Nags Head Vacation Rentals

Lifeguard Stand in Nags Head, North CarolinaLocated north of Oregon Inlet and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and south of the town of Kill Devil Hills is Nags Head, an immensely popular area for vacationers from around the United States. The town incorporated in 1961 and is a perfect example of the booming tourism industry found on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

According to the United State Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.6 square miles that trumps every other town located on the northern Outer Banks in size. Visitors choose to stay in Nags Head rentals for a number of reasons, including the town’s well-kept beaches, wealth of activities and attractions, and stupendous selection of vacation homes available for weekly and partial stays.

The town has one numerous accolades from major publications and Nags Head was named #1 family-friendly beach by TripAdvisor® for 2007. Home of the east coast's largest sand dune, the area features attractions, shops, restaurants, night life, water sports and more. Visitors staying in Nags Head rentals are only a short drive away from both Roanoke Island and Oregon Inlet.

Jockey’s Ridge is the largest, tallest, and most imposing of all of the sand dunes found in Nags Head. On a calm spring, summer or fall day, it’s not uncommon to see dozens of area tourists climbing to the apex of one of Ridge’s many rolling sand dunes. One of the earliest written recounts of Jockey’s Ridge was in a 1753 grant to John Campbell in which the sand dunes were referred to as “Jockey’s Hill.” Jockey's Ridge State Park is the perfect spot to fly kites, hang glide or sand surf.

Nags Head Vacation Rental Homes

Seaside Vacations is pleased to offer a number of Nags Head rentals that are available year-round for travelers who want to enjoy everything the thin strip of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks has to offer. Our selection of Nags Head rentals range in size from modest 2 bedroom oceanfront condos that overlook the beach to 10 bedroom beachfront estates that are large enough to accommodate nearly 30 guests.

Nags Head RentalsSome of the homes in our rental program situated in Nags Head offer guests access to luxurious amenities including direct beach access, private heated pools, spacious outdoor hot tubs, spectacular recreation rooms, and expansive open floor plan living space.

In addition to offering Nags Head vacation rentals located steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, Seaside Vacations also offers homes on the sound front giving vacationers easy access to the other major bodies of water on the Outer Banks.

Pet-friendly Nags Head rentals are also offered to our guests, which allow you to bring along your four-legged friend so he/she can enjoy the sandy beaches of the Outer Banks. We also offer several handicap friendly vacation homes that are equipped with amenities like an elevator.

If you are planning a trip to the OBX with family or friends, consider staying in this popular vacation destination. We offer over 100 Nags Head rentals to choose from that are sure to meet your individual parties’ needs and wants. You’ll have a plethora of fantastic restaurants and shops to adore as well as an array of activities to enjoy in Nags Head.

History of the Town of Nags Head's Name

The origins of how the Outer Banks town of Nags Head received its name are still up for debate to this very day. Similar to neighboring town of Kill Devil Hills, there are a number of swirling stories of just how this portion of the North Carolina coast received its unique and distingushing name.  

Once theory dates back to the mid-1800’s when an artist-writer who worked for Harper’s New Monthly Magazine visited Nags Head and described the two in great detail in an article dated for May of 1860. The author notes that “Nag’s Head derives its name, according to the prevalent etymology.” He continued “from an old device employed to lure vessels to destruction. A Banks pony was driven up and down the beach at night, with a lantern tied around his neck. The up-and-down motion resembling that of a vessel, the unsuspecting tar would steer for it.”  

There is another explanation for the town’s name which seems to date back even further than the mid-1800’s. Stories from locals say that name was bestowed by an Englishman named Leigh who moved to Perquimans County in the early part of the nineteenth century, joined his neighbors in visit to the Jockey’s Ridge area, and noticed a striking resemblance between the sand hills and a place called Nag’s Head on the coast of England.

Another plausible story regarding how Nags Head received its name dates back to an old story told time and time again by area natives. Many years ago there stood on the hills alluded to a large live oak tree, whose branches were twisted and warped by the occasional wind storm Outer Banks locals are accustomed to. It was the practice of large numbers of horses and cattle to assemble under this oak tree for both shelter and to rub themselves against the branches and trunk. One day, a horse caught its head between the limbs of the tree and unfortunately got stuck. The horse’s body remained suspended for quite a while until only his head was left dangling among the branches; hence the name Nag’s Head was given to the area.

Rentals in Nags Head


Major Attractions in Nags Head, NC

Aerial View of Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina

Jennette's Pier

hang gliding jockeys ridge nags head north carolina

Jockey's Ridge

Bodie Island Lighthouse Nags Head, North Carolina

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Nags Head Communities

Admirals View – These condominiums feature a community pool and onsite laundry.

Dune Lantern – These oceanfront condominiums feature an elevator for your convenience.

Heron Cove – Located at approximately milepost 14.5, this oceanfront condominium complex features a 40' oceanfront pool and direct beach access that your family will surely love. Covered and open parking, beach storage, and an elevator can be enjoyed by all guests at Heron Cove.

Old Nags Head Place – Nestled among the pine trees in Nags Head is one of the newest and most upscale subdivisions in Nags Head. Old Nags Head Place is located at milepost 12 between Highway 158 (the bypass) and Route 12 (the "beach road") and features quiet neighborhood streets perfect for jogging or bike riding. For your family's convenience, a community walkway runs directly through the neighborhood and leads you to the pubic beach access.

Pirates Cove – This waterfront community features a community pool, outdoor hot tub, tennis courts, playground, clubhouse, adult fitness center, 152-slip marina, ship’s store and restaurant.

Villages at Nags Head – The Village at Nags Head extends from the oceanfront to the soundfront and is Nags Head's premier community. Two restaurants, sound access and private beach access are all available via a complimentary shuttle bus. Enjoy community activities including: Memorial Day party, Fourth of July celebrations, Wednesday night picnics and much more. Tennis courts, an oceanfront Olympic-size pool, and an unsurpassed golf course are just a few amenities you will love.

The Villas on the Roanoke Sound – Located at milepost 11, the Villas on the Roanoke Sound can be found nestled between the sand dunes of Jockey's Ridge State Park, the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve and the Roanoke Sound. This condominum community features two swimming pools, club house, tennis courts, swing set, boat ramp, dock and gazebo. Your family will also enjoy the peaceful afternoons with nature's sounds.

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