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Although the beaches are lined with cottage rentals, many of them are spoken for on a year-to-year basis, so it's essential to make reservations well in advance. If you'd like to settle down for a week or more, your best bet is to contact the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. It is also worth noting that a good number of national motel chains, along with numerous independently owned lodges, are dotted along the coastline and can provide adequate accommodations if you're traveling without reservations.

Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk are so close together that you can choose your accommodations according to style and facilities rather than by location. Duck, about 18 miles north of Nags Head, is the site of an exceptional seaside hotel that's well worth the short drive.

Another option is camping. For information on private campgrounds, contact the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.