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  • Perfect House

    "We just returned from our first trip to Sunset Beach and it was perfect! The owners were so accommodating and responsive. It was a perfect house for our family and dog."
    Guest: Keri Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 8, 2014
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  • Terrific Weekend!

    "This is my second time to stay at this home and it was just as enjoyable this time as the first time I visited. Plenty of room. Great views. Close enough to the ocean. Well equipped. Holden Beach is a wonderful place to vacation and I look forward to visiting again and will chose this home again. Love the new kitchen table set. PS: I left a Scrabble Game in the den for future vistors to enjoy."
    Guest: Syljo Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 5, 2014
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  • Best of the Best!

    "Hello, my name is Vince and I am currently on my last night in your wonderful beach house, Sounds Terrific! Since I was a baby my parents brought me to the Outer Banks twice a year. We started out camping in a pop up at Pea Island Resort before it became what it is named now. Eventually we outgrew that and my parents began renting homes from Surf or Sound. These were the greatest memories of my childhood, despite all of the other places my parents took me around the country. When I became an adult with a family of my own I continued to come out here and rent homes from Surf or Sound twice a year. Now that I am nearly 37 and have teenagers of my own this is still every bit of my heaven as it was when I was a young child. I come once a year with my family and once a year with other couples that have never gotten to experience the Outer Banks. We are on the latter of two trips currently, but planning a Thanksgiving family trip for this November. I have stayed in so many of the homes but this is the first time I have ever stayed sound side. I have to say out of all the homes that I have stayed in your home is the best one yet hands down. It is beautiful, comfy, and has everything you could need and more. For the first time I am not interested in staying at another home and cannot wait to come back and stay here again!"
    Guest: Vinny Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 26, 2014
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  • PERFECT !!!

    "My husband and I are still raving about our OBX vacation. This condo was exactly as described (perhaps nicer) and the description accurate, although the photos cannot convey the spaciousness of the rooms. We felt very much at home there and it was lovely to return to each day. It was hard to decide which deck to sit on (front or back) because both views were stunning so sometimes I just went back and forth from marsh-side to sound-side. Beautiful sunrises over the marsh are not to be missed! The owners were wonderful to deal with and made the rental process so easy and kept in touch along the way, thank you, Jeanine!!! Have to recommend the great meals at Blue Moon Beach Grill (amazing!), Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe, The Sugar Shack & Stripers (on-site at the condo!). Picked up perfect lattes everyday at the Front Porch Cafe or Waveriders. We were in Manteo for the Bluegrass Island Festival which is also recommended as a wonderful festival with the finest musicians around. Don't miss the drive down the Hatteras National Seashore! We were sad to leave such a lovely "home away from home" and needed much more time to explore the lovely little town of Manteo and try the many restaurants in the Nags Head area. Guess we'll be back!!!!"
    Guest: ACKgirl Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 18, 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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