Pine Knoll Shores, NC, USA

Pine Knoll Shores, NC, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 563 vacation rentals near Pine Knoll Shores. From 222 houses to 215 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pine Knoll Shores for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Pine Knoll Shores is the calmer side of Atlantic Beach

If you're looking for all the rolling swells and pristine sands of Atlantic Beach but don't want the hustle of the boardwalk, Pine Knoll Shores could just be the solution for you. It's not only home to pretty creeks, wide beaches, birding wetlands, and handsome state parks, but also comes with one of the most acclaimed aquariums in all of North Carolina – that's really something. And that's not even mentioning Pine Knoll Shores vacation rentals, some of which spill straight onto the white sands of the beachfront, others of which nestle in the leafy streets along the Bogue Sound.

The fruits of the sea in Pine Knoll Shores

Like Atlantic Beach before it, Pine Knoll Shores is a place closely connected to the ocean. The summertime visitors who flock to the Pine Knoll Shores vacation rentals on the beach will often do little more than sunbathe and splash their days away. Who could blame them? If you do want to get the adventure juices flowing, then you could always hop on sailing cruises, or rent kayaks or SUPs to drift through the creeks. Golfing and birding close to the Bogue Banks are also available – be sure to bring the clubs or binoculars for those.

It's all about the aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores

The premier, top-of-the-list attraction in Pine Knoll Shores is the North Carolina Aquarium. It's a real doozy, too. Loggerhead turtles flounder in a tank, octopi bob in another. There are old shipwreck exhibits to get you channeling your inner swashbuckler, and everything from lionfish to rays to waterfalls, all backed up by scientific films that unravel the ecology of the North Carolinian barrier islands. It's a must for the whole family.

Feel the warmth in Pine Knoll Shores

There are plenty of reasons why Pine Knoll Shores vacation rentals are at their best in the summer months. For starters, the period between May and September ushers in the hottest weather – you can spend whole days with temperatures between 75 and 85 then. That's also when vacationers are flocking to the coast from the major cities of NC and SC, imbuing the bars and seafood joints with a lively character. Rainfall wise, you can expect the heaviest downpours around August, thanks to the subtropical nature of the climate.

Pine Knoll Shores sits between the sound and ocean

Pine Knoll Shores sits neatly on the North Carolinian barrier islands, blocked off from the American mainland by the sloshing waters of the Bogue Sound. And while the mudflats and beaches there are a real hotspot for birders and boaters – check out the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area for some of the best – the shoreline on the oceanside of the town is where the travelers prefer to go. That's a place of long, white-sand beaches and rolling Atlantic waves, dotted with dunes and awash with marine life of all sorts.