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North Carolina's Outer Banks

Various stories abound regarding its name, but the generally accepted one is that it is named for "Kill Devil", a brand of rum found washed ashore during the colonial period. The present vacation retreat is awash with remembrances of times gone by, when the native seagulls were the flight experts and man had only begun to dream of the wild blue yonder.

Few places on earth areas blessed as the Outer Banks, an island of natural beauty, southern charm and rich history. Our island is a lot more than miles of beautiful pristine beaches, it's steeped in history, enhanced by legends and brimming with attractions, national parks, world famous lighthouses, adventure sports, museums and more. The Outer Banks will fulfill your pursuit for an ideal family vacation.

You can choose from a wide array of beautifully-appointed homes suited for such occasions as a cherished family reunion or intimate beach retreat. Take time with your family to enjoy traditional seaside pastimes, rest, relax and renew relationships, vacations are the stuff memories are made of.

We're happy to have you as our guests and will do everything we can to provide relaxing comfortable surroundings. The house is ready when you arrive, just grab a towel and head for the beach!

The Village Realty team of Sales Professionals can take you there. We know the way to the resort lifestyle you're looking for on the Outer Banks. Village Realty is the premiere sales and property Management Company that specializes in luxury resort properties from Corolla to South Nags Head. Over the past 12 years Village Realty has helped hundreds of people just like you realize the dream of owning a vacation home on the Outer Banks.

Village Realty offers rentals in the Northern Beach area of the Outer Banks, as well as the Nags Head area. We offer a vast array of homes from the Atlantic Ocean to the Roanoke Sound. We have included all of the Village Realty Rentals for your browsing and viewing enjoyment. Let us assist you in planning and choosing the rental that's right for your family's needs!

As a homeowner, you know the Outer Banks is constantly changing. Newer and larger homes, new supermarkets and other businesses, a new bridge and even a new hospital a lot going on for a small string of barrier islands.

Village Realty welcomes you to explore and enjoy our seashore and its unparalleled beaches. We offer over 500 of the finest accommodations from the shores of the Atlantic to the tranquil waters of the Roanoke Sound. Our goal is to provide uncompromising service, quality accommodations and outstanding representations to our clients and customers. You can choose from a wide array of well appointed homes, condos & villas suited for such occasions as a cherished family reunion or an intimate beach retreat! The Outer Banks is a special place and as local residents, we are anxious to share it with you!

The Lost Colony - Let your adventure begin! Located only 3 miles from the Manteo waterfront and Festival Park is the settlement of America’s first English colony. This outdoor drama commemorates the first English attempt at colonization and disappearance of the colonists. A delight for the entire family, the show combines humor and history, providing an evening you won’t forget!

Wright Brothers National Memorial - A 60-ft. granite memorial stands atop a 90-ft. dune in commemoration of the conquest of the air by brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright. Exhibits and reproductions of century-old gliders and flying machines are on display in the visitor center. Location: US 158 bypass at milepost 7 in Kill Devil Hills.

Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station Original - Lifesaving Station built in 1874, then converted to a boathouse when new station was built in 1911. History of daring rescues. Exhibits and beach apparatus drills conducted during summer months.

Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center - A non-profit educational foundation which takes visitors back in time to follow the development and achievements of the islands' earliest Native inhabitants.

Elizabeth II Replica on Festival Park - On board the ship, professional interpreters portray in dress, speech, manner, and attitude soldiers and mariners of the 16th century, regaling visitors with tales of sea voyages and the challenges of a new life in a strange land. In addition to shipboard tours, interpreters give hands-on demonstrations of aspects of 16th century life at The Settlement Site.

