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You Can Trust Seaside Vacations

  • Family owned and operated locally on the Outer Banks for 30+ years
  • We host thousands of happy vacationers each year
  • Local office staffed with friendly and knowledgeable people
  • 24-7 on call support and after-hours emergency service
  • High standard of quality cleaning and pre-arrival inspection

Save! Included Value: Hassle-Free Freebies

  • Free Bed Linens
  • Free Bath Towels
  • Free Keyless Entry
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Interest-Free Layaway Plan
  • Club Seaside Discounts on OBX Fun
  • Free Vacation Planning App
  • Free Welcome Bag with Starter Supplies


Property Attributes:

  • House
  • Ocean View

Indoor Amenities:

  • Bed Linens and Bath Towels
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Game Room with Pool Table
  • Wet Bar
  • Wine Cooler
  • Additional Kitchen Dishwasher
  • Jacuzzi Tub
  • Fireplace - Gas Log

Outdoor Amenities:

  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Furnished Deck
  • Enclosed Yard
  • Private Beach Walkway
  • Easy Beach Access

Standard Amenities:

  • Keyless Entry / Self Check-in
  • No Smoking
  • Parking
  • Central Heat and Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator, Oven, Stovetop, Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker, Toaster
  • Dishes, Utensils, Cookware
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Pillows and Blankets
  • TV with Cable, Satellite or Streaming Service
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Welcome Bag with Starter Amenities
  • Club Seaside Discounts on OBX Fun


Please note: During the summer of 2022, a series of beach nourishment projects will take place along the beaches of South Nags Head. The beaches near/in front of this home may be affected by the necessary nourishment project. Will you still be able to get to the beach while the project is underway? YES! For more information, please click here

New for 2021: Granite Countertops

A True Gem for Outer Banks Explorers who Deserve the Best 

Discover just how luxurious an Outer Banks vacation can be with a stay at the magnificent 10-bedroom Explorers Beacon. Located in a prime section of the OBX, this stunning South Nags Head vacation rental is an all-encompassing retreat that allows explorers to uncover all the beauty and decadent fun of the Outer Banks. Plus, the views can’t be beat from this oceanfront home with a direct walkway right to the water!

A long driveway provides plenty of parking space for all of the vehicles in your group. Head to the secluded fenced-in backyard where the vacation fun truly begins. This outdoor complex features a sparkling private pool, adjacent bubbly hot tub and a wrap-around fence for plenty of seclusion. Settle into one of the poolside deck chairs or take a stroll to the top of the dune where a small deck is waiting.

The ground level is where families will go to relax after a full day on the beach thanks to an engaging layout that’s centered around the game room with large flat screen TV/DVD/VCR, pool table, and wet bar w/ full fridge, microwave and dishwasher. Let the kids have access to all the fun by assigning them to one of the ground level bedrooms. One King Bedroom w/ TV/DVD has access to a Full Hall Bath (tub/shower combo). Another King Bedroom w/ TV shares a Jack-and-Jill Bath (Tub/Shower Combo) with a third Bedroom w/ Pyramid Bunk Bed & Bunk Bed. A washer/dryer can be found on this level and a half hall bath is located nearby that also opens to the deck for the convenience of pool fans and beachgoers.

The second level is the perfect spot to relax and features five tastefully appointed bedrooms and an outside hot tub with stunning ocean views. Guests can relax in their choice of a King Bedroom with TV or a Bedroom with Pyramid Bunk w/ Trundle and a Twin Bed that share access to a full bath in the hall with tub/shower combo. A second King Bedroom w/ Flat Screen TV and Oceanfront Balcony Access shares a Jack-and-Jill bath with tub/shower combo with another Bedroom featuring a Pyramid Bunk and Twin Bed. The fifth bedroom is a Master King Suite with flat screen TV and a slider to the oceanfront hot tub and deck. A washer/dryer is also located on this level so everyone in the house can conveniently locate the laundry area.

