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Outer Banks Sound Side Beaches

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Outer Banks Sound Side Beaches

My extended family (kids ranging from 2 1/2 yr. old to 13 yr. old) is planning a trip to the Outer Banks in June and we will be staying in Corolla. Question is, are there nice sound side beaches at all nearby? Nice being not mucky, and probably no snakes or jelly fish? I've heard both good and bad about the sound side beaches and am now confused. Thanks in advance for any advice!

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1. Re: Outer Banks Sound Side Beaches

Here is a link to swimming area in OBX. It includes swimming pools, ocean, and sound.

https://www.outerbanks.com/swimming.html

In general, the sounds although wonderful for kayaking and other water sports, tend to have brackish water with grassy bottoms, particularly in the Northern areas such as Duck. Further south on Hatteras, the sound is more of a sandy bottom and clearer.

People do swim in the sounds, however, it is not like the ocean. The Currituck sound is home to water moccasins which can be seen on the banks and swimming in the water. Jellyfish are problematic in both sound and ocean as the waters warm up mid summer.

Younger children may enjoy wading in the sound, but older kids would most likely enjoy the ocean better.

When swimming in the ocean be sure your family is knowledgeable about rip currents and then be sure to take in a sunset on the sound!

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2. Re: Outer Banks Sound Side Beaches

I agree with all of Lynn's comments. You do have to watch out for snakes on the sound and it is really mucky. Not good for swimming but like she said, fine for little kids to wade in and great for crabbing and kayaking.

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3. Re: Outer Banks Sound Side Beaches

Thanks for helping clear this up!

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4. Re: Outer Banks Sound Side Beaches

I too like Lynn's answer. Upon reading the question, I was immediately struck with the feeling I would not consider the sound something I would want to wade in, and was at first unsure how to convey it. Lynn's answer was well articulated and conveyed the thoughts of many of us.

I would venture to say that the sound (as well as the Intracoastal Waterway)-while not without some draws-is "marketed" so heavy in real estate, vacation rental materials, B&B advertising, tourism, etc., it probably does lead one to consider it "almost" as viable as a beach side. I may be oversimplifying but it is NOT. Again-plenty of of good draws to it/them (I'm a birdwatcher) but definitely not as good as the oceanside for those activities, and not even a good substitute,

Wishing you well and hope you enjoy NC.

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I agree with the other comments. We have walked by the sound and saw snakes sunning themselves on the banks and the water is less than desirable to swim in if you are staying in the area of the Currituck Lighthouse.

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6. Re: Outer Banks Sound Side Beaches

Do arrange for Oceanfront or Beach side for your extended family.

Enjoy

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7. Re: Outer Banks Sound Side Beaches

I have to think that if you heard good comments about sound side beaches it would have to be an area not near Corolla. I have kayaked and jet skied up there and their are not many, if any, sandy spots I know of there. It is shallow, muddy, weedy and there can be snakes (although they avoid you if they can). There is a really nice sound side beach west of Jocky's Ridge and some on Hatteras.

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