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Planning for a vacation, even to somewhere as chill and relaxing as the Outer Banks, can actually be a stressful experience. Between packing, traveling, planning food and activities, and not to mention paying for it, by the time your OBX vacation arrives, you're going to need a vacation from your vacation! Fortunately, here at Seaside Vacations, we believe that every part of your vacation should restful, rejuvenating, and, most importantly, hassle-free. Whether you're looking for travel tips, affordable payment plans, or local tips on the best places to eat with allergies or food sensitivities, we've got you covered. Keep reading for a list of ways that staying with Seaside Vacations keeps your Outer Banks vacation hassle-free!

Pay Over Time with Our Convenient Layaway Plan

Let's start at the beginning: paying for your trip. Seaside Vacations understands that time away with friends and family is important and we believe that everyone deserves an Outer Banks vacation. Our Hassle-Free Layaway Vacation Plan was created to help everyone enjoy a vacation on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. Simply select your favorite option from our list of available rentals, call our live, in-house Outer Banks Vacation Rental Specialists at (866) 884-0267 and they will give you specific deposit and balance information depending on the home and dates you reserve. Pay the minimum deposit due within 24 hours of making your reservation to hold your vacation home and travel dates. It really doesn't get any easier!

And Seaside Vacations has the pride of being the only vacation rental company on the Outer Banks that lets you pay monthly on your vacation, up to 14 months, with no interest and no hidden fees. So stop worrying about saving up or having to pay for your vacation all at once. Secure your ideal dates now and spread the payments out over time. There's no reason to wait any longer than you already have for the chance to get away. Learn more about how our layaway plan helps make your Outer Banks vacation hassle-free here.

We Provide a Vacation Starter Kit at Check-In

In a rush on your way to the beach house? Forget to grab all the extras you need at Walmart on the way in? Don't worry. We include a convenient amenitity start kit with every check-in so that you don't have to worry about everything as soon as you walk through the door. Enjoy the cozy comfort of your Outer Banks vacation rental and get started with your unforgettable vacation as soon as you arrive. 

Please keep in mind that you may need additional toiletries during your stay and you will need to bring personal items, additional soaps, and any extra paper products that you may need. 

Our vacation starter kit includes:

  • Two rolls of toilet paper
  • A roll of paper towel 
  • A kitchen trash can liner 
  • A sponge 
  • A dishwasher detergent packet

We also provide linens and towels for your stay, so that's one less thing worry about! This way you can spend your time and energy planning excursions, not making sure you packed enough pillow cases.

Packing Guides & Vacation Planners

We know that figuring on what to pack and what to do can be both exciting and overwhelming when you're headed somewhere new on vacation. So we're here to help! Check out our Guide to the Outer Banks for First-Time Visitors for some tips and information about what it’s like here on the OBX and use our Packing Guide to help get your whole family ready for a week at the Outer Banks! If you’re looking for something a little more off-the-grid, take a look at our list of 10 Unique Things to do in the Outer Banks or one of our in-house curated Trip Planning Itineraries.  And if you need something to keep the good vibes rolling on the drive in, take a listen to our Outer Banks Podcast where you can learn more about all things Outer Banks and get even more excited for your trip!

Contactless Check-In & Express Check-Out

When it's time to check-in for your upcoming Outer Banks vacation, wihen you stay with Seaside Vacations, there's no more worrying about keys fitting or visiting the office to find out when everything's ready. You'll receive a text message on the day of your arrival when your home is cleaned and ready to go as well as an email with your unique key code for your stay! Simply enter the code when you arrive at your Outer Banks vacation rental and get ready for a week (or more) of ultimate relaxation and easy, breezy fun. 

And when it's time to leave? We'll send you a reminder via text and email the day before it's time to leave. Then, you can easily notify us of your departure by using your keyless lock! Simply close the door and enter the closing code " 123456* ". The system will notify us of your departure automatically and you'll be on your way. No stress. Just easy in, easy out. And if, at any time, you have any issues with your code or accessing your home, simply give us a call at (800) 395-2525 and we'll do whatever we can to get you back in the home and on the way to some Outer Banks relaxing. 

Travel Insurance

Seaside Vacations is proud to partner with Red Sky - Sun Trip Preserver to offer the option to purchase insurance to protect your Outer Banks vacation investment. We highly recommend travel insurance, especially since the Outer Banks is prone to hurricanes. Travel insurance is priced affordably and covers a variety of issues (not just hurricanes) that could impact your vacation such as: sickness, injury or death of you or a family member, business partner, or traveling companion, your principal residence being made uninhabitable by fire, flood, vandalism, or burglary, involuntary termination of employment, military duty, lost baggage, trip delay, and much more. If you decline Travel Insurance and must cancel for any reason or an evacuation is issued before or during your stay, you WILL NOT be eligible for a refund. Please protect your investment! To learn more about everything Travel Insurance covers, please click here.

Club Seaside

And when you're planning excursions, activities, and dining experiences, sometimes the number of options available on the Outer Banks can be a little overwhelming, which is why we started our exclusive Club Seaside program! As a member of Club Seaside, you’re eligible for discounts on adventures, activities, food, rentals, etc., to several local businesses on the Outer Banks, such as Kayak tours, Biplane tours, Beach chair and umbrella rentals, Wine tastings, Surf & SUP lessons, Discounted grocery delivery, Charter boat excursions, In-home chef services and more! There are so many amazing opportunities to make the most of your Outer Banks vacation and with the premiere deals offered through Club Seaside, you won’t have to miss out on any of them! 

We want to help you make the most of your time on the Outer Banks, so be sure to check out our Club Seaside Partners for recommendations and discounts on some of the most amazing experiences on the beach!

Amazing Guest Services Specialists & Maintenance Team

We know we're a little biased, but here at Seaside Vacations, we think we have an amazing team. Our highly-trained Guest Services Specialists are an amazing group of people who care about you and your vacation experience. They will do anything they can to ensure that you have the best Outer Banks vacation possible and they're also just a really great group of people. If you have any questions at all about your stay, from the planning stages to check-out, they're here to help. 

And when it comes to helping out with anything that may arise during your stay, Seaside Vacations has a fantastic maintenance team standing by to help get your vacation back on track when issues arise. They're a talented group of people who value customer service in everything they do. From stopping to check on the A/C to helping you coordinate with an outside repair specialist, our maintenance folks are some of the best they're happy to help. Rest assured that you'll be in good hands for every step of your Outer Banks vacation with Seaside Vacations.


So whether you're hoping to come for a short stay getaway or you're excited to introduce the kiddos to some important North Carolina history while recreating memories of your childhood beach vacation, we've got the perfect place for you to stay while you're in town. There really is no bad place to stay on the Outer Banks, so why not plan a yearly trip and maybe stay in a different town each time? You're sure to find your perfect spot.

Keep an eye on our specials and deals and book now before your dream Outer Banks beach house fills up for the summer. 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!

We'll see you at the beach.