The top level will be the family’s favorite destination for post-beach entertainment thanks to a bright and sunny living area with large flat screen TV/DVD/VCR and access to the oceanfront deck with picnic table. The large and airy kitchen is found nearby with new granite countertops which features 2 dishwashers, full fridge w/ icemaker and a wet bar with wine fridge, as well as the dining area which can accommodate up to 20 hungry vacationers. A convenient half bath is located nearby. Towering windows and slider doors enticingly frame the brilliant ocean views and guests can also retreat to one of two King Master Bedrooms on this level, one of which features a Jacuzzi and separate shower.

A Stunning Retreat in a Prime Location

Sitting in a prime location that’s centrally close to all the Outer Banks’ famed attractions, Explorers Beacon is a fine home base for a wealth of OBX adventures. Shop ‘till you drop at a local boutique or the nearby fabulous outlet mall where you’ll score some great deals on your favorite items! Anglers in your group will love being near two fishing piers—the Outer Banks Fishing Pier (complete with its own bar and restaurant) and Jennette’s Fishing Pier (a recently rebuilt educational attraction that is part of the NC Aquarium System jutting out 1,000-feet into the Atlantic Ocean)—where you can try your luck at reeling in the big one! Take a drive down the pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore and along the way, visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse where you can climb to the top for an immaculate 360-degree view of the surrounding island and natural marshland. Plus, there are dozens of renowned restaurants in the area to ensure everyone in your group, no matter their preferred palate, can find something they enjoy. Grab a burger from Outer Banks favorite Sam and Omie’s or a specialty slice from Nags Head Pizza Company. For dinner, enjoy waterfront dining at Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant, Sugar Creek Restaurant, or Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café, just to name a few! Book Explorers Beacon today and discover why this sandcastle is a luxurious home away from home for Outer Banks explorers with style.

Property Layout:

Top-Level: Living Room w/ Gas Fireplace and TV/DVD/VCR/Stereo; Kitchen w/ Bar Seating for 6, & Fridge w/ Icemaker; Wet Bar w/ Wine Fridge; Dining Area w/ 2 Dining Tables (seating 8 and 12); Half Bath; King Master Bedroom w/ TV & Attached Full Bath (Shower Only); King Master Bedroom w/ TV & Attached Full Bath (Jacuzzi Tub & Separate Shower); Oceanfront Deck w/ Picnic Table

Main-Level: King Master Bedroom w/ TV, Oceanfront Balcony Access & Attached Full Bath (Tub/Shower Combo); Full Hall Bath (Tub/Shower Combo) Shared by King Bedroom w/ TV and Bedroom w/ Pyramid Bunk, Trundle, & Twin Bed; King Bedroom w/ TV & Oceanfront Balcony Access shares Jack-and-Jill Bath (Tub/Shower Combo) with Bedroom w/ Pyramid Bunk & Twin Bed; Laundry Room; Covered Deck

Ground-Level: Recreation Room w/ Sitting Area, TV/VCR/DVD/Stereo, Pool Table, Wet Bar, Dishwasher, Microwave & Full Refrigerator; Half Bath Accessible From Hallway & Deck; King Bedroom w/ Access to Full Hall Bathroom (Tub/Shower Combo); Bedroom w/ Pyramid Bunk Bed & Bunk Bed shares Jack-and-Jill Bath (Tub/Shower Combo) w/ a King Bedroom; Washer/Dryer; Covered Deck Area; Fenced-In Yard w/ Private Pool & Hot Tub; Wooden Walkway To Beach

Beds: 7 Kings, 1 Pyramid Bunk w/ Trundle, 2 Pyramid Bunks, 1 Bunk Bed, 2 Twins

Milepost: 17.5

* Pools are subject to availability. For open/close dates and other pool-related information, click here.


