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Sand Crab is an original small beach box raised to meet higher tides...The cottage is semi-oceanfront with views from the front deck and screened porch. Ideal for small families and couples. We are 75 footsteps from our north beach access and 100 footsteps from our south beach access-fabulous, open beaches with famous surf fishing and boarding opportunities!
Elite Amenities include:
* Linens provided: beds made on arrival
* Day use of oceanfront, exclusive pool at Koru Village (includes snack and tiki bars, lounge chairs and tables, changing areas, direct beach access)
* Unlimited use of famous Avon Pier for fishing and sightseeing
* Unlimited WiFi
* "starter kit" of paper goods and cleaners
* 24 hour maintenance and emergency assistance available
The cottage offers two queen bedrooms (new mattresses in both), a full bathroom, and a combination living/kitchen and dining area. The kitchen provides upgraded appliances and all basic cooking needs. Our living area includes a large screen TV w/ cable, DVD, radio/CD player, and DVD and book libraries. Multiple board games in house.
The cottage boasts beautiful hardwood floors throughout, an upgraded kitchen, comfortable furnishings, and quality linens (provided).
The screened porch offers (limited) ocean view and bug-free lounging. Dining for four is included. Additional outdoor seating and lounging is available on the side deck (new deck furniture) and back yard patio--which includes a fishing cleaning station, charcoal grill, and chairs.
The ground level includes a large outdoor shower with hot and cold water and changing and sittings areas, laundry room with new appliances and storage, and under-home parking for two. Extras include beach gear: toys, umbrella, chairs, beach cart and boogie boards.
Located at the north end of Avon, Sand Crab is within walking/biking/driving distance to many local amenities and attractions. Avon also boasts an excellent biking trail along Route 12 to make 2-wheel adventures easy. Travelers with 4x4 vehicles can access beach roads at open ramps with purchase of park vehicle permits (at Bodie Island or Hatteras Lighthouse).
Note: Rental week is Saturday to Saturday. Check-in by 4PM. Guests are welcome to park and enjoy the beach while waiting for check-in. Check-out is 10AM.
For beach-lovers, swimmers, boarders, and shell-seekers: Enjoy a quick walk over the dune to the gorgeous Avon beach for miles of beach leisure and activities or lounge at the oceanfront pool at Koru Village.
For Fishers: The island offers a variety of world famous fishing options and we love them all! Owners are happy to provide guests with local tips, info about license needs and tours, and fishing updates on request. Whether you prefer surf fishing (across the dune from house), pier fishing (unlimited access to Avon Pier included w/ cottage), head boat or charter fishing ("Wicked Tuna" hails from Oregon Inlet), Hatteras Island offers it all. (See "Distances to Attractions below for access info) All rental seasons are great fishing seasons!
For the Adventure-Seeker: Guests love local opportunities to rent kayaks, paddleboards, surfboards, SUPs, and canoes; participate in guided nature and water tours; horse back through the woods to the beach; climb the Hatteras Lighthouse; parasail; and daytrip to Ocracoke, Nags Head, and Corova.
For the Family: Beyond the beach, take a ferry ride to Ocracoke; sail a kite or two; go mini-golfing (Frisco); eat ice-cream; run a go-kart (Frisco); craft at the local workshops; let kids play on our screened, lockable porch. Consider a memorable daytrip for any interests. New waterpark in Powell's Point is about 1-1 and 1/2 hours from cottage.
For the Romantics: Light a beach bonfire (permit required, but can do online); take in a concert at Koru Village; savor a unique seafood dinner; relax with a massage; sit on our porch and watch the stars.
Distance to Attractions/Favorite Sites:
* Beach Access= 75 footsteps
* Dining/Restaurants= 1/8 mile (easy walk to ice cream shop, new muffin/bagel shop, restaurant/bar)
* Kayak/board rentals= 1/8 mile (easy walk)
* Wine shop and gift stores= 1/8 mile (easy walk)
* Oceanfront pool at Koru Village (included for guests)=1 mile
* Avon Pier (included use for guests)= 1 mile
* Spa Koru and fitness center (included gym/classes for guests)= 1 mile (Note: fitness center unavailable due to fire; will update as repaired.
