Choosing a Vacation Spot: Atlantic Beach, NC versus Emerald Isle, NC

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Visiting North Topsail Beach? Things to do during your stay

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Fun No Matter the Weather at Topsail Beach

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What to Do as you Swashbuckle through Topsail Beach

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Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Choosing a Vacation Spot: Atlantic Beach, NC versus Emerald Isle, NC
North Carolina, Topsail Beach
Visiting North Topsail Beach? Things to do during your stay
North Carolina, Topsail Beach
Fun No Matter the Weather at Topsail Beach
North Carolina, Topsail Beach
What to Do as you Swashbuckle through Topsail Beach
North Carolina, Topsail Beach
Our Top 3 Picks of What to Do in Topsail Beach
North Carolina

Beautiful Beaches

Visiting North Carolina
is a treat
for the whole family!
Here are my tips
to help you make the most of your beach vacation.

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Amazing Ocean

Find out why
North Carolina beaches
are considered among
the very best
in the United States.

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Cape San Blas vs Pismo Beach
Florida, Sandy's Shores

Cape San Blas vs Pismo Beach

Road trips are always quite the adventure for our family, especially now that we have seven children to travel with. Driving rather than flying to our vacation destinations gives each of us a chance to explore new landscapes, culture, and a large amount of food. Our children travel well, so we decided to visit two very different beaches in the last few years. We headed to California to visit Pismo beach as well as Florida to visit Cape San Blas. Both destinations were amazing so it is hard to compare. However, we’ll do our best to break down Cape San Blas vs Pismo Beach.

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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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Beach Games
Beach Tips

12 Beach Games You’ll Love to Play

There’s nothing quite like a day at the beach! The salty water, the sand and the sun make the days amazing. Enhance your day at the beach with these great beach games. Beach games make the days go by fast. They’re exciting and challenging. Best of all, games build friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Driving from Raleigh to Corolla
Outer Banks, Sandy's Shores

Driving from Raleigh to Corolla, NC – Outer Banks

There are a lot of flights into RDU Airport. Thus, more vacationers are driving from Raleigh to the Outer Banks. It is fairly common to fly to Raleigh then drive to the Outer Banks. It’s a convenient and inexpensive way to visit from a distance! Recently, my wife and I traveled to Corolla, NC by way of Raleigh. The drive was easy and scenic. Here’s a recap of our experience driving from Raleigh to Corolla NC.

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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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Ponies on assateague island
Sandy's Shores

Calvert Beach-Long Beach vs Assateague Island

Whenever you’ve visited the beach, either alone or with a group of friends and family, did it make you want to come back soon? What made the beach so exciting and special for you? Personally, I enjoy the crash of the waves washing against the shore, its pattern creating an imitation of the sound of human breath that oddly calms the mind. A beach is a place to think, to explore and to play. It is a place to enjoy.

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Water parks near outer banks
North Carolina, Outer Banks

Make a Splash! Water Parks near Outer Banks, NC

Sand, surf, and sun; the key elements of your ideal North Carolina Beach vacation, but don’t forget to add a splash of fun. A day at the waterpark can be a thrilling way to beat the heat, fun for adults as well as delighting the kids. Sandy Saltwater is here to let you in on the best water parks for your next beach vacation, along with some helpful tips.

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Venice Beach Basketball
California, Sandy's Shores

Basketball on the Beach: Venice Beach Basketball Courts

As one of the most popular beaches in California, Venice Beach has something to offer everyone. According to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, over ten million people visit Venice Beach and its boardwalk each year. Not all those visitors are coming for the sand and surf, though. You will find a number of other activities and facilities along the two-mile boardwalk, including some of the most famous basketball courts in the world. Here’s your guide to the Venice Beach basketball courts.

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