Destination guide

Beachside getaway at Nags Head vacation home rentals

Nags Head invites visitors to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where sandy beaches, tons of shopping and dining options and family-friendly amenities welcome vacationers for getaways on the ocean. The plentiful parklands mean picturesque hiking spots abound, though most of the action takes place on the water, with the Atlantic Ocean and Roanoke Sound both perfect for boating adventures, fishing and all sorts of water sports. Since the town sits on a narrow barrier island, most Nags Head vacation rentals are right on the water, with dreamy walkouts to sandy beaches and beautiful views of the sun rising over the ocean each morning.

Things to do

Attractions near Nags Head vacation homes

With everything from national parklands full of hiking trails and beaches, to aquariums, arcades and mini golf nearby, Nags Head offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment. Just north of town, pay a visit to the Wright Brothers National Memorial at the site where the famous duo brought their airplane dreams to life. Along with the landing sites, a monument and a life size model of the flier itself, you can walk through a reconstructed camp that shows what life was like in the early 1900s, and check out interactive exhibits and displays at the visitor center.


Things to do near Nags Head vacation rentals

With the ocean and the sound on each side of Nags Head, you'll find endless ways to enjoy the waterfront here. Local vendors are on hand to equip you with all the water sports equipment and experiences you could need, whether you want to try your hand at paragliding and kiteboarding, or prefer calm canoeing and kayaking outings along the coast in search of the best swaths of sand. You don't even need a board or boat to enjoy the water, though, with plenty of places to splash around with the kids, and lots incredible sea life to discover while snorkeling.


Climate for your stay in Nags Head vacation rentals

Nags Head's beachfront location in the Outer Banks means summer is a prime time for vacations, when hot afternoons call for beach days filled with swimming, surfing and paddling beneath the beaming sun. If you visit during the warmest months, you'll want to look for a Nags Head vacation rental on the water, so you can walk out to the beach, and many come equipped with pools and hot tubs, too. Since summers can get a bit busy, consider a visit in spring or fall. The shoulder months are warm enough for outdoor activities and the beaches will be much quieter than in the middle of summer.

Natural features

Sand dunes and sea air in Nags Head

Located on a barrier island in North Carolina's Outer Banks, Nags Head brims with amazing ocean views, sandy beaches and lots of spots to soak up the fresh sea air. Jockey's Ridge State Park is close to many Nags Head vacation rentals and has an intriguing landscape of sand dunes to explore, with boardwalks running through and wildlife like red foxes, white-tailed deer and osprey to spot in the surrounds. Cape Hatteras National Seashore is just a few miles south, with incredible coastal hiking trails, where you're bound to spot some of the 100s of bird species that live here.

How to get there

How to get to and around Nags Head

The nearest airport is in Manteo, NC (MEO-Dare County Regional), located 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Family-friendly attractions near Nags Head vacation homes

Nags Head is filled with kid-friendly attractions to explore on your family trip. Vacation homes are available near places like First Flight Adventure Park, an aerial amusement park with obstacle courses and a zip line, and Dowdy Park, a popular park with playing fields, multi-use sports courts, and a playscape. You could also visit the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the site of the first English settlement and historic museum.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat in Nags Head vacation rentals

If you're looking for a romantic trip, Nags Head offers unique spaces and activities to enjoy. Vacation rentals can be found near peaceful locations like the Seaside Art Gallery, an art museum with a range of beautiful artwork, and the Bodie Island Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse with tours and scenic water views. You may also like the Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum, a quirky museum with a collection of found beach objects.

Can I find a vacation rental around Nags Head?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,209 vacation rentals near Nags Head. From 1,649 Houses to 152 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nags Head for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Nags Head?

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 Nags Head:

  • South Nags Head: 361 vacation rentals
  • Laughing Gull Cottages: 116 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Side Court: 141 vacation rentals
  • Pine Island: 613 vacation rentals
  • Colington Harbour: 49 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 Nags Head?

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

  • Nags Head Fishing Pier: 2,817 vacation rentals
  • Jennette's Pier: 2,405 vacation rentals
  • Bodie Island Lighthouse: 2,287 vacation rentals
  • Oregon Inlet Fishing Center: 2,235 vacation rentals
  • Jockey's Ridge State Park: 2,809 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nags Head 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 Nags Head?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,649 Houses in Nags Head. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Nags Head include:

  • Cottages: 152 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 316 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 152 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 Nags Head?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,298 vacation rentals with pool available in Nags Head. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.