Spring on the Outer Banks
by Jessie S.
When most people think of the beach, they think of summer. We can’t blame you… there’s nothing like spending hot summer days laying on the sand soaking up the sun. But here in the Outer Banks, we are fortunate to have awesome beach weather for several months of the year – long before summer starts and long after it ends. One of our favorite times for an OBX Vacation? Spring!
Springtime in the Outer Banks is beautiful. The weather is warmer, the sun shines longer, and the roads are still a little less crowded. You deserve a vacation and Spring is the perfect time for a romantic getaway, guys trip, or even a mini-escape for you and your friends! Before you dismiss the idea of coming to the beach anytime but during the summer months, read our list of reasons you’ll love Spring in the Outer Banks.
The Weather is Incredible
A lot of our visitors come down to North Carolina from Northern states like Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, etc. We know it’s cold up there, especially during the early Spring months. Luckily for beach lovers, it starts warming up here around March and once it warms up, the weather generally stays pretty moderate. Not only is this perfect vacation weather but it’s a nice reprieve for anyone wanting to escape a late winter blizzard!
The average temperature in Nags Head is usually several degrees warmer than in most major cities to our North during March, April and May. In case you were curious, the following chart highlights some of the temperature differences during Spring months in comparison to the temperatures in the OBX. Most people are pretty much over the winter weather by March so 50 degrees Fahrenheit sounds like a pretty godo deal. And the average Spring temps overall are perfect for exploring new sites, doing some local shopping, or even lounging out on your deck with a good book. It’s that sweet spot of not too hot but not too cold.
Rentals are More Affordable
The bottom line is that vacation rentals are more affordable during the Spring. In fact, they are a fraction of the cost of peak summer rentals and at those prices, you should definitely take advantage! We offer dozens of affordable condos, townhomes, and bungalows that are perfect for a smaller party (ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms) meaning you can still stay in an awesome vacation rental no matter the size of your party. To make it even easier for you to visit, many of our homes offer partial stays* during spring and we even have several homes that offer Any Day Stays**! A lot of people associate vacation rentals with week-long summer vacations but there's no need to spend your Spring trip in a small hotel room when you could have access to a full kitchen and living area! Plus you save money just by being able to cook in your own kitchen! We'd mention the incredible views... but they speak for themselves.
*Partial stays require a minimum reservation of 3 nights, with check-ins on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
**Any Day Stays properties require a minimum reservation of 3 nights with the option of checking in any day of the week.
Events are Always Occuring
If you love festivals, concerts, and other beach events, Spring is the PERFECT time to take your vacation. There is something fun going on almost every week during the Spring months so pick a week, book your trip, and come experience your next OBX moment! Whether you are planning a girls’ weekend, guys’ trip, family vacation, or even looking for events that are pet-friendly, the Outer Banks offers activities for everyone. Here are just a few of the upcoming events happening Spring 2019:
- March 17: 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Nags Head
- March 28 – March 31: OBX Taste of the Beach
- April 1 – April 30: Butterfly Festival at Elizabethan Gardens
- April 15 – April 27: Ghosts of the Lost Colony Tour
- April 19 – April 20: Kitty Hawk Kites Fly Into Spring Kite Festival
- April 20 – April 28: 17th Annual OBX Bike Week
- May 3: 12th Annual Dare County KidsFest
- May 3 - May 5: ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships
- May 4: Woofstock at Elizabethan Gardens
- May 10: British Cemetery Ceremony in Ocracoke
- May 11: Dare Arts Artrageous Kid Festival
- May 14 – May 18: 25th Annual Hatteras Village Offshore Open
- May 15 – May 18: 2019 Bluegrass Island Festival
- May 16 – May 20: 47th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular and Air Show
- May 30: Opening Night for The Lost Colony
Restaurants Open for Business
Many local shops and restaurants close down during the off-season. Luckily, March is when most of those businesses re-open for the year. In other words, vacationing in the OBX during Spring literally means you get access to the same awesome places you do during the summer months but with less traffic, shorter wait times, and discounted prices. As an added bonus, the Sping season is great for Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi and Clams so you are sure to get some of the freshest seafood when you order a meal in one of our local OBX restaurants. Check out what other seafood is in-season during Spring!
Jessie has been coming to the Outer Banks since she was just 5 years old. She loved it here so much that she finally relocated in 2018. Now her mission is to show the world that the Outer Banks is an incredible place that everyone should experience. When she isn't working, you can find Jessie hanging out with her friends, chilling at home with her awesome cat, Yoji, or discovering a new Outer Banks adventure.