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Beaches!

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Alright you guys know that I'm a Yankee transplant so be nice :D

The fam and I are headed to the beach for Labor Day. I have a two yr old son and a four yr old daughter. Which beach is the best choice?? Here are things to keep in mind:

- Car dvd player broke, so the shorter the drive...the better

- Even though we live in Charlotte we are still technically "tourists" as we have never been to any Atlantic beach south of Delaware

- I don't really want to take out a second mortgage to afford the trip

- We don't mind lots of people/traffic/crowds

- Kids are too young to appreciate any historical significance

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Avoid Myrtle on Labor day. :w00t:

Might I suggest Wrightsville Beach in NC (Wilmington Area)

or

Perhaps Folly Beach (Near Charleston) in SC.

Both are real close. Most beaches can be accessed with a 2-3 hour drive.

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Myrtle is always fun, but i would shoot for either north Myrtle or somewhere south.....you can always go to the main strip if you want to see what the big deal is, but the kids are too young to appreciate the commercialism.

I think Wrightsville is a great choice.

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We don't take many weekend trips, and when we do we're heading east from Raleigh. That said:

We used to stay at Myrtle/North Myrtle/Cherry Grove when I was a kid. You'll find a ton of hotels to choose from, the beach is good, and there are millions of things to do if the weather's bad. I imagine it will also be very crowded on Labor Day weekend.

We generally stay up the coast a bit on either Holden Beach or Ocean Isle. Both are quiet, kid-friendly and reasonably priced. Since we usually get a house for the week, I'm not sure about the weekend rental scene; it may be too short notice for those places.

Wrightsville Beach (just outside of Wilmington) is also nice, but it'll be a longer trek for you.

Have fun!

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more like 3-4 hour drive... 

Have you seen me drive D. :lol:

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Have you seen me drive D.  :lol:

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i don't think anyone would drive that fast with a 2 and 4 yo :).

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i don't think anyone would drive that fast with a 2 and 4 yo :).

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True D :lol:

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I grew up going to Myrtle Beach and there are tons of fun things for kids there, however, i visited recently and it seems much trashier than it used to be, at least on the main strip. I would recommend trying to stay in North Myrtle Beach, or a quieter beach north of there, like Holden, Ocean Isle, Sunset, etc., and you can drive into the attractions at Myrtle. The problem is that you've waited to the last minute and I don't think it will be easy for you to find a decent place to stay. All of those beaches are going to be extremely crowded and you should definitely make some calls and try to arrange a hotel before driving down there, or else you may not have anywhere to sleep!

If you make it to Myrtle, there is a great water park called Myrtle Waves. They have a special section of young children and you can definitely spend the whole day there.

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I grew up going to Myrtle Beach and there are tons of fun things for kids there, however, i visited recently and it seems much trashier than it used to be, at least on the main strip.

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I thought the same thing, but my parents assured me that it's always been that trashy-- it was just that I didn't realize it as a kid. :lol:

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The Myrtle Beach area is tough on Labor Day weekend because of the crowds. Make sure you have a place to stay before you go.

Here are a couple of photo threads that I posted of Myrtle Beach that might help you to decide.

Myrtle Beach Pt. I

Myrtle Beach Pt II

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Myrtle is great, I haven't been there in a year or so, hopefully I will get back over labor day or fall break. There is always something to do and I have many great childhood memories of that place. We always stay at a bed and breakfast called the Serendipity Inn, 2 blocks from the beach a bit north of the Pavilion.

Here is a good link to it with all the information. http://www.lanierbb.com/search/link.php?pt...Serendipity+Inn

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With kids that young, you don't need to worry about entertainment other than the sand and the edge of the water. I'd recommend Long Beach (Oak Island), Holden, Ocean Isle, or Sunset. They are more family oriented.

Bring sand toys and an adult shovel to dig a pool for the kids to play in and around.

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Wilmington is my choice. Like everyone said, Myrtle Beach is wild & crazy! (haha) :w00t:

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Definitely can recommend Wilmington. Next to Wrightsville is Kure and there's a 3rd one I can't remember. The Best Western on the strip halfway between Wilmington and the beach is a good clean cheap family hotel. Do avoid US74 through Monroe. Breakfast downtown Wilmington at The Dixie Grill is cheap, filling, tasty, funky and entertaining. The kids will love the fish art on the walls.

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The beaches in NC are a much longer drive from CLT than those in SC.

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It takes us about 3.5 hours to get to Sunset Beach. I actually don't think the drive down 74 is that bad, especially once you get past Monroe. Yeah, we have to go through small towns and change speeds a lot, but there isn't a lot of traffic. Plus it's always great to see Marshville, the home of Randy Travis. :)

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It takes us about 3.5 hours to get to Sunset Beach. I actually don't think the drive down 74 is that bad, especially once you get past Monroe. Yeah, we have to go through small towns and change speeds a lot, but there isn't a lot of traffic. Plus it's always great to see Marshville, the home of Randy Travis. :)

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All of those South Brunswick Island beaches are great. Takes us about 3:15 or 3:30 from uptown to Holden Beach. Shortcut is not taking 74 all the way to Wilmington. Switching to NC130 takes you right in and saves at least 30 miles from going all the way out on 74.

Brunswick County

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The beaches can be nice all the way into early November. Don't believe the old saw about "Labor day is the end of the season". True, you can't *count* on it... but if you are flexible and leave a few weekends open after the tourist season, you can usually take off on a nice one, and just "grab a room".

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