Beach Vacation in North Carolina

Oh. My. Gosh. I feel great after being at the beach all last week. It was some much needed rest and relaxation for our family. And the girls loved it too. It was their favorite vacation next to Disney World.

Two Friday’s ago we began our drive to North Carolina’s coast to spend the entire week with my extended family. It’s something we do each summer. We are beach people so each summer we rent a couple beach houses and turn into beach bums for an entire week. Since all of my extended family live in Georgia with us, we don’t feel the need to visit with each other. We just have fun hanging out at the beach with each other.

That’s the kind of vacation I like – no plans, no schedule, no obligations. Just being around people you love and having fun together. It really was get up each morning and decide what you wanted to do today. And everyone did their own things, mostly hanging out at the beach. But sometimes people went shopping, drove around the island, played at the park or went sightseeing.

The guys did all go in together and rented a surfboard, kayak and a paddle board for the week.

My girls loved the life of a beach bum. We wore them out each day playing in the sand, ocean and going for walks in the evening. We hunted for seashells during the day and crabs at night.

We had the perfect weather all week. Sunny but breezy. A few of the afternoons were a bit too windy to hang out at the beach. That worked out fine for us because it usually happened while the girls were back at the beach house taking naps or resting.

The water was warm enough to jump in but cool enough to be refreshing. We all came home with a nice tan though. Nate and I burned a little, even with SPF 50.

And what’s a beach vacation without beach toys and building forts and castles? That’s what the girls and their cousins spent most of their time doing.

Nathan took Kaye out for a ride on the boogie boards a few times. She enjoyed it until she got salt water in her mouth.

We also received a little visit from a jelly fish and crab.

We also watched some pretty awesome sunsets.

Can’t wait for the next time we get to dig our toes in the sand again. I’ll be doing a few posts this week about summer at the beach this week.

» Tell me… Are you a beach person? Where do you like to vacation in the summers?

21 Responses to “Beach Vacation in North Carolina”

  • kenya

    Is that the outerbanks? We were looking at places there to rent as well. We have 8 children and decided we need to get away and saw how relaxing it was. It was hard to pick location there since we are not familiar with the area. Do you have a link to place you stayed at or any nearby that? What a huge help that would be! I loved seeing your family in action.

  • Elia

    Looks like you had the best time ever! I was an exchange student in my teens in NC. Loved the beaches by cape Hatteras.
    Next week I’ll be spending some time with mom, brother, sister and my two boys in San Juan de Alicante SP. Can’t hardly wait!

  • Margie

    I love your pictures! We love to visit Surfside Beach, SC near Myrtle Beach. This year we are staying close to home and are headed to Traverse City, MI. We just love being by water.

  • Polly

    So jealous! We had so much fun when we went with the family the summer before Connor was born. I’m so glad you guys do this!

  • Bethany

    I love, love, love the beach! We are going to Hawaii in October for the first time.

  • Nani

    Beautiful pictures! Is this the outer banks in NC? I have been wanting to go since we moved to NC I cannot wait to see your posts about the beach would mind including where you stayed etc? Would love to get ideas

  • MOXIELisa

    Oh Tiffany, I would love some info too! We are looking for a close beach getaway that we can do during the Summer.

  • Karen

    Ah, the Outer Banks are a little slice of heaven! Great pictures, can’t wait to see and read more about your trip 🙂

  • Genevieve

    this will be my first summer not at the east coast beaches in a very long time. At 33 weeks pregnant, I’m stuck local, not allowed to fly anymore…so midwest I am. But we are off to Chicago this weekend. it’s not the beach, and that makes me sad, but next year…..oh I”m so back!!!!! Love me some OBX

  • Jenny Yarbrough

    Oh how fun! This looks just like Folly Beach, SC, where we vacation! We’ll be going over fall break this year. Your pictures really have me wishing it was sooner. Can’t wait to see you in a couple of week! 🙂

  • cam

    Your vacation looks like heaven. I am totally a beach person. luckily i live just 15 minutes away from the water. we usually try to vacation out of the country but this year we’re keeping things easy breezy and going home to the midwest.

  • Karol Hernandez

    This place looks beautiful….Do you mind sharing where is located. We planning a vacation and this place looks like the perfect getaway!


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