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Lifeguards in or near Waves NC?

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Lifeguards in or near Waves NC?

Hi, does anyone know of any beaches in or near Waves that are patrolled by lifeguards? We have been going to Waves for the last 5 years and a few times have had some really tough experiences with the rip currents. We love it enough that we keep going back. This year I'd like to take the kids to a life guard patrolled beach if possible.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Lifeguards in or near Waves NC?

Cape Hatteras National Seashore may not have any lifeguarded beaches this summer.

nationalparkstraveler.com/2013/12/budget-con…

change.org/petitions/save-our-lifeguards-put…

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2. Re: Lifeguards in or near Waves NC?

Hi there. I live in delco PA and will be staying in waves nc. We're not sure about the best way to get down there. We've heard that the bridge to kitty hawk can be very congested. Do you have any advise on how to get down there? Thank you.

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3. Re: Lifeguards in or near Waves NC?

Hi we never have any trouble getting down there because we do Sunday check-ins and leave at 2-3am. They usually have our place ready when we get there but sometimes we have to wait an hour or 2. They let us in once to unload and we were able to go to the beach. Are you using outer beaches reality? They have been pretty fair about that kind of thing.

So from my experience you should not have any problem if you leave early. Also you are going the right way, south on 12 is way better than north 12 towards Carolla, that is a nightmare! Hopefully you can leave early, worse case you guys will have to hang out someplace until they have it ready. We always call when we get close, that seems to help them make cleaning your place a priority.

We absolutely love Waves! We stay in Key Largo in sea vista court. But be careful out there, the Outerbanks (especially Waves/Salvo) can be very rough, nothing like NJ!

Hopefully this helps.

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4. Re: Lifeguards in or near Waves NC?

Not to derail the original post topic, but scan some of the other forum posts as traffic into the OBX is a common concern. Truthfully, there's only one bridge leading into the Outer Banks so it's more about when you cross it than it is about how you get to it.

Conventional wisdom seems to be that for Saturday check-ins, either plan to hit the bridge before 9AM or after 5PM. Earlier is better than later since traffic can stick around well into the evening on especially bad days. The only consideration for getting to the OBX earlier is that you'll need to plan for something to kill some time until you can check in.

Sunday check-ins are less of a concern as traffic is generally lighter throughout the day though it's still not a bad idea to plan for a little delay, especially in the heaviest part of the day. We crossed the bridge at 4PM on a Sunday and had no problems though the radio reported that there was some traffic earlier in the day.

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5. Re: Lifeguards in or near Waves NC?

Well there are actually a few bridges that lead onto the Outer Banks. Many people speak of the 460 to 64 route that takes you to Roanoke Island and then Nags Head. If I were vacationing on Hatteras Island, I would definitely go that route to avoid traffic on a high season Saturday. But if your final destination is Corolla, yes you are pretty much stuck with the Wright Brother's Bridge.

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6. Re: Lifeguards in or near Waves NC?

Actually, Virginia route 460 should really only be used with Wright Mem. Bridge.

It simply re-routes travelers around the Interstate 64 traffic bottleneck between Richmond, VA, across the bridge/tunnels and drops you off on Virginia route 58 east to the 168 expressway.

The often nicknamed "secret route" (VA 460) will take you far, far out of your way if you want to cross on the Virginia Dare Mem. Bridge to Manteo.

But as Maslin said, if you're going to Hatteras island, you probably want the Virginia Dare bridge.

It will save you much stress!

Stay on 95 south from Richmond all the way to Rocky Mount, NC and catch NC state route 64 east to Roanoke Island. Google maps from Richmond, VA to Rocky Mount NC to Waves NC to see the route.

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7. Re: Lifeguards in or near Waves NC?

I stand corrected. Thanks to those more knowledgeable for the info!

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8. Re: Lifeguards in or near Waves NC?

JT is right - it's 95 to US 64. 460 is the other other route :)

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