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Need Travel Advice

by Kay~Kacey on 5/14/2009

First off, this photo has nothing to do with this blog post. It’s just that I had this photo of this cute little unidentified flower…but no blog post to go with it. So I’m sharing so this poor photo won’t get its feelings hurt. You know. 🙄


ANYWAY…on to the advice part of this post…

So, SuperGuy and I are thinking of taking a trip. Just the two of us. :love:

We’re thinking the end of August, or beginning of September. So the advice question…have you ever been to the Outer Banks. Spill all. What part of them? Where did you stay? Rent a house?  I know that we have the whole hurricane season going for us that time of year, but that’s when it’s easiest for SuperGuy to get away. And I want a beach. I’ve always wanted to see the Outer Banks… maybe even one of those more deserted four wheel drive places like Carova. But I think it’s about an 18 hour drive for us to The Outer Banks. Of course, we could stop and play along the way.

Though, the other thing I’m considering is a charter into the Dominican Republic at an all inclusive resort down there. Found a great price on that from here. Anyone ever done that?

See, I’m looking for some free travel advice. We usually do Gulf Shores/New Orleans. Or Destin. I’m wanting something different. But I want beach. So all suggestions welcome. If you’ve been to The Outer Banks or the Dominican Republic, spill all! Please?

Nannette Saunders May 14, 2009 at 4:58 am

Yes went to the Otter Banks more than once. So that should tell you something. We went camping with FIVE children. Glad to hear you are going w/o any children. I am sure your experience will be different than mine was. I’d love to go back with just my own SuperGuy. I loved the beaches and the wild horses. You are going to have some awesome opportunities to take some pictures. I am so jealous. Have fun!

Cathy May 14, 2009 at 6:54 am

My brother in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and his family love the Outer Banks and go as often as they can. They camp on the beach and do lots of hiking and “surfing” there. Your time frame is during hurricane season, too, so you might want to factor that in. Me? New Orleans never gets old!

Tracey May 14, 2009 at 6:57 am

I have never been to either, but do have friends that go every year to the Outer Banks. They love it! They go deep sea fishing and charter 4 wheeler expeditions to deserted islands. Pretty cool. Good luck with your decision!

Staci May 14, 2009 at 7:24 am

I’m all for the Outer Banks (even though I’ve never been there or to the DR). I WANT to go to the Outer Banks so I want you to go and take pictures and tell me all about it. Wouldn’t it be great to rent a place, a house, right on the beach? Gah, I am so there some day.

annbb May 14, 2009 at 8:46 am

The gal I work with owns a vacation home on the outer banks! I’m sure she’ll have ideas of what’ what for you!

Nurse Nancy May 14, 2009 at 8:58 am

I am the gal that works with annbb. I have a vacation home in Corolla. It is is a development called Whalehead Beach. Might be big for just the two of you but it is a block and a half away from the beach with great ocean and sound views. We have been vacation in the OBX since 1992 and love it! September is the best time to be there. Fewer crowds and the best weather (unless there is a hurricane). I would not recommend Carova during hurricane season since you need to drive on the beach to get to a house. If the sea is rough that makes it tough. We live about 10 hours away and go down many times a year. We do an overnight each way just to make it easier on all of us (Jr. Birdman (7), Fly Boy (my significant other) and Hope (the dog)). Check out this web site of places to stay Our house is WW904. Don’t let the size scare you as the prices drop in the off season and it would be nice to have room to roam. Have also done the DR thing. Nice with a male companion but I would suggest you look at the past hurricane seasons….they are in the direct path of most storms! I can offer lots of advice on the OBX is you wish more.

Deb May 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

If you are considering the Outer Banks, renting is the way to go, but you may not find availabilities to your liking.
As for me, I like staying in the country…but that is just me.

Kate May 14, 2009 at 10:06 am

I’ve gone to the Outer Banks even before it became popular. First year was 1979. We always stayed in Hatteras Dunes, down by the ferry landing. Then in the early 90’s we started staying in Ocracoke, an island accessible by ferry only. I adore Ocracoke but it’s too hot for my husband anymore. It’s a drive to the beach, but it’s not far. We’ve even camped there but I strongly recommend against it because sometimes it’s so hot and the bugs are too much.
We’ve stayed at lots of houses in Hatteras but the beaches aren’t what they used to be.
Corolla is beautiful!!!! And you can walk to the beach.
I am so jealous because I love the beach at Ocracoke. If you need to know anything more, e-mail me. We have stayed at the Pirate’s Quay right on the harbor. The 3rd floor is awesome. Awesome!! No elevators, though!

Spruce Hill May 14, 2009 at 11:48 am

Outer banks is the bomb! Rent a house. Corolla is the nicest with lots of quiet, if you like your vacations that way. Plenty of shopping and good places for long walks :bath:

Katie L May 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Hey- my friend just went to the Dominican Republic, and got a SMASHING deal on a 4 star resort, all inclusive, and said the resort was just beautiful. He said off the resort property it immediately gets extremely poor, and there is nothing to do off-resort. There is a ton of stuff to do on-resort though. He also said they went snorkeling/scuba diving there, and it was terrible- the reefs were all dead or uninhabited. If you’re going to just stay on-resort, its definitely worth it, but not if you’re planning to do other things. Their hotel was walk-out into the pool- it was pretty cool. Let me know if you want more info.

spread your wings May 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm

i’ve been wanting a beach camping trip and was thinking of the Outer Banks too. I’ve never been, but know several who have and they love it. good luck. looks like you’ve gotten some great advice.

Kacey May 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Thanks for all the advice. Annie, you’re a doll for sending your friend over. Nancy, thanks for the advice!

Jody May 15, 2009 at 9:48 am

We have vacationed in OBX almost every summer for the past five years… maybe more. However, I am actually not a huge fan of OBX. It’s just not my “style” of beach I guess. I spent part of my childhood in San Diego and I just love the west coast beaches… palm trees, cliffs, tidal pools, surfers :o) etc. OBX is very flat, lots of sand dunes, huge houses… That being said, I think I am the only person I know who goes there who isn’t gaga over it. All my friends love it… LOVE it. And the beaches are very clean and quiet. Lots of room. We’ve stayed all over. We are going to Duck in June. OBX is very family friendly and relaxing. I’m sure like most people you will love it. If you like the wild horses and want to get a little more adventurous try Vieques ( and here’s a house to rent:

Jody June 23, 2009 at 6:50 am

Kacey, I had to update my comment. I am in Duck right now and I LOVE it. I’ve actually been coming to OBX about 10 years(not 5 as I mentioned above) but I’ve never been to Duck. It is so cute and has such a different feel than the other places I’ve been in OBX. The town of Duck is really cute. I won’t go into detail because I’m sure you’ve heard a lot, but I just wanted to say that I’ve changed my mind… after a loooooong time of coming here. :o)

Sarah August 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

My name is Sarah and I’m with Dwellable. I was looking for blog posts about Carova Beach to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, drop me a line at Sarah(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you 🙂

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