I am hoping to visit the Outer Banks during the second week of October. I have never been and don't even know where to start. I will be coming from Massachusetts and was hoping someone could tell me the best way to get there via a plane. I figured I could fly down to the nearest major airport and then rent a car to get there the rest of the way. This is my first time, so I am not sure where to stay or the towns to visit. What I like in a trip is some nightlife, good food, fun stuff to see, nice beaches, water sports, and any other unique things to do or see. I am not into hiking or things like that. I have been trying to grasp the vibe of the outer banks. What I have gotten from most people is it is really a beautiful laid back type of place. Should I rent a hotel or a cottage? I would be visiting for about 5 days. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance!