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Old Feb 6th, 2011, 05:21 PM
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North Carolina beach suggestions

My husband and I would like a week at a "not crowded" beach with decent restaurants. Would like to keep costs down, but must have beachfront and decent beach. We do not need tourist attractions. Just want to relax in comfort this summer!
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Old Feb 8th, 2011, 12:36 PM
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Somewhere around Wilmington would be your best bet in my opinion. Unfortunately, in many cases, fine dining & beachfront don't necessarily go together.
http://ncbrunswick.com/
http://www.wilmington-nc.com/

Actually Amelia Island, FL. was the first place that came to my mind.
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Old Feb 8th, 2011, 01:39 PM
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It's been a very long time since I've been there but my DW and I spent most of our honeymoon in the Morehead City-Atlantic Beach area. We did drive down through Wilmington to see the battleship North Carolina. We also checked out Myrtle Beach before heading back. Not much in the way of fine dining restaurants in the area at that time. There is only 1 restaurant on Okrakoke Island. You can check to see if there is anything that interests you in the Manteo-Kill Devil Hills area.
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We do the outter Banks Every year my whole family now for the past 25 years, we are from Pennsylvania and LOVE, LOVE It!! We go the extra distance and stay in Hatteras Village which is the last place on the island before having to take the Ferry across. There is maybe 50 people on the beach on a crowded day, my kids love it, it is very relaxing, you can leave your stuff there all day and no one bothers it. The houses on the beach are awsome and cheap !! They do have a couple of resturants, and Avon where the town is really built up is about 40 min away if you wanted to take the drive, but we never do, we shop when we get there and plant our buts in the sand with drinks and relax the whole entire time !! You should really check it out !!
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Old Feb 8th, 2011, 02:21 PM
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You don't say where you are coming from, but I think the SC beaches offer more for what you want. Tell us where you are coming from.
The beaches SOUTH of Wrightsville (wilmington), "maybe". I would go to Litchfield (I know, one note!!) or even Surfside, and enjoy the best eating on the coast.
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and by south of Wrightsville I mean Kure, etc. Then on down to below MB.
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Old Feb 12th, 2011, 08:02 PM
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Thanks so much for the suggestions. We are from Ohio and have vacationed the past 7 years in Surfside SC and really did like it. Just looking for something a little less crowded and maybe an hour or two closer. Fine dinning is not that important, just need something other than the run of the mill fast food chains.
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Old Feb 13th, 2011, 03:54 AM
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Well, since you know Surfside, just go a 10 miles south to Litchfield by the Sea. It is about as uncrowded a beach as I've seen. And the food in Murrell's Inlet and Pawley's cannot be rivalled on the coast. Coming from Ohio, the SC beaches are just a bit "closer" also.
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Old Feb 13th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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Originally from Ohio, may family has been visiting Holden Beach, NC for nearly 50 years. It is likely what you seek. Please see the link I provided earlier. W/nearly the entire trip (@ least in NC) now being 4 lanes (via the new 74 in NC) the trip is quicker now, than even what is was 5 years ago.
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Old Feb 13th, 2011, 08:38 PM
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Ocean Isles Beach! quiet beautiful beach town
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Old Feb 14th, 2011, 03:56 AM
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ocean Isle. Quiet beach TOWN (1 grocery,beach shop,pier, couple of rentals, CROWDED beach, two restaurants.
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Old Feb 14th, 2011, 07:51 PM
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yes gretchen.....i love it too...you are actually helping me on a different post...I had asked about "beach vacation in NC" (northern NC beaches)
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Old Feb 14th, 2011, 07:52 PM
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P.S. we stay at the winds resort. love it!
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Old Feb 15th, 2011, 03:17 AM
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But my post is for THIS poster who wants a quiet uncrowded beach with good restaurants. I wouldn't stay anywhere but ocean front at Ocean Isle.
Since you know it now, you may be interested to know that it used to be serviced by a drawbridge. and there were only 2 rows of houses, with a very few scattered on a FEW canals. But there was the same general store, the Pier, and putt putt on the square. When I saw it 2 years ago for the first time in maybe 30 years it was a shock. And a sorrow.
We had to take our umbrellas out IN FRONT OR OUR house by 7AM to get our places set. But the house was great, and it was fun. I was glad to get back to our Litchfield place which was being repaired.
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Spent a few summer vacations as a kid in the 70s on Ocean Isle. I agree it's shocking how built out it is now. I had no idea they could fit that many houses on that island. While there is little commercial development, I would never consider it a quiet beach. For quiet, look at Oak Island nearby.
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Oak Island is even built up now. I vote for the Outer Banks. Hatteras would be a good choice for quite beaches.
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"But my post is for THIS poster who wants a quiet uncrowded beach with good restaurants"

Gretchen's "suggestions" for sgriffin on his NORTHERN NC BEACHES post:

"There is Wrightsville, Kure Beach, Atlantic Beach around Wilmington. Holden Beach. All have their devotees.
I'd drive another hour and a half and go to Litchfield/Pawley's, just south of MB and have relatively uncrowded beaches and the best selection of restaurants on the coast very close by."

And that post was for sgriffin looking for suggestions in Northern NC?
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Old Feb 15th, 2011, 07:42 PM
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Quiet depends on where you are coming from....I live on Long Island, NY and go to Jones Beach during the summer, so anyone who knows that beach would consider OIB a quiet beach & not crowded..
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Thanks rego!
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Old Feb 16th, 2011, 04:45 AM
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Rego, I do realize that my preferences are for SC beaches and also gave the time it would take to get from NC beaches to them. My sister lived on LI, and I agree that Jones Beach is a different standard to judge by. I also spent a summer on Long Island at Oak Beach long years ago and it was a delightful quiet beach THEN.
I was only suggesting that there really ARE quiet beaches still available, believe it or not, and not like Jones Beach.

Brian, that whole island was/is owned by one family, hence the reason they controlled the lack of development of any fast food--or almost any other commercial ventures. They fly in on their private jet every now and then!! Just amazing.
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