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The Atlantic Ocean and clean sandy beaches, dunes, and natural beauties fill the North Carolina Coast and provide the perfect setting for a family escape. These top North Carolina Coast family vacations cover all the comforts and fun-filled adventures you are searching for. Spend afternoons building sandcastles and splashing along the shore or head into the quaint towns and browse the streets of wonder. Golf courses span along the sealine and lighthouses linger on the horizon. You’ll find something for everyone during your stay along the North Carolina coast.
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The Winds Resort Beach Club

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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A cozy family-operated, family-fun resort, The Winds Resort Beach Club is the ideal Ocean Isle Resort surrounded by white sand, palm and banana trees. The Winds' complex is a lush and tropical paradise, offering a... read more

A cozy family-operated, family-fun resort, The Winds Resort Beach Club is the ideal Ocean Isle Resort surrounded by white sand, palm and banana trees. The Winds' complex is a lush and tropical paradise, offering a variety of rooms, suites, and resort cottages. Relax or play alongside one of their three large pools or rejuvenate in one of the many whirlpool spas! Enjoy a refreshing tropical drink at the poolside Tiki Bar while listening to the ocean waves, island tunes, and children’s giggles. There’s a lot to do in Ocean Isle! With just 525 year-round residents, Ocean Isle offers a quiet beach atmosphere with quaint shops and restaurants serving up some of the best seafood you ever tasted! And golfers will find over a hundred excellent courses offering challenging play and spectacular greens. Set out on a family fishing excursion or visit some of the historical sites. The Winds staff gives friendly, Southern hospitality and planning advice to make your stay here memorable and fun!

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310 East 1st Street Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

Fun facts

The Ocean Isle Beach Concert series starts in June! The stage is in the parking lot at the Museum of Coastal Carolinas on Ocean Isle Beach.

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The Winds Resort Beach Club has designated several of their units as pet-friendly, so bring your pet with!

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Bald Head Island Limited

Bald Head Island, North Carolina

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A peaceful yet adventure filled family vacation awaits at the Bald Head Island Limited. Surrounded by fourteen miles of flawless sandy beach and a spanning seaside golf course filled with natural greenery and native... read more

A peaceful yet adventure filled family vacation awaits at the Bald Head Island Limited. Surrounded by fourteen miles of flawless sandy beach and a spanning seaside golf course filled with natural greenery and native four-legged and winged friends, Bald Head Island Limited is a refreshing family getaway. Vacation rentals are located around the island on the shore, atop a high dune, or tucked in the maritime forest and provide all the space and comforts of home. You’ll leave your car and worries behind when you head to Bald Head Island. Cruise from here to there in a golf cart, on a bike, or by foot while exploring the beauties of the island and sea. Head to the marina and set your sails into the sunset. Kids are always busy with the Bald Head Island Club’s camp program filled with golf lessons, swimming, crafts, and other activities to keep them smiling.

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P.O. Box 3069 Bald Head Island, NC 28461

Highlights

Take advantage of the fun and relaxation of Bald Head Island Limited with their naturally set golf course and full spa.

Related Onsite Offerings

Bald Head Island Limited is home to a number of delicious dining options including the Latin cuisine of Delphina Cantina, the breakfast and lunch offerings of Maritime Market Cafe, fresh seafood favorites of Mojo's on the Harbor, Sanpiper Ice Cream and Coffee as well as The Bald Island Club and The Shoals Club.

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Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

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It's all about the beautiful beaches at the Hilton Garden Inn Kitty Hawk. Whether your family wants to swim, beach-comb, fish or even fly, you’ll find what you’re after at this Outer Banks hotel! This resort... read more

It's all about the beautiful beaches at the Hilton Garden Inn Kitty Hawk. Whether your family wants to swim, beach-comb, fish or even fly, you’ll find what you’re after at this Outer Banks hotel! This resort offers the finest in accommodations, amenities, and service. Every sizable guestroom and suite enjoys its own spectacular view of the ocean. Their fitness center features state-of-the-art fitness equipment to get your feet moving and your heart pumping. And enjoy complimentary tennis at nearby Kilmarlic Health and Racquet Club. Grab a pole and stroll out onto their on-site pier and reel in a catch. In a mood to explore? Well, you and the family won’t need to go far to find something to do! Enjoy a guided hike at nearby Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Rising 110 feet, Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest active sand dune on the east coast. Or explore marine life at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. It features the largest aquarium in the state – a 285,000 gallon ocean tank complete with sharks, sea turtles, and hundreds of fish!

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Kitty Hawk’s annual Hang Gliding Spectacular event is scheduled each year during the third week of May. Over 60 competitors from all over travel to Kitty Hawk to fly and compete.

