Top 9 Beach House Rentals In North Carolina, USA - Updated 2024

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Bordered by the majestic Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Carolina definitely makes an excellent destination for a vacation, especially if you are a nature lover. Pisgah National Forest is the place where you will want to be for camping and hiking. Let the vast and lush green area take your breath away. Wonder at a historic mansion of Biltmore before taking a pleasant walk in the surrounding gardens. North Carolina is also known for its beaches. Go to Outer Banks to enjoy surfing, diving and finding shipwreck. The beauty of Carolina Beach will stay in your mind forever. Stay close to the beach while vacationing in the state for the best experience. Keep reading to learn about the top beach house rentals in North Carolina, USA.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) host status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and access to beach. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 20, 2024.

1. Large house with decks and a rocking chair (from USD 360)

Everything is going to be amazing when the beach is right in front of you. Stay at this large house and listen to the sound of the water before you go to sleep and feel fresh right away waking up in the morning because you get to see the waves. Indulge in a cup of coffee on one of the decks or relax in the rocking chair and wait for the sunset to come. The kitchen comes with everything you need to whip up a delicious meal. Offering four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the house is great for ten people.

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina, United States
41 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 6 Beds 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
yet the location makes it a short and easy trip to dine out if one would prefer
location was absolutely amazing house had plenty of room for ten of us including 5 children
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2. Classic duplex with private access to the beach

Imagine if you do not have to play on the beach that is fully packed with people. That is what you will get when staying at this classic duplex that has its own private fence. Before you go to sleep, marvel at the beach from the master bedroom that has its own bathroom. The other bedrooms are equipped with a queen-size bed and twin beds respectively. You will also enjoy high-speed internet, a fully equipped kitchen and beach towels, among other facilities.

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina, United States
219 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
new appliances excellent air conditioning  nice washer and dryer wifi two tvs  and a well-equipped kitchen work out well
comfortable and well stocked with necessary items
lovely shaded deck out back with a big roomy table and benches
my folks stayed in this room and thought the bed was very comfortable
bedrooms were comfortable and the space has all you need
the place was very clean and had all the essentials (kitchen essentials bath towels beach towels etc)
we saw dolphins multiple times it was very clean and affordable
the house was clean and comfortable (albeit a bit dated)
the apartment is good very clean and has good amenities
amazing location well equipped kitchen super soft towels very clean and directly on the beach
also super helpful recommendations and quick responses
jeff is a wonderful host and was very quick in his responses
jeff was a great host
jeff is one of the most friendly hosts that i have stayed with
jeff was an excellent host and very gracious
the location is superb
great beachfront location - 5 min drive to town
great location and comfortable space
i can’t recommend this location enough
great place and super location
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3. Modern beach container house in a peaceful and private setting (from USD 200)

Staying away from the busy atmosphere of the city while being close to the beach is indeed possible when you choose this modern beach container house. The beach is only a few minutes away and you get to enjoy tranquility every day. Having one bedroom and one bathroom, the house is ideal for solo travelers, couples or families of three. You can enjoy interesting features that include paperstone countertops, mahogany hardwood floors and Casper mattresses, as well.

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
584 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the mattress was sooooo comfortable and the linens supplied were very nice
it is a very comfortable and airy space and has everything you need with nothing you don't
we enjoy the cozy nature of the container house and the short walk to the beach
that bathroom was pretty mind blowing
shelly's place is clean and chic
clean tidy and great location
shelly was a wonderful communicator and the place was adorable clean and perfect location
the space was so cute and cozy very very clean with lots of privacy
so clean and comfortable and close to the beach
host is very helpful and quick to answer any questions
shelly is a great host
shelly was a wonderful host from the quick responses to the stylish decor
shelly is a great host
she was helpful and very communicative
the location is super convenient
the location is great in proximity to the beach
the location is fantastic with beach access a short walk away
cool place near the beach
cool spot close to the beach
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4. Beautifully decorated house perched behind the dunes (from USD 263)

With the dunes and the beach all around you, what else could you possibly ask for? Enjoy a fantastic stay at this beautifully decorated house that lets you surf on the beach within seconds. If you prefer to chill, just go to the back deck to enjoy the view. In a fine afternoon, you can have a picnic outdoor as a picnic table is available. Have fun in the outdoor shower and cook whatever you like in the kitchen.

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172 reviews   Wifi Available
House 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fan in main area needs repair was extremely loud
the owners were so very helpful and very kind to us
first the owners were easy to work with
the owners are a pleasure to work with communication was concise and helpful
it is within walking distance of the wonderful restaurant the village table and tavern right on the sound
the property is in an amazing location and very spacious
great place great location not far from kitty hawk or wright brothers museum
great location plenty of space for seven adults
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5. Luxury estate with an oceanfront heated pool (from USD 1200)

Treat yourself with luxury every now and then, especially when you are on a vacation. Stay at this luxury estate that features three bedrooms with king-size beds and a bedroom with extra private sleeping area, therefore can accommodate thirteen people in total. Escape to heaven as you get to soak in the unrivalled views of the beach and listen to its gentle waves without having to go outside. For relaxation, it is best to jump into the heated pool. To keep you entertained, there is a large television and a DVD player.

