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Old 07-06-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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So I've lived in Raleigh area for 13 years but have NEVER even visited Outer Banks. I have a friend coming end of this month and we'd like to finally visit Outer Banks for a few days.

Any tips on travel routes, places to see, accomodations would be greatly appreciated. I don't know if there are any standard hotels/motels there. I started looking at vrbo.com and it's overwhelming and most only look to rent out for the entire week.

Also, I keep hearing Ocracoke Island is the place to be. Is that part of Outer Banks?

Have a great Friday!
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:12 PM
 
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Ocracoke is definitely my favorite island of the Outer Banks but there's not much to do there. So if you're the type that wants more than a beach for a beach trip you'll probably want to stick with Hatteras Island. When we go to Ocracoke we usually drive from here to the Swan Quarter ferry. Takes about three hours on 64 to get there from Raleigh. Be sure to make your ferry reservation in advance so you don't show up and find out there's no space on the boat. I've seen that happen to people before and they're never very happy about it lol.

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Old 07-06-2012, 12:12 PM
 
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Yeah I've tried... in peak season they will only rent out for a week... but you can find good hotels and stuff right on the beach that I think will do a weekend or something. You could probably check priceline.com or something. I like Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills... really depend on what you are looking to do?

The light houses are pretty cool! and the sand dunes!
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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We're looking for a secluded beach, nice sands, good views, and for a few days.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:44 PM
 
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Truly "secluded" beach is hard to come by in the OBX (or for that matter, anywhere on the East Coast). Ocracoke is your best bet, but even there, you're not going to be alone on the beach.

I would avoid the north and central OBX (anything north of Rodanthe), because they don't seem to be what you're looking for. Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk are nice, but very commercialized. Duck and Corolla are less commercialized but still have fairly heavy traffic. Carova (the northern-most town of the OBX) would fit what you are looking for, but you need 4 wheel drive to get there.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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This late in the season your only option is going to be booking whatever hotel's available. If you want to go to Ocracoke, just drive south from wherever you're at until you get there. You can't miss it.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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None of the beaches are crowded on the OBX. I posted a pic of Southern Shores beach, taked by an online friend that spends his summers on the OBX. It was taken July 5th of this year.

As for things to do, that realy depends on what you like to do. There is the Elizabithan Gardens, Jockeys Ridge, Wright Brothers Memorial, Lost Colony Play, Fort Raleigh, And Festival Park. just to name a few. And lots of miniture golf courses.

There are big chain hotels/motels there, as well and privately owned ones. Just do a search for OBX hotels/motels.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:18 AM
 
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We rented one of these cabanas in Hatteras Village a few years ago and loved it. Not sure if they only rent by the week.

Dolphin Realty - Hatteras Cabanas - Layout

(Just click on each little house and it'll show you photos, price, and availability.)

If that doesn't work out for you, you could always call or email some of the rental companies. Here are a few:

http://www.dolphin-realty.com/search/rmssearch.cfm

http://www.midgettrealty.com/
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