Personally, I don't think I'd go any further East than Clayton. If you go 40-50 minutes east of Raleigh toward the beach, you are going to be in a much different world than you would be in the Triangle.
From Clayton, you can be at the beach in about 1:45. From Raleigh, you can be there in 2:00. The trip down I-40 is a no brainer and typically easy and fast.
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