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Old 04-02-2015, 09:22 AM
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My family and I recently relocated outside of Hershey, PA. for work and this will be our home for the foreseeable future.

With that said, we are looking for a vacation destination along the east coast that will allow some nice quit, beach time relaxation along with some nice surroundings.

Being is SE PA we hear all the time about the Jersey Shore ect...but in speaking with some folks I think it is a bit to far north and touristy for us.

We would like the drive to be in the 5-8 hour range (closer if possible) and like to grab some warmer weather at the same time?

We are just looking for that nice place where maybe we could rent a small cottage with family and have some peace and quit along the beach.

We thought maybe the outer banks or Myrtle Beach?

Any suggestions would be great....

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Old 04-02-2015, 09:29 AM
Location: Southport
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Myrtle Beach is as touristy as the Jersey shore. The northern Outer Banks are your best bet...Corolla, Kitty Hawk or Nags Head. 7 to 7.5 hours from Hershey.

Lots of great beaches further south in NC as well, but would add another 1 to 2 hours to your drive. Emerald Isle, Topsail Beach, Carolina Beach, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:25 AM
Location: Wilmington, NC.
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Yes, topsail has been our beach for the past 8+ years and its a 8hr drive down I95. Of course that's driving overnight. During the day you're contending with tractor trailers flying down weaving in and out of traffic. It gets old fast. Make the trip overnight.
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:43 PM
Location: Surf City, NC
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Before I retired, when I was living outside of DC I spent a lot of weekends down here on Topsail, visiting my mom. I had a Monday off every two weeks. Friday evening traffic is a mess, so I'd pack the car then wait until 8 or 9 PM to leave, drive about halfway, to the North Carolina rest stop, nap a few hours, then drive the rest of the way. I'd arrive before noon, then have a nice weekend and drive home Monday afternoon.

As far as places, Topsail's a great family beach town, lots of vacation rentals, no highrises, uncrowded beaches, just enough shops and restaurants. I highly recommend it. Of course once your kids get to be teens, they'll be bored and want a more exciting place.

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Old 04-07-2015, 08:01 AM
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If you're really looking for peace and quiet I would suggest Hatteras Island, much of which is National Seashore property and lightly settled (or even deserted most of the time. If the Bonner bridge has both lanes open, You'll soon find yourself passing through several smalls villages in including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, and then my favorite, Avon, followed by Cape Hatteras Point, Buxton and Frisco then finally the village of Hatteras. A ferry will take you to Ocracoke, another of my favorites.

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Old 04-08-2015, 06:59 AM
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Thanks for everyone that took the time to respond. I will be sure to look further into your suggestions.
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