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We offer Street Legal Vintage Buggy Rentals, Non-Street Legal Golf Cart Rentals, Street Legal GEM Car Rentals, and Beach Wheelchair Rentals. All of our rentals are for use in the three villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo; located on Hatteras Island. Give us a call! 252.987.2097

Which one fits your needs?

  • Campground & Neighborhood Cruisers: 

Non-Street Legal Golf Carts – a simple and easy way to cruise through your campground or the private streets of your neighborhood. Read more details and rates…  

  • Tri-Village Cruisers:

Street Legal GEM Cars – an all-electric, open air, and fun way to get around the village streets of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo where the speed limit is 35 MPH, or less.  Read more details and rates….

  • Tri-Village Cruisers:

Street Legal Vintage VW Buggies – a super cool way to cruise the village streets of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo with retro island style. Read more details and rates…

  • Beach Accessible Cruisers:

Beach Wheelchairs– a non-motorized beach friendly chair with large tires to help navigate the sand.  Read more details and rates…

Four Wheel Drives

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I receive my rental?

We will deliver and pick up your rental directly to and from your Rodanthe, Waves, or Salvo vacation location.

What about child safety seats?

All street-legal vehicles will accept child safety seats, provided by the rental guest.
PLEASE NOTE: The Vintage Buggies have lap belts only.

Can our dog ride in the vehicle?

Yes; dogs are welcome! We trust that you will know your pet’s limits and be responsible for them not getting hurt, or being destructive. If your dog may have the urge to jump out, please restrain them accordingly. 

Are there any extra fees?

Additional fees:

  • A Renter’s Collision Policy (RCP) is available for purchase, at $22.00/day. This is required for any driver of our street-legal rentals that does not have full coverage; it is optional for those who do. If purchased, it will cover all pre-registered drivers.
  • Fuel; we send all Vintage VW Buggies out with a full tank. It is the Renter’s responsibility to refuel the Buggy at the end of the rental. Otherwise, fuel charges will apply.
  • Cleaning Fee for exceptionally dirty vehicles (i.e. lots of trash, excessive fur, and buckets full of sand inside the vehicle).
  • Cancellation Fee (please see “cancellation policy” below).
  • The rental day ends at 8:00 am, if you would like your rental extended to the end of the day, a half day’s rental fee will be applied.
  • Replacement cost for a lost or broken key or damages incurred during the rental period.
  • Sales tax and booking fee are applied at checkout.

Is there anything I cannot bring in the vehicles?

Items NOT permitted in vehicles are as follows:
  • Open alcoholic beverages
  •  Illegal drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Firearms. 
  • Smoking of all kinds is prohibited; this includes all vaping, tobacco, and e-cigarette products.

Where are you located?

We are located on Hatteras Island, in the village of Salvo, North Carolina. 

We are on the west side of NC-12 Hwy, just South of the “Sun Realty” office, and just north of the “Surf or Sound Realty” office.

Are you open year round?


Summer (May 15th – September 30th):
Monday thru Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday: CLOSED

Fall, Winter, & Spring (October 1st – May 14th):
We are OPEN by pre-booked reservation 

*PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE – 252-987-2097*

    What are the Rental Requirements and any additional helpful information?

    • Reservations are required and should be made AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE. If you need a same day reservation, please call our office directly. We cannot guarantee it, but if we can accommodate you, we will. 

    Please Note: 

    June, July, and August are extremely busy.

    We recommend booking at least a month in advance. 

    **HOLIDAY Rentals should be booked at least six weeks in advance. **

    • A 20% deposit on a credit card is required at the time of booking to secure your reservation. 
    • The balance is due within 24 hours of the rental start date.

    For STREET-LEGAL Rentals:

    • All drivers must be at least 25 years old.
    • Each driver, including the registered renter, must submit:
      • a completed rental agreement,
      • current proof of auto insurance (the policy dates must coincide with the rental dates / Full coverage is required for all drivers),
      • and a valid driver’s license.
    • One registered driver per vehicle will need to authorize the use of a credit card (in his / her name) for a security hold of $350.00. This hold will be secured on the start date of the rental period. It will be released at the end of the rental period, once the rental unit is checked in by our staff, and if no other fees are due.

