We recently returned from a big family vacation in the Outer Banks! This spot is well loved by many on the East Coast for good reason; it’s beautiful! We joined my parents and almost all of my siblings and their families in a big semi-oceanfront rental house. The weather cooperated and we got some good sunshine each day, and the heat and humidity were never totally unbearable. We managed to all not kill each other (despite having 6 kids under 7), and had a great time filled with a mix of activities and quality time with family. The last time we went to a beach was on the West Coast last year, and neither K or D was thrilled. This year they both loved it and were much more adventurous! I’m so glad we went and I’m now pining to take another family trip.
I thought I’d write up some of the Pros & Cons for you all in case you were considering making a trip to the OBX yourself!
Beautiful, Spacious Beach. If you’ve grown up along the more commercial parts of the East Coast, you may be expecting a big flashy boardwalk with lots of cheap shops. Although there’s a pier and shops spread around – there’s no boardwalk on the beach side! The only thing separating you from the ocean is some sand dunes. We were there at the height of tourist season and always had plenty of space, the beach never got too crowded. The San Diego beaches we’ve been to all have tons of seaweed and other junk floating in the water, we didn’t see any of that here.