Why Outer Banks Vacations Are Popular During Shoulder Seasons

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There’s no denying that the Outer Banks is an ideal place for a summer vacation. Beautiful sandy beaches, unique landscape, culinary experiences, and a wide range of things to do in the Outer Banks make it a top summer vacation destination. But have you ever experienced the OBX in the off season? If not, take a look at these 5 reasons why people love taking their Outer Banks vacation during the shoulder seasons.

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1. Affordability
As tourists flock to the Outer Banks by the thousands each week throughout the summer months, accommodation prices are at their highest. Unless you make reservations in advance, hotels and vacation rentals are booked solid during the summer. In the off-season, however, the cost to stay on the OBX drops drastically; some places go for 1/3 of the price that they do in the summer months. With deals like that, it’s easy to create an affordable Outer Banks vacation for yourself and your entire family.

2. Natural Beauty
One thing remains the same no matter what time of year it is: the natural beauty of the Outer Banks. Although the landscape is constantly changing at the hand of Mother Nature, the allure remains constant. Wide open, sprawling beaches; miles of breathtaking coastline; marshy sunsets and Atlantic sunrises…no matter what your favorite quality of the OBX is, it’s always there, 365 days a year.

3. Fido Friendly
For some people, dogs are a part of the family too, and taking them on vacation is something that is not often made easy. An off-season vacation on the Outer Banks, however, is the perfect place to bring the furry children along. After Labor Day, most of the restrictions on having dogs on the beaches are lifted. Each town has its own separate leash law, but in the off season dogs are free to join you anywhere on the shore at any time of day.

4. No Reservations Necessary
The Outer Banks boasts a culinary experience that is sure to please any palate. Fresh local seafood, down-home southern fare, unique twists on fine dining and local dives featuring some of the best burgers in the state, comprise a portion of the delectable choices available to OBX visitors. During the summer, wait times at many popular restaurants reach upwards of an hour or more, but if you decide to take an off-season vacation, the delicious food stays the same but the masses are gone and so are the hours spent waiting for a table.

5. Happy Holidays
The Outer Banks are full of life and cheer during the holiday season. You are really able to experience the small-town feel of each individual OBX town at this time of year. Festivals, parades and special events fill the calendars as locals get in the spirit. So, instead of trying to decide whose house to congregate at for the holidays, rent an Outer Banks vacation home and bring the entire family together for a peaceful, spirited holiday gathering.

If you really want a taste of what life on the great barrier islands are like, take an off-season vacation and come enjoy the slower-paced way of a great beach life…the way the locals do on the Outer Banks.

Last modified: September 2, 2014

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