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Old 01-12-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a good beach town for a family vacation. We are in the process of planning a vacation on the NC coast in May. We will be traveling from DC and other family will be traveling from Atlanta. We are hoping to find something that is within 7-9 hours of both of us. We would love to go to Ocracoke or somewhere else on the Outer Banks, but I think it is just a bit too far to travel from Atlanta. Basically, I think we are looking at beach areas from Morehead City on south. Ideally, the town will have at least one or two nice restaurants but not be too touristy (no Myrtle Beach). Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a good beach town for a family vacation. We are in the process of planning a vacation on the NC coast in May. We will be traveling from DC and other family will be traveling from Atlanta. We are hoping to find something that is within 7-9 hours of both of us. We would love to go to Ocracoke or somewhere else on the Outer Banks, but I think it is just a bit too far to gtravel from Atlanta. Basically, I think we are looking at beach areas from Morehead City on south. Ideally, the town will have at least one or two nice restaurants but not be too touristy (no Myrtle Beach). Thanks!
Outer banks are great but it about two hours to Ocracoke on hwy 12 coming from the north or two hours on Ferry coming from the south .

I think from Emerald Isle to Atlantic Beach would be ideal . I would say topsail but that would mean one would have to drive all way around Camp Lejune. There is no Myrtle Beach type places along North Carolina coast.

The problem with the beaches around Wilmington is they are heavy on transplant tourists.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Five Points
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i second the bogue banks/morehead city area.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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Default Crystal Coast

Take a look at the Crystal Coast Travel & Tourism web site:
Crystal Coast NC | Emerald Isle NC | Outer Banks
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile I think you would enjoy Emerald Isle

We live just a few minutes from Emerald Isle. Two of my grown kids live in Northern Virginia on the western side of DC. It takes them just under seven hours usually to make it here.

Even Google maps says it would only take a little over eight hours from Atlanta. Of course a lot depends on where in Atlanta and when you leave, but that is the same for the DC area.

There are several nice restaurants in the area including Riverside Seafood and Steak which has some of the best grouper that you will ever find. There are some spots to have breakfast including Mike's & Yana's and some nice lunch spots close by like the Fairway Restaurant in Cape Carteret and Chowdaheads, Jordans and again Mikes. All of the last three are on Emerald Isle. There is a great seafood market right in Emerald Isle.

You can view some of the area services by zooming in on this map.

This is a travel guide for Emerald Isle (http://coastalnc.org/emeraldislenctravelguidecd - broken link) that I did last year.

Good luck with your visit.
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Oriental, NC
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No contest...Ocracoke! It's like the difference between hamburger and filet mignon. No other beach in NC can compare. It won 1st place in Dr. Beaches 10 best beaches in America 2 years ago.
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Five Points
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that is a matter of opinion. i prefer PKS to Ocracoke.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Oriental, NC
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that is a matter of opinion. i prefer PKS to Ocracoke.
What and where is PKS?
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile PKS=Pine Knoll Shores

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What and where is PKS?
That is Pine Knoll Shores. It is the next town after Atlantic Beach headed down the beach towards Emerald Isle.
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: NC's southern coastline
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No contest...Ocracoke! It's like the difference between hamburger and filet mignon. No other beach in NC can compare. It won 1st place in Dr. Beaches 10 best beaches in America 2 years ago.
I second this, but also think while it doesn't compare, you would not go wrong with the Southern beaches of NC- Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island. I'd probably look into renting a beach house on Ocean Isle Beach. Wouldn't hurt to check.

Ocracoke woudl be awesome though!
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