How to Find the Perfect Outer Banks Vacation Rental

Picking the perfect Outer Banks beach vacation rental should be a fun family adventure, one you can enjoy before you even get to the OBX. Cruising the listings of our premier properties, dreaming about dipping your toes in the ocean, or thinking about that sunset are all just part of the planning process. However, with so many locations, amenities and sizes to choose from picking a vacation rental can be overwhelming. Not anymore because today we have everything you need to find the home that is just right for your family. Let's get started.

Three things to consider

1. Budget

Before you start looking at vacation homes, the first thing you need to do is set your budget for your lodging. When making your budget don't forget to consider the little expenses like gas, food, rentals for equipment such as bikes and, of course, a little shopping. When it comes to booking a vacation rental, you can take advantage of our Vacation Payment Plan. The plan is simple. Pay $500.00 at the time you book your vacation rental and the remainder of your balance will be due within 30-days. Of course, you can use our secure online payment platform, and all major credit cards are accepted. 

Questions to consider when budgeting:

How much can we afford?

What is included in the price of the rental? 


Cleaning Fees? 

Trip Insurance? 



After we pay for the house, how much do we have per day per person for food and activities?

How much do we need to budget for travel expenses?

What types of activities are on our must-do list? How much do they cost?

Tip- Service members don't forget to ask about our Military Discount Program. 

2. Size

Vacation homes come in all sizes. Consider the size you'll need along with any special amenities you may want to have. Be realistic. We love our vacation homes and pride ourselves in providing only the best quality homes for your family. However, do you really need five bedrooms? Of course, sometimes the best way to get a great home is to get together with family and friends to share a larger home. Our powerful search tools make it easy to explore all our properties online

3. Location

Location, location, location is the old saying when starting a new business and the same is true when choosing your Outer Banks vacation home. We feature homes in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk. Each area of the Outer Banks has its own qualities. Check out our blog for loads of information about each area. Just type in the location in the "search" function, and you'll find all sorts of great information. Want to look at properties by area? Click here.

When to book 

Oceanfront vacation rentals start booking in January and February for the Prime Season – which is typically between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But many repeat renters book their vacation a year in advance, so it is never too early to start your planning and get your dream house on the books.

If you have flexibility in your schedule, you can often score significantly discounted rates and the crowds are gone, and the weather and water are still warm. The price of everything from dining, groceries, and activities drops in the off-season as well.

Last but not least, find out if there are any major events going on in the area when you are planning to book your rental. For example, where we live is home to several big events in addition to the regular summer influx of renters. Coming during the peak season or during your favorite event  may be right up your alley or you may be looking for a quieter time of the season.  We can help answer all these questions and more. One easy way is to use our "Click to chat" (bottom right on your screen) function on our website. Don't worry your boss will never know you're actually planning your vacation. If you are more traditional, give us a call at (866) 760-3526 and one of our friendly reservationists will be happy to answer all your questions. 

Tip- Read our post: The Hottest Summer Events of 2018 on the Outer Banks  for all the best info on OBX events. 

Bringing the dog

If the thought of leaving your favorite four-legged friend behind during your OBX vacation is just impossible, don't worry. We have many pet-friendly homes to choose from, and you'll find the Outer Banks to be one of the best places to vacation with a pet. Make sure to check out our previous post: How To Have The Perfect Pet Friendly Outer Banks Beach Vacation for all sorts of tips on traveling with your family pet. 

We hope this helped you plan your next Outer Banks beach vacation. Here at Elan, we pride ourselves on providing all our customers the best customer experience by offering what we call the Elan Difference. Call us today or click the button below to find out why vacationing with us is like booking with family. We're here with you every step of the way. 

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