OK, NC Coast experts. Just returning from the umpteenth family vacation to the OBX. For our next coastal getaway, we wanted to branch out to a beach south of the Outer Banks. We have zero experience with anywhere south of Ocracoke. On the map, anything from Atlantic Beach to Sunset Beach looks like a possibility.
We are looking for a quiet, family experience. All we really need is a nice rental house walking distance to a clean, not overcrowded beach. I’ll always have a soft spot for the OBX, but the traffic is getting very bad there. We have always stayed in Southern Shores or Duck. Access is nightlife is meaningless. Even restaurants aren’t important…we just went the whole week in Duck without eating out once. We would like a few shops and maybe an ice cream place, though. And a supermarket within half an hour max. A place we could easily and safely navigate by bike would be ideal also. An interesting day trip or two within two hours would be a plus as well.
Thanks for any suggestions. We would be going the first half of August, most likely, with an outside chance of early June.