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Old 01-08-2010, 01:09 PM
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Hi! A Marylander here that is thinking of coming down to the NC beaches this summer. We have two girls, age 5 and 3. I have not been to the NC shore since I graduated college almost 20 years ago - and we went down to Hatteras at that time.

I'm looking for recommendations of where to stay. I'd like to stay relatively close to the NC/VA line and not go too far south as this will be a driving trip. Thinking about coming down 95 and returning on the Bay tunnel to give the girls that experience. Planning for a week vacation in mid to end of July.

Any advice/suggestions on where to stay, what do to would be great! Not necessarily wanting to rent a house, since there are only 4 of us, but will consider it
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:06 AM
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When our kids were small, we went to VA Beach several times - rented a beachfront house w/ another family whose kids were about our kids' ages. Later we realized if we drove about an hour further south, it was less expensive so we rented in the Outer Banks (Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk), found it perfect for us, there was a variety of things to do from water slides to miniature golf etc - also reasonable restaurants as well as fast-food ones and since we rented, we could buy food there at one of the Food Lions or bring some. Anyway, it worked out great, it was relaxing and there were things to do (saw The Lost Colony, a play popular in the area, your kids may be a little young for it but in a few years, they may enjoy it). The cottages along the water were more expensive to rent than the ones across the street but it was really just a short walk and worked out fine. Our kids are grown and gone and we still try to get there when we can. In answer to your other question, there arent a lot of teens there unless they're with their families (as far as I know, they only rent to family groups, have never seen anyone drunk) and no boardwalk that Im aware of either, the beaches are nice and clean and there are some smallish parking lots but most ppl who go rent cottages in the area and just walk over.
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