Nags Head NC Visitor Tips and Guide

Plan your Nags Head, North Carolina vacation today

Weary from working long hours in a job? Ready for a break from the early morning commute and dreaming of a week-long getaway to the beach? Why not plan a trip to a popular vacation destination - Nags Head, North Carolina is the perfect spot for your beach getaway!

Leave the worry behind. Leave the work emails and meetings behind. Plan your trip to Nags Head with family and friends - don't delay any longer!

Where to stay in Nags Head

You are in luck, there are so many different lodging options at your fingertips in Nags Head. From condos and hotels to gorgeous and expansive vacation rental homes; you won't struggle to find a tremendous place to stay during your trip to Nags Head.

Most vacation rental homes and condos are available for booking in 3-day and 7-day increments. If you wish to stay less than 3 consecutive days, consider finding a hotel. Prices range from about $125 a night to upwards of $500 a day with a great variation depending on the size of the home or condo that you rent. 

Oceanfront lodging is the most expensive (no surprise there) and semi-oceanfront is slightly cheaper but still more expensive than oceanside or "between the roads" or even sound side and sound front.  If you can swing oceanfront financially then, by all means, you'll love it. If not, don't sweat! You can literally walk to the beach from just about every rental home in Nags Head.

There are many, many different vacation rental home management companies to choose from so be selective! You can also find a rental home or condo by browsing aggregator websites like Homeaway and VRBO. Also - don't forget about Airbnb which has a nice collection of rental homes listing on their site from private owners.

Restaurants in Nags Head

If you love fresh seafood then you're going to have no trouble finding a wonderful restaurant in Nags Head to enjoy. There are several restaurants in the town that have been operating for literally decades - Sam & Omie's and Owens' Restaurant to name a few. 

Located across the street from Jennette's Pier in Nags Head is Dune Burger, which is a great place for lunch if you want a quick burger and fries paired with coke or a vanilla milkshake. Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe has some killer shrimp and grits as well as fresh mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna on their expansive menu. 

Dinner reservations are not available at every restaurant and are a good idea if you are able to make them. Don't be surprised if you have to wait 30 minutes to get into a highly-rated restaurant, it's more than likely going to be well worth the wait!

After dinner, you may want to do something fun with your family. Post-dinner we recommend go-karts or putt-putt golf and then ending the night with a walk along the beach. 

A few more compelling reasons to visit Nags Head

If you are still on the fence regarding if Nags Head is the right place for you and your family to visit during your next week of vacation, we'll help push you over the top.

  1. Jockey's Ridge State Park is the largest natural sand dune system in the United States and is literally the best place to learn how to hang glide that we're aware of. With forgiving sand dunes to land on and steady wind, you'd be hardpressed to find a better local for learning how to fly. Kitty Hawk Kites offers lessons year-round and they start at about $100 a person which includes flight school!
  2. Bodie Island Lighthouse is located just north of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and is a sight for sore eyes. You'll want to take about a million photos of the black and white striped tower and pay a few dollars for the opportunity to climb to the top for a view that's truly breathtaking. 
  3. Nags Head is easily accessible by one of the two roads along with barrier islands and is centrally located on the Outer Banks so you can easily drive to either Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the south or Southern Shores, Duck and Corolla to the north. Also, you can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills by driving about 10 to 15 minutes (depending on which part of Nags Head you are staying in). 
  4. There are about 20 public beach accesses to choose from making this one of the most accessible places to stay on the OBX if you love the beach. And let's be honest, who doesn't love the beach?
  5. Some of the very best restaurants along the coast of North Carolina are located in Nags Head - Blue Moon Beach Grill, Tale of The Whale and Tortugas Lie to name a few. 

So, have you booked a stay in a vacation rental home yet? :)

We'll see you in Nags Head!

Also, consider booking your stay in September or October to avoid some of the crowds and save some serious cheddar on the cost of lodging.