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15 Mar 2017
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From feeling the warm sunshine on your face after a long winter to seeing pops of color in fresh blooming flowers, there’s something wonderful and rejuvenating about spring. Springtime on the Outer Banks is even more amazing with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, temperate weather, and plenty of exciting local events to check out. Plus, most of us are ready for a vacation by March anyway so doesn’t a trip to the ocean sound exciting? There are plenty of reasons that we love spring on the OBX, but here are our top 6 reasons you should visit:

1. Save On Your Rental!

Many of our homes have open weeks throughout the year and typically, rates are cheaper during these months than they are in the busy summer season. This means you can enjoy the same luxurious rental homes with great views and tons of amenities for less cost to you! We have a wide selection of homes that offer Any Day Stays meaning you can check-in and check-out any day your please... or choose to come for a whole week or more! Start browsing for your perfect Spring rental now.

2. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

If you want to get a first-hand look at the local flora and fauna, spring is the perfect time to be out in nature! Located on the north end of Hatteras Island, the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge boasts more than 365 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and especially birds. Bring a camera as photos opportunities are everywhere! Check their website for guided tours and special programs.

3. Restaurant Revelry! 

Nearly all of our seasonal restaurants and shops open back up in early March (plus there are also plenty of places open year-round). And the bonus of coming during the early Spring months? No long waits! A must-do for all foodies is the annual Outer Banks Taste of the Beach event which is a fantastic way to sample the fare of many of our fine restaurants in one fun-filled, food-centric weekend.

4. Isolated Beaches

"Unpopulated," "unspoiled," and "undeniably beautiful" are just some of the terms frequently used when describing the beaches of the Outer Banks. Our serene stretch of sand often finds itself on a number of National "Best Beaches" lists, including world-renowned beach expert "Dr. Beach's" annual round-up of best American beaches. Springtime means fewer visitors and fewer visitors means less crowds on the already wide, open beaches. Spring is the perfect time to relax on the sand without any nearby neighbors or go beachcombing in the morning before others have had a chance to pick up all the good shells.

5. National Parks

The NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island and Jennette's Pier bring you closer to the fish and sea life that both sustain and captivate us. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a wealth of interesting facts and artifacts from the thousands of shipwrecks off our coast. While it's not really a national park, the NC Ferry System is much more than a mere means of transportation, carrying passengers and cars between Hatteras and Ocracoke and other points beyond. Consider a day trip along the picturesque stretch of Highway 12 that leads to the ferry.  Head back on land and step back in time with a tour of the enchanting Elizabethan Gardens and then immerse yourself in a celebration of the first English settlers at Roanoke Island Festival ParkJockey's Ridge State Park, one of NC's most visited attractions and home to the East Coast's tallest natural sand dune - offers the best views of the OBX.  It's also the perfect location for the hang-gliding classes and events that take place there annually. Also a pretty fantastic place to fly a kite!

6. Go Fishing!

Visitors and locals alike will tell you that Outer Banks fishing is at its finest in the spring. From March to May, some of the best surf fishing can be found on the shores of the OBX. Offshore fishermen find May to June great for large tuna, mackerel, wahoo and dolphin catches. From surf and pier fishing, to brackish, fly and sound fishing, and inshore and offshore charter fishing - you'll find an array of catch that is unmatched on the Outer Banks. Drop a line and discover why so many anglers consider spring to be one of the best times of year to land the big one. 

Check out our events calendar for a complete listing of spring activities on the Outer Banks. Whether you're in search of adventure or solitude, a fun-filled family trip or a romantic getaway, spring is a truly special time on the Outer Banks. With such awesome rates, you can't afford to miss this opportunity to come for a visit!

See you at the beach!