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97 reviews   Wifi Available
House 13 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 13
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pool area is well designed and is a natural gathering place for the family
the sitting room off the master provided beautiful light and gorgeous ocean views
clean and well-appointed this home provides a perfect oasis for a family vacation
tom the house manager was very helpful and available for anything we needed throughout the week
casa blanca is the location for perfect enjoyment of wrightsville beach
the house itself and its location were fabulous
fantastic location and always in great shape
it’s location on wrightsville beach makes it a wonderful fit for our family
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6. Tiny but warm house with a rooftop deck (from USD 149)

Indulge in a memorable stay at this tiny but warm house that makes a perfect getaway destination for couples or independent travelers. Enjoy the stars that shine above you as you are spending time on the rooftop deck. A good night sleep is guaranteed by a brand new queen-size bed. Beach chairs and umbrella are provided to make your stay even more memorable.

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Hatteras,, North Carolina, United States
cottage 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen is well stocked and having beach chairs already there was a huge plus as well
very clean and updated
great location clean as advertised
it was comfortable and clean
the cabana was well kept clean and true to the listing
we arrived to a sparking clean place that was just like the description said
the owner is very helpful with any questions and concerns
owners are great to work with and respond quickly
the location is perfect
other than that the location was perfect being close to the beach and local restaurants
perfect sized spot for 2 on beach with short walk to water
the cabanas are pretty close together but this one was pretty well insulated from lots of outside noise
excellent vacation on a quiet beach
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7. Round house with large windows for spectacular views (from USD 350)

You are going to enjoy 360-degree view when staying at this round house that is nestled in the middle of the dunes. Spot the seagulls and say hello to the wild horses that like to meander around the house often. Enjoy the cool breeze of the beach from the elevated gazebo and feel all your burdens disappear right when you soak up the blazing sunsets. Facilities offered include a collection of movies, a well-equipped kitchen and large windows.

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93 reviews   Wifi Available
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 7
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
the house is so clean and cozy
the house is very clean and comfortable
the house was spotless the property was excellent as well
it was clean and well stocked with everything you’d need for a beach vacation
clean condo and you feel right at home as soon as you walk in
wonderful kind considerate host
jack the owner was very hospitable and gracious
we loved that gazebo jack was a great host
jack is super helpful and very friendly
this house is great and the location prefect
we talked several times before during and after the trip and he has a wonderful place
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8. Pet-friendly cottage with heated bathroom floors

Located only a few steps away from the beach, this cottage offers a rare opportunity to spot dolphins right from the porch rockers, if you are lucky. You can enjoy a relaxed stay with loved ones, including your four-legged friends as the cottage is pet-friendly. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare delectable dishes, such as spices and premium cookware. Enjoy heated bathroom floors, a favorite feature of the cottage.

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Holden Beach, North Carolina, United States
254 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 4 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the welcome binder has clear instructions (arrival wifi etc
my husband likes to sleep with a fan
the heated bathroom floor was heavenly and the tub was wonderful for a nice relaxing soak
very clean and comfy
super clean too
everything is clean and works great
charming and soooo clean
the quant rental was very clean uncluttered and nicely decorated
so many thoughtful touches and the hosts we're so welcoming
this has been our best airbnb experience yet the hosts were extremely thoughtful putting this place together
mike and lulu are great hosts
lulu is a great host and provided everything we needed even for our dog
lulu’s place was the perfect getaway the owners thoughtfully consider your unwinding time in every detail
amazing place location is perfect
such an amazing location steps from the beach
lulu’s place was the perfect location
amazing place so cozy and just a few steps from the sand
we absolutely loved our stay in this beautiful little beach house the location is amazing
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9. Cozy beach house with a covered porch

Situated on the edge of the beach, this cozy beach house is ideal for big families of seven. Sleep comfortably in the two bedrooms available and there is no need for a queue in the morning with two bathrooms available. Watch the gorgeous sunrise right from the comfort of your porch, with the beach as the background. Make a cup of coffee in the equipped kitchen before coming back later to cook a breakfast.

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North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, United States
142 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire residential home 2 Beds 7 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 7

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fast internet good cable and a tv with netflix and amazon prime access
the mattresses were very comfortable
the beds were comfortable and the linens very nice
the beach and waves right off the covered deck of this cozy beach house were the best
beds were comfortable and they had everything we needed
the beds are clean and comfy
house clean and easy to naviagte
super clean with incredibly comfortable beds
very tidy and clean
it’s very clean; the linens and towels were good quality
wu was a fantastic host
wu has consistently been a wonderful host she is extremely friendly professional informative and responsive
awesome beachfront location host was extremely responsive and informative; delightful to work with
wu was extremely helpful and very quick to respond to questions
our host provided everything we needed for a perfectly comfy stay highly recommended
great beach location you can't get any closer than that
i love staying here best location ever and nice quiet expansive beach to walk on
this is an ideal location on the beach if you're someone who wants to cook it's also perfect
great location beach is beautiful and quiet although local restaurants and grocery stores are easy accessible
this was our second time at this location and we still love it
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Stay in a beach house and experience the best of North Carolina

After reading through this article, you can now understand why staying at a beach house would be perfect. Every time you need the beach to keep your mind and body happy, you will be there in an instant. Explore the best of North Carolina by staying at one of the above mentioned beach house rentals.

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