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S. Nag's Head advantage or disadvantage?

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S. Nag's Head advantage or disadvantage?

Although I've been to the OBX once and stayed at the Surf Side Hotel in Nag's Head, I'm not sure where the division is between S. Nag's Head and regular 'ol Nag's Head is located. Is there an advantage to staying in S. Nag's Head rather than just Nag's Head. I'm looking at beach rentals and some of them are located in S. Nag's Head. Just wondering if it is better or not to stay in one place or the other.


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1. Re: S. Nag's Head advantage or disadvantage?

It depends! :-P Do you prefer to be "in the city" area or the more laid back less populated area?

The division is basically at the south end of the beach road, near the 7-11.

Nags Head is "where its at", the majority of businesses, motels, restaurants, and attractions. Its convienent, you don't have to drive far if at all, but busy. The houses are right on the ocean, amazing views!

Most the homes in South Nags Head are set further back from the ocean. There's almost no businesses, so its quieter, less traffic. There are less public beach access spots, so less people on the beach.

If you're into even less crowds and more quiet, check out Hatteras Island! (Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton)

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2. Re: S. Nag's Head advantage or disadvantage?

The line for Nags Head and South Nags Head is where the beach road splits off to Old Oregon Inlet Rd at Jennette's Pier MP 16. From MP 16 to MP 20 is South Nags Head, so even if you are at the southern end (MP 20) you are only 4 miles from Nags Head. Old Oregon Inlet Rd has a low volume of traffic making it a favorite place for some. I have to disagree with the post above about homes being set farther back, just about the opposite is true in SNH but with the new WIDE nourished beach there it will be a new favorite place for those who find it. The ocean front has both huge McMansions and loads of smaller 3-4 bedroom homes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 lots back from the ocean with no road to cross, this makes it attractive for those with small kids who want to avoid them crossing a road to get to the beach. They have a nice walking/bike path and the only commercial anything is the Outer Banks Pier.

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3. Re: S. Nag's Head advantage or disadvantage?

Thanks! That was very helpful information!

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4. Re: S. Nag's Head advantage or disadvantage?

We've been going to the OBX for 30 years and almost always go to South Nags Head for the above mentioned reasons. Our rentals have always been very close to the ocean with steps down to the beach. It's usually pretty quiet and in just a few minutes you can drive to Nags Head.

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we just spent the week in nags head and a different group in my family had ahouse in south nags head. They had a horrible problem with mosquitoes. Could hardly go outside at night. This was not the case for us up in nags head. They had a large forest area just behind their house and also in front of the house between them and the ocean was a small stream of standing water. They were on Old Oregon Inlet Road. It seems that closer to the ocean lacks the bug problem because the ocean breeze keeps them away.

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