Top Level King N
  • 1 King
Top Level King S
  • 1 King
Mid-Level King North West
  • 1 King
Mid Level Twin/pyramid
  • 1 Twin Single
  • 1 Bunk Bed Double and Single
Mid-Level Pyramid/Twin
  • 1 Twin Single
  • 1 Bunk Bed Double and Single
Mid-Level King N
  • 1 King
Mid-Level King Master
  • 1 King
Bottom Level King
  • 1 King
Bottom Level Pyramid/Bunk
  • 1 Bunk Bed
  • 1 Bunk Bed Double and Single
Bottom Level King E
  • 1 King



Lovely Location in Well Cared For Property

Reviewed on 2020-03-20 by Ellie
Lovely location in an obviously well cared for property. Felt like home! I enjoy communicating with real people! Your team was excellent in every way!

Would Definitely Recommend This House

Reviewed on 2020-03-20 by Christi
The house was very clean and spacious for our big family. Pool was great and very short walk to the beautiful beach. Would definitely recommend this house

House Was Spotless

Reviewed on 2020-03-20 by Alyx
My family and I had a blast here! My wife and I got married on the beach and everything was perfect! The house was spotless and the bedrooms and bathrooms were extremely clean!! We can't wait to vacation again with this company!!! Highly recommended!!

Lovely Location in Well Cared For Property

Reviewed on 2019-08-02 by Ellie
Lovely location in an obviously well cared for property. Felt like home! I enjoy communicating with real people! Your team was excellent in every way!

Would Definitely Recommend This House

Reviewed on 2017-07-09 by Christi
The house was very clean and spacious for our big family. Pool was great and very short walk to the beautiful beach. Would definitely recommend this house

House Was Spotless

Reviewed on 2016-10-02 by Alyx
My family and I had a blast here! My wife and I got married on the beach and everything was perfect! The house was spotless and the bedrooms and bathrooms were extremely clean!! We can't wait to vacation again with this company!!! Highly recommended!!


What do all the different locations mean?

There are two (2) roads running north/south on the Outer Banks. The "Beach Road" (NC 12) is a 2-lane road with a speed limit of 35 MPH. The "Bypass" (US 158) is a 5-lane road with speed limits 45-50 MPH. 


Please note: The Bypass is incredibly busy during the summer season on the Outer Banks. Seaside Vacations advises our guests to please take safety precautions when traveling on the Bypass. If you must cross the Bypass on foot, please make sure to do so at designated pedestrian crosswalks - never using the center turn lane as a stopping point.


Oceanfront - An oceanfront home has no homes or buildable lots located between it and the ocean. The distance between the home and the ocean may vary. 


Semi-Oceanfront - Semi-oceanfront homes are located one lot back from the ocean and may or may not require crossing the road. Children always will need assistance to cross any road. The rental may or may not have a home between it and the beach. The distance to the water, beach accesses, and views vary.  


Oceanside - These homes are located east of Highway 158. These homes have two or more homes between them and the ocean. These homes may or may not require crossing a road, and may or may not have an ocean view. The distance to the ocean varies. 


Soundside - These homes are located west of Highway 158 from Southern Shores to Nags Head and west of Highway 12 from Southern Shores to Corolla. The distance to the sound and views vary. Some homes may not have direct access to the sound (soundside homes in the village of Duck do not have direct access to the sound).  


Soundfront - These properties front the sound with no homes or lots in between. The distance to the sound, access to the sound and the view vary. Sunsets can be gorgeous! 

Do you offer any travel insurance? 

We offer travel insurance through Red Sky Travel Insurance. We highly recommend a travel insurance plan, especially since the Outer Banks is so prone to hurricanes. The travel insurance plan is priced affordably and covers a variety of issues that could impact your vacation should unforeseen circumstances occur. As they say on TV, “Life comes at you fast.” Most notably would be a mandatory evacuation due to a hurricane. Here are a few other things covered by travel insurance: sickness, injury or death of you or a family member, business partner, or traveling companion, the insured’s principal residence being made uninhabitable by fire, flood, vandalism, or burglary, involuntary termination of employment, military duty, etc.


If you would like to have specific questions answered, please call RedSky Travel Insurance at (866) 889-7409 or visit (policy coverage information).


Remember, in order to have coverage due to a named hurricane, a travel insurance plan cannot be added after a tropical storm becomes a “named hurricane.” We tell you this because it could be very costly to wait. You would have to contact Red Sky Travel Insurance for specific details.

