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The beach, a fishing pier, and fishing boats.

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The beach, a fishing pier, and fishing boats.

At the end of July, we intend to travel to the coast of SC or NC. Are there any fishing villages left without the tourists traps? I would like somewhere with a beach, not the marsh and mud flats. We are flexible on dates and intend to stay for 2 or 3 nights.

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1. Re: The beach, a fishing pier, and fishing boats.

I'm pretty sure "fishing villages" ceased to exist in the 1950's or so. Ocean front property is extremely expensive and attracts tourists. Avoid Myrtle Beach, it is the height of touristy. You may like Edisto Island, over an hour south of Charleston. It is the least touristy of all the SC beaches, there is not much of anything there but the beach. Few restaurants, activities, etc. There are rental homes and that is where people stay. However, not sure they will rent for only "2 or 3 nights". You would have to check, you could begin by looking on www.vrbo.com In the Charleston area there are 3 beaches, the Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and Folly Beach. None have any high rise hotels or condos, they are not allowed. Isle of Palms has 3 hotels, Folly Beach has one and Sullivan's has none. IOP and Folly also have condos available to rent. Each island has roughly 5,000 permanent, year round residents, I live on IOP.

Check out these options and see if any appeal to you.

McClellanville, SC is the closest thing to a fishing village you will find, but there is no beach and, I think, no pier either.

Edited: 06 July 2014, 01:47
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2. Re: The beach, a fishing pier, and fishing boats.

Forgot to mention that during the summer season, most homes and condos will rent for 1 week time frames only. So you will be limited to staying in a hotel.

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3. Re: The beach, a fishing pier, and fishing boats.

Maybe look at Kure Beach, NC. Very large fishing pier, no big high rises, just homes, condos, smaller motels.Could probably find a room for a few days. Call soon though! Carolina Beach just up the street has a "village" feel to it as far and the Main St. goes. Not too touristy there either.

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4. Re: The beach, a fishing pier, and fishing boats.

It's a well-known fact that folks luv to go to the beach in the summer, and if you can get there, so can everyone else, along with those who earn their living from tourists. There are no undiscovered places along the Carolina coast. IMO, there is nowhere in SC that meets your description. The Cape Hatteras NC area probably has the premier surf fishing in this area, and since it is a little more time consuming to get to, it is usually a little less crowded. Regardless, you still won't get lonely because a lot of folks like that area. Getting a place for 2 or 3 nites might be a challenge, don't know.

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