There are lots of awesome things to see and do in the Outer Banks in North Carolina, from diving to shipwrecks to exploring state parks. Whether you’re a fan of spooky things looking to visit the Lost Colony of Roanoke or just want an island getaway with ocean views, you’ll need an excellent place to stay. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best Airbnb rentals in the Outer Banks.
To be sure we’re showing you the very best, we’ve only included rentals run by superhosts – hosts who have an excellent record of customer service and lots of great reviews. Several of these hosts are also members of the Airbnb Plus program, and their rentals have been inspected in-person by Airbnb representatives.
Private Travel-Themed Guest Suite
This colorful little guest suite is decorated with plants, maps, and nature art. For a party of up to three guests, this Airbnb in Nags Head is a great place to stay.
The first bedroom has a king-size bed with nightstands and reading lamps on either side. There’s also a cushy armchair and a small table under a mirror to help you get ready in the morning. Just off the porch, you’ll find a second tiny bedroom, which holds a twin-size bed and some wall art, and has a door leading directly outside. The bathroom is decorated with florals and stocked with sustainably sourced products such as bamboo toothbrushes and pure Castile bar soap.
In the kitchenette, you’ll find a microwave, toaster oven, sink, coffee maker, and full-size fridge. There are also details like adventure-themed wall art and some plants to help the space feel fresh and vibrant. The living room has more plants, two couches, and a TV, and is decorated with maps and photos of places you might imagine yourself exploring. And if the art and flora have you wanting to get outside, you can hang out on the comfy porch furniture.
This rental’s perks don’t stop there, with the beaches and Jockey’s Ridge State Park being just minutes away.
Studio Sea Apartment With Private Hot Tub
An ideal getaway for two, this Airbnb in Kill Devil Hills has warm lighting and a cheery atmosphere. It’s less than a mile from the ocean and has a hot tub available for your private use. With a studio-style open floor plan, this apartment has lots of room, and everything is easily and quickly accessible.
The living room space has a round wooden table and two plush chairs, which can serve as a place to eat, lounge, play board games, or get some work done. Next to the table is a sliding door that leads outside, and there are colored fairy lights strung up in the room to help add to the cheerfulness. There is also a large, antique-style mirror and a dresser with books and games. The kitchenette is nearby and has a minifridge, toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, and sink.
The bathroom has a combination shower and tub, and comes stocked with brightly colored fluffy towels. In the bedroom, you’ll find a queen-size bed, a 42-inch TV with streaming services, lamps on either side of the bed, a charging station for your electronics, and a door leading directly to the hot tub outside.
Treefrog Tower Luxury Treehouse
If you need a place to stay but want something a little more special than simply renting a house in the Outer Banks, then this Airbnb is one you should absolutely take a look at. An apartment fused with a treehouse, this rental will have you sleeping in the treetops without sacrificing any modern luxuries.
The outdoor porch space has a barbecue grill and a table and chairs, perfect for getting the very most out of the elevation. Inside, natural light pours in from many windows, which provide an excellent view. In the living room space, you’ll find a couch and some brightly colored art. There’s also a record player and a ukulele, giving you some fun musical options for your lounge time. Across the room you’ll find the kitchenette, with a fridge, coffee maker, toaster oven, microwave, tea and coffee supplies, dishes, and a sink.
The bathroom has a reclaimed industrial-chic feel to it, with pipes and wood put together and painted. There’s a big glass-door walk-in shower and plenty of towels. Upstairs in the bedroom loft space, you’ll find a queen-size bed with handbuilt bedside tables on either side that include a charging station for your electronics and a few books. For an Airbnb in Nags Head with lots of personality, look no further than this lovely treehouse.
Boho Beach Studio Guest Suite
When you think of “boho” and “beach,” you think of color, relaxation, and nature. This studio suite embodies all of those in a simple yet cozy space.
