Nearly one half of North Carolina's coastline is comprised of the barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. This special place is ideal for a quiet beach getaway or an active east coast vacation, or even a little of both. Ocracoke, Hatteras, Roanoke and Bodie Islands, or as most refer to as the Outer Banks, separates Albermarle and Pamlico Sounds from the Atlantic Ocean. These beautiful islands, loaded with gorgeous nature both animal and plant, boast great choices in rental homes, condos and cottages. It is not at all difficult to find yourself in a beach side cottage, or an ocean view condo, enjoying the bounty of this beautiful land and all of the great man-made amenities. Take some time to view the Outer Banks rental homes, condos and cottages found on this site. The reputable rental management companies listed here will help you plan a nearly stress-free rental process, so you can relax and enjoy your stay in this historic and beautiful location. Outer Banks vacation rentals will come fully furnished, with a complete kitchen and linen service. There are many additional amenities that will add to your vacation fun as well. Choose from hot tubs and heated pools, designer decor and gourmet kitchens, flat screen TV's and wireless internet. Or forget the choosing and just pick everything. It is a vacation after all, who wants to skimp on a good time and maybe a little bit of luxury?
Once you are settled into your vacation accommodation, take some time to visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. At 208 feet, it is the tallest in the United States, with a light that can be seen for 20 miles. Great beaches and all the water activities that goes along with them can be found here too. Jet skiing, kite surfing, parasailing, sailing, wreck fishing and much more are the norm and not the exception during a vacation in on the Outer Banks. On land and off the beach you can play tennis or golf, go four-wheeling or dune buggy riding, takes a hike or bike ride, go on a nature tour or test your nerves with some hang gliding. Give your tired body a break and spend day learning about there arrival of English settlers to this area. A play about the Lost Colony is especially interesting, and is considered the longest running drama in the Untied States. The Elizabethan Gardens are said to present just as they did when the settlers arrived. A 16th century sailboat can be seen on Roanoke Island, which is also home to Festival Park and all of its museums and art galleries. Civil war history can be explored here also at places such as the Battle of Roanoke, Freemen's Colony and the Fanny. The history of area shipwrecks is told at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. The Outer Banks will provide you with a great beachfront vacation experience, along with an intriguing historical perspective and immense natural beauty.