* Grocery (full service Food Lion)=2 miles
* Off Road Driving (closet ramp north to Ramp 34)=1 mile
* Haulover (world class kiteboarding plus swimming and clamming on the soundside)= 4 miles
* Oregon Inlet Fishing Center (charter fishing, head boats, off-road access for fishing/swimming/clamming)=40 miles
* Infamous "the Point" fishing Buxton fishing area=10 miles
* Hatteras Ferry (to Ocracoke Island)= 20 miles
* Nags Head, NC (shopping, entertainment, restaurants)= 45 miles
* Manteo (NC Aquarium, Lost Colony, Elizabethan Gardens, pirate cruises, Island Farm)=50 miles
* OBX Winery/Outer Banks Brewery= one hour drive
* H2OBX (new waterpark)=one 1/2 hour drive
DEPOSIT/PAYMENT: A deposit of 50% of the rental rate is required at the time of booking (guests are welcome to pay in full at time of reservation). The remaining balance must be paid no less than 60 days prior to check-in. Guests that do not pay the remainder balance on time will have reservations canceled and will not be refunded initial deposit. For reservations within 60 days of booking, full payment is required at booking.
60 DAY CANCELLATION POLICY: Deposits are fully refundable up to 60 days before the start of your reservation. Within 60 days of the start of your reservation, you are responsible for the full cost of the reservation. While we understand that emergencies happen, the reason for the cancellation does not change or refund policy. There are NO weather related refunds. If you are concerned that you may not be able to keep your reservation, we recommend travel insurance. Please look online for the best travel insurance for you.
RATES: All listed rates are based on a maximum 4 person occupancy. Rental week is Saturday to Saturday.
DAMAGE PROTECTION: Applicable refunds are issued within 7 days of checkout.
AGE REQUIREMENTS: Guests of all ages are welcome at our cottage. However, the responsible party must be a minimum of 25 years of age. This person must be the one to assume responsibility for the property and staying at the property for the duration of the rental period.
FIREWORKS POLICY: While on vacation you may see or hear other visitors setting off fireworks; however, please note that ALL fireworks are illegal in our (Dare) county. If caught, you will receive a substantial county fine. This is an important law that protects us from home and brush fires that are occur easily during the dry months. Any use of fireworks on Sand Crab property will result in immediate eviction with No Refund.
PETS are NOT allowed.
This was a great little house very close to an awesome beach. We had a nice week!
We had a really nice 2 week vacay. Loved the house location, sort of central Avon on a quiet little court. I liked the 2 minute walk to Muffins and Scones for morning coffee. The beach was super nice this summer.
This is a great house in excellent condition and right next to some of the nicest beaches in the Outer Banks. The kitchen is well-stocked and the property is well-maintained.
Perfect location for a quiet stay at the beach. We definitely will be back.
Maggie responds very quickly for any questions. The property is clean. Close to beach.
Great beach access. Clean. Quiet corner of a reasonably quiet community. I would visit again.
Cute little house tucked away in a little corner. Tricky yo locate in the dark.
My wife and I visited for our 10th anniversary and had a wonderful time. The property is great for a socially distanced location spot. We loved being able to walk to the beach between cups of coffee each morning. So close! And we saw the crabs that led to the name!
We had a great week in Avon! The Sand Crab was perfect spot for myself and my husband to spend our babymoon. The house was well stocked with anything we might need and beach access was close and easy! Thanks Maggie!!
This was a great little house close enough to the beach for our 2 year old to walk. Loved the extra amenities and some great restaurants very close by.
We had a wonderful time at Sand Crab Cottage. Convenient location; enough space to chill and cook for a family of four.
