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Best Coastal Area of N or S Carolina

Discussion in 'Carolina Glockers' started by 357glocker, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. 357glocker

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    Would like to take the family on vac this summer to the Carolinas. It will be my fiance and 3 kids (5,6 &10 yrs). This group might double if my brother and SIL and kids come along. I was at Camp Lejeune while in the Marines but was more worried with Myrtle Beach and bars at the time to really pay attention to what was offered for the families in the area.

    Would really prefer N.C. but some good suggestions for S.C. would be ok too. Looking for websites or good places to look for some beachfront houses rented by the week. I was thinking down by the Wilmington area would be a good area, but I've never been to the beaches/towns on the coast north of the Atlantic Beach area.
     
  2. trcubed

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    Carolina Beach is in the area south of Wilmington, and you can drive on the beach (for a daily permit fee) if your vehicle is 4wd. Kure Beach is nice, too. Fort Fisher (and one of the NC Aquariums) is there. Not a lot to do other than fish or tan in the area, tho.

    We really like the Holden Beach/Sunset Beach, NC area just north of the SC line. Laid back 'play in the sand' type of place. Nothing like Myrtle, but MB is only 20ish miles south.

    Don't forget about the Outer Banks. Manteo/Nag's Head are ok, but we prefer Duck, Corolla, Kitty Hawk to get away from things. Drive on the beach (free, need 4wd) all the way to VA and also may see some of the wild horses that live in the dunes.

    Tybee Island, GA is just southeast of Savannah, but may be a little farther south than you had in mind. Tybee is REALLY laid back, and Savannah is ~10 miles away for great restaurants and family-friendly stuff.

    Googling any of those town names will get you more websites than you care to look at. Good luck.
     


  3. 357glocker

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    Thanks, The outer banks is really looking good to me. Is the northern part a little less crowded usually compared to Hatteras?
     
  4. Our preference is Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. We rent a house there each summer and love it. Slow pace, walkable, beautiful beaches, and no chain stores or restaurants to be found. All local shops and food. You'd have to drive a short distance from your house to a beach access point, but it's well worth the five minutes so you can have a good chunk of sand to yourself.

    If you're looking to be entertained constantly, don't bother. Ocracoke is for relaxing, kicking back, driving a golf cart around the quite streets, eating ice cream down at the corner store across from the surf shop, drinking a cold beer and eating fresh seafood at the Jolly Roger Pub, and taking a boat tour.

    The ferry from Hatteras Island is free with very frequent departures. The Swanquarter and Cedar Island ferries cost $15.

    Ocracoke Village website

    Ocracoke house rentals
     
  5. trcubed

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    Yeah, I'd say that's generally true. Depends on the time of the year and whether it's a holiday weekend or not. Regardless, you can drive 10 miles in either direction and get away from the crowds.
     
  6. wct097

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    If your preference is a family environment with less commercial stuff, I highly recommend southern Topsail Island. No real hotels to speak of. Gotta rent a house. As such, there are fewer kids and couples and more families.

    My wife and I and a couple friends rented a house a couple years back and took the boat down for the week. Good fishing, from the boat or the shore. Nice long walks around the inlet. Overall good stuff.

    Only pic I could find... this is the channel on the inside of the inlet going back to the ICW. Beautiful area down there. Outer Banks are nice, but I'd prefer Topsail having been to both several times.

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  7. wct097

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    Found a couple more. This is the view of the beach from the pier, one of the more crowded areas. This was the week of July 4th, so that'll give you an idea about the lack of crowds.... one of the things I like the most about it.

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    And a small shark that we caught:
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    And a Spanish Mackerel (could catch these off of the beach at the inlet all day long):
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  8. Eagle22

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    From Kitty Hawk north to Corrola can get very very crowded.Traffic can be a nasty.

    That said I like the Corolla to VA state line area. ALL SAND, have to drive on the beach to get any where. But very remote, not a lot to do but lay in the sand, or swim in a poo land fish

    No motels no restaurants, no shopping, so need to bring everything with you.

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    Cape Hatteras was cool
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    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
  9. 357glocker

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    Thanks for the tips everyone, we ended up renting a house in Avon. Hope to get some good relaxation and fishing in while we are in the area.
     
  10. Good choice. Enjoy your trip.
     
  11. nursetim

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    If you find yourself at Carolina beach, try Britts donuts, you will not be sorry. You have my "fatman" guarantee.