If you’re looking for casual lodging for the family in The Outer Banks, North Carolina, then Waves Village Resort in Rodanthe is a wonderful choice.

Waves Village Watersports Resort offers guests spacious, sound-front vacation rental accommodations with the best of watersports and wind sports at your doorstep. Think walk-around-barefoot, laid-back, casual lodging in the Outer Banks – which is what you want when going on a beach vacation!

Waves Village is the perfect place to stay in the Outer Banks if you’re travelling with a large family, or several families to share together. The resort is pet friendly too, so you can bring your furry friends on vacation with you.

The condos have three bedrooms and three bathrooms, private hot tubs on the balconies, gas grills, 50” widescreen TVs with surround sound, and full kitchens. What’s more, there are views of the water and sunsets.

I stayed in the Surf Shack, which has three bedrooms and three baths, LCD TV, surround sound system, electric fireplace, full kitchen, laundry nook with washer and dryer, dining table for at least six, high ceilings, and what’s best, a waterfront view.  I enjoyed the beach-like décor of the suite as well. My bedroom faced the sound – waking up to the view was a real treat! I’d open the balcony door, and let the fresh ocean air come in.

casual lodging for the family the outer banks

Casual lodging for the family the Outer Banks: Waves Village

laid-back walk-around-barefoot place in the Outer Banks, 

Casual lodging for the family the Outer Banks: Waves Village

Casual lodging for the family the Outer Banks: Waves Village

Casual lodging for the family the Outer Banks: Waves Village

Casual lodging for the family the Outer Banks: Waves Village

The resort has Kitty Hawk Kites water sports right on site – you can kiteboard, kayak, hang glide, or stand up paddleboard to your heart’s content. There’s also a restaurant with lovely views, gift shop and surf shop, and a coffee house on-site. I tried stand up paddleboarding for the first time – after a few tries – and falls – I managed to stand up for longer than a few minutes!

Kitty Hawk Kites Stand Up Paddleboarding

Kitty Hawk Kites water sports in The Outer Banks

The inhouse restaurant, Good Winds Seafood and Wine Bar, offer fresh, local seafood. The restaurant is on the water so the view is lovely, especially during sunset – incredible to watch from the balcony. The place has a casual, laid-back atmosphere – a great OBX dining experience. The restaurant can cater to gluten-free diners, with grilled seafood choices, chicken and fresh salads.

Did I mention the fair trade coffee at the coffee house onsite? Delish!

Waves Resort Village Good Winds Seafood and Wine Bar

The resort is within walking distance to Rodanthe beach and the gorgeous boardwalk. It’s also sort of in the middle of the Outer Banks, between Duck and Nags Head to the north, and Hatteras to the south. It’s a good location in the Outer Banks because you can conveniently take day trips around the OBX.

Prices for condo rentals at Waves Village run between $995 to $2,195. Peek season is June 28 to August 8, 2015. For more information and to book, visit WavesVillage.com.

Rodanthe Beach Outer Banks NC

Rodanthe Pier North Carolina

Rodanthe Pier North Carolina

Map of The Outer Banks

Much more to come, including things to do and see in The Outer Banks, North Carolina.


Disclosure: I was invited on a media FAM tour of The Outer Banks with the Outer Banks tourism board.






Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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