Plan Your Summer Escape to One of These Private North Carolina Beach Cottage Rentals

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Kitty Hawk NC Beach House Rental
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For many of us, 2020 changed the way we travel. Road trips trumped flying and private rentals became more appealing than shared accommodations. One of the best places to enjoy a vacation rental home? At the beach, of course.

Consider directing your search to North Carolina, where private, socially distanced beach cottages line much of the pristine coast. Here, we dug up eight stellar rental options where you can shelter in paradise safely and serenely.

Island Beach Shack

Rodanthe NC Beach Rental
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Live your Nights in Rodanthe fantasy in a cozy one-bedroom cottage situated right across the street from the house made famous in the film. This one comes with a king bed, private pool, kayak, herb garden, and direct beach access. (And, major bonus: Fido can come, too.)

Rent it: $187 per night; airbnb.com

OBX Tree House

Avon NC Beach Rental
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Situated "steps from one of the nicest/most protected sections of beach in OBX," this cozy Avon home is the perfect retreat for families looking to get away. The two-bedroom rental boasts an outdoor shower and a unique round design that's sure to excite the kids, but the real draw is location: Aside from its easy beach access, the treehouse is also a short walk or bike ride to Avon's grocery stores, restaurants, and pier.

Rent it: From $266 per night; airbnb.com

The Starry Banner Historic Yacht

Manteo NC Yacht Rental
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If you're looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, why not consider sleeping on a fully restored vintage yacht? This one's docked in historic Old Town Manteo, just a quick hop over the bridge to the Outer Banks' famed beaches.

Rent it: $199 per night; vrbo.com

Sea Breeze Beach Cottage

Nags Head NC Beach Rental
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Want to be beachfront on a budget? This Caribbean blue, pet-friendly cottage is located right on the sand in Nags Head, with an oceanfront deck for evening happy hours and a bedroom where you can listen to the waves roll in all night long.

Rent it: $100 per night; vrbo.com

Hammock Island Lookout

Wrightsville Beach NC Rental Home
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If five-star vistas are what you're looking for, book a stay at this sky-high loft offering "unreal sunrises, sunsets, deck cocktails, privacy" and walking distance to the shores of Wrightsville Beach. As an added perk, the host runs a rental business right on site, where you can snag bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards steps from your front door.

Rent it: $130 per night; airbnb.com

Sail On Soundfront Home

Hatteras NC Beach Rental
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Beaches too busy for you? Kick back at this serene Soundfront home in Hatteras Village. With cozy interiors, a large chef's kitchen (plus wine fridge), hot tub, spacious decks, killer sunsets, and a private dock, you won't need to go anywhere else.

Rent it: $110 per night; vrbo.com

Fragile Magic Oceanfront Home

Kitty Hawk NC Beach House Rental
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Vacationing with parents or in-laws? This beachfront beauty in Kitty Hawk has an attractive offering: two top-floor, en suite master bedrooms that each come with their own private balcony. When you're not enjoying happy hour there, you can lounge in the home's reading nook, sunroom, double-height living room, or enormous beachfront deck.

Rent it: $236 per night; airbnb.com

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