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Old 09-17-2007, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Cary
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Any recommendations on the best beaches within 2-3 hrs from Cary/Raleigh area? We visited Wrightsville Beach. Although it is lovely....we found nothing to do outdside of the sand/water. We would like a place that (I guess you would define as "touristy" with more of a Destin, FL feel ????)...with shops and good seafood restaurants.
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Old 09-17-2007, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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There isn't much else than that. I mean, there are TONS of beaches in NC, but if you felt there wasn't much to do at Wrightsville, you won't find much to do at any of them. Wrightsville is one of the more populated and commercial beaches, followed by Carolina Beach as far as shopping and dining goes. Did you go into downtown Wilmington? There is a ton of stuff to do there, it's a 15 minute drive from the beach.

You might be better off headig to Myrtle Beach, SC. It's only 3 hours from Raleigh and definitely has a touristy feel!.
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Old 09-17-2007, 05:46 PM
 
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Perhaps we missed downtown Wilmington. What is there? Are there any seafood restaurants? We are so close to the ocean (in Raleigh area) I would have thought there would be seafood restaurants aside from Bonefish and Red Lobster! LOL
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Do you mean in Wilmington/Wrightsville beach or in Raleigh? There are plenty of seafood places at Wrightsville. Blue Water, the Oceanic, and Neptunes just to name a few. There are TONS of places in Downtown Wilmington. It's very similar to Charleston but a bit smaller.
Raleigh has a few, but not as many as down there.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:31 PM
 
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Hawaii.........
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:51 PM
 
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I am surprised you didn't see any restaurants in WB either...there are plenty. Oceanic, Blue WAter, Dockside, Airlie, Neptune's, South Beach Grill, Bridgetender. And that is just the seafood restaurants on the beach. There are seafood restaurants across the bridge, as well as pretty much any other type you want...steak, ethnic, etc.

And what types of things are you used to doing? At WB there is fishing, kayaking, a great water park, putt putt, bars, shopping malls, etc. etc.

If you want the big touristy things like stage shows and outlet malls, try Myrtle Beach

Are you sure that WB is where you were?
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Old 09-18-2007, 06:52 AM
 
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Gosh, I would think that WB would be your best bet for things to do. You have the entire city of Wilmington at your doorstep, and it's probably one of the most built up beach towns on the coast.

You might want to check out Virginia Beach, or like VaNC suggested, Myrtle Beach, if you are looking for a very populated beach area.
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Old 09-19-2007, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Really depends on what you are looking for in a beach. Some are primarily family-oriented and quiet, a few small restaurants, and little to do -- other than be at the beach.

For nightlife, try Myrtle Beach in SC, instead. Plenty of entertainment.

Probably a good compromise between the two extremes would be Wrightsville Beach or Carolina Beach, each easily accessible to Wilmington.
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