Getting there

Located on the beautiful coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Kitty Hawk, it’s just one-half mile from the bridge to the Outer Banks.

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For your dining pleasure, enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at their Great American Grill, serving signature American dishes, regional seafood specialties, and casual family fare.

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Realty World - First Coast Realty

Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

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The five communities on Bogue Banks are a paradise waiting to be explored. Realty World - First Coast Realty features excellent beachfront properties that will make your island getaway memorable!Excellent amenities... read more

The five communities on Bogue Banks are a paradise waiting to be explored. Realty World - First Coast Realty features excellent beachfront properties that will make your island getaway memorable!

Excellent amenities such as fully-equipped kitchens, cozy living rooms, and private decks ensure you feel at home, while community options such as tennis and basketball courts, outdoor pools, and play areas for the kids provide you with plenty of entertainment. Of course, there's also more than 85 miles of coastline to explore and tons of exciting watersports to enjoy, including fishing, sailing, kayaking, and snorkeling. The perfect island getaway is waiting for you!

Address

PO Box 2829, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 28512

Highlights

Their amazing properties feature everything you need to make everyone happy. Choose between two to eight bedroom beachfront homes with amenities like barbecue grills, boat parking, outdoor pools and more!

Related activities

Catch some perch, flounder, trout, bass, catfish, or crappie on your next fishing adventure.

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Palm Suites

Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

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Find the perfect North Carolina coast home-away-from-home for your entire family only with Palm Suites.The hotel's proximity to multiple attractions makes it easy to enjoy your time away with your family. Head down... read more

Find the perfect North Carolina coast home-away-from-home for your entire family only with Palm Suites.

The hotel's proximity to multiple attractions makes it easy to enjoy your time away with your family. Head down to the Atlantic Beach, home to Fort Macon State Park, and enjoy the waves. Or if you prefer, The Circle and Oceana Pier offer countless entertainment for everyone. Learn about marine life at the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Or simply enjoy a movie night by the beach, your little ones will love it!

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602 W Fort MAcon Rd Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 US

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Beach House Inn and Suites

Carolina Beach, North Carolina

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Nestled up close to the beautiful Carolina Beach, Beach House Inn and Suites provides true southern hospitality at their family-owned inn.Beach House’s goal is to provide an ambiance and memorable stay for all of... read more

Nestled up close to the beautiful Carolina Beach, Beach House Inn and Suites provides true southern hospitality at their family-owned inn.

Beach House’s goal is to provide an ambiance and memorable stay for all of their guests. The accommodations provide excellent amenities such as wireless internet, microwaves, and refrigerators. When you aren’t relaxing in your room, head out to your private porch or balcony and enjoy an ice-cold drink while you enjoy the beach views! The inn has private beach access providing seclusion and convenience to all guests who want to venture down the beach. Utilize the picnic area and grill some burgers or steaks for the whole family for dinner before watching a beautiful sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.

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412 Carolina Beach Ave N. Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Related activities

Nearby is the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a great stop to take the kids. It is one of three state aquariums along the coast and offer hands-on programs for children.

Fun facts

Also just a short drive away is the USS North Carolina. The ship fought in every major naval battle in WWII and earned 15 battle stars for it's and the crews efforts.

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Topsail Realty

Topsail Beach, North Carolina

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Don't bother with a North Carolina vacation that's a short drive from the coast and beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. At Topsail Realty, you'll find accommodations located right on the beach, giving you easy access... read more

Don't bother with a North Carolina vacation that's a short drive from the coast and beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. At Topsail Realty, you'll find accommodations located right on the beach, giving you easy access to a day of play during your next Topsail Island getaway!

Topsail Realty has options for everyone; even the largest of extended families! Reserve one of the five- or six-bedroom sprawling vacation homes and enjoy the spacious living area and great amenities like a full kitchen and fireplace. Or, rent a couple of beach bungalows, one for the kids and one for the adults in your group to enjoy! Activities are seemingly endless on the island and including deep sea fishing, golfing, boating, kayaking, and swimming among others. Spend your day perusing the oceanside shops for trinkets to remind you of this amazing vacation. The kids will love a trip to Patio Playground or Shipwreck Point Golf, featuring two of the more impressive arcades in the area. The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center is a unique stop for the nature enthusiasts in your group, or head to the Topsail Island Missiles and More Museum to learn more about the history of this area. Spend your evening on your private wraparound deck, enjoying breathtaking views of the ocean and listening to the waves crashing along the shore!

