0 miles from Swansboro
Privately-owned 3 BR, 2.5 BA duplex town home ON THE BEACH in family atmosphere beach village. 4 flat-screen TVs with cable. WiFi cable internet. Washer/drier. Fully-equipped kitchen. Ceiling fans. Outdoor stainless steel charcoal grill. Outdoor hot/cold shower on deck. King master suite with Jacuzzi, walk-in shower. 2nd and 3rd bedrooms with queen beds. Nearby restaurants, grocery store, movie theater, miniature golf, water slide, go-carts, shopping. Saturday to Saturday rental.
Linen/Household Package $200: Includes linen for 3 beds; 12 bath/hand towels, wash cloths; kitchen dish cloths/towels; kitchen condiments (salt, pepper, spices, etc.); 12 rolls toilet tissue; 6 rolls kitchen paper towels; trash bags, laundry & dish detergent, miscellaneous cleaning items, some family-friendly DVDs for rainy days, and more. Email us for more detail.
Beach Package $250: Don't pack and bring all that stuff taking up room in your car. Let us provide it for you to use during your stay. Includes 6 beach chairs; large beach canopy; beach umbrella; cooler, 3 fishing rods/reels (tackle not included - locally available); children's age appropriate beach toys and body boards; 6 beach towels; 6 outside shower/dry off towels, sand shovels, buckets, big water gun, adult body board, ocean dipping nets for kids, hammocks for bedroom decks, safety rescue belt (not a toy), bocce ball set, plus more. Email us for more detail.
Message in a Bottle Package - $75: You provide the message and we'll provide the bottle & transportation of the bottle via a sea captain out to the Gulf Stream, approx. 50 miles off the Outer Banks of NC. The captain will release your bottle into the Gulf Stream, with currents that travel northeast and end up off the coast of Europe. We have no idea where or when your bottle may turn up. However, there have been reports of bottles found years later in faraway lands. Include your contact info and you may receive a surprise response in the future.
Things You May Hear or See from the Beach House that Could Seem Strange/Interesting or Just a Mystery
Witnessing the Sun and Moon Rise and Set
Our beach house is on one of the southernmost North Carolina Outer Banks islands and faces south out to sea. This means our beach runs east-west. Because of this geographic layout, we have several months during the year when the sun and moon rise and set over the ocean. The unique view of sunrises and sunsets can be breathtaking. Witnessing a full moon rising over the eastern horizon providing what appears to be a shimmering golden reflection path of sparkling diamonds to our beach house shore will just soothe your soul. All the sunrises and sunsets year round, especially when there are a few stratus clouds on the horizon in the direction of these events, can make you believe nature is painting these scenes just for you and your loved ones as “y’all” take it all in.
Deer in the Dunes
Keep an eye open for our local (almost tame) deer. They quite often cross our neighborhood streets and sometimes walk down them like they, too, are vacationers. We know, based on their tracks, they sometimes cross the dunes in front of our beach house at night. For reasons I don’t understand, they will occasionally walk down to the edge of the ocean before returning to their daytime bed down areas. Usually, they do not walk alone. Generally, there will be does, bucks and fawns in their group. They are truly wonderful to see.
Pelicans are very large birds that fly most often in groups along the beach that rarely flap their wings. They use thermals to stay aloft, mostly from the hot roofs of beach houses. I bet that Orville and Wilbur Wright studied their abilities to soar along the Outer Banks of North Carolina many years ago. They fly so gracefully, including what is known as ground effect lift in aviation terms/aerodynamics to glide very low over the water. This beautiful flight is only interrupted by a quick climb to ungracefully dive into the ocean head first to catch a fish. Oh! By the way, I have only seen adult size pelicans. How can that be? How can they seem to go from an egg to an adult without people ever seeing them in small and medium sizes? I surely don’t know.
Our beach house is on one of the few flyways for the Monarch butterfly (and other butterflies) as they migrate from Central Mexico to Canada and back to Mexico for the winter each year. When sitting on our decks, I have often had them land on my arms, legs, feet, and even my head as they rest a while along their journey. Have the camera ready.
Like the many species of butterflies, dragonflies pass through our front yard, or maybe it’s our back yard, depending on your perspective, as they migrate each year. From time to time they, like the butterflies, will land on you. Now, that is a real treat.
The adult female turtles come to our beach starting in May each year to lay their eggs in the sand and leave them to hatch out little turtles that crawl on their own to the ocean. You, too, may be so lucky to witness the hatching of the baby turtles and witness their trek to the water.
The sight of bottlenose dolphin (not porpoises, that’s a different animal) in front of our beach house is truly fascinating. No matter how many years and times I have had the pleasure of enjoying their interaction with the sea and other dolphin, I can’t help from stopping what I am doing and take it all in again. They are truly smart and beautiful animals. If you get lucky, you may even see them jump high in the air and do flips or chase fish while surfing a wave with the help of the sun to enhance your view.
Sound of the Sea
The sound of the waves as they crash on each other and the beach can be soothing to the soul, even from your bed inside the beach house. I believe this is nature’s way of helping adults deal with their troubles of the day and help the children get to their dreams of the fun they will be having tomorrow.
Ride the Waves
You can see any type of apparatus you can imagine in front of the beach house to ride the waves and water. They include surfboards, body boards, skim/boogie boards, paddle boards, kayaks, kite boards, Hobie cat sailboats, jet skis, and windsurfing, not to mention any kind of flotation device you can think of. Most of these items are available to rent and lessons are offered. Check the basket on the counter.
What You Can See at Night
Your view of the universe as seen from our south facing decks over the ocean with no lights to interfere with your view can be breathtaking. Even if your knowledge of the cosmos is limited, you will be dazzled by looking edge-on at our own galaxy “The Milky Way”, the Moon as it goes through its fazes, planets as they appear to move faster than the stars and sometimes go backwards, constellations (Orion during the winter months is my favorite), and satellites as their steady star-like light appears to move rapidly through the stars. All of this plus an occasional meteor as you are laying on your back in our hammock can really open your eyes.
Lightning Fireworks Show
Occasionally at night, you can be a witness to nature’s amazing lightning show display out over the ocean. These shows can usually be seen from March through October.