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Old 09-20-2008, 10:52 AM   #1
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OT-Where have you rented a Beach House for Vacation?

Thinking ahead to Spring break we want to head to the Beach for relaxation, easily accessible with little ones. I want a Beach House so we are close to the house when my youngest needs to be relaxing while one of us stays at the beach with the older two. I really want a house not a condo, any suggestions on places you have rented or been to and loved with your family...We did Virginia Beach last spring break and rented a camping cabin, I need a bit more than that this year

Someplaces I have been researching homes OuterBanks and Hilton Head
Hilton Head is way out of my budget
I would like to stay within 2000.00 for a Week on the rental

I looked at Twiddy for homes in Outerbanks and this looks like it is looking like a possibility but I am hesitant since I know no one that has ever rented anywhere in this area.

Where do you go for a Beach House Vacation?
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we rent in the summer so my suggestions arent any good. but we rent in the Cape and in Plymouth MA. my all time fave is the Cape, but not for spring break.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:33 AM   #3
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we rent in the summer so my suggestions arent any good. but we rent in the Cape and in Plymouth MA. my all time fave is the Cape, but not for spring break.
Thank you! We would love to do the New England Coast if it was warmer that time of year, its closer to us and would be much more convenient Just not ready to give up our Summer Disney Trips yet
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:38 AM   #4
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We go to the Nags Head area of the Outer Banks. There are several different towns to pick from, some less expensive than others. I have rented from Prudential Resort Realty, and one that was a different name at the time but is now Stan White Remax or something like that. We've had nothing but good experiences all the way around.

We like the OBX because it's quieter....no huge Boardwalk like at Myrtle Beach, etc. (Nothing wrong with it, just not our thing). The last time we were there, it was September and there was at least 100 yards between our "spot" on the beach and the next family.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:43 AM   #5
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Nags head in the outerbanks.. we paid 1100 I believe for huge house right on the beach. This ws a few years ago. Spring break is so much cheaper than summertime.
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Nags head in the outerbanks.. we paid 1100 I believe for huge house right on the beach. This ws a few years ago. Spring break is so much cheaper than summertime.

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Old 09-20-2008, 12:20 PM   #7
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We have rented several
We've rented Ocean Beach, Fire Island, 2 houses in from beach BEAUTIFUL location, but We pay 2200 and that is only Monday thru Friday, but we LOVE it. Have done it several times, in summer.
Also rented a smaller house in Jamesport, NY, North Shore LI, NY, also a lovely area, but I don't think it'd be what you needed with young kids )
We were considering Windsor Palms in Florida but passed on it.
Sorry not much help here, Good Luck though!
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:42 PM   #8
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Sanibel Island Florida ... with a trip up to disney for a chef mickey dinner, or MK "party" (if there is one) in the middle of the week.
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We went to Grayton Beach, FL this summer. Right outside of Destin. We loved it. The home we stayed in was within walking distance of the beach, there was a community pool, etc. We loved it! Great price for a house that was perfect for our family of 4.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:40 PM   #10
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I'd like to promote my own area Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama. We loved it so much we moved here from Las Vegas. Sugar white sand beaches like parts of Florida, and a very relaxed and family friendly atmosphere. Dolphins can be sighted year round. We don't have lots of college students at Spring Break, mostly families.

There are lots of houses available too, as well as condos. Many on www.vrbo.com or through various vacation rental management companies.
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Hilton Head, The Outer Banks and Long Beach Island in New Jersey...
We prefer HHI and OBX because we like to have a pool with the beach as well. I have to say, depending on where you rent, OBX was just as expensive as HHI....
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We've been to Outer Banks twice and love it. We stay on Hatteras Island in Avon. Hatteras is the island south of Nags Head. Really there is not much to do, but we love that! We relax on the beach, visit the lighthouse once, take the ferry to Ocracoke, and play more on the beach. It is not crowded because Hatteras is skinny! We use Outer Banks Reality. I think there is also Hatteras Reality. We've stayed in Avon both times.

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When is your Spring Break

and what kind of weather are you looking for?

If you don't go South enough and you are going before May, you face a real possibility of not real warm weather and certainly not real warm water!
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and what kind of weather are you looking for?

If you don't go South enough and you are going before May, you face a real possibility of not real warm weather and certainly not real warm water!
That's what I was thinking. I went to HHI once for Spring Break in college (visiting parents of a friend who had retired there), and it was kind of chilly. Certainly better than New England in March, but not swimming weather by any stretch. We did ride bikes, go fishing, etc., but no swimming.
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A vote here for Destin/Fort Walton Beach Florida. We rented a house right on the beach and absolutely loved it. Of course that was in October and I'm not sure what the weather is like in March/April whenever your Spring Break is, but you could check it out. We rented thru VRBO dot com and the name of the area was Destiny By the Sea. We love it so much we got married there on the beach as you can see in my avatar.
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