Post # 1
Fiance and I are getting married June 30th next year. We are hoping to honeymoon the next week, from July 2nd-7th (Monday-Saturday). That puts us right over 4th of July, which will be on that Wednesday. Waiting until the next week is not really an option, though, because we can’t take 3 weeks off work, and we don’t want to go back to work the Monday right after the wedding. So basically, honeymooning over 4th of July week is our only option.
We’re leaning towards going to the Outer Banks. I want to spend some time on a beach and some time antiquing/shopping. Fiance wants there to be WiFi (lol) and places to ride our bikes. OBX pretty much fits the bill, and neither of us have ever been there before so we’d like to go see what the fuss is about.
However, I’m sure it’s a hotbed for tourists and obnoxious children during 4th of July time especially. But I know that some areas are more secluded/”off the beaten path” than others, so here’s my question: for those of you avid OBX-goers, do you know of an area that might not be quite as crowded over 4th of July? We don’t mind there being somewhat of a crowd but we basically don’t want to deal with screaming children 24/7 on our honeymoon, haha.
Post # 3
Hey, I used to vacation in the Outer Banks with FI’s family. I’ve found that the more northen towns on the island are a bit less crowded. Most people seem to try to stay closer to the bridges that ender the island, so the further away from that you go, usually there are less people.
We used to stay in Corolla, which is one of the furthest places north, and it’s much less crowded. You may have to drive to other parts of the island to get to some of the shopping you want to do, but it may be worth it. Places like Duck, Southern Shores, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk tend to be a bit more crowded from what I have been told. I have never been to the far south end, but that may also be less crowded because it’s further drive on the island.
These are just what I have seen from going there, and was told was the reason we should stay up north. Others who have been to some of the other towns may have different insight though!
As for exact issues with it being 4th of July weekend, I can’t really say. We usually went in later July to early August.
Post # 4
Hey there! Our family vacas in OBX every year around that time. We stay in Hatteras usually and there are hardly any crowds. You will be totally fine. Enjoy it! It is my favorite place in the world!!
Post # 5
I agree rhat Corolla would be quieter, although I think the OBX in general is pretty family-oriented. Personally in considering the holiday week, I would be more concerned that the traffic to get in/out of OBX will be really bad (it always is on summer weekends). However I’d imagine that shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.
Post # 6
Anywhere you go over the 4th will be crowded, but we’ve never been there when it has been ridiculous, so you might be OK. You DO know how hot it will be,right? The last time we went the third week of June and you could’t even go to the beach until 4pm…people went then and would swim until dark. We tried on our first day, but you couldn’t even walk on the sand without burning your feet, and shoes and umbrellas did nothing to help cool you off. Just warning you!
Will you be renting a house or a cottage? We love the OBX and have stayed in Corolla Light, Duck and Southern Shores, but if you want less crowded, I’d probably look farther South. Smaller towns will have fewer crowds, but there will also be less to do.
Post # 7
My FBIL’s family has a rental house in Duck, but we’ve also stayed in Corolla. I love it down there!! Duck is such a cute little town with lots of shops. Corolla is nice also and has some really great shopping as well.
Traffic is a pain to get on and off the island, but the secret is to get there in the morning. If you arrive before noon, you’re fine. You may hit some traffic at the bridge, but you won’t sit for 3-4 hours like if you arrive late afternoon/evening.
If you stay in Duck/Corolla, once you’re off the bridge, there are back roads around in the local neighborhoods to get further up the island without taking the main road (which is horrible). Google map a route beforehand, and you won’t sit in the traffic on the main drag going up to Duck/Corolla!
ETA: I just noticed you’re in PA! So am I! We are in Southern PA, and we leave at 2AM (literally…) and drive through the night to arrive early. It absolutely sucks, but when you get there early without sitting in traffic, it’s heavenly. 🙂