Why What You Do On Your First Day of Vacation Matters

10/22/2021 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Travel Tips

The first day of vacation is so exciting! You and your group anticipate the rest of the trip and everything your destination has to offer. When you visit the Outer Banks and stay with Pirate’s Cove Realty, we make your first day as seamless as possible! Keep reading for all the best tips and tricks for the best first day in OBX.

If you’re still planning out the rest of your trip, access our complimentary Manteo, NC Travel Guide. It’s full of all our favorite things to do, places to eat, and so much more in and around the Outer Banks!

How to Spend Your First Day of Vacation in the Outer Banks


You can check into your Pirate’s Cove Realty vacation rental anytime after 4 p.m. We make things easy for you with keyless entry. Your entry code will be activated at 4 p.m. on your day of arrival and remain active until 10 a.m. on your departure day. Once you’re in your home away from home, it’s time for everyone to choose their rooms!

Grab Some Dinner

Once you’re settled in, you and your group will likely be ready for something to eat. If you’re a bit worn out from traveling, take-out is a great option! No need to worry about cooking on your first day of vacation (even though you have a fully-equipped kitchen in your vacation rental.) Plus, you get to try a new and local eatery; it’s the best of both worlds! Most of the restaurants in Manteo offer take-out, so you can either order online or call in your order. Be sure to check out their websites for a look at their menus.

Catch the Sunset

After dinner, head to Nags Head for a nice walk on the beach and breathtaking sunset! You’ve already been on your beach trip for a few hours, so why not spend some time with your toes in the sand during your first day on vacation. If you’re too worn out and your rental is just too cozy, many of our properties offer incredible views over waters like the Roanoke Sound, Shallowbag Bay, canals, and harbors. Catch a beautiful sunset over the water from your rental home. If it’s not too late, you can also check out some nearby Manteo attractions.

Get Some Essentials

If you need to stock up on some groceries and other things you might need during your stay, there are a couple of grocery stores in Manteo that should have just about anything you’ll need. Piggly Wiggly and Food-A-Rama are both great stores on Hwy 64 near the center of town.

Plan the Perfect Vacation With Pirate’s Cove Realty

BP50 - Ballast Point 50Are you searching for the ultimate home away from home? Well, Pirate’s Cove has everything you need for an incredible visit to the Outer Banks. We have a collection of home and condo rentals in downtown ManteoShallowbag BayPirate’s Cove Resort, and several other locations on the island. Each area provides a unique experience for guests, whether it’s within walking distance of shops and restaurants or a private gated community. We even have pet-friendly rentals! 

Browse through our rental properties and find the one that fits your group! We look forward to welcoming you to the Pirate’s Cove family.