concerts & virtual tours of famous places! Many zoos, theme parks, museums, aquariums, and parks are offering virtual tours of their places.
  • Put on your PJs and bathrobes & have a spa day
  • Exercise, Yoga, Meditation with the beach as a backdrop
  • Learn to crochet or knit — Check out our local store Knitting Addiction for tips, instructions, kits and supplies
  • Have a family coloring contest
  • Take on a crossword or Sudoku puzzle
  • Watch the waves and try to spot a dolphin
  • Just sit outside your door and…relax. Enjoy the quiet. Smell the salt air and take in the views!

The Outer Banks is one of the best places to be “Stuck” on a rainy day or staycation. Let us help you find the perfect place for your family to relax and reconnect. Sunny days will be back before you know it!

Swing into Summer with These OBX Golf Courses

Atlantic Realty’s superb OBX rental locations serve as a magnificent vacation destination for everyone, especially golfers. Beginners to experts alike will absolutely love the variety of OBX Golf Course options available. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely, 18-hole game or want to play on a pro-level course, there’s a spot for you to tee-up close to your Outer Banks, NC, rental. 

Golfing on the Outer Banks
Outer Banks Golf

What Are the Health Benefits of Golfing?

While golfing might not be the most exciting sport, it does have several health benefits. This low impact sport helps you stay in shape without placing too much pressure or strain on your body. On average, you’ll walk about five to six miles on an 18-hole course, so you’re still getting plenty of exercise per game. You’ll also reap mental health benefits from playing golf as it will help reduce stress and anxiety. While it’s true that this is a social sport, golf courses provide a lot of space to spread out, so you never feel crowded. Plus, you can play on the well-manicured OBX golf courses, which will surely fill you with a calming feeling of serenity. 

The Pointe Golf Club

As far as OBX golf courses go, The Pointe Golf Club is a local favorite. Between their beautifully maintained 18-hole course and reasonable rates, it’s easy to spot why The Pointe Golf Club is a hotspot. Even though they groom it like a pro golf course, it’s open to the public. The Pointe Golf Club is a place you’ll definitely want to hit up during your time in the Outer Banks, NC. 

Sea Scape Golf Links

If it’s a stimulating game of golf near your Kitty Hawk vacation rental in the Outer Banks, NC, then Sea Scape Golf Links is the perfect place for you. Sea Scape Golf Links is open all year and maintains a top-notch cleaning regiment, so you know they’ll take care of you. Check out what time slot aligns with your schedule and enjoy your time out on the green. 

The Currituck Club

As if golf wasn’t relaxing enough, you can also hear the ocean from The Currituck Club’s prime location. There’s also a good chance you’ll see some local wildlife at this semi-private golf course. Select a time to tee off that works with your vacation schedule, and enjoy everything The Currituck Club has to offer. 

Find an OBX Golf Course near Your Vacation Rental

Luckily for all you golfers out there, OBX golf courses are plentiful, so you’re bound to find a spot that works best for you. If you have more questions about golfing options near your Outer Banks rental, please feel free to contact us. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable about the area, and they’ll gladly point you in the right direction.

Outdoor Adventures for Your OBX Vacation

There’s nothing quite like a summer beachside vacation to mix things up this summer. Some of the best childhood memories derive from fun family getaways. Atlantic Realty beach houses in the Outer Banks are conveniently located near a plethora of sweet, summer activities certain to be cherished by your family for years to come. 

Family Flying Kite on Beach
Enjoy all of the outdoor activities the Outer Banks has to offer

Kiteboarding

You’ve heard of paddleboarding and snowboarding, but you’ve never encountered a boarding quite like this. Accessible to people of all levels of experience, kiteboarding is easy enough to learn. Kiteboarding is not for the faint-hearted, but thrill-seekers from near and far thoroughly enjoy this watersport. In addition to kiteboarding, you can check out the other adrenaline-pumping water activities that Kitty Hawk, NC, has to offer during your OBX vacation: 

Jet Ski Rentals & Tours

The Outer Banks has two convenient jet ski rental and tour locations: Kitty Hawk Kite in Duck, NC, and Whalebone Watersports, Nags Head, NC. Their oceanside jet ski rentals are perfect for the whole family. Tour the beautiful blue waters of the Outer Banks or just zoom around on a jet ski for an afternoon.

