February 6, 2019 is #BookDirect Day

Today is #BookDirect day!!  You may have seen many social media posts or emails with the #BookDirect hastag, but what does it mean?  

When searching for a vacation rental home, there are many websites and apps out there that list properties.  They show the photos, the descriptions, and even pricing.  But, did you know that the best place to book your next vacation rental home is directly through the property manager?  Here’s a list of 5 reasons why you should always book directly through a vacation rental manager.  

1.  Avoid the Fees

The best pricing can always be found by booking directly through the property manager.  Listing sites such as Airbnb, Booking.com, Homeaway, and Expedia charge guests (and Owners) a fee for their services.  Those Owner fees are always passed on to the guest in increased rents and service fees.  You can save hundreds by cutting out the middle man and booking direct. 

2.  Discounts and Promotions

Booking directly through the property manager’s website or by calling their office ensures that not only do you avoid the service fees, but you are able to take advantage of any discounts and promotions that are not available on any other website. 

3.  Availability

Did you know that not all vacation rentals are listed on 3rd party sites?  By shopping only on these listing sites, you could be missing out on your dream vacation home! Booking direct through a professional property manager ensures you get the most current availability.  

4.  Local Expertise

When you book your vacation direct with a professional property manager, you get access to the locals who live and work here.  They can tell you about the best places to eat or the closest lifeguarded beach access to your vacation home.  Our staff has personally seen all of our properties and can tell you the details of each one.  Third party listings sites are usually not located in the same state as the vacation homes and can’t give you the tips that only a local can!

5.  Help when things go wrong

If you booked your vacation rental through Expedia or Homeaway and were to get locked out of your vacation rental while on vacation, who would you call?  If the house you were renting sprung a leak or was not cleaned up to your standards, how would you get that fixed?   Professional property managers are available 24/7 and are located nearby so they can handle issues quickly.

Get the most out of your vacation budget and have the best experience by booking directly through a professional property manager.  Ready to get started and plan your perfect Outer Banks getaway?  Contact our Vacation Planners today.  We’re ready to help you have the best vacation ever! 

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What’s New on the OBX

Summer is almost here!   And, with a new season comes “New Things to See and Do on the Outer Banks”.  Check out the fun new things we’ve found . . . . . .

 

Mulligans Dog Menu

Mulligan is not a new restaurant. In fact, itâ??s been in business for over 20 years.  Itâ??s famous for its burgers, Orange Crushes, and now it will be famous for something else; itâ??s dog menu. Thatâ??s right. Mulligans offers tons of outdoor seating options, from the downstairs porch to the enclosed deck upstairs with an ocean view. And now, they offer a â??dog menuâ?? so you can go out to eat without leaving man’s best friend behind. 

The menu is relatively small, but features everything a dog wants to eat; chicken, beef, and brown rice. Water is complementary, and the meal even comes with an adorable Frisbee that you take home and play with afterward.   Atlantic Realty is pleased to welcome Mulligan’s to our Fun N Sun pass program, where guests who stay with us get to try out the dog menu out for FREE.

 

Jumpmasters  Jumpmasters Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is pleased to welcome its first indoor trampoline park.  Kids of all ages will be excited about this one!  As part of the Fun N Sun Pass Program, guest of Atlantic Realty homes get to experience one free hour of jumping per day. Of course, if you absolutely love it and want to stay longer, day passes are available for purchase through the park itself.

Jumpmasters features enough to do for kids of all ages, and has separate â??jump timesâ?? for toddlers so they donâ??t have to jump with the big kids. An on premise food truck will be happy to provide lunch, or you can go to one of the many local favorites in Manteo.

 

H2OBX Waterpark

True, H2OBX techincally opened last year, but since it opened midseason and many visitors missed the chance to check it out, we’re still considering it ‘new.’ H2OBX is the largest waterpark to open anywhere near the OBX, ever.  The park offers rides and slides for ‘kids’ of all ages, from the littlest ones in the toddler area, to the tweens, intermediate, and then there’s the BIG slides.  Don’t forget to take a spin on the Endless Wave FlowRider.  It’s just like the ocean — only better! 

Of course, for the more laid back adults there is always the 1000 foot lazy river, the wave pool, and availability of some adult slushies.  Atlantic Realty is a partner with H2OBX Waterpark and offers the biggest ticket anywhere.  Get your tickets in advance, avoid the lines, and head right to the gate!

