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Old 11-24-2009, 11:13 AM
 
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Hi all, I am a transplated New Englander so please forgive the newbie questions (I am located in Virginia now). I would like to visit the Outer Banks for a summer vacation next year, but have no idea when the best time, weather and crowds-wise would be. I can go anytime between 6/19 and Labor Day. What do you recommend? I see that most house rentals have discounted fees for the week of June 19th and we can go then, what are the downsides?

Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Plan a trip at the end of May or beginning of September
kids around here will be in school so parent probably not be able to take off.
September I question because that is in the heart of hurricane season
I went one year in the beginning of may and i had to wear sweats and a hoodie but
The last week of may it generally above 80 in North Carolina
and the summer rates havent kick in.
I stayed in Avon and was walking distance to the beach and sound plus mosquitoes are not in full force then either
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:23 PM
 
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we will be going with kids, so it has to be between June 19 and Labor Day....
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:09 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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good luck I found the rental rates of houses are cheaper on Cape Hatteras Island like Rodanthe, Avon,Buxton, Frisco, Salvo. but you can compare with cities like Nags Head. It not a touristy kind of area (meaning stuff to do is limited) so pack some games or books.
Some rentals have video game controller so you can just rent the game
Try to be on the sound side at sunset it breath taking
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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The first time I went was the end of August. My Aunt had gotten a good deal on a house for a week because it was nearing the end of the season. We stayed in Kill Devil Hills and it was perfect, especially for my first time there. We were right near the beach, but also right in between anywhere we wanted to go.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:56 AM
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Go in June. The wind won't be quite as strong, it will be a bit cooler, and you will have less chance of a hurricane. The later you go, the more chance of hurricane, though, as others have said, September and early October tend to be worse.

Have fun.

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Old 11-25-2009, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Go in June. The wind won't be quite as strong, it will be a bit cooler, and you will have less chance of a hurricane. The later you go, the more chance of hurricane, though, as others have said, September and early October tend to be worse.

Have fun.

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I went in June last year and the heat was unbelievable. But maybe it was a fluke.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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Dear Ariel,
Oh, I think your June 19th date, especially with discounted rental rates, would be just fine. The water will be cooler than in August, for example, but other than that, it should work out really well for you. I used to live near the Outer Banks for many years and went down there year-round, and June is fine. Of course go ahead and make your reservations, cuz as you probably already know, the whole place is booked up way ahead of summer. But now, there's no telling if it'll be rainy or windy or seaweed floating in, but nobody else knows either. Usually at the beach, tho, clouds go in and out of there quickly. Be sure to go down to Nags Head at some point and go up on the big sand dunes at Jockey's Ridge Park, nice views and fun.
GG
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:17 PM
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I went in June last year and the heat was unbelievable. But maybe it was a fluke.
That was a big time fluke. Big time.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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That was a big time fluke. Big time.
I just have bad luck. It seemed like the air conditioning in the car wasn't working, but it was just because it was so hot.
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