Fun N Sun Pass

Want to explore all these marvelous marine activities and more? Take advantage of this exclusive offer from Atlantic Realty. Fun N Sun Pass grants access to several Outer Banks summer activities complimentary with your Atlantic Realty OBX beach house rental. A few of these perks include: 

  • Free beach chair rentals
  • Free dolphin watch cruise
  • Free garden pass
  • Free mini golf 
  • Free Kitty Hawk kayak & surf school

And that’s just scratching the surface!

An OBX Vacation Your Family Will Never Forget

If your family loves adventure, then an OBX vacation is exactly what you need this summer! Atlantic Realty’s diverse Outer Banks beach house selection ensures that there’s a perfect vacation rental for every family. For more information on our Fun N Sun Pass, or to make a reservation, give us a call at 878-858-4795.

Fishing on the Outer Banks

Outer Banks Pier Fishing 

If you need a brief reprieve from daily life, you’re in luck. Heading out for an OBX pier fishing weekend is an excellent way to recharge. Lounging on a pier overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean and breathing in the crisp, salty air. Atlantic Realty’s vacation rentals, found at various locations along the Outer Banks, is the perfect place to stay during your fishing trip. You can find a fishing pier close to nearly every beach house!

Pier Fishing on the OBX

OBX Fishing at a Glance

Fishing on the Outer Banks is a dream come true for most sport fishermen. It should be noted that you may need a Coastal Recreational Fishing License to fish here. After that, you may want to visit a local bait and tackle shop such as T.W’s Bait & Tackle or Bob’s Bait & Tackle. You can even rent fishing gear if you don’t want to go through the hassle of bringing your own. Pros of the fishing business, especially when it comes to the Outer Banks, these bait and tackle shops are sure to have everything you’ll need. 

What You Need to Know about Pier Fishing 

Pier fishing provides an inexpensive way to cast a line in deeper waters without renting or bringing a boat. They’re also great for teaching your kids about saltwater fishing. Luckily, there are several piers from which to choose on the Outer Banks, so hopefully, you won’t have to worry about them being too crowded. Here’s a list of a few fish you may reel in during your Outer Banks Vacation:

  • Croaker
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Bluefish
  • Spot
  • Sheepshead
  • Cobia
  • Flounder

If you’re unfamiliar with the area, you may want to ask a local bait shop what’s in season and what’s the best time to cast a line, or you can do a little research of your own

Cast a Line near Your OBX Beach House

OBX fishing is excellent for a couple’s weekend, a solo retreat, or a beach house vacation the whole family can enjoy. Sitting out on the pier with an angler in the water, the sun warming your face, and a beverage of your choice in hand is exactly what you need to relax from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. Atlantic Realty Outer Banks vacation rentals offer an array of oceanfront rentals (some of which are even pet-friendly!) that make for an excellent fishing-trip stay. Start planning your relaxing, OBX pier fishing vacation and give our staff a call today at 855-486-2150.

Vacation Rental Week March 9-13, 2020

Atlantic Realty is thrilled to participate the first ever Vacation Rental Week! This week celebrates the unique and value added benefits of professionally managed vacation rentals both guests and property owners alike, and we encourage you to book your next vacation or choose a professional manager to rent your vacation property.

Vacation Rental Week

As a guest, vacation rentals are a great alternative to hotels, offering much more for your money; additional space to spread out and relax, privacy, convenience, and amenities all to yourself! Along with this added value, your options are constantly increasing as more and more properties are available to fit your family’s size, style, and budget.

