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5 of the Best Outer Banks Boat Rental Companies

08/14/2020 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Outdoor Recreation

An exciting getaway to the Outer Banks is a chance for travelers to enjoy time on the sand, soaking up the sun at their own pace. That said, it’s also an opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy boating at its very best! These one-of-a-kind North Carolina barrier islands host bodies of water on all sides ranging from the Atlantic Ocean to saltwater sounds that buffer the west and are ideal to get a boat rental. Inlets run between providing boaters with ample options for exploration whenever they’re looking to set sail. While dolphin cruises and sunset sails are certainly popular addition to an on-the-water itinerary for Outer Banks adventurers, it’s hard to top a day enjoying a boat rental and exploring your own way. When the open water is calling, pack some sunscreen and consider a ride with these companies. They are worth keeping in mind for renting a quality vessel to enjoy during your stay.

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Outer Banks Boat Rental Companies 

Check Out the Options at Charlie’s

3 people jet skiingTravelers who are looking for a truly unique way to enjoy time on the water will find the boat rental they’re looking for at Charlie’s Tri-Village Watersports. With a boat location at 25628 Highway 12 Waves, North Carolina, and a jet ski location at 24768 NC-12 in Rodanthe, those who are excited to sail their way to fun will love how easy it is to acquire exactly what they’re looking for. The team at Charlie’s is committed to helping every Outer Banks adventurer enjoy a rewarding boating experience by providing both vessels and a team of experts ready to walk guests through the boat safety precautions before they set out. Boats can be rented here to be enjoyed within the tri-village area of Hatteras Island where breathtaking views and wildlife too are all accessible. Rental options here include pontoon boats that can accommodate up to 16 passengers as well as Carolina skiff rentals that host 12 at a time. If you’re looking to party on the water, renting a tiki boat through Charlie’s is an option as well. Prices range from $325 for three hours up to $475 depending on the vessel selected.

Enjoy Rentals Through Corolla Watersports

Located at 798 Sunset Boulevard within the Timbuck II Shopping Village, Corolla Watersports is another great area option for boat rentals. Pontoon boat rentals are their specialty, offering guests a fun way to get out on the water with up to 16 other passengers. Pontoon boats are typically 24 feet long and are equipped with 4-stroke Honda outboards. Rentals start at $365 for two hours and go up to $585 for four-hour excursions.

Come on Over to Kitty Hawk Watersports

different kayaks in waterConvenience enhances the boating experience for those who rent their boats at Kitty Hawk Watersports. Found at 6920 S Croatan Highway in Nags Head, Kitty Hawk Watersports offers guests access to towable eight or 12-passenger tiki boats that can be enjoyed in the Sound for anywhere from two to three hours at a time. Book a sunset rental to make even more of the fun before being towed back to your point of departure. Two-hour tiki boat experiences are $175 while a 3-hour sunset experience for up to 12 people starts at $360. In addition to tiki boats, this location rents out sailboats and pontoon boats too.

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So, are you ready to explore the Outer Banks on the water? Pirate’s Cove Realty has the perfect place to stay! Check out our collection of Pirate’s Cove homes and condos in downtown Manteo, our gated community, and several other spots on the island. With so many family-friendly activities, you’ll want to come back with your family over and over again! 

Start planning your Outer Banks getaway today by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to the Pirate’s Cove family!