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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  • $1,411.00 - 2,827.00 per week

    51 Spindrift Trail, Chicahauk
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Westside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision: Chicahauk
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 3Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 10Capacity:
      86 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      “Ocean Glimpse” is a four bedroom, three bathroom Outer Banks rental home, located in a wooded setting with 2,600 square...Read More
  • $1,397.00 - 4,205.00 per week

    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:
      150 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
  • $1,544.00 - 2,960.00 per week

    40 Ocean Blvd.
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision:
      • 3Bedrooms:
      • 3Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 6Capacity:
      75 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Spacious artist’s home with cathedral ceiling, unique, original artwork throughout, and private deck ...Read More
  • $1,961.00 - 5,969.00 per week

    134 Buffell Head Rd, Carolina Dunes
    Duck, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront-Semi
      Community: Duck
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision: Carolina Dunes
      • 5Bedrooms:
      • 4Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      284 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Watch the dolphins play and the sunrise over the Atlantic. Then, relax while watching the sunset over the Currituck Soun...Read More
  • $1,763.50 - 6,275.50 per week

    13 Eighth Avenue
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Friday
      Subdivision: Seacrest
      • 7Bedrooms:
      • 8Full Baths:
      • 2Half Baths:
      • 14Capacity:
      70 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      This beautiful house is just the place to unwind and feel the weight of the world lifted from your shoulders. Fun and co...Read More
  • $1,569.00 - 5,001.00 per week

    102 Hatch Cover Court, Four Seasons
    Duck, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Duck
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision: Four Seasons
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 6Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      163 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Vacation in Duck's premier community! On a quiet cul-de-sac, Blue Fin is packed with amenities to make your vacation mem...Read More
  • $1,757.50 - 4,373.50 per week

    22 Ocean Blvd.
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision:
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 3Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 8Capacity:
      81 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Oceanfront home with ocean view from all rooms. Level 1: 3 bedrooms (master bedroom with ...Read More
  • $1,707.00 - 6,219.00 per week

    163 Ocean Boulevard
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront-Semi
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision:
      • 7Bedrooms:
      • 7Full Baths:
      • 2Half Baths:
      • 21Capacity:
      107 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Super views! 4,400 square feet of luxury fit for kings and queens! One lot from ocean in quiet, low-traffic area. Each b...Read More
  • $1,695.00 - 2,823.00 per week

    175 Ocean Blvd.
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront-Semi
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision:
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 2Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 8Capacity:
      96 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      This ocean view home is located in a light traffic area where walking to the beach is a breeze! Sandy Shore is 100 yards...Read More
  • $2,136.50 - 6,600.50 per week

    8 First Avenue
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Friday
      Subdivision: Seacrest
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 7Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 14Capacity:
      89 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      This lovely vacation home, complete with an elevator, is located on a quiet dead end street in family oriented Seacrest ...Read More