North Carolina

North Carolina, Outer Banks

Hatteras Beach, NC Parking Guide

The Outer Banks are a treasure to people all over the globe who travel there to enjoy the sandy white beaches and crystal blue waters. Hatteras Beach is one of the locations people love because it is remote and you are close to nature since the cape is owned by the National Park. If you are planning a trip to Cape Hatteras, one thing you should know before you go is where and how to park. That way you won’t have to think twice about it once you get there. Here is what you need to know.

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wilmington, north carolina vacation
North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina Vacation: Historic Charm Meets Coastal Living

Are you looking for a destination that has it all? A place where you can smell the salt water, feel the ocean breeze, participate in fun-filled family activities, feast on delicious cuisine, and kick back in Carolina style? World-class beaches and historic vibes meet right here in the charming city of Wilmington, North Carolina. Founded in 1739, visitors and locals alike will find a piece of history at every turn. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, a Wilmington, North Carolina vacation offers something for everyone.

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Hatteras Island On a Budget
North Carolina, Outer Banks

A Week in Rodanthe: Hatteras Island on a Budget

I’m one of the lucky ones who live within a day’s drive of the ocean. Our country’s east coast provides some fabulous beaches, but my favorite are the ones on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, especially Hatteras Island. We vacation there often and always try to stay conscious of how we can vacation in Hatteras Island on a budget. This is how we made this year’s trip a budget-friendly success!

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Dog Friendly Beaches NC
Beach Tips, North Carolina

Dog Friendly Beaches NC

Seeking some fun for fido at the Top Dog Friendly Beaches NC? 

Nothing beats the dog days of summer like spending it at one of the beautiful beaches of North Carolina. People aren’t the only ones who enjoy the beach though. Your faithful, four-legged friend might enjoy splashing in the waves and running along the shore too. Different places have different rules regarding leash laws and whether dogs are allowed at all. Dear dog lovers, Sandy has put together a list of the most dog-friendly beaches in North Carolina just for you.

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Sea Kayaking
North Carolina, Outer Banks

5 Tips for Sea Kayaking in the Outer Banks – Corolla, NC

Sea kayaking is exhilarating! There is nothing quite like approaching the waves on a small watercraft. In a sea kayak you sit only a few inches above the vast ocean. While it is a blast, it is not always easy. Here are a few tips to make sea kayaking in the Outer Banks a success!

  1. Observe all Safety Precautions and Protocols

We do not encourage inexperienced people to go sea kayaking. It can be a dangerous sport to partake in. Follow this link to read more and make sure you fully understand the dangers of ocean kayaking. Before you set out on the ocean or sea take lessons and go with a trained professional. Always follow local rules and regulations. Pay attention to safety protocols, guidelines and weather recommendations. Follow this link to learn more about the basic safety guidelines for ocean kayaking.

2. Wear a Life Jacket, Always

No matter whether you are going far  out to see or only kayaking close to shore. A life jacket is a must have. Make sure that your life jacket is the appropriate size. Be sure to wear it correctly. Your life jacket should come with instructions to wear it properly. We also recommend you consider wearing a helmet and other safety equipment. It is better to take absolute precaution when venturing into the ocean.

3. Have Someone Take A Video & Pictures

After I finished kayaking on the ocean I was thrilled to learn that my mom took a video and some pictures! It was great to look back at the videos and pictures. I will always remember the feeling of freedom I felt on the ocean. Now I can reminisce every time I watch the video of my adventure!

4. Secure Valuables

It is possible that you may fall off your kayak. If you do, you don’t want to lose your valuable possessions. It is best to leave electronics behind and avoid wearing any jewelry that can easily be lost in the water. Many people choose to wear sunglasses to avoid the glare on the ocean. If you do, make sure that it is a pair of sunglasses you are prepared to possibly lose!

5. Use the Right Gear

Sea kayaks are built to be different. Before you begin your voyage make sure you are using the proper equipment.  Search for equipment that is specific for those who are going on the ocean. This means you’ll need the right type of life jacket, sea kayak, paddles and more!

Click here to check out some great Sea Kayaks!

Have fun Sea Kayaking!

*This blog post does not offer enough information to begin sea kayaking on your own. Consult trained guides and professionals before you go kayaking on the ocean. This post is meant for entertainment purposes only. Sea kayaking is inherently dangerous and not recommended by this blog nor anyone associated with this blog. If you choose to kayak on the ocean you do so at your own risk.

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places to go on hatteras island
North Carolina, Sandy's Shores

Places to go on Hatteras Island

Nothing can put a damper on your beach day like the headaches and hassles of locating a good spot for the day. Whether you have gear to carry or 3 kids and the family dog in tow, you don’t want to have to walk a mile and a half just to stake out your spot in the sand. Never fear dear readers; on my most recent trip to the Outer Banks, I found some great spots for free! Here’s my guide to the places to go on Hatteras Island.

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