Destination guide

Duck—all it’s quacked up to be

A quaint seaside resort along the Currituck Sound, Duck’s unspoiled sand beaches, charming commercial center, and waterside parks have seen it garner considerable popularity as a must-visit vacation destination. It’s surprising, then, to learn that the area went relatively undeveloped until the 1980s, when the local government decided to expand the range of amenities and attractions, while ensuring that natural beauty and small-town charm remained the region’s calling card. When it comes to inviting home comforts, thrilling views, and an enviable itinerary of water-based activities, the town remains at the forefront—simply put, Duck vacation rentals lead the flock.

Things to do

Duck by the bay

A recent addition to the town’s landscape, the Duck Boardwalk provides some of the area’s most awe-inspiring panoramas over the Currituck Sound. This 1-mile stretch is open between dawn and 9 pm and has a variety of activities to please all comers. A number of waterfront amusements are great for kids and family-friendly excursions, while the unforgettable image of the sun setting over the crystalline waters is perfect for romance. The boardwalk is also dotted with stores, cafés, restaurants, and bars, so you can shop ‘til you drop, nab a tasty bite, or soak up the suds, all within walking distance of your home from home.

Activities

Taking to Duck’s waters

This idyllic town is bordered by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound, so visitors here can enjoy waking up to the lapping of waves near their beachfront Duck vacation rentals. Once you get going, it’s time to discover the glistening ocean and the scenic sound for yourself. Many local businesses offer surfboard, kayak, and paddleboard rental, meaning travelers can try something new in the warm, crystal-clear waters of North Carolina. Guided kayak tours of the sound are a fantastic way to learn about the region’s rich ecology, while Jet Ski excursions let you explore at your own pace.

Weather

Nice weather for Duck

The Atlantic Ocean has a moderating effect on the climate of North Carolina’s coastal resorts, ensuring that summers are warm and comfortable and keeping the freezing temperatures of inland cities at bay. Summer is the most popular season for hitting the beach and soaking up the rays, though you’ll need to reserve your Duck vacation rental in advance to get a bargain in this period. The mild winter months are an excellent alternative. Temperatures are still high enough for hikes, water sports, and strolls along the boardwalk, and Duck vacation rentals are in plentiful supply.

Natural features

Natural Duck’s got you covered

The 11-acre Duck Town Park is the go-to place to discover Duck’s natural wonders. This expanse of land overlooks the famous sound and comprises a mix of maritime forest, willowed wetlands, and verdant lawns. Bird-watching is a favorite pastime of locals in this park, with double-breasted cormorants and ducks known to nest here throughout the year. Nature enthusiasts can hit the woodland trails to spot colorful wildflowers and enjoy a picnic on the rolling lawns, before admiring a shimmering sunset above the sound’s shallow waters.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Duck

The nearest airport is in Manteo, NC (MEO-Dare County Regional), located 17.3 mi (27.8 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Duck?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,274 vacation rentals near Duck. From 2,008 Houses to 90 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Duck for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Duck?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Duck:

  • Carolina Dunes: 129 vacation rentals
  • Sea Acres: 145 vacation rentals
  • Tuckahoe: 122 vacation rentals
  • Wild Duck Dunes: 128 vacation rentals
  • Caffeys Quarters: 137 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Duck?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Duck. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Greenleaf Gallery: 3,802 vacation rentals
  • Nor'Banks Sailing: 3,546 vacation rentals
  • Duck Village Outfitters: 3,752 vacation rentals
  • Aqua Spa: 3,790 vacation rentals
  • The Sanderling Spa: 3,296 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Duck listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Duck?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,008 Houses in Duck. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Duck include:

  • Cottages: 90 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 129 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 90 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Duck?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,693 vacation rentals with pool available in Duck. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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