Guest Tips and Information for 2014

We’ve included this page to provide additional tips and information to guests who have booked weeks at Summer Paradise this summer.


Summer Paradise was built in 1998. During its first six summers it was lightly used as a private vacation home. 2004 was the first season it was rented out.

Summer Paradise House Book

Click Here to see or print a copy of the Summer Paradise House Information Book that provides useful tips and information on the house during your stay. (Updated 2/24/2005)


Extras at the house

Pack lightly, we usually have the following items available at the house. Umbrella stroller; ; porta-crib, booster seat, baby gates; bathroom scales,  crib mattress for kids who want to sleep in parents room (bring linens); assorted boogie and skim boards; ocean kayak, three adult and four youth bikes, air compressor for bikes, fish nets; sand toys including shovels, pails, sand castle forms; kites; inflatable pool toys; frisbees, beach balls, sport balls; beach chairs;  playing cards, puzzles, board games ,books and DVD’s.

Arrival Strategies

While the house, driveway and private pool are not available for you use until the house keepers are done at 4 PM check in time, the Buck Island beach access and community pool are available for your use late morning on your check in day. Arriving before 1 PM is a great way to avoid traffic and get an extra day at the beach! Parking spaces are available next to the Buck Island community beach access at the corner of Orion and Voyager. There are also 10 spaces at the Buck Island community pool at the entrance. Both the Buck Island community beach and pool have restrooms and the Buck Island beach sells refreshments. In our experience, there are usually parking spaces available in both places early Sunday afternoon even during peak season.

Once at the Buck Island Community Beach, take a right and walk down the beach for a minute or two until you see the walkway with the teal Summer Paradise sign. In front of the walkway will be the green umbrella and six beach chairs that were set up for you that morning (Memorial Day - Labor Day only, see picture above).

In order to provide time for house keeping, pool and hot tub servicing, the keys to the house cannot be picked up until the 4 PM check in time. Because the keys need to be picked up back in Duck it usually makes sense to have at least one person in your party arrive in town later at around 4 pm and pick up the keys in Duck on their way in. Otherwise, someone will have to spend another hour in the car driving to Duck and back to get them. Be aware that the Food Lion gets very busy on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Wait until evening if you can.

Arriving by Car. In our experience the traffic on Sundays is nonexistent compared to the tie ups experienced by those arriving on Saturdays. If you arrive before 2pm or after 6pm you will not experience any delays at all unless there is an accident somewhere. People have come up with many alternate routes to the Outer Banks to deal with the Saturday traffic congestion. These alternate routes all take much, much longer and are not necessary on Sundays.

The worst traffic is usually on 95 just south of Washington, DC. If coming from western Maryland or Pennsylvania using Rt 17 through Warrenton Virginia from either I-81 or Rt 15 can save time bypassing the Washington DC traffic.

Please use NC-12 after crossing the Wright Memorial Bridge. The town of Southern Shores will have police monitoring cut through traffic using Dogwood Trail and other residential streets.

Currituck County Beach Laws

Currituck Country prohibits fireworks. During times of dangerous surf conditions the Lifeguards will post red flags along the beach. When red flags are up it is against the law to swim, wade or even dip your toes in the ocean. The only exception is surfing with a real surf board 5 feet or longer which is permitted when red flags are up. When surfing with a real surf board you must use a leg tether. That’s it, enjoy the beach!



Summer Paradise

Heated Pool

Don’t freeze early or late in the season, Summer Paradise’s pool can be heated for just $250 extra

Buck Island, Corolla, NC