 

Paparazzi- Under 21 Dance Club & Music School 

If your teen is looking for something new and fun to do, then check out the newest addition to the Outer Banks, Paparazzi!  This Under Dance 21 Club features nightly entertainment for teens. Since no one over 20 is allowed, and there is a strict dress and security code, you can be assured of safe and wholesome fun.

During the day, the dance club turns into The School of Music and Arts, which offers lessons in music, modeling, acting, on-air hosting, video recording, and more.  It’s so much fun; the kids won’t even realize they’re learning while on vacation.

 

 

Will You Escape The OBX?

While the Escape Room itself isn’t new, it has some new rooms you’ve never seen before, including the Enchanted Garden and the Spooky Fun Mansion. The Enchanted Garden is the perfect adventure for the fairy loving child or adult in your life.  The Spooky Mansion is reminiscent of the Scooby Doo type spooky, so not too scary for young ones.

The Mad Scientist Lab and Under The Sea is coming soon.  Best of all, one member of your group gets to escape for Free with the Fun N Sun Pass.

 

The Farmers Market at Dowdy’s Park

If youâ??re here on the second Thursday of the month, youâ??re in for a treat. Dowdyâ??s Park will have a Farmers Market from 9am-2pm throughout the Summer. It will feature local produce from Currituck farms, as well as food, vendors, art and more.

Everything will be produced locally in either Dare or Currituck Counties. So if youâ??d like to be immersed the truly local culture, this is an event not to be missed.

 

The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater 

This attraction is now in its 5th Season, and the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre has a new story, a new location, and new food!   This is the only murder mystery dinner theatre on the Outer Banks, and it features wholesome family fun for all ages.

Thereâ??s nothing scary about this show, in fact, itâ??s hilarious, so even the little ones can enjoy it. Itâ??s one of our Explore the Shore partners, so be sure to ask about the discount for Atlantic Realty guests. And, be sure to get your tickets early, because guests are “dying” to get in.

 

 

One of the best things about the Outer Banks is that itâ??s always changing. So whether youâ??ve been visiting forever, or itâ??s your first time here thereâ??s enough to do and see to make everyone in your group happy.  And, we have the perfect vacation homes to come back home to. Check them out here.

Shelly Island

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you will have noticed the appearance of a new “island” right off The Point, by Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Called “Shelly Island”,  this massive land structure seemed to appear out of nowhere. It received national attention and many people have come out just to see it. There have also been some daring rescues from it, including a human chain. But what is it, and where did it come from? Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Shelly Island.

Where Did It Come From? 

Aerial photos reveal that Shelly Island has come and gone since at least the 1940’s. The reason it made the news this year was because it was largest incarnation of this ‘island’ to date. It also seemed to pop out of nowhere fully formed. That’s not quite how it happened of course, but the extreme currents and weather around the Outer Banks has been known to create dramatic shifts in the landscape before such as the creation of Oregon Inlet, the new inlet where the patchwork bridge now is in Rodanthe,  and even created a new inlet in Frisco (which has since been filled in). 

Why Is It Called “Shelly Island”?

When the island first emerged from the sea, it was littered with whalebones, pieces of shipwreck, and most of all, shells. Lots and lots of shells! In fact, a lot of the sand on the beach is ‘shelly’ sand, which is sand made up entirely by tiny broken shells, tumbled smooth by the water. The island was named by a child as homage to all the shells on it. Today, the bones and shipwreck pieces are mostly gone. However, the currents bring in a new batch of shells almost daily. It really is a beachcombers paradise!

What’s The Best Way To Reach It?

The island is not super accessible, but it’s not hard to get to either. First, you have to cross The Point, a stretch of sand about a mile and a half long. If you have a four wheel drive and a permit to drive on the beach (available from the park service) you can drive right to the tip of the point.

From there, you’ll need a way to reach the island itself. Depending on the tides, some people wade out to it. However, that’s not recommended. What the tide gives it can also take, and several people have already had to be rescued from Shelly Island once the tide drowned the land bridge. That current is nothing to mess with.

Instead, the best way to see it is with an ocean kayak and a strong knowledge of how to use one. If you’ve never used a kayak before, you’ll want to be sure to take some lessons before going out there. After all, this is open ocean.

What Kind Of Wildlife Is On The Island? 

Aside from the usual ghost crabs and birds, there are no animals on the island itself. However, around the island is another story. Back when Shelly Island was first formed, the same currents that created it brought in large Manta Rays and even Tiger Sharks. 

Today, the wildlife is less extreme, with the normal fish you’d find around The Point, such as Blues, Flounder, Croakers, Spot and more. In fact, The Point is a very popular fishing spot and some people fish on Shelly Island too.  Because of the currents, it’s still not the best place to swim.

Will It Be Here Next Year?

Well, that’s a hard question to answer. Ariel photography dating as far back to the 1940’s show it’s always been ‘here’. At different times in this island’s lifespan it simply goes underwater only to come back again a few years later. The science behind Shelly Island and the fact that we are heading into storm season says that it will most likely be underwater by next year. However, the good news is it will come back again– eventually. It always does.

If you want to see Shelly Island, it’s best to plan a day trip to Hatteras. Staying somewhere centralized, such as Nags Head, Kitty Hawk or Kill Devil Hills can make getting to the island an enjoyable trip, while still being close to all the activities you love to do and the restaurants you love to eat at once you’re done. Be sure to check out our homes those locations. 

Beach Nourishment

As you may be aware, the Outer Banks is currently undergoing a beach nourishment project in the Towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills.  Below is an article describing what Beach Nourishment is and some of the benefits of this project.  For the most up to date information on the project including maps, photos, videos and more visit morebeachtolove.org or visit the Beach Nourishment Page on the Atlantic Realty Website. 

 

What Is Beach Nourishment?

The Outer Banks is a unique, beautiful, and very fragile place. It’s one of the few beaches in the world created entirely from sand, with no natural rock formations to get in the way of your good time. However, this also means that the beach needs extra care. Without a solid foundation of rock to keep the beach in place, the sand does exactly what you expect sand to do, it slides back into the ocean the same way sand slides through to the bottom of an hourglass.

Manmade rock formations, jetties, and hard structures are not an option for our beaches.  They aren’t good for the environment in that they affect wave patterns and currents.  Not to mention, many people view them as unsightly.   Beach nourishment is the process where you take sand from further out into the ocean and pump it back on the beach to make it bigger.

Where Does The Sand Come From?

Introducing foreign sand from other areas would be an ecological disaster. This is why the best option is to use sand that comes from a few miles right off our own coast.  Special boats pump sand and seawater through a large pipe that sits on the beach. It gushes out onto the beach in sections of about 200-300 feet at a time.  Heavy equipment such as bulldozers then push the sand and flatten it on the beach. 

Not only is a lot of fun to watch, all that dredging brings forgotten beachcombing treasure to the surface, such as sea glass,  strange shells and fossilized sea creatures. When they did nourishment in Nags Head a few years ago, one lucky beachcomber even found a fossilized megalodon tooth.

How Long Does This Take?

Like any construction project on the beach, it depends a lot on the weather. Fortunately, the beach will only be closed in segments of about 1000 feet or so at a time for safety reasons. Since all OBX beaches are public beaches, you can just walk or drive over to another area and enjoy the beach the same way you always have.

Now, this schedule is always changing, so you’ll want to make sure to check out www.morebeachtolove.com for the most up to date information.

What About Corolla and Nags Head?

Nags Head did their nourishment a few years ago, so they don’t need to do it this year. As for Corolla, it has a natural sand bar that keeps the worst of the waves away from the beach, keeping their beach nice and wide.  However, both of these Towns may revisit the Beach Nourishment project in the future. 

Will the beach near my vacation home be affected?

The beach will be closed in 1000 foot sections around where the equipment is working for your safety. Once you get bored with watching the nourishment in action, you can just head down the beach either by car or by foot, (or by cute street legal golf cart,) to 1001 feet and continue to enjoy the beach. It’s also a good opportunity to explore other beaches, such as the one by Jennette’s Pier, the beaches in Corolla, or even discover the joys of the sound. It is a big water playground after all. It’s also a great time to take advantage of your Fun N Sun pass to discover things you haven’t already seen and make some new memories.

Is It Going To Happen Again?

