Beach Towns to visit in North Carolina

Marin is sweet, kind, and has a huge heart. She loves what she does. She loves helping others. Whether it’s helping for business purposes or even just a quick ear to lend to someone, she’s always there. Her blogs are incredible. She speaks the truth, and says what we all need to hear some days. Truly a remarkable person!

Ashley Layton

Writes inspiring blog posts and is an all around good person. Would always love working with her.

Brianna Hamilton

I am a new small business owner and had no idea where to start when it came to social media and website design. I am an avid Facebook user but wasn’t quite sure how to direct my FB business page to a central hub/website.

After compiling a killer business proposal, Marin met with me one-on-one to discuss my business and get an understanding of what I was wanting. She was professional, respectful of my time and patient/understanding when it came to my lack of technology skills! In a short amount of time, she set up my website, domain name and business email address and updated and linked all my social media accounts to my website.

I now have just one place to run my business and it has made my life so much easier! She communicated with me often and had me up and running quickly. I cannot recommend her and her services enough! You will not regret hiring Local Collaborative for your business needs.

Lyneda Rogers, Owner of The Egglady's Daughter

Local Collaborative was great to work with! I actually contacted Marin and needed things within a short time frame! She was completely willing to help me and not only finished my project early but ordered it for me and had it sent to my house!

Marin is professional and talented and I would absolutely use her again!

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Michelle Shimp, Owner of M.S.designs

Local Collaborative is such a great business to work with. Marin assisted me with my website redesign and gave me some marketing tools and tips to further advance my business. Within a week of my hiring her, my website was complete! She was efficient, knowledgeable, and incredibly helpful. On top of that, she was so patient and answered every single question I had. She took the time to explain to me each step in the process, in addition to giving me a walk through of the new platform so that I would be able to make any small changes on my own. I now feel that I can begin the next step in my career as a photographer, with a website that reflects my style and who I am. Thank you so much Marin!

Kayla Braaten, Owner of Kayla Braaten Photography

We had Marin look at our business image. I was very impressed with her analysis. It was in depth and revealed some very important areas where we needed to improve or change. She brought up strategies I hadn’t even thought of and will implement. Donze & Associates would heartily recommend her to any other company.

Jay Paulson, Donze & Associates

Local Collaborative is so easy to work with! I was given a wealth of knowledge and so many great ideas. While I consider myself a creative person it was nice to have someone help me focus on what I want my brand to be.

Dabble Instagram

Local Collaborative has helped my business in so many ways! Marin Davis is very organized, assertive, creative, and innovative with her ideas for graphics, social media, and much, much more! If you own a business and would like to spend time doing what you LOVE to do, hiring Marin will be a great way to boost your success without spinning your wheels! Thank you Marin for sharing your gifts and talents, and for providing such a great quality of service!

http://www.TTTKC.Info

Angie Thomson, Owner/Trainer at Thomson Team Training

As someone in the process of setting up small online business, Marin’s expertise was invaluable! With a consultation and a formalized presentation she helped me take things to the next level. I will definitely be back as I continue to build!

http://www.pursueempowerment.com

Shannon Rogge, Shannon Nicole Coaching

Local Collaborative and Marin have been such a huge blessing in recreating and re-branding my new blog site! I simply could not have done it without her. Go check out what she had to say and visit her site. 😁 Marin, thank you so much for jumping starting my re- brand! It has been so fun to work together after the years. You do amazing work, and I can’t wait until my finishing touches are complete 🙂 Thank you, thank you! 💜

http://www.blogsoulpurpose.com

Danette Unruh, Founder of Soul Purpose

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As we come up on our one year of living in North Carolina, one of the best things we’ve found about our new home is the beaches. Sure, it takes a few hours to get to most any beach, mountain or major city (We were so spoiled by living in Washington.)

The passport section of this blog has all of our cool trips including hikes, summitting mountains, Hawaii and more!

 

Back to the beaches.

North Carolina has a reputation for it’s long list of vacation destination, picture worthy beaches. With a roadtrip along the hundreds waterfront miles, pieced together by barrier islands, you can arrive in Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers took flight, see wild horses roaming or drive your 4WD right onto the sand to camp.

Relaxing or exciting, dog friendly or family friendly, we’ve decided to visit the beaches as often as possible. We still have quite a list but can already tell the difference in vibe and character of each coastal town. and I wanted to not only document these vacations for our memories but also share with families looking for something to do and NC visitors just stopping by.

