25 Airbnb Outer Banks Properties + short term rentals For Your OBX Vacation!

Looking for great Airbnb Outer Banks rentals or VRBO vacation homes for your upcoming Outer Banks vacation? Look no further, we’ve done the research for you!

Jeanette's Pier, Outer Banks
Jeanette’s Pier, Outer Banks

Down below we have handpicked some of the best places to stay in the Outer Banks using short tern VRBO vacation rentals and we’ve broken our list up into the 5 most popular towns:

  • Kitty Hawk
  • Nags Head
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • Duck
  • Corolla

Staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals is the way to go! We recently visited the OBX and stayed in a hotel, but the hotel scene is limited here and this destination is more suited to vacation rentals!

By using VRBO or other short term rental companies on your OBX vacation you get access to a full kitchen (saving you money on eating out at OBX restaurants three times per day), separate bedrooms and privacy (perfect for families), a living room, a washer and dryer, the chance to stay in nice neighborhoods and many of the comforts of a home-away-from-home!

Sunrise over Kill Devil Hill Beach, OBX
Sunrise over Kill Devil Hill Beach, OBX

AND, considering it is suggested we still social distance, a vacation rental can be a great way to isolate yourself during your beach getaway compared to staying in a hotel with many others!

Criteria Used to Select these OBX Vacation Rentals

If you are planning to visit the Outer Banks, this post is designed to save you time as we have narrowed down the list and chosen a select few properties that sleep from 4-16 people

Whether you visit the OBX for a family vacation, friends getaway, a workcation or schoolcation, we’ve got you covered!

Here is the full list of filters and amenities we used to search for Outer Banks vacation properties to create our short-list:

  • Superhost | Premier Host
  • Entire place
  • Guests (4-16)
  • Instant book | Instant Confirmation
  • Beds 2+
  • Bathrooms 2+
  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Washer/dryer
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Free parking

Please Note: 

Whilst we have stayed in many vacation properties around the world, we haven’t personally stayed in these Outer Banks rentals. But, we have 20+ years of world travel experience in solo travel, couples travel, family travel and business travel, and we consider ourselves experts on travel research and know what features to look out for in accommodation and how to sift through reviews with a careful eye.

Learning to hang glide at Jockey's Ridge State Park
Learning to hang glide at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

We hope these recommendations below help save you time and narrow down your choice of OBX vacation rental properties for your upcoming stay.

Airbnb is no longer a company we choose to stand behind for various reasons, so no longer recommend Airbnb rentals in the Outer Banks.

We love the OBX, it’s one of the best places to visit in North Carolina (we also love Wrightsville Beach area) and there are so many fun things to do in Outer Banks. All property images used are care of VRBO and the respective hosts.

Kitty Hawk Vacation Rentals

the Kitty Hawk beaches area of the Outer Banks is a popular place to stay. You’ll have easy access to some of the top things to do in the Outer Banks including restaurants, bars and cafes. It’s a good place to stay for those who want to be close to the action. We stayed near to here at Kill Devil Hills and enjoyed it.

Semi Ocean Front with Stunning Views and a Hot Tub!

A lunch table overlooking the beach

Snap Shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 10 reviews
  • 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 7 beds · 3 baths

The View Cottage” is located just steps from Kitty Hawk Beach. It’s clean, beautifully decorated with a dash of old Southern beach charm.

Stunning ocean views from all living areas and deck, which guests rave about. they also rave about the deck for morning coffee in the sun, hot tub for moonlit nights over the ocean and ease of check in and great service.

Great for a family or a girl’s weekend away! See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Beautiful Oceanside 5 br WITH pool + hot tub

beach house

Snap shot:

  • 4.9 star rating
  • 81 reviews
  • 10 guests · 5 bedrooms · 7 beds · 5 baths

This oceanside beach rental in Kitty Hawk is for those traveling in a large group. It offers plenty of amenities and group fun by way of basketball net, pool with plenty of lounge chairs and floats, pool table, ping pong table, surf boards, hot tub, beautiful views from the decks.

And if you don’t want to walk steps to the beach for a refreshing swim, you can dos o in your own private pool and then ease out the kinks in your muscles in a hot tub at night! See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Sound Garden Sunset Views

A view of a large body of water

Snap shot:

  • 4.6 star rating
  • 5 reviews
  • 8 guests · 4 bedrooms · 5 beds · 3 baths

For visitors to the Outer Banks who enjoy the serenity of the sound section, and closer to activities away from the beach like Jockey Ridge state park and hang gliding, this Sound Garden rental home is a perfect choice.

Sound Garden is located on a tree-lined cul de sac and is close to the multi-use path that runs alongside the sound where you can enjoy walking, biking, or running.