Do I have to pay any taxes on my rental? 

Unfortunately, the tax man doesn’t take vacations. Obviously, we do not set the tax rates and we only collect the taxes for the county. If your rental home is in Currituck County (Corolla), the tax is 12.75%. If your home is in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, or Nags Head, the tax is 12.75%.

I don’t see rates for next year. When will these be available?

We publish rates for the following year in March of the current year. You may reserve the home by paying the first half of the rent or by setting up payments with our Vacation Layaway Program.

What/where is Club Seaside?

Club Seaside is an exclusive program consisting of complimentary events and discounts on popular Outer Banks activities that are exclusive to Seaside Vacations guests. Click on Club Seaside to obtain more information including schedules, contact information and to make reservations for each activity.

*Some events include a small fee.

Are linens and towels provided? 

Linens and towels are provided for ALL of the homes in our vacation rental home program. Normally, all beds are made prior to arrival (with exception of top bunks). However, due to Covid-19 safety measures, beds will not be made prior to arrival for the 2021 season.


Towel sets are also provided. There are enough towel sets for the number the house sleeps.


One bath towel, one hand towel and one washcloth per person is provided. The towels are placed on each bed in the home. One bath mat per bathroom is also provided. (Towels are not freshened daily.) Two potholders, one dish towel and one dishcloth are provided and are placed on the kitchen counter prior to your arrival.


We do offer extra sets of both towels and linens at an additional charge. For prices and to place an order, contact a Vacation Specialist at (866) 884-0267.


Please Note: Bunk beds, pyramid bunks, sleep sofas and trundle beds are not made prior to your arrival. Linens are provided for them and are placed on the respective bed. Unfortunately, we do not provide sheets for cribs.  

Does my property have internet access and how is the WiFi? 

Most of our properties do offer internet access. Please check your property's website description to determine what type of internet service (if any) is available. If your home doesn’t provide this service, there are many free WiFi hotspots all over the Outer Banks. 


Wifi is normally very good, however, being in a remote area there are occasional unexpected outages. In those events, we will do everything in our power to get service restored as quickly as possible, but we would recommend bringing a hotspot as a backup plan if wifi is a necessity for your family.


Below is the lowest broadband speed for Dare County's internet providers:


Spectrum: 50MB
Century Link: 10MB

What are your policies on bringing a pet? 

Most dog friendly homes allow two (2) mature, house-trained dogs (75-pound limit). Dogs are not allowed in any rental home unless otherwise indicated. Cats and other animals are not permitted. A fee (plus tax) per dog per week is added to the rental amount. Dogs (and any other animal) are not allowed in pools, hot tubs or spas. Tenants are responsible for any damage incurred by their dog, as this type of damage is not covered under our Security Deposit Waiver Fee. Owners of dogs at non-dog homes will be subject to a $200 unauthorized pet fee and may be evicted without a refund. 

Please be aware that all of our beaches have leash laws.

Our vacation home has a pool. Can we have the pool heated? 

Pool heat is available with some of our homes typically between April-June and September-October. There is an additional charge for pool heat and this charge varies by home.


Please remember that most pool heaters will only heat the water 5 to 8 degrees above the outside air temperatures. For example, if the air temperature is only 60 degrees, the pool water will likely be no warmer than 68 degrees. Pool heat does not give a “hot tub” effect, it merely prolongs the pool swimming season.

What time is check-in? 

Please know that we want to get all of our guests into their vacation home as soon as we can. Our check-in time begins at 5:00 p.m., as the houses become available and are released by Housekeeping and Maintenance. We will be happy to check you in as soon as the cleaners/inspectors give us the "OK." Again, please know that our goal is to get you on your way, enjoying your vacation, as soon as we can.

I have keyless entry. Do I still have to come to the office?

Our keyless entry service allows you to go straight to the home on check-in day, any time after 5:00 p.m.! In addition, when checking out, you may head straight home (skipping our office).

Do you offer early check-in? 

