Our favorite time of the year has arrived: vacation planning time! It’s officially National Plan for Vacation Day, and we can’t think of a better vacation to plan than one that includes, sand, fun, and SUN! The Outer Banks offers the perfect retreat for your family getaway.
Take the first step in planning your ideal vacation by searching through hundreds of homes on our website. Grab your calendar, your list of “must-have” amenities, and a few “would love to have” extras, and get to searching! Prime summer weeks are booking quickly, so be sure to reserve your favorite spot soon. Pro tip: Have you heard the OBX is also super nice in the spring? With flexible work and school schedules, this may be a great time to check out off-season rates, with the same great restaurants and attractions at your fingertips!
With your stay booked, it’s time to figure out which activities you want to experience here on the sandy shores of the Outer Banks. While you’re at it, learn some tips before you arrive that will help you stay safe while visiting.
What are Your Must-Dos?
From water sports and outdoor adventures to sightseeing and attractions, there are so many ways to add memorable moments to your holiday. Figure out ahead of time what you absolutely must have on your itinerary. Maybe you want to go kayaking on the sound, get dinner at a specific OBX restaurant, snap a photo in front of a lighthouse or go fishing at a local pier. Research and even schedule some excursions in advance or have your list on standby for when you need a beach break. For the days you don’t have plans, don’t forget to follow our Facebook and Instagram stories, as we share lots of fun local events happening around town!
Aside from the essentials (swimsuit, sunscreen, and a good book), you don’t need much to enjoy an Outer Banks vacation. Save room in the car for all the souvenirs you’ll be bringing home by renting beach equipment from our partners at VayK Gear! All Sun guests are eligible for a discounted rate on bikes, beach chairs, umbrellas, paddleboards, and more. A select number of Sun homes even offer a VayK Gear credit!
A select number of homes also offer complementary sheets and towels. If the home you selected doesn’t come with linens, add them to your reservation and our team can deliver fresh, clean linens for a small fee. You can even add bedmaking for a stress-free first night!
Before you start hauling out the umbrella, chairs, and other gear, it’s important to be aware of current beach and weather conditions. Strong waves and rip currents can make swimming in the ocean prohibited. The weather can change rapidly, from sunny skies to rumbling thunder in minutes. Receive alerts and details on the day’s conditions by texting “Join OBXBeachConditions” to 30890. To stop receiving these messages, simply text "STOP" to 30890.
Never swim alone, stay alert, and always swim near a lifeguard. Find more info on beach hazards and lifeguarded beaches here.
Another tip is to always know your location, whether it be your rental’s physical address or the beach or sound access you’re using. If there’s ever an emergency, you’ll be able to quickly provide those responding with the information they need.
With a little bit of planning, your future Outer Banks vacation is sure to be memorable, safe and leave you wanting to schedule your next trip. Here’s to more SUN and FUN in 2021! We’ll see you at the beach!
Reserve your stay today!
Photo credit: Jess Hummer