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.

20 Reasons to Book Your 2020 Outer Banks Vacation with Atlantic Realty

Atlantic Realty rents Vacation Homes and Condos on the Outer Banks of NC.  With properties available from 1 to 16 bedrooms, in areas from Corolla to South Nags Head, we are sure to have the ideal vacation home for your family’s size, style and budget.  Here are 20 reasons why you should book your 2020 Outer Banks vacation with us! 

1.Easy to Use Website – Full of Large Photos and Floorplan Tours, www.atlanticrealty-nc.com makes it easy to find the perfect vacation home available the dates that you want to visit. 

2. Online Booking and Payments – Real Time availability allows you to book your vacation anytime – even when our office is closed.  View your reservation and make payments whenever you like through our Guest Portal. 

3. Pet Friendly Rentals – With over 40 homes available that allow pets, you can bring the entire family on your Outer Banks vacation. 

4. Partial Week Stay Search – We offer the ability to search for short stays online.  No need to call the office to see what’s available for a long weekend, you can search and book online anytime! 

5. Flexible Payment Plan – Book with just 25% down, 25% due by April 15th, and the balance of your reservation due 45 days before arrival.

Homes Available from Corolla to South Nags Head

6. No Credit Card Fees – Unlike some other vacation rental companies, we do not charge guests additional fees to pay by credit card. 

7. Knowledgeable and Friendly Staff – Our Vacation Planners live right here on the Outer Banks and can give you the best local advice on where to stay and what to do during your vacation. 

8. Senior Discount – Guests over age 65 receive a 10% discount on select homes with Atlantic Realty. 

9. Travel Insurance – We offer Travel Insurance to all guests to protect their vacation investment.  Anything can happen before or during your vacation, and Vacation Travel Insurance can offer reimbursement in the event of a last minute cancellation or Hurricane Evacuation. 

10. Vacay Your Way Homes – This select group of homes provides flexible arrival dates and flexible stay dates year round!  Only want to visit for 3 nights in July?  No need to wait until the last minute to see what’s left – you can book that vacation today in our Vacay Your Way Homes. 

Atlantic Realty provides exceptional services and amenities

11. Educator Discount – Teachers and Administrators receive a 10% discount on select homes year round. 

12. Free Activities – Our Exclusive Fun N Sun Pass provides Atlantic Realty guests with FREE local activities each and every day of their stay.  Take a wild horse safari, dolphin cruise, play mini golf and more all for FREE! 

13. More Discounts – We’ve teamed up with over 30 local businesses to provide guests with exclusive discounts on restaurants, activities, and services with our Explore the Shore Program

14. Clean Homes – Our housekeepers are trained and held to the highest standards.  Each home is inspected before guest arrival to ensure that you will be satisfied.

15. Keyless Entry – Almost all of the Atlantic Realty homes provide convenient keyless entry with Express Check In.  No more having to worry about losing keys on vacation and no need to check into the office when you arrive.  Go straight to the home to begin you vacation! 

H2OBX Waterpark is the newest attraction on the Outer Banks

16. H2OBX Ticket Discount – As a partner of H2OBX Waterpark, Atlantic Realty guests get an exclusive discount on waterpark tickets.   

17. No Event Fees – Our Event Homes do not charge any additional fees for Weddings, Parties, or Corporate Retreats. 

18. Local Heroes Discount – We celebrate Military (Active and Retired), Fire, Police, and EMS workers with a 10% discount on full week rentals year round on participating properties.  

19. In House Maintenance – Should any maintenance issues arise during your stay, our friendly and helpful maintenance team will get it corrected quickly so as not to disturb your vacation. 

20. Guest Referral ProgramShare Atlantic Realty with your friends and family!  When they book a 2020 vacation with us, we’ll waive the Admin Fee ($135 value) on your reservation as a Thank You. 

5 Reasons a Beach Vacation is Good for your Health

It’s official. You’ve always known that you felt better at the beach, now there is actual scientific proof of that fact. It’s long been accepted that being in nature is a great way to lower stress. However, a study published in Health Place, shows that of all the nature you could ‘be in’, that the beach is clearly the superior choice. Here are a few reasons why.

Listen To The Waves Crashing

Waves crashing are a known ‘white noise’ sound, that calms the body and relaxes the nervous system. Many white noise machines are designed to mimic this sound, and the most popular ‘sleep tapes’ involve waves gently crashing on a beach. That sound, (known as ‘non-threats’ to the scientific community,) can help you achieve a conscious meditative state that is proven to both heal and strengthen you brain.

