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30 Jan 2024
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Family on the Beach on the Outer Banks

Our favorite time of the year is here again: vacation planning season! It's officially National Plan for Vacation Day, and what better way to spend it than organizing a getaway filled with sand, fun, and SUN! The Outer Banks is the ideal retreat for your family escape.

Embark on the first step of planning your dream vacation by exploring our website, featuring a diverse array of homes. Arm yourself with your calendar, a checklist of "must-have" amenities, and a few "would love to have" extras, and dive into the search. Prime summer weeks are in high demand, so secure your preferred spot before they fill up. And here's a tip: did you know the OBX is equally charming in the spring? This might be the perfect time to take advantage of off-season rates, all while enjoying the same fantastic restaurants and attractions.

Once your stay is booked, it's time to plan the activities you want to indulge in on the sandy shores of the Outer Banks. Take a moment to learn some pre-arrival tips that ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

What's on Your Must-Do List?

From water sports and outdoor adventures to sightseeing and attractions, there's an abundance of ways to weave unforgettable moments into your holiday. Decide in advance what absolutely must be part of your itinerary. Perhaps it's kayaking on the sound, dining at a specific OBX restaurant, capturing a photo in front of a lighthouse, or fishing at a local pier. Research and schedule some excursions beforehand, or keep your list ready for spontaneous beach breaks. For days without plans, stay updated with our Facebook and Instagram stories, where we share exciting local events happening around town!

Travel Light!

Beyond the essentials (swimsuit, sunscreen, and a good book), you won't need much to relish an Outer Banks vacation. Save space in your car for the souvenirs you'll collect by renting beach equipment from our partners at VayK Gear! All Sun guests enjoy a discounted rate on bikes, beach chairs, umbrellas, paddleboards, and more. Many Sun homes even provide a VayK Gear credit!

A select number of homes also include complimentary sheets and towels. If your chosen home doesn't provide linens, add them to your reservation, and our team can deliver fresh, clean linens for a small fee. You can even opt for bedmaking for a stress-free first night!

Prioritize Safety

Before setting up your umbrella, chairs, and other gear, stay informed about current beach and weather conditions. Strong waves and rip currents may restrict ocean swimming. Weather can shift rapidly, from clear skies to thunder, so stay updated by texting "Join OBXBeachConditions" to 77295. To stop receiving messages, simply text "STOP" to 77295.

Never swim alone, stay vigilant, and always swim near a lifeguard. Explore more about beach hazards and lifeguarded beaches here.

Another safety tip is to always be aware of your location, whether it's your rental's address or the beach or sound access you're using. In case of an emergency, having this information readily available ensures a swift response from those assisting you.

With a bit of planning, your upcoming Outer Banks vacation is guaranteed to be memorable, safe, and leave you eager to plan your next adventure. We look forward to seeing you at the beach!



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