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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  • $1,085.00 - 3,675.00 per week

    125 Chicahauk Trail
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Westside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision: Chicahauk
      • 5Bedrooms:
      • 4Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      97 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Beyond The Sea is a gorgeous and spacious 5 bedroom, 4 ½ bath OBX rental home located in the quiet, family oriented, sec...Read More
  • $2,005.00 - 5,725.00 per week

    121 Wood Duck Drive, Carolina Dunes
    Duck, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Duck
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision: Carolina Dunes
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 5Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 16Capacity:
      105 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Dramatic 360 degree views of the Outer Banks from one of the highest points on the Banks. Something for everyone games, ...Read More
  • $1,240.00 - 4,555.00 per week

    151 Ocean Blvd
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront-Semi
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision:
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 4Full Baths:
      • 0Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      103 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Relaxing is easy at “Garbee Graves”. Picture yourself waking up to an Outer Banks ocean view from the top deck with your...Read More
  • $1,830.00 - 3,735.00 per week

    349 Sea Oats Trail
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Soundside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision:
      • 5Bedrooms:
      • 5Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      108 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Enjoy wide open views and beautiful sunsets over the nearby sound from this striking house built atop one of the highest...Read More
  • $1,265.00 - 3,935.00 per week

    3 Jasana Lane
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Friday
      Subdivision: Seacrest
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 4Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 14Capacity:
      99 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Find relaxation and Serenity-Too in Southern Shores! This 6 bedroom, 4.1 bath Outer Banks rental has a private pool and ...Read More
  • $5,800.00 - 10,315.00 per week

    108 Ocean Blvd
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanfront
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Friday
      Subdivision:
      • 6Bedrooms:
      • 5Full Baths:
      • 0Half Baths:
      • 12Capacity:
      152 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Relax in this gorgeous, rental home with spacious living areas and panoramic ocean views. Enjoy the ocean breeze on the ...Read More
  • $1,325.00 - 2,280.00 per week

    36 Skyline Road
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Westside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Sunday
      Subdivision:
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 2Full Baths:
      • 0Half Baths:
      • 8Capacity:
      91 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      635 yards to beach access. This comfortable home is located on a quiet no thru street, and is situated next to a walking...Read More
  • $1,910.00 - 5,690.00 per week

    152 Duck Rd
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision:
      • 7Bedrooms:
      • 7Full Baths:
      • 3Half Baths:
      • 14Capacity:
      94 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      From the moment you put your luggage in the elevator, the luxury and convenience of this young landscaped mansion near t...Read More
  • $1,870.00 - 3,810.00 per week

    1022 Corolla Drive, Whalehead Beach
    Corolla, NC 27929

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Oceanside
      Community: Corolla
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision: Whalehead Beach
      • 4Bedrooms:
      • 3Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 8Capacity:
      84 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      “Life’s Porpoise” located in the Whalehead Beach subdivision of Corolla, is conveniently located right across the street...Read More
  • $1,935.00 - 5,640.00 per week

    94 Skyline Road
    Southern Shores, NC 27949

    • Property Highlights
      Location: Westside
      Community: Southern Shores
      Check-In Day: Saturday
      Subdivision:
      • 7Bedrooms:
      • 6Full Baths:
      • 1Half Baths:
      • 14Capacity:
      124 people are interested in this property!
    • Description:
      Over 3,200 square feet of living area with 1,000 plus square feet of sun and covered decks. Beautiful ocean view and gre...Read More