I need help finding nice public beaches that have calmer water. I will be staying in Duck, but I am willing to drive 1-2 hrs+ from Duck to find great, safe beaches to swim in--water that is safe to go in without flotation devices. Also, it would be great to be near a lifeguard if possible. On vacations, I usually like to spend most of the daytime swimming in the ocean and at the beach. Also, is it possible to rent umbrellas and chairs at the beach?