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Old 07-10-2015, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by poppydog View Post
Sunset Beach, one of my faves, actually DOES NOT meet the OP's criteria of "homes right on the beach". There is an extensive dune system at Sunset and no homes are "right on the beach". All homes require a walk along a boardwalk (most with stairs over the dunes) to get to the beach. Check it out on Google Earth and you can see it.

Ocracoke also does not meet the OP's requirement for a home on the beach. All the beach at Ocracoke is National Seashore and there are no homes on the beach at all.

It's a bit late to rent an oceanfront home for summer, but there are probably some available in Sept. Many of them rent a year in advance, though. Folks get the same house year after year.

Flying into Raleigh, Wrightsville is the closest. You might look at Kure Beach, too. Topsail Island with the three towns there North Topsail, Surf City, and Topsail is also close. Emerald Isle is also a good choice. Sunset and Ocean Isle and Holden are about 45 min to an hour south of Wilmington and the beaches there.
My wife doesnt mind a 5 minute walk to the beach so that won't be a big issue. I am leaning towards crystal coast due to hopefully taking a trip to see the wild horses. Which beach would you say is the most secluded out of the ones you've listed?
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Old 07-11-2015, 06:11 AM
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I think if you go in September they'll all be uncrowded. Get the hurricane insurance just in case.

Emerald Isle would probably be a good choice. Your have to charter a private ferry to take you to Shackleford if you want to see the wild ponies. There are lots of outfitters who do this out of Beaufort.

Btw, just to be clear Ocracoke is not a 5 min walk to the beach. Sunset might be depending on the house. Most usually have 100-500 yards of boardwalk to cross for "ocean front" houses.
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