Enjoy some sun and fun when you visit the coast of North Carolina and select one of the towns or beaches on the Outer Bank as your home away from home. The Outer Banks are a small group of barrier islands with the Currituck Sound on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. You can choose between one of the beaches or select one of the towns, each with its own quirky vibe. The Brindley Beach area sits beside the city of Corolla on the north end of the Outer Banks. Here’s a selection of the top 10 Brindley Beach vacation rental locations.

1. Brindley Beach Area

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It’s easy to find a vacation rental along Brindley Beach, or just a couple of blocks away with many luxury single-family homes lining the area. Sign up and take a tour of the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, where you and your family can learn more about this unique habitat and catch a glimpse of the wild horses that make their home there. If it’s a windy day, take a kite out on the beach and fly it as you walk the beach looking for seashells.

2. Corolla

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Within easy biking distance of the Brindley, Beach area sits the town of Corolla. Take a walk along the raised platforms of the Currituck Banks North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve to see the wild horses and learn more about the area. Make sure to visit the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum. This lighthouse, built in the Greek Revival style, served to warn sailors about the shoals and dangers off the coast.

3. Duck

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Follow the main road south along the Outer Banks until you arrive in the small town of Duck. Rent bikes and ride along the main road for views of the sound and ocean that are breathtaking. At Sound Park, your kids can hop on their skateboards and attempt some tricks with the specially designed obstacles. Stroll down the Duck Town Boardwalk to watch the sunset, or spend an afternoon fishing so you can have fresh seafood for dinner back at your vacation rental.

4. Kitty Hawk

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Enjoy all the family friendly activities that Kitty Hawk has to offer. From fishing and biking to swimming and boating, you and your family can just spend time together and build memories that last. Spend an afternoon at the Outer Banks Children @ Play Museum, with interactive exhibits that let your kids learn through play, or hit the arcade at the Paradise Golf and Arcade, and play a few games of mini golf after enjoying some classic gaming.

5. Kill Devil Hills

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North Carolina takes pride in being the home of the Wright Brother’s first flight in a motorized airplane, and that flight took place in Kill Devil Hills. While staying in the area, spend an afternoon at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. When you arrive, spend some time in the visitors center looking at a replica of the brothers’ plane, and listen to the docent’s presentation about the brothers’ success and failures. Afterward, walk up to the large stone monument on the hill.

6. Nags Head

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Nags Head makes a great location to rent a vacation rental and see the surrounding area. After a few days on the beach, take the family over to Roanoke and see the site of the Lost Colony. This colonial colony was home to a group of settlers who mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Another cool site is Jockey’s, Ridge. It’s the largest sand dune in the southeast, and you and your family can get out and explore it.

7. Rodanthe

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As you drive further south on the Outer Banks, you cross over into the Cape Hatteras National Seashore that runs from Rodanthe to Cape Hatteras. In Rodanthe, you and your family can while away the days on the beach, on a bike, or out driving on the beach with a special permit. Follow the coastline and take a few hours to explore the Brodie Island Lighthouse and surrounding area with its stunning views.

8. Waves

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Slow down and take life less seriously when you choose a vacation rental in Waves. Stop by Charlie’s Waverunners and rent a jet ski for some fun on the ocean, skimming over the surface. Do some shopping at Hatteras Island Surf Shop which has a little bit of everything, although it’s well-known for having the best selection of t-shirts on the Outer Banks.

9. Salvo

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Meander down the road that makes its way through the Outer Banks and drinks in the view until you reach the town of Salvo. This town oozes southern charm, and the locals are always quick with a smile and advice. Take the necessary steps to get a permit to drive on the beaches and enjoy a picnic on the beach, or check out the nests of the loggerhead turtles.

10. Avon

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When it comes to the center of activity, Avon has the most going on in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore part of the island. Take an afternoon and visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and stop by the gift shop to learn more about its history. Enjoy some shopping, pick up a couple of souvenirs, and select a new place to eat each night — who wants to cook while on vacation?