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11 Oct 2023
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Come enjoy the beach all over again this spring and fall with everything you love about the Outer Banks - warm sunny days, refreshing ocean waters, fine dining, natural treasures, historic sites, and local attractions - with fewer crowds. Outer Banks weather begins to warm back up to mid to high 60s in March and April and reaches 80-degree temperatures by the peak of the summer months. The OBX continues to stay warm long into September and October; so while the beach beckons, what better place to spend some time at the beach than the Outer Banks off season? 

Seaside Vacations has compiled a list of 10 great reasons to visit the Outer Banks in the off season. - everything from savory, fresh-caught seafood to cozy nights by warm fireplaces. While everyone else is paying top dollar to stay during the summer months, you'll be soaking in the relaxation, solitude and the satisfaction of a fabulous a great bargain.

10. Two Words: Remote Work

Imagine brainstorming sessions in the sand or discussing that next big deal in the sunroom of your Outer Banks vacation rental. Great meetings are about more than what goes on inside the conference room. The Outer Banks has the uncanny power to clear the mind and rejuvenate the spirit, paving the way to productive meetings. The serene setting allows meeting participants to focus their minds and unlock their creativity, ensuring guilt-free breakout sessions on the picturesque beaches. Discover Outer Banks meetings. Just because the leaves are starting change and the temperatures are cooling off doesn't mean that you have to stop enjoying the benefits of a vacation.

9. No Reservations Required

Well-known for fresh, locally-caught seafood, you'll be delighted by the wide-ranging offering of culinary delights in unique settings - even during the Outer Banks off-season dates.  Outer Banks restaurants serve everything from Italian standards to Southwestern and French cuisine. And the best thing about the off-season dining experience? No reservations. No more 30-minute waits. And still just as many delectable choices.

8. Flip Flops Welcome Year Round

No matter the time of year, you'll find that it is always a great time to be on the Outer Banks. The Outer Banks typically has mild weather year-round with the ocean water temperatures staying warm through November and then warming up again in May. The weather in the fall is ideal with warm days and cool evenings. The ocean water is still warm from the summer months - and not too cool for swimming until almost Thanksgiving.

7. Adventure, History, Culture...and More

From kayaking, hang-gliding, and wild horses to famed lighthouses and boutique shopping, there is still plenty of fun to be had in the off-season with numerous Outer Banks attractions and activities. The world-class surfing on the Outer Banks reaches its peak in the fall, and the fishing is also at its best with a typical Outer Banks fall morning displaying a gorgeous sunrise silhouetting a shoreline dotted by surfcasting fishing enthusiasts.

6. 'Tis the Season

The holiday season on the Outer Banks is something to behold! Our barrier island comes alive with festive Outer Banks events that set the stage for fun family reconnecting. From concerts and festivals to art shows and open houses…the holiday cheer abounds! Check our Top 10 Reasons to Spend the Holidays on the Outer Banks and our guide to Local OBX Holiday Events to get the most out of your vacation.

5. Nights in Rodanthe, Anyone?

Why not leave the family behind...and take some time to rekindle the romance (the sitting-snug-by-a-crackling-fire kind). From long walks by the ocean to brilliant sunsets over the sound, you'll discover that romance is all around. Have the beach to yourself during a Spring Outer Banks stay. And if you're looking for something fun to read while you're relaxing on the cozy furniture in your Outer Banks vacation rental after a day with your loved ones, check out our guide to Outer Banks Books with a variety of reads set in the Outer Banks!

4. A Family Affair

The off-season on the Outer Banks is the perfect setting for fun family reconnecting. The vast stretches of empty shoreline, the crashing of the waves, the long walks in the refreshing ocean breezes, all the seashells you can carry, and the serene natural beauty-this picturesque scene is staged just for you.

And don't forget the other members of your family! The off-season is the perfect time of year to bring your furry friends for a frolic on the beach in a pet-friendly rental on the Outer Banks!

3. Fully Stocked

So maybe you won't be donning a bathing suit and lounging on a chaise the way you might under the hot summer sun. If the weather isn't picture perfect, no matter. Most Seaside Vacations vacation rental homes come stocked with everything you'll need (and more) to have just as much fun inside as outside. From board games and DVDs, to cozy fireplaces and warm relaxing hot'll find that you may never need to leave.

2. Out of Season Vacations = Out of Your Mind Prices

One of the biggest draws for off-season visitors is the amazing deals they can find on an Outer Banks vacation rental. An impressive nine-bedroom oceanfront house that rents for $15,995 a week in July rents for $3,495 a week in April. And a five-bedroom home drops from $3,720 to $825!

1. Our Pristine Natural Beauty

Spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic. Radiant golden sunsets over the sound. Pristine (and empty) windswept beaches and rolling dunes covered in swaying sea oats. A place of unparalleled beauty where time seems to slow and breathtaking beauty envelops the spirit and sets it soaring. This is the off-season on the Outer Banks.

So, if you're looking to escape the crowds and find a peaceful vacation in a beautiful spot at the edge of the world, visit the Outer Banks in the off-season. It just may be that a sweet escape to the wind-swept coast is exactly the getaway you're looking for.

Check out our available rentals today! It's not too late to book that end-of-the-year getaway!