    For NON-STREET LEGAL Rentals:

    • The registered renter must be at least 25 years old, submit a completed rental agreement, and possess a valid driver’s license.
    • The registered renter (per vehicle) will need to authorize the use of a credit card (in his / her name) for a security hold of $350.00. This hold will be secured on the start date of the rental period. It will be released at the end of the rental period, once the rental unit is checked in by our staff, and if no other fees are due.
    • Anyone else in the family/group that would like to drive, may do so with the permission of the registered renter and must possess a permanent valid driver’s license. 

    For ALL Rentals:

    • The registered renter must be present at the time of delivery.
    • On the day your rental is scheduled to be picked up, you do not need to be present. You may leave your rental parked at your vacation location, as instructed by your delivery driver, and it will be picked up.

    What is the Cancellation & Early Return Policy?

    • Cancellations made with a notice of two weeks or greater prior to the start date:

    Will receive a full refund.

    • Cancellations made with less than 14-day notice:

    80% is refundable, 20% is not refundable, but is applicable toward any rental/merchandise, and is valid for one year from the start of the original reservation date.


    20% is not refundable, but is applicable toward any rental/merchandise, and is valid for one year from the start of the original reservation date.

    • Cancellations made with LESS than 48 hours’ notice:

    Will result in NO refund of 20%, NOR a store credit.

    • **Cancellations made on rental start date and /or no shows** 

    Will result in NO refund, NOR a store credit, plus a $25.00 Day of Cancel Fee.

    • Early Returns:

     A one-day rental fee will be charged for any unused rental time that is not canceled at least 48 hours in advance.

    Island Cruisers

    We had the absolute pleasure of renting a golf cart from Valerie and Eric the past two vacations.  There are just no words to express how awesome Valerie and Eric are!  They are the absolute best and go above and beyond for their clients.  They are kind, caring,...

    Jerry rothrock

    We rented a car in late August from Island Cruisers and it was perfect. The owners are extremely nice and provided us with all the info we needed. They even gave us some info on the area. This was our first visit to the Outer Banks and they helped make it a great one....

    sara puskar

    we rented a wrangler for the day last week and it was so much fun. Valerie and Eric are super nice and we will definitely be back next year!

    Phyllis Burrill

    Thank you for the great customer service during our short trip to OBX! We look forward to visiting again and renting from you!! Very positive experience!

    DeAnn Jennings

    We can not say enough about Island Cruisers and owners Valerie & Eric. This was our first trip to the Outer Banks and they were very nice people to deal with. We were staying on the beach in Corolla, which involved driving on the sand, they took the time to...

    Paul and Marylou Jonesd

    Driving the beaches on the Outer Banks is a special experience. You are able to get to areas that you would not easily be able to walk to, especially if carrying equipment like beach chairs, surfboards, etc. If you don’t have 4 wheel drive or don’t want to use your...


    We stayed in Corolla the first week of June 2014. One of the things we were so excited for was seeing the wild horses. You must have a 4×4 vehicle to do so. We thought about a tour but at $50.00 a person for a short time, we just didn’t think it was worth it, so we...

    Jason Sullivan

    Me and my family and 3 friends of ours went on vacation in corolla. One of the things we wanted to do was go and see the wild horses. The only way to get to them is by driving on the beach, and you need 4 wheel drive. My wife looked for tours online but for seven of...

    Michael Restivo

    Hate that could not recommend on Tripadvisor.com. My friend and I rented a dune buggy for street use. Simply a blast. Honked and waved to everyone from Salvo to Ocracoke. Spurred many conversations with many people. A pure adrenaline rush, even going street legal...


    I can’t say enough nice about how great the service was. Your buggy made the Manx on the Banx event really fun for us. I didn’t have our buggy ready for the event, and the purple buggy was a pleasure. Eric and Val made pickup and drop off as easy as possible. I hope...