Yes. Just like the way you need to maintain important structures like roads, bridges, and even your home, beach nourishment needs to be done periodically in order to continue to be effective.  The good news is that with repeated nourishment, the newly deposited sand in the water will eventually create a protective sandbar, similar to the one in Corolla. Over time, this will widen our beach naturally and provide protection from storms. These are the cumulative effects of repeated nourishment.

Hidden Benefits of Beach Nourishment

When it’s all said and done, we’ll have a wider beach that blends in perfectly both in looks and environment with our existing beach. There are also a lot of hidden benefits that come with beach nourishment such as:

  • Beachcombers delight
  • Less damage from storms
  • Expanded habitats for wildlife
  • More beach to love (that one’s not so hidden, but it’s still great)

No Turtles Were Harmed in the Making Of This Beach

Here’s a fun fact; in addition to being the perfect time to nourish the beach, it’s also happens to be turtle nesting season. Fortunately, our tireless volunteers at NEST are taking care of the turtles during this time. Nests in affected areas are moved to non-affected ones.  Some higher risk nests are handed over to the aquarium so they can monitor and protect these nests. 

Thanks to the foresight of doing beach nourishment, you, your children, and even your future grandchildren can enjoy the Outer Banks for many decades to come.

What’s New for 2017 on the OBX

What’s New on the Outer Banks?

Summer is almost here and visitors will begin to make their way back to the OBX for a little Fun in the Sun.  On your next visit, be sure to check out these new attractions and restaurants that are opening soon! 

H2OBX Water Park

The Outer Banks is about to get a bit splashier.  Opening in June 2017, the H2OBX Waterpark will be a thoroughly modern waterpark with its roots firmly established the rich history and culture of the Outer Banks.   Located just over the bridge in Currituck, H2OBX will have everything from enclosed and open waterslides, to tidal and surf pools, to a lazy river all with an Outer Banks theme.   Ticket sales will be limited each day to ensure that guests have a great experience with short lines and low crowds which will really make this new park enjoyable for the whole family.  Book your vacation with Atlantic Realty and you will not only get your water park tickets at a discount, but you can buy them in advance.  Call us today to find out how!

Grandstaff and Stein

The Grandstaff and Stein will soon be moving into the former location of the Flying Fish Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills. This unique restaurant and bar has the feel of a speakeasy, complete with bookstore façade in the front to keep up with the prohibition theme.    The hidden passage behind the bookshelf is where things really happen. You can gain access with a password (revealed weekly on their Facebook page) and the décor will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 1920’s.

The OBX Escape Room  

This new concept in family entertainment opened just over the bridge last year, but with its newly themed rooms and recent addition to our Fun N Sun Pass Program, we thought this activity was worth mentioning.   The concept is simple; you and your group are locked in a themed room with a set time to figure out clues and escape. There’s a murder mystery room, a diamond heist, a witch’s lair, Blackbeard’s treasure and even a haunted room.  A gingerbread room was recently added for the youngest clue solvers.  Reservations are required and Atlantic Realty guests get a free admission each and every day of their stay with the Fun N Sun Pass Program.  

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga

If you have a great sense of balance, the spirit of adventure, or just like getting wet, then stand up paddleboard yoga might be for you. It’s everything you love about traditional yoga, only on a paddleboard.   It makes poses like downward dog and crane a bit more interesting as the gentle sound waves add to your experience and help you relax and commune with nature. 

Corolla Light Town Center Mini Golf

The name is not official yet, but there will be a new mini golf course in the location of the old Corolla Skate Park was in Corolla Light Town Center.  The course will be open to the public and will include several unique water features such as ponds and waterfalls.   There will also be sloping inclines, rock features and beach themed ‘ruins’ which should enhance the experience increase the challenge for all skill levels.   We canâ??t wait! 

The Outer Banks has something for everyone and these new activities and restaurants are just a fraction of the exciting sites to see on your next OBX visit.  Call today to make your vacation plans and let Atlantic Realty help you have the best Outer Banks vacation experience ever! 

Choose the Outer Banks for your Next Vacation Destination!

Thinking about a new family vacation destination this year?   The Outer Banks is a great destination with fun for the whole family.  But don’t take our word for it! 