The wonderful thing about staying on the sound is you get the most beautiful sunset views. This is a very affordable Outer Banks rental. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

New Beach home with views

beach house

Snap shot:

  • 4.9 star rating
  • 34 reviews
  • 8 guests · 4 bedrooms · 5 beds · 4 bath

Enjoy this beautiful newly constructed home with ocean views from living room and upstairs bedroom. The Nest is located close to Lillian Beach, great restaurants: and adjacent to fun family activities.

With its Large backyard with fire pit and corn hole, it’s sure to please large groups and families. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Sunrise to Sunset – steps from the beach

chairs on a balcony

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 51 reviews
  • 8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 7 beds · 3 baths

This wonderful cottage that is steps from the ocean and close to many great OBX restaurants. Bright and comfortable with lots of lights and ocean views from all 13 windows surrounding the great room!

See more reviews and book your stay on VRBO

Guests love the watching the sunrise and set on the front porch, the hot tub and easy access to the beach. See more Kitty Hawk vacation homes on VRBO


Like Kitty Hawk, Nags Head is close to many of the Outer Banks attractions, restaurants and amenities. This is a good place for those who want to access to Roanoke Island and both the southern part of the Outer Banks and the northern is it is quite central to both. We stayed here n our winter vacation to the Outer Banks and loved it.

Oceanfront with private pool – Tranquility Plus!

beach house

Snap shot:

  • 4.2 star rating
  • 95 reviews
  • 18 guests · 7 bedrooms · 12 beds · 6 baths

This newly refurbished home is located in South Nags Head far enough away from the bustle of ‘town’ but close enough to everything not to be an inconvenience.

Families and large groups will love the quieter beach access, private pool and kiddie pool with numerous decks that give everyone their own space. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

wildest Dreams – beach access

beach house

Snap shot:

  • 4 star rating
  • 12 reviews
  • 12 guests · 5 bedrooms · 8 beds · 4 baths

Wildest Dream” is a bright and cheery direct oceanfront cottage with wonderful ocean views and access to a wide sweeping beach only 20 yds away.

It’s location is close enough to restaurants and attractions but far enough to offer a little serenity. You can walk to popular Jeanette’s Pier at Nags Head, one of the top beaches in Outer Banks.

In 2022, it had the following new updates: New Roof, Updated Kitchen, Updated Top Level Bathrooms, New Flooring. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Sound front Location with Views, Golf Course and Beach Club

A living room filled with furniture and a large window

Snap Shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 47 reviews
  • 9 guests · 4 bedrooms · 6 beds · 5 baths

If specatular views and convenient location are important to you this immaculate three level home on the bay side is for you!

Unobstructed sunset, water and golf course views from the top and middle floors. Centrally located to all shopping needs with the ability to walk or bike to several supermarkets and restaurants.

Includes free guest access to the Nags Head Beach Club with ocean and beach access, pools, tennis courts and parking during the summer months. It’s a five minute drive to the Beach Club or a free shuttle is available to take you to the ocean side Beach Club.

With member guest golf rates, this is the place for avid golfers. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

lacrosse the Banks – Dog Friendly & near the ocean

beach house

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 4 reviews
  • 15 guests · 5 bedrooms · 10 beds · 4 baths

This beach house is only 100 yards from the ocean and close to shopping, restaurants, water sports, fishing and more.

A plus for many families and groups is that it is dog friendly. The house includes Hot Tub , wet bar, 2 outside showers, den, screened porch, grill, with plenty of games and puzzles See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Home with Beach access and Community Pool

houses along the beach

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 5 reviews
  • 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 7 beds · 3 baths

Beach vacation home fronting the Beach Road in Nags Head (guests must cross the 2 lane beach road to access the beach).

Super ocean views with extra large decks – perfect for sunrise views. Perfect for family and friends and a memorable Outer Banks vacation! Parking for 4 cars. See full listing on VRBO and book your stay.


We loved the Kill Devil Hills beach – it felt much quieter than the other Outer Banks beaches. It’s a good location if you want to explore more of the Northern part of the Outer Banks, while still be closing to Jockey’s Ridge State park and other central attractions and restaurants.

Designer Beach Cottage

A living room connected to the kitchen

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 72 reviews
  • 8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 6 beds · 3 baths

This oceanside beach box cottage named ‘The Mermaid Shanty’ is located on a quiet street close to restaurants and just 2 blocks from the best lifeguarded beach on the central Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The interior is professionally remodeled & decorated with beach inspired furnishings with plenty of amenities and extras to keep guests entertained and happy.

