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Old 04-16-2012, 09:32 AM
 
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When my family and i are going to be visiting my FIL/checking out the area for possible relocation, we would like to drive to the coast and go to the beach. We are going to be in Holly Springs. Would you folks be able to reccomend a beach? TIA
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:41 AM
 
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Wrightsville/Kure/etc are the closest beaches. Topsail is a little bit further but much quieter than the beaches a little closer to Wilmington.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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Thank you evaofnc...I will check out Topsail...I don't mind driving a little further for more quiet.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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Kure Beach/Ft Fisher. They have a huge parking lot (its free!) with bathrooms, picnic area, snack shop, etc. Just head to the Ft Fisher Aquarium off of Loggerhead Drive, the parking lot is on the left. You can't miss it.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:54 AM
 
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Emerald Isle is also very nice. Not as quiet as Topsail, but still quiet. There is more to do on Emerald Isle than there is on Topsail, which can be good. It's there if you want to do it, but it's not in your face if you just want peace & quiet.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:09 AM
 
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Thanks everyone. Sure sounds like all the beaches are nice..might have to make more than one day trip lol. But hey most beaches are nice when you compare them to the ones we have in CT.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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Parking lot at Carolina is filling early afternoon on nice weekends. If coming to CB/Kure/Fisher you may want to head straight to Fisher. Free parking at Kure and Fisher.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Topsail Island is my favorite. In fact, we've been coming down to Topsail for years, even when we still lived in Maryland, because we love it so much. It's such a nice change after growing up around Ocean City, Maryland, which is way overcrowded, over-commercialized, and very expensive.

We especially like North Topsail Beach because it is so quiet and never crowded. There are plenty of public access points with parking and bath houses along the whole island, and quite a few restaurants in Surf City (middle of the island) or in Snead's Ferry (the mainland up at the north end).

We went down for the day this past weekend and went swimming in the ocean for an hour or two. It was chilly, but not as bad as you'd think for April. Nobody's lips turned blue or anything.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:26 AM
 
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I vote for Topsail/Surf City also. We are from Garner/Clayton area and its about a 2 hour(1 hour 50 minutes on a week-day)easy drive. We have been to most beaches up/down the coast and like this one best. Easy parking(on street) and an easy drive with not alot of crowds. But its JUST BEACH..no aquarium, boardwalk, amusements etc...one or two minigolf courses, but thats it. Much more low-key than Wrightsville/Fort Fisher, Carolina. But our daughter is 15 now so we dont need that amusement-type acitivties and we bring our own picnic lunch so no need for resaturants/food vendors or lifeguards.

Kure/Carolina beach you have to drive through Wilmington(same with Wrightsville)so more traffic, and we always have parking issues...where you can/can't park without getting towed, full parking lots etc..and usually more crowded. We went to Wrightsville one weekend(just to try it) and drove around for an hour and never did find parking...we drove over the Topsail instead.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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I vote for Topsail/Surf City also. We are from Garner/Clayton area and its about a 2 hour(1 hour 50 minutes on a week-day)easy drive. We have been to most beaches up/down the coast and like this one best. Easy parking(on street) and an easy drive with not alot of crowds. But its JUST BEACH..no aquarium, boardwalk, amusements etc...one or two minigolf courses, but thats it. Much more low-key than Wrightsville/Fort Fisher, Carolina. But our daughter is 15 now so we dont need that amusement-type acitivties and we bring our own picnic lunch so no need for resaturants/food vendors or lifeguards.

Kure/Carolina beach you have to drive through Wilmington(same with Wrightsville)so more traffic, and we always have parking issues...where you can/can't park without getting towed, full parking lots etc..and usually more crowded. We went to Wrightsville one weekend(just to try it) and drove around for an hour and never did find parking...we drove over the Topsail instead.
Fort Fisher is free with a very large lot and probably the last of the Wilmington area beaches to fill up on weekends. The drive through Wilmington can at times be a pain but we are very use to it so it seems fairly quick now and we often have planned shopping trips along the route in.
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