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  • Excellent Rental Home

    "Rating Details: I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. I was very happy with the location. The vacation rental was spotless. The property manager was very helpful. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Very nice home. Secluded cul-de-sac location. Well equipped kitchen."
    Guest: A guest from North Chesterfield, VA Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 12, 2014
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  • Great location!

    "We stayed here to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday with some friends and it was a great experience. Close to everything including beach access. We parked when we got there and didn't have to get back into the cars until we left. I would definitely recommend it to others."
    Guest: Afton Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 10, 2014
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  • Amazing Weekend

    "Absolutely beautiful home, everyone involved during the entire process bent over backwards to accommodate my last minute request to stay in this amazing home. The neighborhood is quiet, the home is flawless, and the weather was perfect. I cannot wait to stay in this lovely home again. Thank you so much Carol Ann for allowing us to stay in paradise...."
    Guest: DM Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 28, 2014
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  • Great little gem by the sea!

    "My family and I recently spent 4 nights/5 days at this adorable condo and we had a great time! Everything was included so all we had to do was show up and enjoy! Property was clean and appeared to be well-maintained. The shower door was broken and couldn't be fixed but it was stablized so we could use it. I would recommend they replace the entire shower unit as the age is showing and it gives the appearance of being dirty - it was clean just the old look makes it look dingy. It is also out of place with the other beautiful upgrades that have obviously been made to this lovely unit. The TV's are "old" and the one in the bedroom is uber small (and the remote wouldn't work) BUT who goes to the beach to watch TV?! Kitchen was fully stocked with dishes, cookware, utensils, etc. including a toaster and a coffee maker. The views from both decks are beautiful and it was very quiet during our stay - we never heard the neighbors or the traffic at all. If you need a small unit, close to everything including the beach and the boardwalk, this is the place for you. Definitely recommend and hope to stay here again soon!"
    Guest: Rehcleb Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 19, 2014
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Coastal Travel Tips

Getting to North Carolina’s Spectacular Coast

With over 300 miles of coastline, North Carolina Coast vacation properties are all perfect for visitors looking for a great vacation. While summer is the tourist season here, the weather makes it an ideal area for early vacations in spring. April and May are great times to avoid the crowds but still enjoy good weather. Late in the season, September and October, are also good times to stay in North Carolina Coast vacation rentals.

Once visitors decide which part of this beautiful area to base their vacation, getting here will be a breeze. Heading to the Outer Banks, visitors may choose to fly to Raleigh-Durham or Norfolk International and drive down to the coast. There are also smaller regional airports to head further down the coast. Boat owners will be delighted with the option of over 400 marinas interspersed around the region and the Intracoastal Waterway gives access to a variety of destinations, such as Morehead City, Beaufort and Emerald Isle.

The main road route through Outer Banks is Route 12 and highways to other areas are US 158 to Kitty Hawk and Nags Head or Interstate 40 from Wilmington. US Highway 17 takes visitors from Wilmington to New Bern.

More Than Just a Beach-Lover’s Paradise

It may be tempting to spend each and every long, glorious day just chilling out on the beach or taking part in the many water-based delights of the area but there are some great day trips to be had. The USS North Carolina Battleship memorial offers the chance to tour a ship that took part in every major naval battle in the Pacific in World War II. To learn more about the Civil War, visit Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. Fans of Michael Jordan will find his exhibit at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science a fascinating insight into this popular basketball player. The museum also features a 1.5-million-year-old giant sloth discovered locally.

Combine an evening stroll with something a little more adventurous by taking a ghost tour of haunted Wilmington, or try a haunted pub crawl. The area covered by the Cape Lookout National Seashore includes the abandoned Portsmouth Village. Settled in the mid-1700s, this village was inhabited until the early 1970s when the last two residents left. Today, it is open to the public to tour. A favorite for visitors is to head to Roanoke Island, site of Sir Walter Raleigh’s attempt to establish an English colony. The original inhabitants were left with provisions; when new provisions arrived three years later, the inhabitants had disappeared. Their fate remains a mystery to this day and visitors today can visit as archaeologists and historians work to solve this long-standing puzzle.

Don’t Leave Without Sampling the Seafood

Visitors to North Carolina Coast lodging should not miss the opportunity to sample the delights of the variety of fresh seafood offered by local restaurants. There is a fabulous selection of tuna, oysters, shrimp, grouper and the best clam chowder around.

What Makes North Carolina Lodging Special

With an array of properties to suit any size of family or group of friends, the toughest choice is deciding which area best suits your individual desires. Whether it is a lively resort such as Wilmington or Nags Head or one of the quiet, North Carolina vacation properties scattered along the coast, you will find one perfect for you. These properties are well-equipped and welcoming, with many happy to include your four-legged family member too! Spacious homes where visitors can travel back from the sandy beach without a care in the world abound here, and there is plenty of room to dry bathing suits and towels.

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