US News recently listed the OBX as ‘Best Family Vacation’ spot taking the number thirteen slot on a list of 15.  That’s quite an accomplishment considering we were competing with areas such as Rome, Sydney, London, Disney World, The Bahamas, and Costa Rica.  The endless miles of wide open beaches, the history, the wildlife, and the lifestyle all combine to make the Outer Banks a perfect place for families to vacation.

Let’s see how U.S. News ranks us in other categories.

#8 in Best Cheap Summer Vacations

OBX took number eight on this list. It acknowledges that summer is the peak season, so prices can climb. However, renting a house as opposed to staying in a hotel is an economical choice. A private home or condo gives you more square feet per dollar.  Having a full kitchen provides the opportunity for preparing family meals which is also a money and time saver. 

#5 in Best Affordable Family Vacations

Another reason private residences are a winner over hotels is the space and privacy they provide.     Instead of renting multiple hotel rooms with virtually no common gathering space â?? imagine all of your family members being under one roof to celebrate special occasions and still have private spaces too.  

#4 in Best Affordable Honeymoons in the USA

After your dream wedding, there’s still the honeymoon to think about.  With a wide variety of activities and dining choices, the Outer Banks makes for a terrific honeymoon destination.  For the outdoor enthusiast try an outdoor tour that includes wild horses or dolphins.  If you prefer a dining adventure, there are many upscale and casual restaurants to delight your taste buds. Touring a winery or a distillery is also a real possibility.  And letâ??s not forget the miles and miles of beaches for true relaxation.

#4 in Best Beaches in the USA

What makes the OBX the 4th best in United States Beaches? Well, miles of open and unspoiled beaches and wildlife for one.  There is plenty of room between the blankets and umbrellas.  Watch flocks of migrating and exotic birds in a natural setting. Be witness to Sea Turtles hatching and making their way to the Atlantic Ocean.   At night, you can grab a flashlight and go ghost crabbing. The beach is also great for beachcombingwhere you can find anything from sea glass to shells to a fossilized megalodon shark’s tooth or even a shipwreck!

#4 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA   

Unlike some other beach resort areas the Outer Banks is a peaceful, family oriented spot  to get away from it all.   Unlike some other beach areas, we have no boardwalk allowing plenty of room for fishing from a pier or from the surf, and even during the â??in seasonâ??, there is plenty of space for spreading out on the beach.   One can literally walk for miles and in many towns your furry 4 legged friend can join you.  Be sure to check out Atlantic Realtyâ??s pet friendly homes.

#1 in Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA

It’s no mystery why the Outer Banks was rated THE BEST family beach in the United States.  Not only do we boast on having the best beaches, and a multitude of wildlife, the local community works hard to keep this a family friendly beach.  Restaurants on the Outer Banks have a fun atmosphere and appeal to the young and young at heart. There are plenty of playgrounds, a children’s museum and shows for children. For older family members there are harnessed adventure parks, laser tag, ghost tours, an escape room, a murder mystery dinner theatre and even a waterpark in summer 2017.

With so much to do and see on the Outer Banks, why not plan on a visit in 2017?  Its great fun for everyone!   Start your Vacation Search Now!  

Explore the Frisco Native American Museum!

Atlantic Realty would like to Welcome the Frisco Native American Museum on Hatteras Island to our Fun N Sun Pass Program!

The museum is a great way to learn about Native Americans who not only lived here locally in Eastern NC, but from tribes all over the world.  The museum features   artifacts, artwork, and history of the various groups.  This museum is a culmination of over 70 years of history collected by Hatteras native, Carl Bornfriend.  Not only does the Frisco Native American Museum feature exhibits and educational opportunites to learn about Native American history, but it also features nature trails and even a pond!  Special summer educational programs are available every Monday and Thursday.   Atlantic Realty guests receive one free admission per reservation per day of their stay to the museumFrisco Native American Museum

The Frisco Native American Museum is not the only activity partner guests have access to as part of the Fun N Sun Pass Program.  Each reservation receives 1 free admission daily to all of the activities listed below including:

This exclusive program is only available to Atlantic Realty guests. 

 

Not to mention, Atlantic Realty guests also receive exclusive discounts and coupons with our Explore the Shore Program.  Save at local restaurants, charter boat tours, watersports, airplane tours, fitness classes, and much, much more!