We do offer early check-in for homes with 1-5 bedrooms, but we do ahve a limited number available each week. Please call us and request an early check-in at least one week in advance. The cost for early check-in is $125, plus tax. Early check-in is at 2:00 p.m. Unfortunately, we cannot offer this service on homes with 6 or more bedrooms.  

What are your check-out cleaning requirements?

Check-out is at 9:00 a.m. on the day of departure. Cleaning crews arrive at the home at 9:00 a.m.; your prompt departure is appreciated. 

All keys are to be returned to our office upon departure. (Keyless entry guests do not have to stop by the office to check out).

Please leave the home tidy by completing the following items:

  • Remove only the fitted/flat sheets from all beds and leave them piled at the foot of the bed
  • Clean out the refrigerator and leave the refrigerator/freezer settings on medium
  • Place all trash in the cans provided or in a nearby dumpster. Move trash cans/recycle bins to the edge of the street the night before you leave. Make sure all trash is placed INSIDE of the cans, or the trash will not be picked up (Pick-up is done prior to dawn.)
  • Please wash and put away all dishes or place them in the dishwasher and begin the cleaning cycle
  • Turn the thermostats to 75 degrees (summer) and 55 degrees (winter)
  • Please turn off all inside and outside lights
  • Leave grills, furniture, and accessories as you found them
  • Remove toys/trash from the pool area
  • Make sure the hot tub cover is secure
  • Make sure the propane tank has been shut off for all gas grills
  • If you have rented a pet-friendly home, please be sure you have cleaned up any pet waste from the premises
  • Please clean any and all grills using the grill brush provided
  • If any member of your party has smoked outside, please be sure all cigarette butts have been picked up from the grounds
  • Check closets, drawers and under beds for personal items
  • If you logged into a smart device or streaming program with your personal login information, be sure to log out
  • Please make sure you close and secure all windows and doors and also have someone check the security of all doors and windows from outside the home.

Can you drive on the beach in the Outer Banks? 

Beach driving is allowed on several places in the Outer Banks but permissions vary by town. Driving is allowed year-round in Corolla/4x4 Carova Beach Area north of the paved road but only allowed south of that point between October 1 and April 30 and parking permits are required in-season. Driving is allowed on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore at designated access ramps and with a permit only. Driving in Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head is permitted with a permit between October 1 and April 30 at designated access points. All 4x4 access areas are subject to change due to nesting wildlife or impending weather conditions at each town's discretion.

Which Outer Banks beaches allow bonfires?

Gathering around a beach bonfire is the perfect way to spend your evening. On the Outer Banks, bonfires are allowed on the beach in Nags Head, on Hatteras island and on Ocracoke Island under certain conditions and with a permit. Bonfires are prohibited on the beaches of Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. Learn more about having bonfires on the OBX.

What are the Outer Banks wild horses?

The Outer Banks Wild Horses (also known as the Corolla Wild Mustangs or Banker Mustangs) are a herd of wild horses who live in Northern Corolla and are descendants of horses brought to the "New World" by Spanish explorers. Banker Mustangs can be spotted roaming the beach, playing in the waves, and grazing on native vegetation. These mustangs, although docile in nature and beautiful to watch from afar, are still wild and should never be approached, touched or fed. The herd is managed and protected by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Learn more about the OBX Wild Horses.

What is the trash collection schedule?

Please click here to find the days of the week that trash collections will take place for each town.


Bag all trash and place it in the home's outdoor trash receptacles with the lids tightly closed.


Sanitation Cart Placement: To ensure that your trash and recycling cans are emptied, they must be placed out at the edge of the roadway the day before the scheduled collection service. Trash must be inside cans and the lid must be closed. The following cannot be placed into trash cans and will not be picked up: Oil, propane, paint, charcoal, yard waste, construction debris, or hazardous waste. Trash or recycling placed outside of or on top of the cans cannot be collected. Cans must be removed from the edge of the roadway and placed next to a building as soon as possible on the same day of collection. (Please put trash in the black and brown trash cans.)