How to Have A Budget Friendly Outer Banks Beach Vacation


Let's face it, vacations can be financially intimidating. There is the decision about where to stay, where to go, how much to budget and most importantly, what do I get for all that money. Don't worry, we have you covered and have all the answers to these questions and more in this weeks post. 

How to find the best vacation home?

Finding a great vacation home doesn't have to be hard. Many people assume vacation homes are big and expensive, but there is a wide variety of homes to choose from. Our vacation inventory includes homes of all sizes. We have condos that are perfect for smaller families and we have large homes that are just right for those times when you want to have a big family reunion, and we have everything in between. All of our vacation homes are nicely appointed and you'll find we have the best locations on the Outer Banks.

Why choose the Outer Banks. 

Why is the OBX is the best family vacation location?We know there are a lot of places you and your can family can choose to vacation, but few offer the value of an Outer Banks beach vacation.  Unlike a lot of other beaches on the coast, the OBX has a wide variety of areas to choose from which allows you to find the best deals. From Corolla to Hatteras Island there are beautiful vacation rentals. Another great feature is because of the popularity of our area there are always family-friendly activities taking place. From music festivals to movies, fireworks and just plain old wonderful days on the beach. You'll never get bored with the Outer Banks. 

Book and save with Elan Vacations

One of the easiest ways to save money is by booking direct with Elan Vacations. When you book direct you can save on fees normally associated with booking through a third party.  These savings allow your family to have more money to spend on your OBX vacation. How do you book your vacation direct with Elan Vacations? Easy, our secure website offers users the opportunity to view all of our properties.  You can search by size, location, amenities, and availability without leaving the comfort of your own home. 


Here are 5 reasons on how you can save with an Elan Vacation. 

1- We offer an industry leading flexible payment plan.

2- Need additional equipment? We offer a large selection of rental items. 

3-Our competitive Travel Insurance gives you a sense of security unmatched in the industry. 

4-You can bring your dog to many of our vacation homes saving on expensive kennel fees. 

5-Elan Vacations offers several specials throughout the year that you can take advantage of. 

Free and Cheap Things To Do On The OBX


Jockey's Ridge State Park 

Jockey's Ridge State Park is a 400-acre wonderland that contains the tallest active sand dunes on the east coast. Admission to the park is free.  The whole family will love exploring and climbing the dunes. Once atop the dunes, you'll be able to see for miles. The view includes beautiful vistas of the oceanfront and even Manteo. Jockey's Ridge is famous for kite flying.  Don't worry about buying an expensive kite, even inexpensive ones are fun for the kids. Each year Jockey's Ridge is the location of several exciting family-friendly events. Keep in touch with our blog for all the best events that you won't want to miss. 


Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

A secret garden of the Outer Banks is Nags Head Woods is a 1,400-acre maritime forest that many visitors to the OBX overlook. The forest contains walking trails, bike trails, and ponds. You'll discover along the trails several old grave sites. Some of the sites date back to the early turn of the century. No matter how you choose to enjoy the Nags Head Woods, one thing is for sure, you'll love the splendor and beauty of the area and enjoying it is free of charge! The best way to access the woods is by heading to the end of Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills. 


Go Ghost Crabbing

Never heard of "Ghost Crabbing?" Well get ready to have a blast with the kids with this fun and free activity.  Grab a flashlight and get ready for a night adventure you won't soon forget. I can hear my own daughter giggling the night away as we went "Ghost Crabbing" for the first time on the OBX. Ghost crabs are most active at night, and hunting them is not only fun but free. Start your adventure when the sun sets. Make sure to bring nets, flashlights, and buckets. You'll have the best luck finding them on the beach and down by the waterline. 


Explore Manteo 

Manteo is one of those towns you have to visit at least once during your Outer Banks beach vacation. This charming small town nestled along the water is not only beautiful but steeped in history. In fact, it is the home of the first English settlement in the new world. Visitors will love strolling along the waterfront taking in the sights. Many days there are local artisans and boat builders showing off their skills. Manteo is a treasure you don't want to miss. 

Ready to plan your next OBX vacation? We're here to help you find the perfect beach vacation home so you can relax and enjoy all the Outer Banks has to offer. Call us today at 866-760-3526 or click the button below to see all of our latest inventory. 

Do you have a favorite budget friendly activity? Leave a comment below.



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