Want to get a jump start on your Hatteras Island vacation? Then consider booking a vacation rental home or condo with a Friday check-in, and start your vacation out right with a full weekend of fun on the Outer Banks.
The majority of vacation rentals on the Outer Banks have a Saturday or Sunday check-in date, or what is referred to as a "turnover day." This means that a vacationer will check in on the afternoon of their check-in date, enjoy a week (or even two weeks) of sunny beach time, and then check out the following Saturday or Sunday before 10:00 a.m.
On turnover day, in the hours before the previous week's guest departure and the coming week's guest arrival, the staff at Outer Beaches Realty stay busy cleaning and inspecting all of our vacation rental properties to ensure they are sparkling clean and ready for a new vacationing family.
As stated, the majority of our properties have Saturday or Sunday turnover days, as this allows our vacationers a full weekend day to travel down to Hatteras Island. Many guests spend a Friday evening or Saturday packing up the car with all of their beach-worthy gear, and then hit the road for a leisurely drive to the coast. However, there are several benefits to selecting a rental with a Friday check-in that guests should consider before finalizing their vacation plans and accommodations.
One of the biggest draws of a Friday check-in is the lack of overall beach traffic. While traffic along isolated NC Highway 12, the only road on and off the island, is rarely backed up or even remotely congested, the northern communities of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk, and the towns within Currituck County, tend to get a little clogged on Saturdays and Sundays, when thousands of vacationers are arriving on the Outer Banks. This can affect vacationers who are traveling from the northern regions of the country, and who are travelling south on the main four lane road to the Outer Banks, US 158. With a Friday check-in, visitors will avoid the turnover day traffic and can enjoy a faster ride to their Hatteras Island destination.
In addition to missing out on the minor traffic jams that arise on the weekends, vacationers will enjoy a day of quiet beach time. On Saturdays, with the majority of visitors either coming or going, the beaches on Hatteras Island, which are already prized for their seclusion, are especially quiet, with just a handful of beachgoers spread out along the shoreline. This provides an ideal introduction to the local beach scene, and is a perfect way to delve into a fully relaxed, vacation state-of-mind.
A Friday check-in also allows visitors returning home a full weekend of relaxing and getting their affairs in order before going back to work on Monday. Those extra two days can come in handy for most vacationers, and provides Friday vacationers with plenty of extra time to unpack and find the perfect spots around the house for those Hatteras Island souvenirs.
While a Friday check-in may not be feasible for all vacationers, visitors who have a little flexibility with their vacation schedules may want to consider a weekly rental with a Friday start date.
The Friday check-in vacation rentals offered by Outer Beaches are varied, with a wide range of the number of bedrooms, locations and amenities, ensuring that every family will find a perfect rental to fit their specific requirements and desired check-in date. Be sure and select your preferred criteria, such as number of bedrooms or an oceanfront or soundside location, to find a vacation rental that best matches your ideal beach retreat.
For a more relaxed drive and an opening weekend of Hatteras Island fun, consider getting an early start to your next beach vacation with a Friday check-in date.