This home is a perfect getaway for families with children, couples, or a guys/girls week. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

The Beach House with it ALL

beach house

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 136 reviews
  • 14 guests · 5 bedrooms · 10 beds · 6 baths

Acqua is a unique beach road property with beautiful ocean views just steps away from the beach with Private beach access, private pool, elevator, propane grill, hot tub, and 2 outside showers.

Each bedroom has its own bath and there are plenty of amenities for entertainment.

The great room hosts a fully stocked kitchen, a large dining area and stunning views of the ocean. Pull up a rocking chair on the front top deck, watching the sunrise and stargazing at night.

The ship’s watch is also a great spot to read and relax and watch the waves. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Waterfront Property with Bikes, Kayaks and sunsets

house next to a large body of water

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 50 reviews
  • 6 guests · 3 bedrooms · 5 beds · 3 baths

This waterfront property is for those who enjoy adventure on their vacation with beautiful sunset views from their private, expansive deck.

Included with your rental are 4 adult beachcruisers, 2 youth beach cruisers & a tandem kayak you can launch from the brand new dock and kayak platform.

Cedarwood is located in the heart of Kill Devil Hills, surrounded by bike & walking paths and conveniently less than a mile from the beach. It has been recently renovated with new flooring, interior paint, a new firepit, new downstairs patio. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

T.L. Sea at your doorstep

chairs faced towards the beach\\

Snap Shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 19 reviews
  • 13 guests · 6 bedrooms · 8 beds · 3 baths

Nestled in the heart of Kill Devil Hills, this large beach home is close to shopping, restaurants and tons of family attractions. This home features spectacular ocean views, rec room with foosball table, outdoor entertainment and beach equipment.

Guests will love the private beachfront access and Oceanfront Decks for sunrise views and evening relax time. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Oceanfront Condo – new & Updated

A living room and outdoor patio with double doors

Snap Shot:

  • 4.9 star rating
  • 69 reviews
  • 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 2 baths

This corner oceanfront condo has a fantastic location just a few steps away from the beach. You’ll love the ocean views and the new & updated design compared to a lot of OBX properties.

The condo offers private staircase to the pool and oceanfront walkway. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Beach Cottage With Bikes + Lovely Deck

porch with tables and chairs

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 54 reviews
  • 7 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2 baths

Enjoy this beautiful, professionally decorated beach house, Surrounded by palm treeS.

Beach vibes include a private outdoor shower, beautiful sun deck, and outdoor entertainment area complete with grill, picnic table, and refrigerator. The home also comes with games, picnic basket, cooler, beach chairs, and three adult bikes,

Perfectly located to access both the beach and the Sound and close to the Wright’s Brother Memorial. This is a great Outer Banks vacation rental for those seeking a relaxing beach getaway. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Corolla Rental Properties

Corolla is the place to visit in the Outer Banks for a quieter, more natural and refined experience. You’ll be close to the wild horses of Corolla and will have a quieter beach experience, yet still have access to some restaurants and village amenities. This is a great beach area for surfing!

Buck Island Home with Private Pool and Hot Tub

rows of beach houses

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 13 reviews
  • 11 guests · 5 bedrooms · 8 beds · 6.5 baths

A two-minute walk to the beach, this home located in the upscale gated community of Buck Island offers an elegant design, significant ocean views, comfortable spaces for all, inside and out.

It is loaded with amenities and quality furnishings and finishes that make this a vacationer’s paradise. Conveniently located close to shopping, groceries, movies, and restaurants, Skipper’s Sail Away provides a relaxing escape for families and friends. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Coastal Chic with Private Pool, Firepit and Ocean Views

A living room filled with furniture and a large window

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 3 reviews
  • 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 6 beds · 3.5 baths

The beach haven of your dreams located only a block back from the beach.

This spacious home is perfect for families and groups that want to enjoy the outdoors during their stay in Corolla – then rest well when they’re arriving home! Enjoy the ocean views, deck hot tub, and the stone firepit for evening s’mores.

There’s even a telescope for nighttime star gazing. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Heavenly Sound with Resort Amenities

large house in front of a body of water

Snap shot:

  • 4.90 star rating
  • 46 reviews
  • 12 guests · 6 bedrooms · 8 beds · 7 baths

For those wanting a more natural escape, consider this large home in the award-winning Corolla Light Resort on the Sound.

This large soundfront home has gorgeous sunset views in a beautiful, natural setting by the soundside pond and Ecology Pier. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise! Enjoy the pool, hot tub and stocked trout pond outside your door.

