A canalfront vacation rental is a dream retreat for water lovers of all varieties, from fishermen to windsurfers, and crabbers to kayakers, and Outer Beaches Realty offers a fantastic collection of some of the most inviting and comfortable canalfront accommodations on the Outer Banks.
One of the biggest lures of a canalfront vacation rental is the proximity to the open waters of the Pamlico Sound. Look at a map of Hatteras Island, and you'll notice a maze of small canals that wind through the soundside of the villages, and eventually trickle out to the Pamlico Sound. Because of this attribute, the canals on Hatteras Island are all saltwater canals, and can attract a number of saltwater species from tasty blue crabs to small mullets, and even larger game fish like sheapshead or even bluefish.
One of the most popular sports along the canals is crabbing, as it is an easy activity that visitors of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. To do it, all you need is a crab pot, which can be picked up at a local bait and tackle store, a chicken wing or other piece of meat, and a bit of patience. After the baited crab pot is dunked into the open canal waters, it usually only takes a few hours for the crabs to take the bait. If you don't have a crab pot handy, try a little "hand crabbing" which requires just a string, a chicken wing or leg, and a small net. Simply look for blue crabs scurrying around the canal, and try to lure them closer to land with the baited string, making it easy to scoop them up with the net. It might sound simple in theory, but crabbing by hand can be fairly challenging, and usually provides a full afternoon of entertainment for ambitious anglers.
Many canalfront vacation rental homes offer expansive docks or private, bulk headed backyards which makes crabbing and fishing an easy venture, and also provides ideal launching points for kayaks, canoes, or even small Carolina skiffs. The width and depth of a canal varies greatly by neighborhood, although virtually every canal is wide enough and deep enough to accommodate a kayak adventure out to the Pamlico Sound. If you're thinking about bringing your boat along, be sure and contact Outer Beaches Realty to see if your canalfront vacation home of choice can accommodate your ride.
Kayaking is another big draw to canalfront vacationers, and visitors who want to enjoy a full day or week of paddling around can simply bring their own gear along, or rent a kayak for an afternoon or a full vacation at a local beach equipment rental company. Virtually every village on Hatteras Island has one, and some even provide delivery service so visitors don't even have to worry about hauling their kayak back to the rental house - they can simply sit back and enjoy the ride.
Canals can also provide ideal launching points for kiteboarders and windsurfers, particularly canals that are located close to the Pamlico Sound, or have docks and grassy yards for easy rigging and launching.
A canalfront home can feature some simply incredible sunset views from a shaded screened porch or sun deck. Because of their proximity to the open water, many canalfront rentals feature Pamlico Sound views from the top and mid-level decks, so guests can enjoy a nightly waterfront sunset.
As for accommodations, a canalfront vacation rental home can range from a 3 bedroom classic island cottage with lots of decking to a spectacular five or six bedroom retreat. Some canalfront homes may even feature game rooms, private pools, or waterfront hot tubs for decadent water views. Be sure and review the amenities listed for each property to find a canalfront vacation rental that fits your family's idea of a dream vacation retreat.
For vacation days that are filled with fun on the water, a canalfront home can provide an endless array of outdoor activities. Crabbing, fishing, kayaking, and even windsurfing or kiteboarding can all be enjoyed from a canalfront rental's dock or launching area, and the nightly sunsets are truly out of this world. For a fun stay that revolves around life on the water, consider a canalfront rental home for your next vacation.