The Outer Banks – the very phrase almost drips with tranquility and laid-back coastal charm – only don’t say that to a windsurfer.  In fact, Outer Banks vacation rentals can offer something for just about every holidaymaker’s tastes.

For the history buff, you have over 400 years worth of heritage to explore, including the site of Orville Wright’s first flight at Kill Devil Hills, America’s Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and a stunning play about what is known locally as The Lost Colony.

For the sports lover, you will be in a paradise for windsurfing, kite boarding, kayaking, parasailing, fishing, cycling, swimming and golf – and there’s more besides.

For lovers of wildlife, you can watch some of the 300 species of birds that come to the islands at different times of the year or travel a few miles to Alligator River National Wildlife Park and marvel at the flora and fauna there.

But, of course, it is the coast itself that will bring most people on an Outer Banks vacation.  Whether you choose the Northern Beaches, Hatteras Island or Roanoke Island, you can be sure of spectacular, undisturbed beauty where you can always find something to do; or, if you prefer, find somewhere wonderful where you can do absolutely nothing!

The types of accommodation to choose for your Outer Banks vacation rental can be divided into three main categories.

1  Hotels and Motels  

There are many fine hotels on the Outer Banks, offering all the up-to-date amenities that you would expect and demand.  You won’t find any giant skyscrapers here, but you will be able to choose from leading hotels such as the Hilton Garden Inn or Holiday Inn Express as well as the familiar Comfort, Quality and Travelodge names.  In addition, there are many smaller, but well-appointed independent hotels to look at.

2 Bed and Breakfasts

If you’re looking for something smaller and more intimate, then why not give careful consideration to one of the many bed and breakfast places that you can find dotted all around the Outer Banks.  Some of these – the Duck Inn and Cypress Moon Inn on the Northern Beaches, for example – have as few as three bedrooms.  Others, like the Inn on Pamlico Sound on Hatteras Island, are slightly larger and provide free internet access in every room and a thousand Dvds for you to choose from!  All the bed and breakfast places, however, offer similar high-quality accommodation and a real homely feel.

3  Cottages  

Outer Banks is a perfect spot if you want to rent out your own independent cottage for your vacation.  There are so many varieties of house for you to pick from – four bedroom oceanfront properties or charming little love nests hidden amongst the dunes.  There is so much freedom to be enjoyed if you choose a place you can really call your own for your Outer Banks vacation rental.  Most of them will have easy access to the beach, outdoor showers, screened porches, even elevated observation rooms to enable you to luxuriate in the spectacular sea views or sunsets.  And many of them will welcome your dog, too!

Outer Banks rental vacations are justifiably becoming more popular with discerning holidaymakers; but the good news is that there is still plenty of space there for everybody.