Manteo, NC at sunset

Why May in the Outer Banks Is One of the Best Times to Visit

03/26/2021 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Travel Tips

Do you want to get out of the house before the summer crowds flock to your favorite beach? Hint: you don’t have to wait! The Outer Banks in May is an incredible time to visit our gorgeous coastline with your family! So, what are you waiting for? Come enjoy your late-spring trip in our coastal paradise!  

For more ways to make the most of your trip to the OBX, be sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best things to do and places to see during your getaway. 

May Weather in the Outer Banks 

May is one of the best times to visit the Outer Banks due to the mix of smaller pre-summer crowds and warm weather. Daily temperatures typically stay in the high 70s during the day, making it a fantastic month to relax and enjoy the great outdoors without the summer heat. Being that it’s the coast, rain comes and goes somewhat frequently, but there is only an average of seven rainy days throughout the month.  

What Are the Best Things to Do in May in the Outer Banks? 

Soak in the Incredible Spring Weather 

Make the most of your May adventure in the Outer Banks by exploring the beautiful outdoors. Whether you love watersports, hiking, biking, or swimming, there’s something here for everyone. The Alligator River National Wildlife RefugeNags Head Woods Preserve Trail, and Jockey’s Ridge State Park are just a few of the wilderness areas unique to the coast.  

Unlock Unique OBX Activities and Attractions 

The North Carolina coast is full of rich heritage revolving around centuries of maritime history. Roanoke Island is home to a handful of these attractions, including Fort Raleigh National Historic SiteRoanoke Island Festival Park, and “The Lost Colony” play. You can also head over to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills to see the location of the first flight. These are all fantastic places to check out during your visit to the Outer Banks in May 

Relax With Your Family on the Beach 

There’s nothing better than relaxing on the beaches of the North Carolina coast, especially when the summer crowds are gone. Head to Nags Head Beach and Kill Devil Hills Beach during your trip to the Outer Banks in May for plenty of family fun.   

Plan Your May GetawayPirate's Cove marina 

Pirate’s Cove Realty has the ideal vacation rental for you and your family. We offer condos and homes at a variety of locations around Roanoke Island, including our private gated community and Shallowbag Bay Resort. We even have properties in downtown Manteo that are steps away from the lighthouse! Whether you need a large house for the entire family or a cozy condo for two, you’ll find it with us!   

Start planning your Outer Banks getaway by booking one of our accommodations. We look forward to welcoming you to our coastal oasis.