The studio’s bedroom area has a queen-size bed with bright, colorful bedding and plenty of extra pillows. There’s a nightstand on either side, overhead reading lamps, and a small overhead bookcase with a few books for you to curl up with. To one corner is the kitchenette, with a minifridge, coffee maker, filtered water dispenser, and toaster oven, and to the other side of the room lies a small dining nook with bright, cheery yellow chairs.
Outside is a detached bathroom with a utility sink big enough to handle rinsing off your gear after a trip to the beach. The shower is outside as well, letting you enjoy some fresh air and helping you avoid tracking sand back inside. And if you still want to relax outside after a day on the beach, there’s a barbecue grill, table, and chairs on the patio. This Outer Banks Airbnb has everything you need in an easy and vibrant setting.
Little Beach Bungalow Cottage
Described in one renter’s review as having an “old school beach groove,” this cottage Airbnb in OBX is perfect for one or two guests to stay in comfort.
The bedroom space is sunny and bright and has a queen-size bed, a TV, and two beach-style lounge chairs to read or relax in. The bathroom has blue walls and white appliances. If you want to rinse off after the beach, the shower is conveniently located outside and has painted wooden walls for privacy.
The kitchenette has a gorgeous retro teal-colored drip coffee maker, along with a microwave and a refrigerator. In the living room, you’ll find an oversized couch and a small dining nook. If you want to step outside and enjoy the weather, there’s also a dining area on the porch, as well as some classic rocking chairs. For simple, calm cottage living, this beach rental in Nags Head is the way to go.
Waterfront Apartment On The Boardwalk
With a crisp, seafoam-inspired glow, this apartment is one of the coziest and nicest vacation rentals in Duck, North Carolina. It’s bright and airy, with high ceilings, and it’s located right on the water, with the local boardwalk running directly underneath the upstairs balcony. And while many of the rentals on this list are ideal for solo travelers or small groups, this gorgeous house has three spacious bedrooms and can accommodate up to six guests.
This Outer Banks Airbnb has three bedrooms, each of which has a queen-size bed and small details to help it feel curated without being overly themed. One has blue accents and artwork, the second has warm natural wood and pink accents, and the upstairs third is all neutral colors with bright white details. In the bathroom is a walk-in shower with a glass sliding door.
The kitchen has a toaster oven, a microwave, a sink, an electric hot plate, a coffee maker, and a dishwasher, setting you up for an easy breakfast before a day of shopping and exploring the town. There’s also a bench-style dining table, so you’ll have room for the whole party during meals. And the living room has two oversized leather couches and a view to the second balcony that also lets in some gorgeous warm light during the sunset.
Green Door Guesthouse
This guesthouse is another great Airbnb in Duck, with bright colors, natural wood and stone accents, and room for up to four people to stay comfortably. This is a fantastic option for a group that wants to be minutes from both beaches and shopping.
There’s one bedroom with a queen-size bed, nightstands on both sides, and a ceiling fan. The bathroom is accessible through the bedroom and has a glass door combination tub and shower and novelty fixtures like a glass leaf sink.
The living room has couches so comfortable that some members of your party might just want to sleep right there, though there’s also a travel crib available for little ones and an additional queen-size inflatable mattress that fits perfectly on the floor. The kitchenette is as close as you can get to a full kitchen, with a full-size fridge, dishwasher, convection oven, and two-burner stove. And if you’d like to enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather, there’s a spacious patio with lounge chairs and huge windows.
Island Beach Shack With Pool
Warmth, color, and art and décor that celebrate nature’s beauty come together in this guesthouse to create an energizing and creatively charged space. If you’re ready to get the most out of your trip, this rental house in the Outer Banks has everything you’ll need.
The full kitchen has a stove, oven, microwave, fridge, toaster, and coffee maker, and is stocked with cooking basics like pots, pans, and dishes, so you’ll be able to cook anything you want. The dining table has seats for two. In the living room, you’ll find two couches, one of which pulls out into a queen-size bed. You’ll also find a cutout window with a bench area, perfect for reading in the sunlight.