N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island - A marine-oriented education facility, one of three administered by the state of North Carolina. A marine aquarium gallery takes the visitor into an underwater simulation where native fishes are on display. The aquarium also offers hands-on activities, nature craft workshops, live animal programs, touch tank, films, field trips and daily scheduled programs. Teacher’s guide available. An expansion underway will double the size of the site and will feature a 185,000 gallon exhibit tank. Location: Off Hwy. 64/264, Airport Road, on the north end of Roanoke Island.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore - The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is the first recreational area of its kind in the National Park Service. Extending 70 miles from South Nags Head to Ocracoke Inlet, the park includes Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. There are four National Park Service Campgrounds located along the park.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge - The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is midway on the Atlantic Flyway and is a much used and valued feeding and resting area for numerous wintering waterfowl. More than 265 species are known to visit the area with regularity. Wildlife includes snow geese, egrets, herons and a large variety of wading, shore and song birds. Winter, spring and fall provide ample opportunity for birdwatching. Location: Northernmost section of Hatteras Island, between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe. Visitor center and wildlife trail located 5 miles south of Oregon Inlet. Hours: Refuge open daily during daylight hours. Admission: Free; fee for guided canoe tours. Services: Bird walks and children’s programs scheduled regularly during summer months; fall birdwalks and other programs may be arranged in advance.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park - Activities include climbing the dunes, hang gliding, and kite flying. A 400-acre park that encompasses the highest living sand dune on the East Coast. Scheduled nature programs, such as "Night Hike" and "Sunset on the Ridge", are held throughout the year. The park has a self-guided trail, "Tracks in the Sand", a picnic area, visitor center, public restrooms.

Roanoke Island Festival Park - The park features an 8,500 square foot hall of permanent, interactive exhibits; a film depicting the first English landing on Roanoke Island from the Native American point of view; an outdoor performance pavilion with lawn seating for 3,500 people; an art gallery and public meeting space; a museum shop. Another highlight is the Elizabeth II, which is representative of a 16th century sailing vessel that brought England’s first New World colonists to Roanoke Island. Garbed interpreters present a living history program. Call about the summer concert series and special performances. In addition to children's performances and a chamber music series during the day, evening performances are presented each Tuesday - Saturday at 8 p.m. from late June to mid-August by students and faculty from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Bring a picnic and blanket to Summer Scenes at Festival Park on the lawn by the banks of the Roanoke Sound. For specific program information, call the events line. Happenings at Festival Park Location: Across from downtown Manteo waterfront area. Hours: Hours vary by season. Admission: Fee includes exhibit hall, film and tour of the Elizabeth II. Services: Visitor's center, gift shop, restrooms, picnic areas.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - Known for its black and white painted spirals, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the United States. Visitors are welcome to climb its 268 steps, weather permitting. Recently relocated from its hurricane-eroded spot overlooking the Atlantic, the lighthouse reopened on May 5, 2001. The "Double Keeper’s Quarters" is used to house the "Museum of the Sea" and Buxton Visitor Center.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse (Corolla, North Carolina) - The final lighthouse to be built on the North Carolina coast in 1875. It’s exterior was left unpainted to distinguish it from the regions other lighthouses. In 1939 the Coast Guard automated the lighthouse, producing a beacon that still flashed every 20 seconds to warn ships hugging the barrier island of the N.C. coast.

Ocracoke Lighthouse - The oldest lighthouse still in operation in North Carolina, and one of the oldest on the eastern coast of the United States. It is the shortest lighthouse on the North Carolina coast, standing only seventy-five feet tall. Situated on one of Ocracoke Island’s highest spots, it has survived numerous hurricanes throughout the years.

Bodie Island Lighthouse - Originally built in 1847, Confederate troops blew up the structure to prevent its use by the Union forces that occupied the Outer Banks in 1862. The name Bodie was originally spelled Body and is still pronounced "body" (as in "a body of water"). Some explain the spelling and pronunciation because so many bodies washed ashore from shipwrecks. The lighthouse isn’t for climbing, but the keeper’s quarters have been restored and act as a visitor’s center. There is also a nature walk through the surrounding marsh. Location: From North, travel South on Rt. 12 from Whalebone Junction.