Corolla Light Resort amenities include: cardio and weight rooms with hot tub for 12 just a short walk away, soundfront nature trails, piers on the sound, pickleball and tennis courts, 24/7 security, trolley to the beach, weekly activities, shuffleboard, basketball courts, playground equipment, baby pools, racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor pools, and much more. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Salty Soul – 5 min walk to beach and saltwater pool

a porch with beach chairs

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 3 reviews
  • 14 guests · 7 bedrooms · 9 beds · 4 baths

The Salty Soul OBX is a beautifully updated home located in the heart of Corolla, NC! Just a short walk to the beach! A short drive to nearby restaurants, shops, and Corova Beach which is the home of the OBX wild horses!

This is perfect for multi-generational vacations as everyone can find their own space and incorporate valuable family time with the home’s amenities. Your own private saltwater tool and deck are a bonus! See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Oceanside with Private pool and Views

large house with a pool

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 22 reviews
  • 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 6 beds · 4 baths

This private home is situated on a spacious lot in Whalehead Beach just a short walk or bike to beach, shopping, restaurants, & golf.

Outside, enjoy ocean breezes on the expanded deck, quiet moments in the gazebo, and lazy days by the 16’x32′ pool. The large pool deck provides afternoon shade on those hot, sunny summer days. The surrounding landscaping ensures privacy around the pool area. 480 yards to the beach access. See full listing on VRBO and book your stay

Duck Airbnb

Duck is a very different Outer Banks vacation experience. It has a more stylish lux feel with small village vibes. you’ll love the boardwalk, exceptional restaurants, and boutique shopping in Duck. It also has one of the most pet-friendly beaches.

Oceanfront with Indoor pool/ gym and community amenities

a large open kitchen

Snap shot:

  • 5 star rating
  • 106 reviews
  • 16 guests · 7 bedrooms · 11 beds · 5 baths

The perfect Duck rental for families located in the Schooner Ridge Community in the village of Duck and close to the beach.

Park your cars and forget it! You can easily walk, or bike, to all you need for a fabulous getaway.

Guests have access to the all clubhouse and community amenities which include use of an amazing OCEANFRONT Pool w/ Dune-top Gazebo and Private Beach Access exclusively for Schooner Ridge Guests. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

The Raspberry House with Private Pool and Tiki Bar

beach house

Snap shot:

  • 4.8 star rating
  • 65 reviews
  • 20 guests · 6 bedrooms · 13 beds · 7 baths

The Raspberry Duck vacation rental is designed to give you memories that last a lifetime. There are 2 decks on the front of the home, and 2 decks and a screened in porch on the rear of the home. The large 14×30 pool is surrounded by a tiki bar, poolside cabana with a table that seats 12, outdoor speakers, hot tub, volleyball court, and horseshoe pit.

All of this spells FUN times. Not to mention they are a short walk to the beach (525 yards) and a five minute walk from the quaint shops, restaurants, and the sound side boardwalk in Duck village. See listing on VRBO and book your stay!

Summer Song: Solar Heated Pool; Hot Tub; 100 Ft Beach Access!

beach house

Snap shot:

  • 4.8 star rating
  • 12 reviews
  • 9 guests · 4 bedrooms · 6 beds · 3.5 baths

Summer Song is the perfect getaway home for families of all ages!

Swim in your private solar heated pool, or relax in the hot tub while the kids play in the Rec Room. Enjoy dinner out on one of the many decks or in the screened-in porch area, featuring a picnic table. Other outdoor amenities include cornhole, volleyball and horseshoes!

Only a few steps to the beach and a short drive to Duck Village. See full listing on VRBO and book your stay.

4BR Duck Oceanfront w/Breathtaking Ocean Views!

beach house in front of the ocean

Snap shot:

  • 4.7 star rating
  • 45 reviews
  • 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 7 beds · 5 baths

Four Buoys and a Gull is a wonderful family getaway where you can enjoy all the best of Duck and the Outer Banks.

Begin your day on the oceanfront deck watching the stunning sunrise. Walk down the private boardwalk and come and go to the beach as you want as the home is only steps from the sand and surf!! After a hard day at the beach, come back and lounge on the oceanfront deck and take in the unparalleled ocean views while enjoying your favorite beverage. In the evening, prepare a feast in the well-stocked kitchen, then take in the evening sky while gazing at the stars.

Expanded windows on the ocean side of the house – give everyone spectacular ocean and beach views!!

Enjoy all amenities of the Sanderling Community when you stay at this lovely oceanfront home. This is a great deal. See full listing on VRBO and book your stay

There you have it. We will be updating this list of Airbnb Outer Banks vacation rentals over time. Use the map below to find your perfect vacation rental in the Outer Banks.

Now you tell us, have you stayed in any awesome Outer Banks oceanfront rentals that you love? Comment below to share.

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