Let me know if you have any questions while planning and please drop recommendations for us to visit! We’re all for the exploring the East Coast.

These are written based in the order we visited the beaches and not ranked in any particular order. 

 

Caswell Beach on Oak Island

Our first experience of the amazingly soft sand, massive piers and warm Atlantic Ocean was here. I go more in depth in the blog but this was a great first beach for us because of the close, free parking and alcohol allowed on the beach.

I would gladly go back here to explore the nearby areas a bit further.

Caswell Beach


Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is just east of Wilmington. We had good luck because we went out on a Wednesday in June but did encounter some strong winds, rain sprinkles and a bit of a tide pulling us over when swimming.

The parking lot next to the entrance did charge a fairly low/reasonable rate to pre-pay and park by the hour. There are rules against alcohol on this beach so even though we saw others enjoying their adult beverages while laying out there were also several of us staying hydrated with ‘non-see through water bottles’. Get it.

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There were plenty of families and couples on the beach as well as local college students. The residential side of town hosts rows of traditional coastal homes and was even the host to one of my husband’s uncle’s beach homes (too bad he still didn’t have that!)

We saw the storm rolling in and decided to grab some quick seafood and local beers at King Neptune’s and, even though I had boxed leftovers and couldn’t fit any more food we still had to take advantage of The Original Ice Cream Stand a few steps down the block. (Looking back we could have done without and been more than okay. Not a ton of options and a tourist pricing, not that good.)

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Freeman Beach Park in Carolina Beach

Ok. This was my favorite so far because it was our first overnight beach camping trip in North Carolina because there was a large group of about 15-20 of us. Plus we could bring our dog along on leash. (In the off season it turns into an off-leash rule.)

The sand was surprisingly clear for allowing 4WD vehicles and the water was amazing. Our friend had a blow-up-paddle board which another girl and I took out and, let’s just say, I really need to practice! But suffice to say we had a super fun day playing around.

I would definitely say this is the ‘party beach’ for the sole reason that everyone who drives on has a setup right next to their car, music is playing, drinks are pouring and the crowd is super friendly and fun. There were families and kids but a majority of the crowd were young adults.

I said crowd a few times, huh? Well. Yes. Here are my only vices and why we probably won’t go back. KEEP IN MIND THIS WAS JUNE 2019 SO THINGS MIGHT BE DIFFERENT FOR YOUR VISIT. Check out this site for more info.

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Reservations were to be made in advance which we expected and the group was able to get our spots next to or very close together. Just a few spots difference at most. Their rate was $30/night. Plus you’ll fill up at least once on your way in or out. The ‘park’ opened at noon so we left in time for the two hour drive ahead of us. As you pull up to the park entrance (these are all in the town of Carolina Beach so there was a long line of cars waiting for the one attendant manned entrance gate. Then we saw the park is closed sign.

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We pulled up our reservation prepared to either gain the pre-approved access or turn around with a refund but because we already had a paid camping spot they let us through…..with the additional purchase of a $40 day access pass. This goes up to $60 over holiday weeks/weekends. One of our friends was almost turned away even though they had bought the pass (and organized the event!) but luckily they allowed him on. You will need both to gain access and/or camp which we didn’t see anything about until our arrival. We got on and off the beach no problem which surprised me since the sand was so thick and deep, definitely not worn or packed down from tracks. There were several vehicles being towed out during our entire visit.

There are people who are visiting who parked in several of our reserved spots so we had to wait for them to leave and then we were able to set up camp at the base of the dunes. The day was great and the beach was packed.

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If you can imagine the typical Jeep owner (no offense…but c’mon!) times that by a million and three rows wide of cars on the beach that’s what it was like. For as many people that were up and down the coastline, you didn’t feel too crowded in or crammed which was nice. At night we each started up bonfires and ate our meals before a storm rolled in.

The next morning waking up early to a gorgeous sunrise we were able to walk up and down the fairly quiet beach and watch it slowly fill up with others running, biking, fishing or playing with their dogs. This was my favorite part of the entire weekend because it allowed us to see a sunrise, sunset and full day on the beach which was incredible.

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Besides tire tracks it was hard to believe the shore had been as packed as it was the day before. On our way out we noticed our battery died for whatever reason so luckily we had a jump and were able to head out.

