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Best Times to Visit Outer Banks

The best time to visit the Outer Banks is from March to May or September to November, when rates drop and crowds disappear. Similar to other parts of the Southeast, the temperatures stay relatively warm and humid -- with average highs hitting the upper 80s in the summer -- until the winter months, when the weather dips into the 40s. 


Temperatures begin to warm up, and hotel rates are still pretty low this from their off-season winter dip.

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Finding an affordable hotel in the peak season is a challenge; accommodations are booked solid, so plan your summer visit at least three or four months in advance. The event schedule booms in the summer to take advantage of the warm temperatures. But it can get hot and humid, so don't forget to hydrate. 

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At around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures are just warm enough to enjoy yourself outside of the water. Prices have also dropped considerably from the summer rates.

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Most of OBX's top things to do are outdoor activities; still they're also open year-round. Better yet, hotel rates are very cheap this time of year. But be sure to pack your coat, temperatures dip into the low 40s.

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