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712 S. Anderson Blvd. Topsail Beach, NC 28445

Related activities

You'll find three 18-hole golf courses that will test your game during a North Carolina getaway at Topsail Realty. Belvedere Plantation and Castle Bay courses are located in Hampstead, while North Shore Golf Course is located in Sneads Ferry.

Fun facts

Topsail Realty has been in business on Southern Topsail Island for more than 40 years, making them one of Topsail Island's most experienced and well-established real estate companies.

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Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks

Corolla, North Carolina

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Find relaxation and a wealth of family fun on the Northern Beach of Carolla during your stay with Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks. Set directly on the beach filled with crystal sand and dunes, you have an... read more

Find relaxation and a wealth of family fun on the Northern Beach of Carolla during your stay with Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks. Set directly on the beach filled with crystal sand and dunes, you have an oceanfront paradise at your fingertips. You’ll find clean and comfortable guestrooms and suites with panoramic views of the Currituck Lighthouse and shoreline. While staying with Hampton Inn & Suites, you and your family will find endless fun in the Outer Banks area. Tour the wonders of the Whalehead Club mansion or hit the links at the Pointe or Carolina Club where you’ll find lush and rolling greens. With the Atlantic only steps from your stay, make the sea your playground with surfing, kayaking, swimming, and sunbathing.

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333 Audubon Drive Corolla, North Carolina, 27927

Population

As of 2010, the population of Carolla is 925.

Getting there

From Norfolk Int'l Airport & points north - Take I-64E to Exit 291B US-168S. US-168S becomes US-158E. Turn left onto NC-12N and travel 12.5 miles. Hotel is on the right. From Raleigh & points west - Take US-64E to US-158W. Turn right onto NC-12N and travel 12.5 miles. Our Outer Banks hotel is on the right. From points south -Take I-95N to US-64E to US-158W. Turn right onto NC-12N and travel 12.5 miles. Hotel is on the right.

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Ocean Isle Inn

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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Uncrowded, Unhurried, and Unforgettable. The Ocean Isle Inn is situated on the South Brunswick Island in Ocean Isle Beach, and offers families the ideal beach vacation. The Ocean Isle Inn provides the perfect... read more

Uncrowded, Unhurried, and Unforgettable. The Ocean Isle Inn is situated on the South Brunswick Island in Ocean Isle Beach, and offers families the ideal beach vacation. The Ocean Isle Inn provides the perfect balance of resort accommodations and the simple pleasure of white sandy beaches. It offers beautiful views of the Atlantic, Intercoastal Waterway, and scenic marshlands from their private balconies. And their rooms are tastefully decorated with hand-made teak wood furniture and beautifully tiled floors. Relax and unwind by the pool at this tropical getaway or explore the great Ocean Isle Beach. Ocean Isle Inn offers a variety of seasonal activities for children such as miniature golf courses, a water slide, grand prix racetrack and arcades. There are many unique boutiques, galleries, gift shops, and surf shops on Ocean Isle and the nearby Fishing Village of Calabash. For entertainment, see one of the spectacular shows at the Alabama Theatre, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Land Stampede, Legends, and the House of Blues. The Ocean Isle Inn is your one stop family vacation destination for fun!

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37 West First Street Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 28469

Highlights

The Ocean Isle Inn offers a “Create the Rate” program where guests can make a reasonable bid on a room of choice for their Oceanfront or Soundview rooms. Bids are either accepted or a counter offer is rallied.

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The Ocean Isle Inn is the your stay directly on Ocean Isle Beach that offers high-speed wireless internet.

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Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort

Calabash, North Carolina

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Located on the northern tip of Myrtle Beach's famed Grand Strand, Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort is the perfect spot to plan your next North Carolina Coast family vacation! This elegant setting will... read more

Located on the northern tip of Myrtle Beach's famed Grand Strand, Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort is the perfect spot to plan your next North Carolina Coast family vacation! This elegant setting will re-define luxury and style for you group.

Brunswick Plantation is a 1,700-acre plantation-style resort offering unsurpassed luxury condo accommodations, three newly improved golf courses with 27 challenging holes right outside your door, and plenty of other amenities that will have your family wishing they never had to leave! Indoor and outdoor swimming pools are the perfect place for the whole family to congregate on a beautiful summer day, or catch a quick bite to eat at the 19th Hole Restaurant. Head south to the heart of Myrtle Beach to see all of the excitement the Grand Strand has to offer including shopping, amusement parks, and so much more! After a day full of activities, your comfortable accommodations will be a welcome relief, and the perfect place to rest up for tomorrow's activities. One- and two-bedroom condos are available, as well as efficiency units. Inside, you'll find amenities including full kitchens and kitchenettes, in-unit laundry, and a private patio featuring either golf course or pool views. Wireless internet is included in your stay for those travelers who prefer to stay connected during their getaway. Why wait to plan a getaway at a resort that has everything you'll need for the perfect North Carolina vacation? The coast is calling!