Thank you Maggie for sharing your home with us! Sand Crab was the perfect size for our family of 3. The cottage was clean, with plenty of space to unpack our clothes and other items. The kitchen had everything we needed. The beds and furniture was comfortable. Loved the outdoor showers - so much room. Thank you for putting so many hooks and towel rods in the bathroom! Loved the carport area to keep our car a bit cooler, nice shaded place to wait for the shower, and my daughter enjoyed her hammock there. We loved the screened in porch. Great for dinner, playing games, and drying our beach towels without worrying about them blowing away. Location was perfect. Loved walking to get breakfast in the morning or ice cream at night. Only downside was the walk to the beach. While the beach access is very close, the walk over the dunes was long and difficult. I have had knee problems recently, so that, with the extremely hot sand, it was not a fun walk. We did discover several easy to drive to beach locations that were an easier walk, and lead us to explore Hatteras a bit more. Loved the beach by the pier, and the pool too!
The Sand Crab was the perfect location so close to the beach and the cottage size was great for a small family. We were able to bike to get ice cream, shop and go to the bait store. It was a really peaceful, wonderful vacation. Thanks!
We 've been visiting the Outter Banks for over 35 years, always with family so we've had to rent larger Homes. This year it was just the two of us for two weeks and it could not have been more perfect. Maggie is an amazing and generous host. being in the vacation rental business in Michigan I speak from experience
Double awesome. All that I expected
We loved it, didn't want to go but Dorian had different plans. Would definitely go back
The property wasn't as clean as anticipated. It was surface clean only. We also were given the impression that we were close to the beach (75 steps), but it was much further than that. The 75 steps was to the initial walkway. Over all, we had a nice stay.
We had a great vacation at Sand Crab Cottage! It was perfect for our family of four (two teens and parents). The cottage was clean, wonderfully air-conditioned, with comfortable beds, a sizable living space and well-stocked kitchen. We loved our meals of fresh fish out on the screened-in porch! The beach is just steps away and while you can't actually see the ocean from the cottage because of the dunes, you know it's there and you can enjoy the sound of the waves. The outdoor shower and changing area was a real bonus. Three camp-style folding beach chairs and boogie boards are provided; you might want to consider bringing your own umbrella or shade tent for the beach if shade is important to you. Booking and check-in process could not have been easier and there is a concierge hotline to help you with any questions or needs you may have. The collaboration with Koru is a real plus; we enjoyed taking a break from the ocean at the pool and also Yoga on the beach. We loved exploring all that Hatteras Island had to offer--so glad we picked Avon and the wonderful Sand Crab...we will definitely be back!
I just got back from the sand crab with my family and we all loved this property. Super clean and charming cottage in a great location.
This was exactly what we were looking for when we booked our week in Avon. Although the spot is a little small, it never felt cramped and had everything we needed!! Maggie was a dream to work with! The outdoor shower wasn’t working our first day there and she had someone out to fix it the very same day! We will definitely be back next year!
The cottage was a nice two bedroom place. Decently priced and harder to come by as many of the locations only cater to large groups or families. The cottage was clean and comfortable. When we arrived, the cleaning crew was just leaving so we knew it would be clean. Unfortunately though, it seems like there was some garbage left in one of the far bins which we didn't even realize until after garbage pickup had come and gone and it had started to smell. The location was excellent - a stone's throw from the beach. Within walking distance of most restaurants, and a 1 mile walk to the Koru Village Klub. This was one of the best perks of the cottage, that it was part of Koru Village, because the membership only club had a beautiful beachfront pool and a tiki bar all in one. We did send a message to the owner after arriving and unfortunately never heard back, but we're not sure if they ever did receive it. Overall, very much enjoyed our stay.
Property was everything we had hoped!! Location was perfect and quiet. Definitely will be staying again! Thanks, Maggie!
It was everything we wanted! Thank you, Maggie!
A little early in the season and pretty chilly. Would love this place during a warmer time. No issues. Clean. Well supplied.
Clean, great WiFi. Able to prep meals for 2-3 with no problem. Quiet area. Didn’t get to use the screened in porch as much as I wanted due to unusual heat and humidity for October but beautiful days overall. Thanks Maggie!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had not been to the Outer Banks in over 25 years! The location was great--short walk to the beach. The facilities at the house were very nice, including new appliances. The house is well kept. The screened in porch was great for sitting out early morning or after dinner. Access to the gym was also an added plus. All in all we had a very relaxing vacation and the weather was perfect for an early Fall visit. Will definitely return to the Outer Banks. Thank you Maggie for a wonderful vacation!