The bedroom has a king-size bed, an alarm clock, nightstands, and a beautiful triptych-style art piece of a sea turtle and tropical fish among coral. There’s lots of space in the fully handicap-accessible bathroom, where you’ll find a wall bar and a walk-in shower with a wide entrance. And if the saltwater at the beach isn’t your favorite, this guesthouse has a pool complete with lots of lounge chairs and pool floats.
Kiteborn Private Master Suite
This rental is a private room for two with a private bathroom, which makes it one of the best Outer Banks Airbnbs for solo travelers or couples looking to get the most out of their adventure. Additionally, it’s located just minutes away from some excellent kitesurfing and windsurfing areas, earning it the name Kiteborn.
The private space has a very comfortable king-size bed that comes with plenty of extra pillows and blankets. There are reading spotlight lamps mounted above the bed and nightstands on either side. You’ll also find a plush chair, a dresser with a mirror, a TV, and a writing desk. Three enormous picture windows let in tons of natural light. Surprisingly spacious, the private bathroom has double vanity sinks and a walk-in shower.
The common areas include a pool table, kitchenette with a microwave and coffee maker, and a hot tub on a screened-in elevated porch. Downstairs, you’ll find a second kitchen space with a stove, a sink, and a barbecue grill. This rental has everything you’ll need to kickstart your OBX adventures.
Urban Boutique House With Backyard
One of the perks of looking at houses to rent in OBX is that you’ll have more space and a more personal experience than most hotels, and this beach house is no exception. With enough room for up to six guests and a classy, spa-like feel to it, this is absolutely one of the best short-term house rentals in the Outer Banks.
In the living room, you’ll find an oversized leather couch, some lounge benches, and a big TV. There’s also a family room, with bright blue couches and space to spread out toys or board games on the floor. The kitchen has a large stainless-steel fridge, an oven, stove, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, and stovetop kettle. There’s a large counter for prep space, which doubles as a breakfast bar dining area with stools to seat three. There’s an additional formal dining space as well, with table and chairs for up to six people.
There are two bathrooms, both with a soaking tub to help you wash away the salt at the end of a great beach day. Each of the three bedrooms has a unique color scheme, making the space feel fun and thought-out. The first bedroom has a queen-size bed, nightstands on either side, and a white-and-pastel color theme with baby pinks and blues and a few decorative plants. The second bedroom has another queen-size bed, with turquoise walls and sunshine yellow accents, giving it a summery energy. Two single beds sit against either wall of the third bedroom, with a sky blue and emerald green color scheme and shark-themed decorations. With a washer and dryer also provided and a hammock for relaxing outside, this Airbnb in OBX is an excellent find.
Newly Remodeled Studio-Style Guesthouse
You might be looking for vacation rentals in the Outer Banks that have a warm and homey feel to them, and this cozy guesthouse suite definitely has just that. With yellows, reds, pinks, and oranges all used as accent colors, staying here is like basking in the sunset.
The kitchenette has a microwave, minifridge, coffeemaker, toaster, sink, and hot plate; some dishes are provided as well. Nearby, you’ll find a dining nook with blush-pink seats and place settings for three. The living room area has a cushy fabric sectional with extra throw pillows, a small coffee table, a bar cart, and a TV. You’ll also find a small writing desk with a desk chair located against the wall under the TV, facing a large picture window that will provide excellent natural lighting if you need to take a video call while working.
The queen-size bed faces the kitchenette, but the TV is visible from there, too, meaning you’ll be perfectly able to curl up under the covers for a snuggly movie night. The full bathroom has a shower as well as marble countertops and excellent lighting. And if you want to step outside for a bit, there’s a swimming pool, a gas firepit with lounge chairs, and a barbecue grill available for use.
Rustic-Chic Waterfront Studio Suite
If antiques, soft linens, natural wood, and calm neutral colors sound like the perfect elements to a relaxing escape, then this beach rental in the Outer Banks is one you should certainly take a look at.