Vacation rentals also allow you the unique opportunity to create a more personalized and memorable vacation experience when compared to traditional resorts or hotels. You’ll have the practical comfort of an actual home, the ability to explore the neighborhood “like a local”, and the opportunity to discover aspects of the area that you may miss in a more commercial setting. If you’re traveling with family or friends, vacation rentals are an excellent option that typically offer multiple bedrooms and baths, full kitchens, laundry facilities, and easy access to shopping, restaurants, and activities.

Vaction Rental Homes

For property owners, renting your second home through a professional manager can be an easy and reliable revenue source, transforming your home into an asset that offers significant return on your investment. You’ll also be able to use the property when you choose, spending your own vacations there with family and friends, while renting to guests the rest of the year.

A professional vacation manager handles the logistics, secures responsible guests, and maximizes your return through expert knowledge of the market. They’ll also advertise the property, handle inquiries, collect deposits and balances, generate legal agreements, take care of cleaning and minor maintenance, and follow up after check out, so you can simply sit back and enjoy the experience.

Atlantic Realty can help manage both side of the transaction. With almost 40 years in the vacation rental business, we are experts in helping guests find their perfect vacation home and helping owners protect and maximize their vacation home investment. Contact Atlantic Realty today! 800-334-8401

North Carolina Spring Break for Families

Spring Break is a great time for families to visit the Outer Banks before the summer rush

Year after year, families chose to vacation in North Carolina for spring break, especially in the Outer Banks. The oceanside towns offer countless activities for children of all ages. Whether you’re splashing in the water, strolling through downtown, or decorating a sandcastle, Outer Banks will keep your family smiling all vacation long. Each town offers a unique set of activities, so regardless of your Atlantic Realty’s vacation rental location, there will be many things to do “near me.” 

Water Sports

One of the most popular Outer Banks activities is exploring several nearby water sports. If you’re hoping to reserve Outer Banks equipment rentals watercrafts, such as jet skis and boats, the sound is an ideal place to explore. However, use these rentals with caution since certain areas are very shallow. When it comes to non-motorized water sports, such as kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, parasailing, paddleboarding, and surfing, visitors can utilize several more areas in the Outer Banks. 

Kiteboarding and windsurfing are quickly rising to be a top activity in the Outer Banks. Spend the day learning this new skill with lessons from Kitty Hawk Watersports. Your family will laugh all day long while watching each other face plant into the water. Our team loves Kitty Hawk Watersports because they boast several other watersports rentals, such as jet skis, kayaks, parasails, paddleboards, and more! For an extra treat, our Fun N Sun Pass gifts Atlantic Realty guests one free on-site stand up paddleboard or kayak rental per day, thanks to Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School

Beachcombing & Hunting for Ghost Crabs

ghost crabbing on the Outer Banks is a fun day or night time activity.
Ghost crabbing is a fun daytime or nighttime activity for kids and adults alike.

If you’ve ever taken a stroll down the beach at night, you must have noticed the highly-active tiny Ghost Crabs. These nocturnal creatures are best revealed under the glowing moon or a flashlight. However, you can also go hunting for Ghost Crabs during the day—dig in the shallow water and along the tide’s breaking point on the beach. You’ll be surprised by just how many critters live below the surface, such as sand daggers and sand crabs. 

North Carolina Aquarium

One of the top things to do during your Outer Banks family vacation is spending time at the North Carolina Aquarium. Children and adults of all ages enjoy watching aquatic animals swim and splash about in the aquarium’s realistic habitat. The aquarium’s exhibits feature rare animals, such as Alligators, Black Widow Spiders, Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Sea Otters, and more! One highlight of the North Carolina Aquarium is the mock Sea Turtles healing center and Observation Center. Here, visitors can pretend to assess Sea Turtles’ health, determine a diagnosis, and nurse some Sea Turtles back to health.  
At the end of your long day exploring Outer Banks activities, return to your Atlantic Realty vacation rental. We boast a wide selection of beach houses in the Outer Banks to accommodate various family sizes, so we’re confident you’ll be eager to visit North Carolina for spring break the following year. Start planning your epic spring break and give our staff a call today at 855-486-2150.