Wow what a great cottage Sand Crab turned out to be. We really enjoyed our stay. Great beach! It had been twenty years since we spent any time in the Outer Banks and Sand Crab in Avon made us realize how much we missed the area. We still have to finish our lighthouse tour so we'll be back next year.Thank you for a great vacation! Robert Hunter Blandon Pa.
We had a wonderful time the week we stayed at the sand crab cottage. It was the perfect size for just the two of us. The cottage is comfortable and cozy. The beach is just a short walk away and we spent part of each day there. The kitchen was well stocked and all the appliances worked well. One day we took the ferry to Ocracoke Island which was a nice day trip.
Exactly as advertised. Small but really well laid out, very comfortable, lots of bedroom/bathroom storage, sparkling clean on arrival, 3 min walk to the beach, well-provisioned kitchen - I didn't look for any kitchen tool that I didn't find! Pool was great too, we went every day. Bring a sleep mask if you don't like waking up with the sun; the bedrooms are bright early (which I love, my kids don't notice, and my husband grumbles about.) Perfect and we'd book again in a heartbeat. Thanks!
Place has all the comforts from home. Short distance to beach and places to see. I think it is in the expensive side for what it has to offer. Downside was that there was a cable service visit scheduled while we were there (we don’t care of watching too much tv) and it affected our morning plans. Owner is very responsive to any of our questions and offers a file with a lot of information of places nearby.
Had a great time in OBX. The home was perfect for my wife and me. Ate all of our meals on the screened in porch at the high top table. Can walk to pretty much anything. Great location. Thanks again!
Nice little cottage with all the amenities needed for a small family vacation. The paper starter pack and the use of the beach items was nice. It was quite a walk to the beach but not uncommon for this area due to the Sand Dunes. We utilized the resort parking and the walk was much easier if you don't mind a short drive. Thank you for letting us share your nice cottage! We would recommend to friends and family.
Our SECOND year staying at the Sand Crab!! We just love this little beach cottage. This year we arrived shortly after NEW mattresses were delivered, which was an added bonus! There are two small identical bedrooms. They are large enough, though, to fit our almost-2-year-old's Pack n Play next to the bed where our 4 year old slept. The living room is small, but you will hopefully be either spending your time at the beach or sightseeing! It is an easy drive to Hatteras Lighthouse (we visited it last year) in addition to the Ocracoke Island ferry. The house itself is a VERY short walk to two different public beach access points (one to the left, the other to the right). The beach is close enough that our nearly-two-year-old and our 4 year old could carry their own beach toys without (too much) complaining. It's situated in the 2nd row of houses behind the big sand dunes, so really close to the water. In fact, from a few points on the screened in porch and on the deck you can actually see the water. The kitchen is small, but well stocked with dishes and pots and pans. Do be sure to explore every nook and cranny, because some dishes are not where you would expect to find them. The kitchen may be small, but the owner has made sure to get creative with the limited storage. There is a kitchen table at which to eat, and there are also two tables in the screened-in porch and a table on the deck. Plenty of spots to enjoy meals!! There is an outdoors shower and changing area to rinse the sand out of all your crevices. (Very helpful with two little kids!) The laundry room, also below the cottage, is very clean and has an excellent washer and dryer. The laundry room also has LOTS of beach toys for old and young alike. A charcoal grill is also provided, in addition to two fish prep areas. There is even a clothes line to hang wet items downstairs. There is a grocery store (Food Lion) about two miles from the house. The pool is a 5 minute drive from the house, which is also where the fishing pier is located. We LOVED getting fresh fish from Sunshine Fish Market for dinner and also eating out at Ketch 55 restaurant. I would recommend bringing your own cutlery, as the provided knives are dull. However, that is really the only complaint about this house. It is really PERFECT for a family looking to get away from it all. We are moving out of state, so I don't know if we will make it back a 3rd year in a row next year, but we will try!! We love this house!
