When my brother first suggested that we take our two families and head to Duck North Carolina to vacation, my immediate reaction was: Where? Followed by: You want me to drive in the car with a 5 and 3 year old how long? Followed by the gratuitous list of doctors he should go see. But he persisted, and convinced us to go.
I will have to say that once we got there, we became enthralled with the place and never looked back. After all, we had been used to hauling all of the stuff we needed for the beach (actually all of the stuff the kids needed for the beach) over several streets before we even could gain sight of the beach. Here we were on the beach block! Beyond that, the Outer Banks rental property looked like it was brand new, and it was still far cheaper than what we were used to paying … how did we pull off this scam? When we got to the beach, what do you mean we didn’t have to fight for sand space? And no beach tags? Is that dolphins (actually porpoises, but who’s counting) and pelicans I see? We had found heaven.
Duck North Carolina has grown markedly over the past 20 years, being incorporated as a town in 2002. Duck NC was named for the large number and different variety of birds that used this area along their migratory path. Duck’s northern neighbor is Corolla with Southern Shores to its south. With no public beach access, the Duck North Carolina beaches are accessed based on which development in Duck you are staying.
Duck North Carolina is a family oriented vacation destination, with plenty to do. In the sound, you will find people parasailing, riding wave runners and other such activities. You will always find your spot on the beach, seeing such activities as Outer Banks surf fishing, ocean kayaking, boogie boarding, and other beach fun.
Most of the Duck North Carolina houses are well maintained, and have private pools as well. One activity I almost overlooked, and how I could do that, with my wife and older daughter such avid participants, is shopping. Shopping is a Duck specialty, ranging from the typical clothing shops to bait stores to kites and rental equipment stores to antique stores to high end clothing stores.
If you are looking for something unique to remember your vacation by, you likely will find it in Duck. If you have a chance, make sure you head over to the “boardwalk” on the sound side to enjoy an ice cream cone at sunset. A beautiful sight you will long remember.Duck North Carolina is divided in half by Router 12 with “ocean side” being east of Route 12 and “sound side” being west of Route 12. Duck has many restaurants should you want to eat out, and Tommy’s Market is where you will find your every day food needs.
Duck recently added a sound front park where town sponsored events occur. Make sure to check with your rental company to find out what may be happening during your stay.
To get to Duck, make sure you merge left as you cross the Wrights Memorial Bridge off of Route 158 onto Route 12 North.