 

Spring Brings Fresh Updates for 2016

Spring has sprung, and with it the promise of new ‘life’, particularly for vacation rental homes. The Owners of your favorite homes have been busy this Winter and made all kinds of improvements to their homes. While some homes got new Owners, other Owners got a new vision for their homes. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the improvements you have to look forward to this year.  Click the property names to see even more photos of the updates!  

525 The Sweet Potato Biscuit

The new Owners of this adorable cottage have taken great care to restore this house to its glory days. Gone are the dropped ceilings and dated 60’s style cabinets. Instead, the ceilings are open, exposing the wood underneath. The kitchen has custom wood cabinets and stone countertops worthy of a house such as this. The smart TV in the living room and the TV in the master bedroom give you a plethora of entertainment options. All the furniture has been updated, including the beds. Not to mention the panoramic view from the wrap around porch is still spectacular!   If you liked Sweet Potato Biscuit before, get ready to fall in love with the improvements!  

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909 Windjammer Unit DD

From top to bottom, this Windjammer condo is sparkling!  New flooring, new paint, new furniture, décor, and new bedding. Good bye crate furniture! Good bye antiquated TV! Hello new dishwasher!  The kitchen has been rearranged for the ultimate in efficiency and cooking fun. Flat screen TV’s adorn both bedrooms and there’s a brand new flat screen in the living room. Even the small book library in a lighthouse shaped shelf is new. (It’s a great option for those who relax with a good read!)

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434 MargaritaPhil (formerly Teacher’s Pet)

New Owners and a new name are only the beginning of this home’s new life.  New furniture, vessel sinks, and granite countertops are waiting to greet you in this completely renovated home. The bathrooms have handheld showerheads, the ceilings have remote controlled fans and the new flat screen TVs feature gaming systems and DVD players.  The addition of a game room with a ping pong table is an amenity that is sure to be put to good use by both the young and the young at heart.  The outside has also been updated with bright new paint, grilling area, and deck furniture. 

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092 The Kaerolla Dawn

A new dawn promises a new day. And, the new “Kaerolla Dawn” promises an even better vacation than last time.  New floors, new bedding and a freshly painted deck are just the beginning of the changes you’ll enjoy. The hot tub has new privacy lattice work, while the newly installed pergola guarantees the pleasure of lazy picnics under the sun and stars. It feels like a brand new house, and the promise of the perfect vacation.

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Atlantic Realty has made some changes too for 2016 and we know you’re going to love them!   Over 90% of our homes have gone keyless. That means no more checking in at the office and no more worrying about losing keys.  Now, you get the code the week before your arrival and can share it with your whole party. And don’t worry about your welcome bag and check in package either, it’ll be waiting for you at the house when you arrive.

Our office in Nags Head is new, and it’s already proving to be a great convenience for our guests. If you’d like to come in and talk to us during the week, you no longer have to make the trek from South Nags Head to Kitty Hawk. Our Nags Head office is staffed just like our Kitty Hawk and Duck office; with hours from 8:30-5:00 each and every day during the summer.

After extensive research, we’ve also chosen a new linen company. Express Linens not only provides a higher quality of sheets and towels, but the addition of bath mats and kitchen towels as well. As an added convenience, we have also included bedmaking service prior to your arrival.  Of course, the linen package is still an optional service, but if you don’t feel like bringing your own linens on vacation, this new service is a great option.

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Vacation Rental Homes Vs. a Hotel Room – Which is right for you?

One of the most important reasons people choose to rent a vacation home/condo is because of the space.  I think we would all agree that having room to spread out vs. spending your vacation in one cramped 400 square foot room is preferable.  And of course, the larger the family the more this rings true.  Homes and condos offer multiple rooms and outdoor spaces that a hotel room just canâ??t offer.  Of course more space isn’t the only reason people rent vacation homes. Below are some additional reasons and an info-graphic to go along with it.

Less Cost Per Person

An average hotel room in a resort/vacation area can easily be $300 – $500 per night for one room accommodating 2 to 4 persons.  6 to 8+ people will easily turn this into $600 – $1000 per night or $125.00 per night per person.  And this is while sharing a room with 3 other people.  So for a one week stay in a hotel room a party of 8 can easily realize a cost of $7,000+.  For much less cost per person these same 8 people can spend from $3000 – $5000 for a 4 or 5 bedroom home, at a cost of less than $65.00 per person.  This doesnâ??t even consider the savings that will be realized by not having to eat all of their meals in restaurants!  It just makes more sense!