My husband, our 12 year-old daughter, and I shared an awesome break here the beginning of April 2018. We loved the easy beach access. Water was too cold for us, but we enjoyed walking, sunning, shelling, and flying kites by the surf. The cottage was perfect for us. Great beds, extremely clean, lovely screened porch, stocked kitchen, and a quick walk or bike anywhere (we were very impressed with Avon's bike paths). My husband used the included gym privileges and said it was excellent. We will definitely return to Sand Crab and highly recommend.
We had a great stay at Sand Crab cottage! The beach was beautiful and a short walk from the cottage. The Koru Village was a great feature; the pool and beach access together was very nice. Ice cream shop at the end of the street, also a short walk from the cottage, was a nice treat in the evening.
This place is perfect and we've been 2 summers in a row and can't wait to return for a 3rd.
We enjoyed a very nice stay at the Sand Crab. The house offered everything we needed for our week long stay. The kitchen was complimented by the newer appliances. The living room furniture was very comfortable. The bedrooms had sufficient room for clothing storage and the beds were satisfactory and came prepared with linens for our stay. Under house parking for 2 vehicles as well as an outdoor shower with good pressure and ample room for changing clothes. We also used the laundry room a couple of times and found the equipment to work quite well. There was a national park type charcoal camping grill which I found difficult to use. I grill with charcoal regularly on a Weber grill, but that grill allows for air flow under the coals which definitely decreases the prep time and overall temperature for things like steering steaks and burgers. I was happy to find some charcoal and lighter fluid in the laundry room. The unit is extremely close to 2 beach access points which made for a short 3-4 minute walk to the waves. The Koru membership topped off this rental. Our kids loved the pool. While only crowded one day, the kids managed to find friends to play with each time we went, which was 5 times during the week. With a tiki bar 15 feet away from the water, getting a frosty beverage was quite easy. They also offered lunch delivery from the Pangea Taven located in the parking lot. While we didn't take advantage of that service, those who did raved about the food. We ended up going there one night for dinner and were extremely pleased with the food and wine wednesday (half priced bottles of wine). The membership also offers access to the Avon pier which my son and I used one day to try our luck at fishing. Finally, use of the exercise facility (which we didn't use, but it looked to be well equipped) was also included. The kids were also extremely pleased that the local ice dream parlor was at the end of the road. We walked there a couple nights during the week.
Already looking forward to coming back next year! Perfect beach house for our family of three. It was clean when we arrived with a helpful paper product starter kit. Very easy access to the beach. We enjoyed the outdoor deck and the screened in porch for meals. The cable and wifi worked without any problem. Large private outdoor shower was very convenient. We appreciated the laundry facilities and extra recreational gear provided. Food Lion was right down the street for quick grocery runs and we loved Sunrise Seafood Market for fresh seafood. The Sand Crab really felt like home and was so hard to leave. On top of all that, the access to the Koru pool, tiki bar, fitness center, and Avon Pier? It was the ultimate vacation for us. Best memories so far with our little girl, we couldn't be happier with everything. Thanks for having us!
Convenient location. Perfect size for us and our teenager. Quiet. Thoughtful starter pack in cottage found on arrival.
My husband, 3 year old daughter, 11 month old daughter and I greatly enjoyed our week stay. The house is very cozy, just big enough for our small family. The bedrooms are petite, but we did manage to fit a Pack ‘N Play into one of them. The keyless entry system was very clever; we did not need to concern ourselves with keys out on the beach. There is a Food Lion approximately a five minute drive south of the house. Our favorite part of the house was the screened in porch. That was a great feature in order to eat meals “outdoors” yet without being bothered by mosquitos. There are two public access points to the beach very close to the house; both are about three houses down on either side. The walk from the house to the beach is very doable: our 3 year old walked both ways by herself carrying her sand toys. There is a nice view of one of the dunes as one looks out from either the screened in porch or the balcony. The outdoor showering station proved very helpful in de-sanding both our children. Although we did not use it, there is a charcoal grill on site. We appreciated the availability of the French press coffee maker as an alternative to the provided drip coffee pot. The drip coffee pot was very unfamiliar and required us to Google instructions for its use. Consider bringing a few knives, as those on site have some dull spots which caused the knife I used to slip and cut my finger. Do be sure to explore EVERY drawer and cupboard; there are many different sized pots, pans, and casserole dishes available for use, but many are well hidden. I did not search well enough to find the 9x13 inch casserole dish until after I gave up and had to augment my recipe to use a different baking vessel. The house comes with access to a nearby pool, approximately 1 mile south of the house. That was ideal for a windy afternoon. The pool was more enjoyable in the afternoon after the sun had fed it some solar rays. In addition to the pool, there is also access to a nearby fishing pier, off of which our 3 year old caught a fish! Cape Hatteras light house is only a 15 minute drive and not to be missed. WiFi provided at the house is very dependable and has a strong signal. The cable TV has a wide variety of channels, too. However, sitting out and enjoying the stars at night, listening to the waves pounding the sand is preferable. We left relaxed and greatly enjoyed our week away from reality and hope to return soon!
