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Old 11-20-2010, 09:32 PM
 
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Im going to Raleigh the week after next and would like to drive on and smell be some fresh salt water on the beach..Where should I go thats the closest, thanks
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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Smile You have choices

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Im going to Raleigh the week after next and would like to drive on and smell be some fresh salt water on the beach..Where should I go thats the closest, thanks
The closest beach is likely Wrightsville which is just over two hours driving from Raleigh.

If you just want to drive down and turn around and go back that might be your best choice.

If you plan to linger a while and would like to get off the Interstate for part of your journey, Emerald Isle might be a good choice. It would probably take you 30 to 40 minutes longer.

Instead of being on the Interstate the whole way, you would drive through some nice farm country before you pass through Jacksonville. The beaches are very accessible in Emerald Isle, it is a small town area and traffic is not something we worry very much about.

These are some pictures that I took recently on Emerald Isle at one of my favorite beaches, Third Street. It is a few miles down the island. There a great beach access at Islander Drive just when you get on Emerald Isle. It has a large paved parking lot, a place to change, easy access to the beach.

If you end up wanting to spend the night. The Islander is right beside the beach access and a nice place to stay.

I can recommend Mike's for breakfast or lunch, and you can check out these restaurants as places to grab a good evening meal. The best in the area is Riverside Steak and Seafood, but Nicky's of Swansboro is also one of my favorites and less expensive. I had a great fried whole clam roll there today while my wife enjoyed some pan fried drum.

I am sure you will have fun no matter which beach you choose.

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Old 11-20-2010, 11:38 PM
 
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Morehead City/Atlantic Beach are the other end of that spit of sand that has Emerald Isle on one end, the entire area is nice, friendly folks, good fishing. I'll be down this fri, the 26th, goin' fishin' on the 27th, Carolina Princess.
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. I love the beach any time of the year.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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though the beaches mentioned are nice, the closest beaches to Raleigh are the Wilmington area ones. We're talking about 1.5-2hrs versus 2.5 - 3 hrs from Raleigh.
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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Wrightsville Beach, as mentioned before, is the "default" day beach for the people of the Triangle.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:53 AM
 
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does anyone have information on what is biting offshore at this time of the year? I'm fairly sure we will be bottomfishing.
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:52 PM
 
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OK,I'm back and had a quite successful fishin' trip, lots of Black Sea Bass, a few flounder and grouper, and,... a sore arm from reelin' 'em all in.
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