Enjoy the Currituck Outer Banks on the Cheap

Enjoy the Currituck Outer Banks on the Cheap

When I’ve recommended the Outer Banks, especially the quieter Currituck / Corolla area, as a great place for an extended vacation, one of the first things I hear from friends is, “Oh, but that will cost a lot, won’t it?” Because I don’t live far from the region, I find I don’t spend too much money, but if you’re traveling from further up the coast or even from California you’ll find Currituck is a very affordable destination. If you can get the extended family to buy in on a week-long vacation rental, for example, you may end up paying twenty dollars per person per day! If you’re looking for other ways to budget your vacation dollar, there is plenty to see an enjoy on the cheap.

Can you have a good time in the Currituck Outer Banks for under forty bucks? Of course! Here are a few ideas for a wallet-friendly itinerary.


For family fun that doesn’t cost a dime, there’s always the beach. If your hotel or vacation home isn’t far from the shore, you only have to walk a ways to an afternoon of relaxation and play.

Another popular venue is Currituck Heritage Park, where one will find the nearby Whalehead Club and Currituck Lighthouse. Admission to the park is free, and you can stroll across the grass and enjoy the scenery, or bring a picnic lunch. Throughout the summer, many free festivals are held in the park – you may have to pay for food and beverages, however. There are fees for the Whalehead tour and to climb the lighthouse.

Nature lovers enjoy coming to the two area wildlife refuges – Currituck National Wildlife Refuge and Mackay Island – for a day of nature watching and hiking. If you’re lucky, you may spot a wild horse or two.

Cheap Eats

Residents and visitors alike know that beach towns are a great place to find inexpensive snacks and meals. At the Timbuck II Shopping Center in Corolla, you’ll find pizza by the slice at Giant Slice for under three dollars or six Buffalo wings for under six, tacos at Bad Bean Taqueria for under three dollars each, and other cheap snacks like nuts and popcorn.

Cheap Dates

When you’re done with the beach, you can play a round of mini golf at Corolla Water Sports for eight dollars (six for kids), use the DVD player in your vacation rental and hit up a Redbox in Corolla for a few dollars’ fee, or – if you imbibe – head to the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg and taste some local-grown wines from Sanctuary Vineyards.

You don’t have to go broke to enjoy a vacation in the Currituck Outer Banks. From free fun to inexpensive bites, you can spend time here without spending a lot.

Source by Kathryn Lively