We had an awesome spring break at Sand Crab cottage with our two boys (ages 10 and 8). We loved the easy access to the incredible beach--wide, uncrowded, clean, and perfect for running and kite flying. The cottage was adorable and perfect for us. One day was excellent fishing--no keepers, but good variety and a lot of fun. We took an overnight trip to Ocracoke (many thanks to the owner for help planning the ferry and booking the best hotel with golf karts:). We absolutely recommend at least a day there, but take advantage of ferry tips; it can be a long wait. Other days, we played by the cottage and wandered on and off the beach. We also found the pink ice cream place across the street to be addictive--best peanut butter and chocolate! This was our third, and best, stay in OBX and we especially enjoy the low tourist/off season time. We would definitely recommend this home. Look for us in the fall!
...its size, appointments, location. We appreciated the starter pack of paper goods, the stocked kitchen, the bikes and beach equipment, and pool/pier passes. We particularly loved the keyless entry system...no juggling keys at beach! They thought of everything. The cottage was clean and inviting when we arrived, and its proximately to beach, favorite restaurants and the pier can't be beat. Avon is a favorite destination, and we will most certainly look forward to future stays at Sand Crab Cottage.
As a solo vacationer, this place was perfect! Super comfortable, very close to beach, quiet (good sound insulation) and I could not have asked for anything else. The beach at this location is amazing - very spacious with miles of great walking and surfing.
We loved it from the minute we drove up. Large outdoor shower, lovely screened in porch, and cozy layout. Location is close to beach, but the gem is the membership to Kona Village amenities - easy beach access, inviting pool and tiki bar with food and beverage service. Our first time in Avon (usually Duck), but we're sold - everything you want is within one mile without any crazy traffic. TV with cable, wifi, clean space, comfortable beds and sofa. Perfect for a relaxing stay at the beach.
The Sand Crab was the perfect place to spend the end of summer vacation. Great location right off the beach in a nice private side street. We were close to all the local amenities but had the quiet that we were looking for. The house was perfect for a couple and had all the amenities we could have asked for. Could not have been happier. We will definitely be back next summer.
This was an excellent place to stay. It was an ideal location. The property was perfect in every way for a family of four with two young kids. We cannot say enough about the great experience we had as a family. Also, we enjoyed the events, gym, and pool at Koru Village. We hope to have the opportunity to return specifically to Sand Crab.
We loved our stay at the Sand Crab. The house is clean and perfect our family of 4. Our girls loved the access to the beach being so close and I very much enjoyed the screened porch. If you are looking for a place to get away and relax this is the perfect place to do it. The house was just as described and we had no disappointments.
We enjoyed staying at the Sand Crab. Clean, seemed recently redone. Well-equipped kitchen. Very nice layout for the 4 of us. Koru Village pool was nice and not crowded at all when we went (3rd week of June). That was a nice extra and a big plus for us to have that available. We look forward to returning!
We had a great week at Sand Crab! The cottage was perfect for our small family and the boys loved running to and from the beach. Everything was clean and well maintained and overall nicer than previous rental homes. We also enjoyed the pool on our off day; we were four of eight people there that day! The owner was very helpful and offered suggestions on activities in the area. Would definitely recommend and will return!