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Traveling Solo to the Outer Banks

Traveling Solo to the Outer Banks

You’re planning to come to the Outer Banks on vacation all by yourself. You are fine with that, but you would like some help finding things to do, places to go, etc. We can help. 

Where to Stay as a Solo Traveler in OBX

Picture yourself soaking in a private hot tub while you enjoy peace and quiet and take in the ocean views and breezes. We have a wide variety of Outer Banks vacation rentals that are perfect for a solo traveler. You can choose from a one-bedroom oceanfront condo or a smaller home. Would you also like the option to bring along your fur baby? We are proud to provide our guests with a wide selection of OBX rentals that are pet friendly.

Top OBX Activities for Solo Travelers

Now, for things to do. We have several very good art galleries here, which is always one of my favorite things to do when I am out of town. How about a massage? Several professionals on the Outer Banks will come to you, so you don’t even have to leave your little beach house. Walk to the beach, and collect some sea glass and shells. Then, go to Cloud Nine Creative Emporium in Nags Head and design and craft your necklace, earrings, keychain, or some other special keepsake. It is fun and creative, and you will have a memory every time you look at it. 

The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is home to birds, ducks, bears, red wolves, and alligators. Make sure your phone is charged, there will be plenty of sights to see, and you’ll have many opportunities to capture photos and video. Like to hike? You will also find trails and observation platforms, wildlife trails, and fishing and canoeing routes. 

The National Wildlife Refugees Visitor Center on Roanoke Island is open daily, all year, and is free. You can easily spend a few hours here seeing all the exhibits. 

Manteo is a charming little town to walk around, sit on the docks, shop, have something to eat, and take in the sights. Make sure you allow time to visit the Elizabethan Gardens, where you will find inspiration, peace, beauty, and fanciful things blooming. While designed for self-guided tours, you can use your smartphone and take advantage of the free audio tour or an enhanced media audio tour using ONCELL. If you prefer a guided tour, call well ahead of your visit. You can even bring your dog, and there is a small fee of $3. 

The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is at the end of the pier on the Manteo waterfront and is worth a visit too. Free to visit, but the hours vary by the season, so make sure they are open. 

Stop into Duck’s Cottage Downtown Book in Manteo and pick up some new reads. Talk with some locals and get their tips on where to go and eat. Located on Sir Walter Raleigh Street. Friendly place. 

You must; you must see the Corolla Wild Horses. And the best way to do that is by taking a tour. We recommend Corolla Outback Adventures and Corolla Wild Horse Fund. You will see some of the beautiful wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs who live in the four-wheel drive area up in Corolla. Speaking of horses, if you like to ride, you must drive to Hatteras to get to Equine Adventures. You can explore the only Maritime Forest on the Outer Banks, with miles and miles of pristine beaches. Be assured that your guide is experienced. The horses are well taken care of and chosen for each rider. 

Beach, of course. Bring a blanket or towel, sunscreen, and water, and enjoy. Miles of beauty. Shells, seagulls, quiet. Time for reflection and restoration. Suppose you don’t want to lug your gear to the beach. In that case, we recommend reserving an umbrella service with Ocean Atlantic Rentals. Their team will set up your chair and umbrella for a fee.

Top Spots for Solo Dining in the Outer Banks

Eating: one of the best parts about vacation. If you might feel a little self-conscious about eating alone, then we have some suggestions (you knew we would):

I Got Your Crabs in Kitty Hawk. Small, friendly, and they have a counter where you can eat and talk to the waitperson (if you want). Great, fresh seafood. We recommend ordering Granddaddy’s Salad and Crabmeat with Butter. It’s absolutely delicious.

Waveriders Coffee and Deli in Nags Head at Milepost 11 in the Pirates Quay Shops. Again, you can sit at the bar or a table or order takeout. Try their Eddie V. It’s an everything bagel with egg, smoked gouda, and balsamic glaze panini pressed with avocado, tomato, and onion.

TenOSix on the beach road in Kill Devil Hills. Take out only, or you can eat outside at the picnic table. Breakfast and lunch. Try their Beach Bum burrito: scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, pico, and sausage served with their homemade salsa.

Food Dudes Kitchen on the beach road in Kill Devil Hills. This small restaurant has bar seating, or you can order out. Enjoy fresh, delicious Mexican and Caribbean-inspired food made by the coolest dudes on the beach. Their Mac-N-Cheese is made with con queso and topped with crushed Cheez-its. It is the perfect comfort food!

Plan Your Solo Trip to the Outer Banks!

If you’re planning a solo trip to the Outer Banks, reserving a vacation rental from Village Realty is an excellent option. Village Realty offers a wide range of vacation rentals that cater to various budgets and preferences, ensuring you find the perfect accommodation for your trip. Village Realty has something for you, whether you prefer a cozy condo or a luxurious beach house. Plus, by renting a vacation rental, you’ll have the freedom to come and go as you please and enjoy your own space. You can cook your meals, lounge on your private deck, and take in the beautiful views of the ocean or sound. With Village Realty’s excellent customer service, you can rest assured that you’ll have a comfortable and memorable stay in the Outer Banks.

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