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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  • 531 Conch Crescent, Ocean Sands Sec B
    Corolla, NC 27927

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Corolla
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision: Ocean Sands
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 5Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 20Capacity:
      73 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Treat yourself to this spacious home located on a large lot in a cul-de-sac, which leads directly to the beach access. I...Read More
  • 732 Main Sail Arch, Ocean Sands Sec P
    Corolla, NC 27927

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Corolla
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision: Ocean Sands
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 2Full Baths:
      • 0Half Baths:
      • 10Capacity:
      95 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Newly-remodeled with beach access only 100 yards away! Including new flooring, fresh paint, new bedroom furniture and ma...Read More
  • 123 Scarborough Lane, Sea Pines
    Duck, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Duck
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision: Sea Pines
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 4Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 10Capacity:
      68 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Yes, Absolutely, with its family-friendly design and delightful décor, is where you want to be every summer. This great ...Read More
  • 2012 N Virginia Dare Trail
    Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront-Semi
      Community: Kill Devil Hills
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision:
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 4Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 8Capacity:
      71 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Enjoy the “Tropical Breeze” of this unique and elegant home. You and your family will appreciate the elegant palm motif,...Read More
  • 22 Eighth Avenue
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Friday
      Subdivision: Seacrest
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 2Full Baths:
      • 0Half Baths:
      • 10Capacity:
      151 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Over 1,600 square feet of serene, luxury living just 340 yards from the ocean access with no streets to cross. ...Read More
  • 1713 Soble Street ( MP 7 )
    Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Kill Devil Hills
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision:
      • 3Bedrooms:
      • 2Full Baths:
      • 0Half Baths:
      • 6Capacity:
      120 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Don’t miss this one! Cozy cottage with 2 direct beach accesses. Huge decks with ocean views and a rooftop deck. On cul-d...Read More
  • 227 Sea Oats Trail
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Westside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision:
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 5Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 8Capacity:
      43 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      “Reel Fun” will be had by all in this fantastic, Outer Banks home! Located in the beautiful town of Southern Shores. You...Read More
  • 217 Ocean Blvd.
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront-Semi
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision:
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 4Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 8Capacity:
      53 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Semi-oceanfront vacation rental with private pool and elevator. Just across the street from the beach with an ocean view...Read More
  • 22 First Ave
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Friday
      Subdivision: Seacrest
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 3Full Baths:
      • 0Half Baths:
      • 10Capacity:
      75 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      This cottage has it all! Private pool, hot tub, internet access, bikes, beach cart, and more, all in quiet Seacrest Vill...Read More
  • 968 Misty Pond Court, Monteray Shores
    Corolla, NC

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Soundside
      Community: Corolla
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision: Monteray Shores
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 3Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 8Capacity:
      117 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Check out this vacation rental in Corolla, NC! It’s loaded from top to bottom with the latest appliances, modern styling...Read More