More Space  House vs Hotel infographic

The average hotel room only has approximately 400 square feet.  In contrast, the average house/condo has around 1,000+ square feet.   Larger vacation homes can easily have 5,000 square feet.  But even the smallest house includes a kitchen, living area, eating area, bedrooms and baths. When one considers the outdoor spaces â?? it just makes more sense!

More Bathrooms

The average rental home/condo has 2.5 bathrooms while the average hotel room has one.  We wonâ??t even go into why this is an advantage â?? it just makes more sense!

More Privacy

We’ve already talked about how vacation homes have more space because they have more rooms. This also translates into more privacy. This is especially important when you’re travelling with in-laws, extended family and/or teens.  Once again, it just makes more sense!

Full Kitchen

By not having to eat every meal in a restaurant as we stated earlier, this can save you money.  Having a full kitchen also provides the opportunity to try fresh local seafood.   And when you do choose to eat out, you never have to worry about leftovers; you have a full sized fridge, oven and stovetop range to enjoy them later.

Doing the comparison on a per person cost, considering the advantages of more privacy and room to spread out, being able to enjoy outdoor spaces and being able to prepare some of your meals as a family at home, there really is no comparison and the choice becomes clear.  Check out our infographic for an easy to understand overview.  We think youâ??ll agree â?? Vacation Rental Homes/Condos  – JUST MAKE MORE SENSE!

Let’s get started and find your perfect vacation home for your next Outer Banks vacation.  Search for Vacation Homes Now!

Best Extreme Activities on the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina are the ideal place to vacation if you are into watersports and outdoor activity. Our area seems to attract those who enjoy a bit of a thrill mixed into their daily routine. The ever changing beaches that line our coast are always creating new and unique waves to surf. On the sound side, strong winds make for ideal kiteboarding conditions. Check out our list of the top extreme activities on the Outer Banks and try one for yourself when staying at an Outer Banks Vacation Rental!

Surfing

The original extreme activity on the Outer Banks. Surfers began visiting the Outer Banks as early as the 1960s. Since then, the sport has grown to be very popular in our area while gaining national exposure. While the surf on the Outer Banks can get good at any time of the year, (wetsuit provided) we experience quality surf most frequently during the fall months. Tropical storms and hurricanes push large amounts of swell towards the east coast during hurricane season which begins June 1st and ends November 30th.

Kiteboarding

With the ample wind we receive on a year round basis, it was only natural for the Outer Banks to become an international kiteboarding mecca. The shallow waters of the sound which border our barrier islands to the west are what kiteboarderâ??s dreams are made of. The predominant southwest winds of the summer months and northwest winds of the fall ensure there will be plenty of wind to launch the thousands of kiteboarders who visit our area into the air! It is commonplace for kiteboarders to travel to Hatteras Island from places as far away as Canada and the Caribbean to sample what the island has to offer.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Most people might not think of stand-up paddleboarding or SUPing, as an extreme activity. However, it is quite popular for SUPers to take their paddleboards out in the ocean and surf on them. When surfing on a SUP, the sport definitely becomes extreme. Stand-up paddleboarders get their thrills by not having to stand up as they are taking off on a wave, standing up on a board before the wave picks the rider up does come with its fair share of risks. When holding a paddle on top a board that is twice as long and wide as many surfboards, there is a lot to control. Stand-up paddle boarders who surf on their crafts are sure to experience exciting wipeouts!

Skateboarding

Skateboarding on the Outer Banks first became popular as simply a way to â??surf on landâ?? when the wave conditions were less than favorable. Today, the sport has taken on an identity of its own in our area. Until about seven or eight years ago there were only a couple, privately owned skateparks. Today there are multiple skateparks that are free to the public, thanks to the various towns that make up Dare County. Free Outer Banks skate parks can be found near most Outer Banks rentals. These skateparks include Sound Park in Powellâ??s Point, Kitty Hawk Skatepark on Kitty Hawk Road, Aviation Skatepark near the Wright Brotherâ??s Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, Manteo Skatepark behind College of the Albemarleâ??s Roanoke Island campus, and Buxton Skatepark at the Fessendon Center on Hatteras Island.