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23 Jun 2023
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When vacationing on the Outer Banks, many people come to see the brilliance of the Atlantic Ocean, relax on the warm, sandy beaches, and explore the monuments of this historic region. However, the Outer Banks has also been known for centuries as a sportsman's paradise. This means that not only does this mean that there are ample chances for birdwatching and a plethora of wildlife adventures, but in addition to the ocean, the Outer Banks boasts the beauty of the sound waters and canals. When planning your stay in this beautiful coastal region, consider renting a canalfront vacation home to better take advantage of the waterways that are perfect for boating, fishing, crabbing, and more. Here are some of the reasons you may want to consider staying in a canalfront rental during your next Outer Banks vacation.

Beautiful Sunsets & Waterfront Views

One of the primary benefits of staying in a canalfront vacation rental is the breathtaking water views and the unbelievable sunsets that you will see when staying on the soundside of the Outer Banks. Wake up to the sight of calm, glistening waters right outside your window and enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness they bring. Whether you prefer watching the sunrise behind you from the comfort of your porch or witnessing the vibrant hues of a sunset over the beautiful canal and marshland, a canalfront property offers a front-row seat to nature's beauty. The serene ambiance created by the water views sets the perfect tone for a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. 

Privacy and Seclusion

Canalfront vacation rentals often provide a higher level of privacy and seclusion compared to properties located directly on the beach, especially consdering that our canalfront homes are primarily located in residential areas. This means that you can enjoy a quieter and more intimate setting, away from the crowds and noise. With a canalfront rental, you can unwind and fully immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings, making it an ideal choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway or families looking for a serene retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the highway.


Staying in a canalfront rental opens up a world of exciting water activities right at your doorstep. Many properties offer amenities such as private docks, boat slips, or direct access to canals and waterways. While surfing and playing in the surf are undeniably fun, one of the best parts of staying in a canalfront rental is the easy access to fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, crabbing, or boating. Take a kayak tour or spend the evening stargazing with the sound of nature as your soundtrack. Explore the intricate canal systems and marshlands, discovering beautiful natural habitats and catching a glimpe of the wildlife that call the unique ecosystem of the Outer Banks home.

Birdwatching & Wildlife

The canals and marshlands of the Outer Banks are filled with a diverse variety of wildlife including birds, deer, fish, and more. This makes the area a uniquely situated paradise for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers of all experience levels. Booking a canalfront vacation rental gives your the opportunity to observe various types of birds all from the comfort of your deck or porch, including herons, egrets, osprey, and more. Being able to witness these beautiful creatures without having to leave your cozy vacation rental is an awe-inspiring experience that will have you coming back to the Outer Banks year after year to see the progression of these magnificent creatures. The canals and marshlands are also home to reptiles like turtles and lizards that are tons of fun to watch while frogs, rabbits, deer, and squirrels frequent these often-times forested areas. This creates the soothing ambiance of forest sounds that will whisk you away to a world where bills and credit scores don't matter. The beach just a few minutes away is just an added bonus.

Convenient Retreat

As we've mentioned, when you stay in a canalfront Outer Banks vacation rental, you can expect a calming and relaxing vacation with a quiet atmosphere and an out-of-the-way residential neighborhood that promises peace and quiet away from the highway. However, just because you're not staying on the highway or the beach road doesn't mean that you're far away from all the action! In fact, our canalfront Outer Banks vacation rentals are conveniently located near many of the main attractions like the Wright Brothers Memorial or Jockey's Ridge, shops, and, of course, the beach. Enjoy the best of both worlds where you can enjoy a peaceful retreat on the water as well as the vibrant beachy lifestyle of the central Outer Banks. Explore nearby attractions and splash in the surf, sand, and sun during the day and return to the tranquility of a canalfront oasis in the evenings.

Book Your Next Outer Banks Vacation Rental Today!

So the next time that you're planning an Outer Banks vacation, consider staying in a canalfront Outer Banks vacation rental. With serene views of the water, added privacy, a wide variety of wildlife viewing oppoortunities and watersports activities, all while still being close to the ocean, it really doesn't get much better than this. Whether you're looking for a peaceful retreat or an adventure-laden getaway, a canalfrant Outer Banks vacation rental offers the prime opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. Discover the magic of the Outer Banks from a canalfront vacation rental and make memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

Give our wonderful Guest Services Team a call today at (866) 884-0267 or take a look at our available rentals to get started planning your next historic adventure to the Outer Banks. And don't forget about our layaway plan, which makes booking your dream vacation easier than ever. So don't wait. We're booking Outer Banks vacation rentals year round and we're excited to help you create memories to last a lifetime. We're here to help make your OBX vacation fun, exciting, and hassle-free. Give us a call today! Be sure to provide accurate information and make any necessary payments. 

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 About the Author:  Lauren is an Outer Banks local, mom, trained historian, and travel enthusiast. When she isn’t writing for the Seaside Vacations Travel Blog, Lauren can usually be found with her nose in a book or cuddling with her cats.