Address

330 S. Middleton Drive Calabash, NC 28467

Highlights

The 27-hole championship layout at Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort was designed by Willard Byrd and Clyde Johnson, and has been upgraded with all new Champion Bermuda greens and smooth new cart paths as part of a "Million-Dollar Makeover" for your golfing enjoyment.

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Brunswick's experience event planners will help you put together the perfect wedding or family reunion in coastal North Carolina. Whether it's making your dream wedding a reality, or creating a reunion everyone will be talking about for years to come, the resort has you covered!

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Williamson Realty Vacations

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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Fun in the sun will be had by all when staying at North Carolina's Williamson Realty VacationsWith over 280 rentals to choose from along North Carolina's coast, there's something to fit the needs of each and every... read more

Fun in the sun will be had by all when staying at North Carolina's Williamson Realty Vacations

With over 280 rentals to choose from along North Carolina's coast, there's something to fit the needs of each and every family. Choose from oceanfront, mid island and canal rentals, all of which provide linens and towels. The family will love spending the day together on Ocean Island Beach. Take a swim or build a sandcastle! For a change of pace, there are many golf courses around the area and kids will love visiting Ocean Island Fishing Pier, one of the oldest piers in North Carolina! However you plan on spending your time with your loved ones, Williamson Realty will provide the perfect backdrop.

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119 Causeway, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

Highlights

The Annual North Caroline Oyster Festival is held the third weekend in October.

Fun facts

Temperatures are typically 10 degrees warmer than in the Outer Banks.

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The Sea Ranch Resort

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Overlooking nothing but the pure blue Atlantic, Sea Ranch Resort holds nothing back when it comes to a luxurious family stay. And as the oldest resort that sits directly on the white sand beach along the ocean... read more

Overlooking nothing but the pure blue Atlantic, Sea Ranch Resort holds nothing back when it comes to a luxurious family stay. And as the oldest resort that sits directly on the white sand beach along the ocean shores, the Sea Ranch boasts exceptional accommodations and recreation, giving you the perfect place to stay for your family beach getaway. Take in the spectacular ocean views on their oceanfront decks. Their on-site facilities include an enclosed swimming pool, and rooms have either two Queen size beds or one King with a sleeper sofa. There’s something for everyone with a stay at Sea Ranch Resort. You’ll have plenty to do if you’re into sport fishing, kite flying, hiking, or just relaxing by the pool. In nearby Nags Head, the whole family can learn to hang glide at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Or hike to the top of dunes and slide down the other side! You’ll create lasting memories on the shores of the Atlantic with Sea Ranch Resort.

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1731 N. VA Dare Trail MP 7 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Related activities

Sea Ranch Resort is home to the Beachside Bistro where you'll enjoy gorgeous views and the best local seafood dishes around!

Related Onsite Offerings

If you’re planning a wedding, the Sea Ranch Resort is a beautiful place to tie the knot! They can manage your entire affair from boutonnieres to the wine selection. Whether you’re getting married barefoot on the beach or wanting something more formal, the Sea Ranch Resort’s luxury accommodations are perfect for this special occasion.

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Atlantic Realty

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

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There’s nothing better than a family vacation on the beach and with Atlantic Realty, you’re guaranteed to make memories to last your family forever.Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina’s beautiful... read more

There’s nothing better than a family vacation on the beach and with Atlantic Realty, you’re guaranteed to make memories to last your family forever.

Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina’s beautiful coast, Atlantic Realty offers a wide selection of luxury accommodations that are perfect for your family. Choose from a spacious oceanfront condominium or a large, multi-story beach house that overlooks the water! Each option provides you with modern amenities and plenty of room for the whole family to spread out and relax. When you’re looking for fun things to do, Outer Banks has you covered. Just a short walk from your home brings you to the white-sand beaches. Dive in a for a refreshing swim, or build a sandcastle on the shore. For more adventure, teach the kids how to fish, or explore the waves on a stand-up paddle-board. In the area, you can’t miss out on a visit to any or all of the historic lighthouses on the coast!

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4729 N. Croatan Hwy. Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

Highlights

Family vacations should include every member of the family--even the four-legged ones! Atlantic Realty offers pet-friendly accommodations so you can bring your pet along for all the fun!

Related activities

If you need a break from the beach, head to the Outer Bank's Children's Museum for a day of interactive learning. The museum features a variety of exhibits that the kids are sure to love!

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