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Old 06-13-2013, 06:58 PM
 
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Not really looking to get away from it all, just a nice beach in North Carolina with great hotel and surrounding restaurant choices...any suggestions? Don't really want to leave the state this trip; i.e. not Myrtle Beach...
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Wrightsville Beach.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:31 PM
 
Location: NC
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Wrightsville or Atlantic Beach.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I have found that, surprisingly, one of the most commercialized beaches in the state is the stretch of Outer Banks beaches "between the bridges" encmpassing Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. It is too busy for my taste but would work well for what you're looking for. You can get to Nags Head from Raleigh in about 3.5 hours. Even though it is pretty developed, you won't be dealing with nearly the same level of crowds on the beach as you would at Wrightsville or even Atlantic.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Yeah, I'd say Wrightsville and then the OBX (Nags Head, KDH area).
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:29 AM
 
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We like Carolina Beach. There is a Marriott Courtyard there plus many smaller hotels and lot's of restaurant choices. It has more of a family atmosphere - farmer's market on Saturday mornings, movies by the lake on sunday nights, the aquarium at Fort Fisher, and ferry over to Southport - while also being close enough to hop up to Wilmington for the day.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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Probably the outer banks, but you can get to Virginia Beach in the same amount of time....
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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I tend to think that the Kure Beach / Carolina Beach area is more "commercialized" than Wrightsville.

(And for those new to the area, "Kure" is pronounced Cure-ee.)
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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Near Wilmington:
Wrightsville, Carolina, Kure beach

Near Morehead City:
Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach

Outer Banks:
Nag's Head, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills

I think the beaches near Wilmington have a bit of an advantage because Wilmington itself has a great downtown with lots of hotels, restaurants, bars and so forth. So I consider that whole area to be the most developed. There are other beaches south of Cape Fear that are also developed like Ocean Isle, but I consider Wrightsville and Carolina Beach superior.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'd say Emerald Isle.

But Both Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach are RIGHT over the border. You can get to Myrtle faster than you can to some places in NC.
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