Traveling for a beach escape sounds dreamy to most travelers, and the Outer Banks offers a myriad of communities for seaside adventure, nature, history, or simply, a respite. Find the famed First in Flight site, the Wright Brothers Memorial, take in some scenic drives, and have family fun on the deck of your very own cottage, while still finding time for productivity. The Outer Banks destination is multi-layered, with gardens, Airbnb homes and cottages for week to month stays, and a number of nature and heritage sites. These are the best Outer Banks budget Airbnbs for your upcoming trip.

Avalon Beach Bungalow in Kill Devil Hills

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Best for: A small family, group of four, couples.

This intimate bungalow is good for a few friends to gather, family of four, or solo traveler seeking a scenic remote workspace. The small space is efficient, with plenty of welcome distractions for guests, and their pets. Hammocks, an outdoor shower to rinse after a beach walk, fishing pier, bicycles, boogie boards, surfboards, and other features make this a good option for a work and play stay. The bungalow is a central location for day trips to Corolla, Duck, Manteo, Kitty Hawk, and Nags Head.

Five guests, two bedrooms
Price: $212 per night

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Toler House Cottage nestled on the Manteo Marsh

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Best for: Small groups, families

Nature lovers and remote workers will feel they have arrived in their personal sanctuary at this nice home with all the green–plants, the marshland location and proximity to Manteo Marsh. The simplicity, small area, and relatively new cottage in a quiet neighborhood make this an enviable spot. The office workspace for productivity during the day and the porch at sunset overlooking the Croatan Sound on Roanoke Island are a few bonuses to this home. Nearby eateries offer all the favorites, including seafood, burgers, deli, barbecue, pizza, and ice cream. Check out the farmers’ market for local eats on hand while working and venture to the restaurants for dinner. Exploration of Manteo means a celebration of nature, heritage, wildlife, craft beverage, aquatic life, and art. Find time for the Lost Colony, Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and N.C. Aquarium, among other sites.

Five guests, three bedrooms
Price: $170 per night

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Dome House in Hatteras – Salvo

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Best for: Small groups, extended families

Seeking seclusion for productivity, the geodesic dome house is an enigma worth discovering. The simplicity of decor will remove distractions, perfect for guests seeking productivity and focus time. The balance of nature and backyard that abuts protected marshland, with scenic trails. The dome house has updated, modern areas within the home to evoke a coffee shop feel.

Coffee in the morning on the swing and drinks on the deck amidst the soft string lights are an escape as much as excursions to the Outer Banks communities. A few minutes away, guests can drive to eateries for seafood, pizza, burgers, Asian meals, ice cream. Nights at home are perfect for board games and Salvo is perfect for serenity; a month’s stay provides a balance for time to work and explore Hatteras and additional towns for history, art, lighthouses, and more.

Seven guests, four bedrooms
Price: $375 per night

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Kitty Hawk Coastal Cottage

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Best for: Extended families, group of friends

Idyllic beach trips are those picture-perfect seaside escapes, with a cottage and the kind of light decor that appeals to all tastes. The Coastal Cottage is a perfect fit for a group of friends or extended family, with the kind of space indoors that makes you want to stay inside and enjoy the home and venture out for sun, sea, and good food and drink. The Kitty Hawk home has a good blend of history, with modern conveniences. It was originally built to stable horses for a life saving station in the late 1800s. The horses transported lifeboats from the boathouse to the water as needed. In the mid ‘50s, the horse stable was lifted out of the sand and transformed into a home, seemingly like magic but actually through major renovations.

Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: $420 per night

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Renovated condo two minutes’ walk to beach

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Best for: Groups, extended families

This Nags Head stay is for active adventurers seeking an opportunity to live like a local. The sunroom, two-minute walk to the beach, fire pit, indoor spaces for privacy, and quiet neighborhood provide an easygoing vacation, for a couple of couples or an extended family looking to spend time separately or together. The seasonal farmers’ market and Jockey’s Ridge State Park are essential stops on the itinerary.

Ten guests, three bedrooms
Price: $265 per night

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Historic Lennon Cottage at the Mother Vine

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Best for: Families, two couples, small group of friends

Private deck, porch, and plenty of space to comfortably work and relax, this historic home is close to downtown. Walks, bicycle excursions, or paddling, guests find themselves able to have as active or as relaxing an experience as they desire any particular day. Adirondack chairs, swing, and rockers each provide a corner of the cottage for gazing with coffee and time alone, with friends, or to work. The home pays homage to mother vine, the oldest known grapevine in colonial U.S. and the magnolia tree is appealing, too. Fifteen minutes away, the drive to more lively areas for dinner and/or live music create a fun outing.

Four guests, three bedrooms
Price: $204 per night

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The Salty SolMate in Kill Devil Hills

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Best for: Groups, extended families

Bay to beach, this picturesque home is an idyllic spot for a family reunion or gathering among friends. The two hanging swings that face each other are a big draw for coffee and talk time or evening cocktails while simply enjoying each other’s company. Bicycles or short drive, the beach is not too far and the home offers plenty of atmosphere to relax, eat, and work, with the hot tub and nature views in a quiet neighborhood.

Eight guests, four bedrooms
Price: $379 per night

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“Oh Buoy” – Kill Devil Hills

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Best for: Groups, extended families

This is the perfect pad for guests seeking their own personal paradise, pool included. Gather or hide, the home is large enough for both, and the proximity to the essentials–grocery and beach–make it a typical beach getaway in a modern home with all the luxuries. Sun and shade, porch picnics or coffee on a hammock chair, side by side with a friend or significant other, the home is part of the experience in the Outer Banks. Equally important are the significant sights, including the Wright Brothers Memorial.

Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: $443 per night

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Urban Boutique Beach House with Backyard – Kill Devil Hills

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Best for: Groups, extended families

Luxury home with modern furnishings and setting for nights at home or after a day at the beach, the tables indoors are good for laptop work or lazing. Chill in the shade on adirondack chairs or in a hammock, with a hint of sunlight, or on the terrace. The house has its charm and comfort for a work and play retreat. Nearby, grocery stores, coffee shops, and eateries offer a mix for entertainment and opportunities to take in sightseeing.

Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $316 per night

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Private Paradise centrally located in Avalon Beach

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Best for: Couples, families of four

This intimate rental is ideal for a family or couple, this space is much like a lovely suite or apartment efficiency with the essentials to make meals and relax. Dine indoors or grill outside and eat at the picnic table. Beach pass in hand, venture to paradise for sunny days at the shore or early walks to see the sunrise.

Four guests, 1 bedroom
Price: $114 per night

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Cabana house at Hatteras National Seashore

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Best for: Couples

Intimate stay at a condo with a view of the sea from the rooftop deck. Cape Hatteras National Seashore is mystical and guests can begin and end their days worshipping the sun, surf, and natural beauty of seemingly untouched beach areas. The romantic getaway offers three decks (everyone has a favorite level) for views. Condo, cabana, or bungalow, this space is perfect for those seeking outdoor time, daily excursions, and plenty of activities and exploration.

Two guests, 1 bedroom
Price: $96 per night

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Avon Southern Charm

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Best for: Groups, extended families

Beach access, nearby pool, hot tub, multi-level decks, shuffleboard, and a beach volleyball court are a handful of amenities that make this house worth the trip. Togetherness when it makes sense and at meal times or time away to do whatever one likes while some guests work, the home is a haven for down time and proximity to area attractions.

Eight guests, four bedrooms
Price: $335 per night

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