There’s Nothing Like The Feeling Of Sand Through Your Toes

You love walking on the beach, and it turns out it’s good for you too.  Walking in sand is more challenging to your body than walking on flat roads. However, since this ground works with your body in a natural, forgiving way, (unlike asphalt which is very unforgiving,) you’re less likely to strain yourself while getting a better work out at the same time.  Plus, you get to hear waves and smell ocean.  And there’s another bonus too. Walking barefoot in all that sand naturally sands off all the dead skin on your feet better than any pedicure. So not only do you feel better, your feet will look great in flip flops!

walk on the beach
Walking on the beach is soothing

The Ocean Is A Natural Spa Day

Ever notice how a day at the beach shrinks your pores, heals cuts, and makes your skin look better? It’s not your imagination, and it’s not simply because you’re happy. Its’ because the combination of iodine, salt and other trace minerals in ocean water work as a detoxifier, an antibacterial and an antifungal. There’s nothing better for your skin than ocean water. And when the warm sun opens up your pores, it does an even better job.  See, all the more reason to get out there and soak up some sun — Vitamin D!

There’s A Wide Array Of Exercise Available At The Beach

Not everyone likes exercise , but everyone loves playing on the beach. Whether you’re walking, running, playing Frisbee with the pup, volleyball with the kids, swimming, jumping waves, digging holes and so on, there are all kinds of ‘exercise’ you can do on the beach that simply feels like play.  You’ll feel better in both mind and body, and you’ll want to do your favorite ‘workout’ again.

Smell That Salt Air

Taking your first steps on the beach and inhaling deeply is practically instinct. And it’s not just your imagination that makes you feel better. It’s the air itself.  The quality of the air is purer on the beach. The air is actually infused with salt and negative ions that make it easier to breathe and absorb oxygen into your lungs.  And of course, the fact that you’re breathing deeper now that you’ve relaxed doesn’t hurt either.

Relax with an Outer Banks Vacation

Going on a beach vacation is something that has unending benefits. These benefits were well known to our ancestors, which is why 18th and 19th century doctors often prescribed ‘seaside getaways’. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for a doctor to prescribe one, (though wouldn’t that be cool,) you can just ‘getaway’ right now.

There’s still time to plan your seaside getaway to the Outer Banks either for a Summer Vacation or Fall Weeks. Check out our available homes here.

What’s New on the OBX in 2019

The summer season is just about here, and everyone is gearing up for our visitors.  So in keeping with that, let’s take a look at some of the new things available on the Outer Banks for the 2019 season.

The Casey Logan Disc Golf Course

Owned by the town of Kill Devil Hills, the new disk golf course is tucked away behind the First Flight High School and offers free disk golf for all.  This project was 8 years in the making and recently became a reality thanks to generous donors. Now, any time you want to play disk golf, you can just go to Kill Devil Hills and have a great time.

Shipwrecks Restaurant

A new restaurant is always exciting, and it’s even more exciting when you know the food is going to be good. Shipwrecks Restaurant is moving into the old Hooters building, and is brought to you by the people who own Sooey’s BBQ and Sandtrap Tavern.  The restaurant promises great food and a ‘retro’ Outer Banks feel. Recent tastings from the restaurant promise to have something for everyone!

Nu-Quality Ice Cream Shop

When you pass by the Food Lion in Southern Shores, you’ll notice a little yellow building. No, it’s not a bank. It’s a drive through ice-cream place. The owner has had a successful ice-cream business in Elizabeth City and is now coming to the Outer Banks. The ice cream shop will be open year round and have limited seating. However, everyone is excited about the drive through. It’s the only ice cream drive in on the Outer Banks, and will taste so good after a long day in the car.

Jumpmasters

Now in its first full year, Jumpmasters is the Outer Banks only indoor trampoline park. It features all kinds of fun activities like trampolines, climbing walls, and an American Ninja style obstacle course. Kids and adults love Jumpmasters. Atlantic Realty guests get to enjoy a free admission through our Fun N Sun Pass Program.

Jumpmasters Trampoline Park

Axe Throwing Lessons

Unleash your inner Viking and learn how to throw a real axe at a wooden target.  No experience required. You’ll learn axe throwing in a safe controlled environment from a master instructor. There’ no better adrenaline rush than learning to throw an axe with precision.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

OK, so this one isn’t exactly new new.  It’s now in its 5th season and is in a new location at the Ramada. It has a new menu which is a buffet. It also features a new mystery. So even if you saw it last year, come on by and see it again. It won’t be like last year, and it’s an experience you’re not going to have anywhere else on the Outer Banks.

H2OBX Waterpark

Now, in all fairness, this was here last year as well. But this year, they’re offering a NEW weekly pass to the park. That’s right. When you buy the weekly pass from Atlantic Realty, you can go as much as you want all day every day (between Saturday and Saturday) for your entire week for one low price.

H2OBX Waterpark

New Event Homes

Atlantic Realty now does event homes.  Currently we have three of them, with the possibility for more in the future. The Pine Island Lodge is our largest and sleeps 80 people with 28 bedrooms. Our other two event homes are Crew Quarters and Knot Home. Each home sleeps 38-40 people with 16 bedrooms each. All three homes have great amenities like a swim up bar in the pool, outdoor entertaining areas, gyms, game rooms, extra sitting rooms and so much more.

We hope you’ll check out some of these new activities on your next visit to the Outer Banks. Let our Vacation Planners help you plan your next Outer Banks adventure or start browsing Vacation Ideas here.