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First time to Outer Banks

Beaumont, Texas
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First time to Outer Banks

We have never been to Outer Banks and would like advice. We just need some unwind time, looking for an oceanfront home in a quiet area. We just want to sit and enjoy the ocean view and it not be crowded or noisy. Small townish would be wonderful. We would be there end of June or first half of July probably. Which area would you recommend? We are not familiar with the different areas. Any advice would be appreciated.

Duck, North Carolina
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1. Re: First time to Outer Banks

Sounds like Corolla or Duck to the north or Hatteras Island to the south. Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head in the middle tend to have more people and activities going on.

NY, NY
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My wife and I have spent many vacations on the Outer Banks, and were driven south to Hatteras Island by the pace and scale of development in the northern parts. Fortunately, much of Hatteras Island is National Seashore and that fact, coupled with being a little more remote has contained development. This year we are returning to Frisco on Hatteras Island, which has been a favorite spot for a number of years. Frisco offers great, relatively uncrowded beaches and the summer crowd generally respects the peace and quiet we crave. Oceanfront rentals there are expensive, but they are everywhere in the Outer Banks. There are a couple things about Hatteras Island to consider. The dining choices are more limited than up north, and there is a dearth of "fine dining" if that is important to you. But if you love freshly caught seafood, it is readily available. Certain activities, like golf, are not available on Hatteras. There is also very little nightlife, but it doesn't sound like something you will miss. Another plus to staying on the lower part of Hatteras is that you are a short drive from the free ferry to Ocracoke Island, which offers miles and miles of even more deserted, beautiful beaches with no development.

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3. Re: First time to Outer Banks

With your choice of time I am afraid you will be limited to what you will find available . Most homes are booked in the winter for the 4th of July

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4. Re: First time to Outer Banks

Fish oinc is right, but worth a try. South Nags Head gives you quiet residential, but access to good restaurants in Nags Head. Not much dining options on Hatteras. Ocracoke is nice, but not generally beachfront.

Beaumont, Texas
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5. Re: First time to Outer Banks

Thank you all for the advice. I will see what I can find!!

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