OBX Rentals

OBX Rentals

Offering over 500 OBX vacation rentals on the North Carolina coast, Southern Shores Realty has homes for any occasion and budget

If you’ve done any driving on the east coast, chances are you’ve come across an oval bumper sticker with “OBX” in bold block letters. The straightforward acronym stands for Outer Banks, referring to our hometown, the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Local restaurateur and owner of Chili Pepper’s, Jim Douglas created the acronym. While on vacation on Nantucket, Douglas noticed a sticker with the initials “ACK” on many of the cars on the island. After finding out that the stickers were the acronym for the Nantucket airport and are a popular way for tourists to associate with the island lifestyle, Douglas decided to bring the concept back to the Outer Banks. He came up with “OBX” for the Outer Banks, using the X to make it plural. After ordering a couple thousand to sell in his restaurant, Douglas ended up selling out within a few weeks.

Douglas recognized the branding potential of the acronym and approached Southern Shores Realty’s David Watson to form a company with the purpose of trademarking and selling “OBX”. With Watson on board, Douglas broadened his OBX merchandise to include memorabilia such as water bottles and t-shirts.

Around the turn of the century, Dare County approached Douglas to use the acronym on license plates. Douglas agreed and the OBX license plates quickly became a coveted status symbol distinguishing between those lucky enough to reside on the beach fulltime and those visiting.

In the 25 years since its inception, OBX and Outer Banks are now used interchangeably and you can find a sticker in just about every shop.

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  • $1,365.00 - 1,575.00 per week

    127 Sprigtail Dr, Carolina Dunes
    Duck, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront-Semi
      Community: Duck
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision: Carolina Dunes
      • 3Bedrooms:
      • 2Full Baths:
      • 0Half Baths:
      • 6Capacity:
      79 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Enjoy being close to the ocean, amazing deck views and a well-maintained home at a great price. Spend your Outer Banks v...Read More
  • 25 Wild Pony Lane, Chicahauk
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Westside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision: Chicahauk
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 3Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      81 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Enjoy our new kitchen and the largest (16” x 38’) private salt filtration pool in Southern Shores with LED color lights ...Read More
  • $1,790.00 - 1,990.00 per week

    6 Pelican Watch Way
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision: Pelican Watch
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 2Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 7Capacity:
      55 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Enjoy spectacular views in an intimate community of Nags Head style townhomes. Each home features 2,000 square feet of l...Read More
  • $1,500.00 - 2,560.00 per week

    137 Olde Duck Rd, Olde Duck Beach
    Duck, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Duck
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision: Olde Duck Beach
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 5Full Baths:
      • 2Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      96 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      New for 2019 includes: wood-style flooring on first and top level, White Quartz countertops, shaker style two-tone kitch...Read More
  • $4,710.00 - 5,020.00 per week

    135 Buffell Head Road, Carolina Dunes
    Duck, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront
      Community: Duck
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision: Carolina Dunes
      • 5Bedrooms:
      • 7Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 10Capacity:
      133 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      “The Duck House” will be your idea of the ultimate beach vacation with beautiful views of the scenic North Carolina sunr...Read More
  • $1,970.00 - 2,385.00 per week

    24 Ocean Blvd
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision:
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 6Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 14Capacity:
      136 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Relax and enjoy the beautiful, panoramic ocean views from this oceanfront home located in Southern Shores, approximately...Read More
  • $1,290.00 - 1,445.00 per week

    14 Twelfth Avenue, Seacrest
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Friday
      Subdivision: Seacrest
      • 5Bedrooms:
      • 3Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      104 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      This home is in a perfect location: close to the beach in a quiet, low-traffic neighborhood. Come spend that long-awaite...Read More
  • $1,340.00 - 1,950.00 per week

    1085 Whalehead Drive, Whalehead
    Corolla, NC 27927

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Corolla
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision: Whalehead Beach
      • 7Bedrooms:
      • 5Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 18Capacity:
      71 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Relax in this beautifully designed home only three rows back from the pristine beaches of Corolla. Gaze at the breathtak...Read More
  • $1,425.00 - 1,685.00 per week

    149 Schooner Ridge Drive, Schooner Ridge
    Duck, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront-Semi
      Community: Duck
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision: Schooner Ridge
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 4Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      55 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Enjoy beautiful ocean views from this family friendly semi-oceanfront home in Schooner Ridge. In the heart of Duck Villa...Read More
  • 4230 Virginia Dare Trail MP 3.5
    Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront-Semi
      Community: Kitty Hawk
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision:
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 4Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      65 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      As peaceful and majestic as its name, so too, is this cottage on the Outer Banks. This 3,000 square feet home is furnish...Read More