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Hi<br>
we are planning a family vacation and want to go to the Outer Banks but have no idea which town/area would be best!<br><br>
We want to rent a house (or maybe more than one depending on size close to each other) with a pool and walkable to the ocean and will be a 4 family group of 5-75 year olds!<br><br>
Looking for someplace not too crowded or touristy but with restaurants, grocery store and mini golf not too far! We are not big shoppers or nightlifers and love waves!<br><br>
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
 

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My family has been going to Emerald Isle, N.C., for nearly 25 years, and we love it! Very family-friendly, several restaurants on the island or within a short drive, and I'm pretty sure there's a mini-golf course nearby, as well as other sort of touristy things to do (the old fort, boat trips, etc.). If you're interested, I'd be happy to give you some recommendations for restaurants and whatnot.
 

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I'm not sure about how to locate rental house info, but we go to Buxton (on Hatteras Island) in October when the crowds have thinned but just before everybody closes shop for the season. We like to take our camper to Cape Woods Campground. I don't recall a pool being there, but they did have little cabins, fish cleaning stations, laundry facilities and a playground. We didn't explore further down their road to see what kind of beach access, but they were conveniently located for going to the lighthouse (the stairs are closed by the time we get there, which is okay with me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">), the Ocracoke ferry, and local shops and restaurants. We were able to easily find beaches to fish from oceanside and soundside, and it's about an hour to get up to Manteo (Roanoke Island). This fall we intend to meander home via Kitty Hawk, Fort Raleigh, the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and either Palmetto Pear Preserve or Bath on our way home.<br><br>
Not so much outer banks, but we've also enjoyed Kure Beach/Carolina Beach (Pleasure Island just south of Wilmington) and Ft. Fisher. There's a campground on the intercoastal waterway side of the island that we enjoyed, but the gates closed earlier than we prefer.<br><br>
Good luck in your planning!
 

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Duck is a great place to vacation according to my children/dh who go with dh's family. There are definitely houses that have access to a community pool, have many various accomodations, etc.<br><br><a href="http://www.twiddy.com/browse/oceanfront/duck/?gclid=COaZmpPHs5ICFRUYsgodtRrsRQ" target="_blank">Twiddy realty</a> is who the family uses.
 

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I absolutely adore Ocracoke. I haven't been there in about ten years, but for a while we went each summer. We're actually thinking about going back there this summer. We usually would rent a place on what I believe is called Silver Harbor. It was beautiful to watch the sailboats go by at sunset from the back deck or balcony. Oh now I want to go back so much!<br><br>
I think it's great for kids, because they have the pirate museum and the Ocracoke ponies. In fact, the reason I went the first time was because my husband had such great memories of visiting Ocracoke as a child.<br><br>
It may be a bit far to walk to the beach depending on where you stay, but the entire beach is a protected wildlife area, so there are no houses on the beaches there. That's something I really like about Ocracoke, too. You could easily bike to the beach; there are places that rent bikes.<br><br>
There are some great restaurants. There is a small grocery store. I think there are no stop lights on the entire island, or maybe only one. There are some really great museums. My favorite was probably the museum devoted to the unusual Ocracoke brogue.<br><br>
There is not a lot of super touristy stuff, just lots of souvenir shops, of course. No mini-golf on the island, but you could take a short ferry to the next island over and get to the other islands and find mini-golf there, no problem.<br><br>
I encourage you to google Ocracoke. I'm not sure how much it's changed since I was last there, but we loved going there. We took several friends over the years, and they all loved it too.
 

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If you are planning on going to the Outer Banks, you have to stay toward the end near Frisco or Hatteras. They are so great and in some spots you have the sound right behind you and the ocean right in front of you. And, when you stay in those towns, there isn't hardly a crowd at all even during the peak seasons. You probably need to go to <a href="http://www.surforsound.com" target="_blank">http://www.surforsound.com</a> and <a href="http://www.hatterasrealty.com" target="_blank">http://www.hatterasrealty.com</a>. I know of a house that surf or sound rents and it is gorgeous. And it has a pool. It's a pretty huge house so it may fit your entire group. The house is in Hatteras and listed as soundfront but It's pretty much ocean front and sound front. Awesome! We stayed right beside of it when my husband and I went on vacation by ourselves. I'd definitely go after mid June. It doesn't really warm up until then. Our family went between the second and third weeks of June last year and half the week it was warm and half it was cold (not above 60 degrees). Hope this helps. Have fun!!
 
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