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Old 09-14-2007, 01:31 PM
 
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This is for those who live in raleigh,and visit the wilmington area
what are your favorite beach areas around wilmington,please be specific?Any other favorite beach locations would be great
thanks
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Old 09-14-2007, 01:40 PM
 
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Fort Fisher!!!
Excellent parking, clean public restrooms, snack bar and a very nice beach.
Right next door is the aquarium too!

Drive through Kure Beach and take a left onto Loggerhead Drive.
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Old 09-14-2007, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We go to Wrightsville, but they are all pretty nice down there. You can choose from Wrightsville, Kure Beach/Fort Fisher and Carolina Beach. They all have their own feel, so it depends on what you like in a beach. Wrightsville is more populated, more people on the beach and in "town", more shopping and dining and a lot of the dining tend to be higher end. There are also college students that love to come down there at night and hit the bars. It's a slightly wealthier area and tend to attract wealthier people. A lot of people in the triangle also own beach property on Wrightsville.

Kure Beach and Fort Fisher is great for people who like wide open spaces and a more remote feel. The actual fort (Fort Fisher) is there, the aquarium and a ferry which will take you to Southport (a small coastal town that makes a nice little 1/2 day trip with cute stores and dining, plus the ferry nice is very nice). It's much less populated, very few places to eat or shop, but Carolina Beach is just a few miles away where you can get plenty of food, it's just not walking distance like most places are on Wrightsville. Kure Beach has an old fishing pier that is still like the fishing piers around on the beaches when I was a kid, and is an easy drive to all of the other stuff to do at Fort Fisher (just 10 minutes or so). There is also more parking and it's just much less crowded, although none of the beaches are going to be too crowded this time year, and I also spotted a tropical storm Ingrid out there which you'll want to keep an eye on if you go down this week or next.

Carolina beach is sort of in between the other two. It also has lots of places to stay and eat, but the dining and shopping is generally a little lower end compared to Wrightsville. It's a good deal for the budget minded and the beach itself is just fine.

I personally think the swimming is a little better at Wrightsville and Carolina beach than Kure Beach and Fort Fisher. Swimming at Kure beach and Fort Fisher makes me a little uncomfortable with stronger currents, chopier water and some sharp drop offs, (especially being as remote as it is) but I doubt anyone who hasn't visited NC beaches before would know the difference. But it IS a beautiful area and worth a trip down there no matter which beach you end up staying on.

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Old 09-14-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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We go to Wrightsville when we want a quick trip because it's the closest beach to Raleigh. If you want to drive further, try the Outer Banks. Hilton Head in SC is our favorite but that is a drive and we usually stay for atleast a week when we go.
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Old 09-14-2007, 03:33 PM
 
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North end of Wrightsville Beach, park in the last access, walk by the shell island resort, and you have a half mile of beach to yourself.
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Old 09-14-2007, 04:07 PM
 
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North end of Wrightsville Beach, park in the last access, walk by the shell island resort, and you have a half mile of beach to yourself.

Yes. The North end also. I woud say anything past the Holiday Inn Sunspree and the further north you go the better and is less crowded.
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Old 09-14-2007, 06:52 PM
 
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great responses,any good places to eat
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Old 09-14-2007, 06:58 PM
 
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We like Blue Water at Wrightsville and also the Oceanic and Neptunes. Neptunes is pretty good too, it has a slightly Carribean Menu heavy on the fresh fish and seafood. The Oceanic is actually on the ocean and has a fairly traditional fresh Seafood menu. Blue Water is a little more contemporary/trendy seafood and other menu items but has great ambiance and is also on the water but on the sound side where you can eat outside and eatch the bigs yachts come in .
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Old 09-14-2007, 08:22 PM
 
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which is the most kid friendly
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Old 09-15-2007, 06:58 AM
 
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All of them are kid friendly. I don't think one is more kid friendly over the other, they all just have something slightly different to offer. Wrightsville has ice cream stores, small shops and hot dog stands to walk to. Downtown Wilmington also has the battleship you can tour, a children's museum (which is fantastic BTW, I just went this past summer), and some neat shopping along the Cape Fear River if you want something to do besides the beach. Carolina Beach has plenty of family friendly restaurants and shopping. They used to have a small little amusement park called Jubilee Park but I'm not sure if it's there anymore. And Kure Beach/Fort Fisher has the aquarium which is really nice to have right next door in case of rain, then the kids still have something fun to do.
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