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Rednecks or not - has it changed?

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Rednecks or not - has it changed?

I have never been to Carolina Beach. I read in many of the posts that it had a somewhat unsavory reputation, but that was chaning. Myrtle Beach was a bit too "red" for us, however, we stayed in Surfside Beach, which was fine. I am traveling with my 78 year old mother in-law, my wife, my brother in-law and his wife, pluse two twleve year olds and an eight year old.

It looks like renting a house is more affordable on Carolina Beach than Ocean Isle for example and I am wondering why the price difference. Do you think we would enjoy Ocean Isle, or Topsail more?

It seems like there is lot to do from a historical standpoint and plenty to do in Wilmington.

Any suggestions before I book a place would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Rednecks or not - has it changed?

Just returned from our first trip to Carolina Beach a few weeks ago. I was a bit reluctant to go after reading some of the posts here, but I thought it was a great place. Everyone was very nice, it was not "redneck" at all. The beaches and the ocean were beautiful and, as you said, it's an affordable vacation. We rented a 2 bedroom/2 bath condo right across the street from the beach for under $900. The "boardwalk" area isn't much, but there are good restaurants. We visited the aquarium one day and went into Wilmington for a day as well. (Go to Wilmington early; they roll up the sidewalks at 6pm).

never been to Ocean Isle or Topsail, so can't comment on those.

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2. Re: Rednecks or not - has it changed?

What is the definition of redneck? Just curious.

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3. Re: Rednecks or not - has it changed?

Just got back from week at Carolina/Kure Beach area. Great time.

A few rednecks, sure, but what beach doesn't have them??

We actually stayed in a great condo in Ft. Fisher. Beautiful, very picturesque!!. Just a short 10 minute drive to Carolina Beach for a little more "action".

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5. Re: Rednecks or not - has it changed?

I think maybe this part of the post needs to stop right here.

I was in Carolina Beach in May and it was a lot of fun and we ran into many nice people that were more than helpful!

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6. Re: Rednecks or not - has it changed?

From a historical standpoint, Wilmington area is great. I wasn't that thrilled w/ Carolina Beach. The beaches themselves were short, choppy, and currents were bad. Condo's seems a little run down as do most of the houses. There seems to be some money going into the area to 'renovate' . If Surfside was only 'fine', you may find Carolina Beach not up to your standards. Surfside, Garden City, North Myrtle, all have nicer beaches and a little more tidy, though there is not the historical presence you find in Wilmington. By the way, we had a great time in Carolina Beach when we visited.

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7. Re: Rednecks or not - has it changed?

Well, the original post seemed concerned about "rednecks". I have found in my travels around the world it is usually not a good thing to offend a local population and then ask them for helpful information. It gets old when people from the north continually assume something and deride. It's like asking if there are still ragheads in Beirut.

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8. Re: Rednecks or not - has it changed?

Thank you Bud!!!! I wanted to say something but didnt want to be rude. You worded that very good!!! LOL

If you think its too "redneck" here then stay where you are.

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9. Re: Rednecks or not - has it changed?

Could be a troll. Notice they just posted once and ran.

Any Beach
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10. Re: Rednecks or not - has it changed?

Just let it go.

We all know Carolina Beach and surrounding beaches is a great old fashioned beach town. Not nearly as commercial as Myrtle (thank goodness), but close to Wilmington to have the big city feel.

I love it and hubby and I hope to retire there one day.

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