There are two beds in this studio-style space: a queen-size bed in the main bedroom area and a quaint and cozy single bed nestled under the stairs. Both have nightstands and lots of extra pillows. For warmth in the winter months, there’s an antique wood-burning stove in the corner. Near the staircase lies the kitchenette, with a minifridge, microwave, and coffeemaker, perfect for quick and easy mornings. There’s one full bathroom, with a shower, some novelty fixtures, and a natural juniper wood ceiling. An additional shower is located outside, perfect if everyone’s back from the beach at the same time.
There’s a lot of outdoor space for you to enjoy, with a back deck that includes chairs, reclining lounges, a hammock, and a grilling station. Further into the yard, you’ll find a firepit and a small dock that you can chill on or use to launch your kayaks. This Airbnb in OBX is perfect if you’re hoping for a serene feeling and some private outdoor time.
Surfer’s Bungalow Guest Suite
For a studio-style guest suite with modern, trendy style on the inside and a rustic, salt-worn patina on the outside, look no further than this great Airbnb.
The space has a bed that sleeps two, plus an additional futon for more sleeping space. The bedroom corner has a bookshelf stocked with reading materials, and another shelf by the bed serves as a nightstand. The TV is on the other side of the room but still visible from the bed and futon. The bathroom has a stone tile walk-in shower and an oversized sink.
The room also has a kitchenette, with a microwave, coffee maker, sink, and minifridge. There’s a breakfast bar for dining, with three barstools. The suite also has a ping-pong table, giving you something fun to do even if it’s a rainy day. Outside, there’s a pool that’s open as a place to swim during the warm months and skateboard when it’s cold. When it comes to Outer Banks vacation rentals, this is certainly one of the coolest.
Energizing, Colorful Flat
Not only is this Airbnb roomy and modern, it’s filled with colorful decorations in bright, cheerful shades. With room for two, this studio-style guest suite is a great alternative to a big, group-oriented rental house in the Outer Banks.
The bedroom area has a queen-size bed with lots of pillows and an orange headboard that contrasts perfectly with the turquoise accent wall behind it. With a matching bedspread and floor rug, the bed area is the crowning jewel of the suite’s colorful theme.
The TV is mounted on the wall across from the bed, so you’ll be able to snuggle under the covers for your favorite show. If you’d rather be closer, there are two chairs in the room as well. There’s a kitchenette with a microwave, minifridge, and coffee maker, so you can have easy mornings and midnight snacks. The bathroom has a tiled shower, which is stocked with shampoo and conditioner. With private parking and a five-minute walk to the beach, this rental is great for an easygoing getaway.
Dog-Friendly Duck Road Retreat
This newly renovated upstairs townhouse unit is a beachy, chill space. It’s roomy and accommodates two guests plus their dogs. You’ll share the driveway with the people occupying the unit downstairs, but everything else is completely private.
In the full kitchen, there’s a stove, oven, fridge, microwave, and dishwasher, plus some extra counter space perfect for helping you prepare your favorite dinner. There’s a breakfast bar with several stools and an additional dining table that seats five, so you’ll be able to have friends over for meals or a board game night. Nearby, sliding closet doors hide a washing machine and a dryer. The living room has two full couches and a large TV. Throughout the interior of this Outer Banks Airbnb, different colorful surfboards are mounted on the walls for a true beachy feeling.
The bedroom has a king-size bed, with nightstands and lamps on either side and lots of colorful beach photography on the walls. A double window above the head of the bed lets in natural light. The bathroom has a shower and tub, and is stocked with towels. Outside, there is a second shower, as well as some lounge chairs, bikes to borrow for exploring the area, a firepit, and two hammocks.
The OBX have an incredible amount of history, culture, and natural beauty for travelers to explore. No matter what your plan is for enjoying the islands, this list of the best Airbnbs in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, definitely has something to fulfill all your needs.