 

The beach provides concrete ash ‘trash cans’ as well as a few portable toilets and large trash bins for guests.

Overall I know this is a fan favorite and obviously very popular beach. On our way out the line was already stacked up to double digits waiting for the beach to open up. Because it’s so unique, I would recommend everyone going at least once, it will just require a lot of money, time, patience and a beast of a car!

Wilmington, NC

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Looking for a super fun near-beach town getaway? Only 30 minutes from beaches like Fort Fisher or Kure Beach, Wilmington is a craft beer and award-winning food location. I did a full

 

Beaches/Coastal Towns still on our list:

Kitty Hawk

Outer Banks

Myrtle Beach

Tybee Island


Have another place we should check out? Drop it in the comments below and I’ll plan the getaway.

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Marin

Marin is sweet, kind, and has a huge heart. She loves what she does. She loves helping others. Whether it’s helping for business purposes or even just a quick ear to lend to someone, she’s always there. Her blogs are incredible. She speaks the truth, and says what we all need to hear some days. Truly a remarkable person!

Ashley Layton

Writes inspiring blog posts and is an all around good person. Would always love working with her.

Brianna Hamilton

I am a new small business owner and had no idea where to start when it came to social media and website design. I am an avid Facebook user but wasn’t quite sure how to direct my FB business page to a central hub/website.

After compiling a killer business proposal, Marin met with me one-on-one to discuss my business and get an understanding of what I was wanting. She was professional, respectful of my time and patient/understanding when it came to my lack of technology skills! In a short amount of time, she set up my website, domain name and business email address and updated and linked all my social media accounts to my website.

I now have just one place to run my business and it has made my life so much easier! She communicated with me often and had me up and running quickly. I cannot recommend her and her services enough! You will not regret hiring Local Collaborative for your business needs.

Lyneda Rogers, Owner of The Egglady's Daughter

Local Collaborative was great to work with! I actually contacted Marin and needed things within a short time frame! She was completely willing to help me and not only finished my project early but ordered it for me and had it sent to my house!

Marin is professional and talented and I would absolutely use her again!

M.S.designs on Facebook

Michelle Shimp, Owner of M.S.designs

Local Collaborative is such a great business to work with. Marin assisted me with my website redesign and gave me some marketing tools and tips to further advance my business. Within a week of my hiring her, my website was complete! She was efficient, knowledgeable, and incredibly helpful. On top of that, she was so patient and answered every single question I had. She took the time to explain to me each step in the process, in addition to giving me a walk through of the new platform so that I would be able to make any small changes on my own. I now feel that I can begin the next step in my career as a photographer, with a website that reflects my style and who I am. Thank you so much Marin!

Kayla Braaten, Owner of Kayla Braaten Photography

We had Marin look at our business image. I was very impressed with her analysis. It was in depth and revealed some very important areas where we needed to improve or change. She brought up strategies I hadn’t even thought of and will implement. Donze & Associates would heartily recommend her to any other company.

Jay Paulson, Donze & Associates

Local Collaborative is so easy to work with! I was given a wealth of knowledge and so many great ideas. While I consider myself a creative person it was nice to have someone help me focus on what I want my brand to be.

Dabble Instagram

Local Collaborative has helped my business in so many ways! Marin Davis is very organized, assertive, creative, and innovative with her ideas for graphics, social media, and much, much more! If you own a business and would like to spend time doing what you LOVE to do, hiring Marin will be a great way to boost your success without spinning your wheels! Thank you Marin for sharing your gifts and talents, and for providing such a great quality of service!

http://www.TTTKC.Info

Angie Thomson, Owner/Trainer at Thomson Team Training

As someone in the process of setting up small online business, Marin’s expertise was invaluable! With a consultation and a formalized presentation she helped me take things to the next level. I will definitely be back as I continue to build!

http://www.pursueempowerment.com

Shannon Rogge, Shannon Nicole Coaching

Local Collaborative and Marin have been such a huge blessing in recreating and re-branding my new blog site! I simply could not have done it without her. Go check out what she had to say and visit her site. 😁 Marin, thank you so much for jumping starting my re- brand! It has been so fun to work together after the years. You do amazing work, and I can’t wait until my finishing touches are complete 🙂 Thank you, thank you! 💜

http://www.blogsoulpurpose.com

Danette Unruh, Founder of Soul Purpose

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