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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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North Carolina

Amazing Ocean

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

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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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Myrtle Beach on a Budget
Beach Tips, Sandy's Shores

Myrtle Beach on a Budget

For the past two years, my husband and I have traveled to beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for our yearly beach vacation. We are always adamant about choosing a budget and sticking with it, and this year’s budget was $1,000 that we had slowly put aside into savings each paycheck. In total, the cost of our vacation was $850- under budget! Best of all, we didn’t sacrifice a quality vacation to stay under budget. Here’s how we managed a vacation in Myrtle Beach on a budget.

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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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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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