Where's Waldo: A beach town/ hotel between VA Beach VA and Outer Banks NC that costs less than my mortgage payment to visit.

Herman_Snerd

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Road-tripping between Williamsburg VA and Outer Banks NC in a couple of weeks - Any recommendations for a beach town somewhere between that might be more affordable to visit/ get a hotel at for a night or 2, than the OBX and VA beach themselves which are cha-ching pricey (which is fair - it's prime vacation season and all). thanks in advance!

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My daughter rents a beach house in Corolla every summer but has to book it months in advance. I haven't been in a long time but are there hotels in OBX? If so, they might be booked already but maybe not.
 
Depends on how strict you are with your driving and what your looking for. If you looking for more river/ bay vibe, you could look at Gloucester Point(just East of Williamsburg), or even Cape Charles on Eastern Shore. Cape Charles would add about a hour to your drive each way. You do get to go over the bay bridge though.

If you want typical beach type place, you really don't have cheap options. Sandbridge,Va just South of VA Beach is nice. Not as busy as VA Beach.

One option is to pick a hotel away from the beach, and just drive to the beach. Pick a hotel that is 20 minutes away from a beach might be much cheaper.
 
Depends on how strict you are with your driving and what your looking for. If you looking for more river/ bay vibe, you could look at Gloucester Point(just East of Williamsburg), or even Cape Charles on Eastern Shore. Cape Charles would add about a hour to your drive each way. You do get to go over the bay bridge though.

If you want typical beach type place, you really don't have cheap options. Sandbridge,Va just South of VA Beach is nice. Not as busy as VA Beach.

One option is to pick a hotel away from the beach, and just drive to the beach. Pick a hotel that is 20 minutes away from a beach might be much cheaper.
That’s what we did when we went to Virginia Beach….stayed a bit in town, and drove to the beach. Plenty of lower level, cheaper hotels in town. We were right next to a resort type hotel, had dinner there one night at sunset.
 
By the way, if your son or other military member is with you, the best beach within Virginia Beach is at the Dam Neck Navy base.
 
I've been going to the OB for close to 60 years, from VA Beach to Sunset Beach. Depending on what you are looking for and what you're looking to do, I would suggest going all the way down to Hatteras, which is beyond Cape Hatteras. It will be much less crowded and a cursory look shows hotels quite a bit cheaper than further North or closer to bridges to the mainland. If so moved, you can catch the ferry to Ocracoke.

An alternative is to go all the way down to Bogue Banks, which is where I spent more time than anywhere else.
 
True and there might be a sighting of buff bearded men with great hair and sunglasses. Some may jog a little on the beach but be on alert for intense sessions of book writing.
LOL. I was stationed there for shore duty in the mid-80's and at that time, THAT command was a big secret. As you know, the base itself gets thousands of students but few if any of them ever knew what was going on up in the Northern part of the base. Some of the permanent party figured it out but as far as I could tell, it was not very many.

It was a fabulous place to go for shore duty though. My hours at the school ended at 1530 and when I left at that time I was usually the last one out the door as I headed for the gym. I was also able to surf at lunchtime during the warmer months.
 
Are we talking about the Farm People known to Camp in the area?
Um, the sign on the double fenced compound said something like "______ Inc, Oceanographic Research" with lots of boats and large vehicles visible along with a helo without military markings.
 
@Ihavenoidea @Capt MJ @OldRetSWO @cb7893 @Devil Doc @justdoit19 *I think I got everyone...

Thanks for the details shared, and no apologies needed on the off-topic posts - I find it charming /whimsically fun when posts go down rabbit holes - I'm guilty of taking a post down 'em from time to time me-self:)

As a quick update, we looked at all the options you outlined, including seeing if we could stay at Dam Neck Navy base but there was no room at the inn. *Going to plan ahead though for a trip to Dam Neck perhaps next year as it sounds great.

Somehow though we managed to find a five leaf clover - a hotel suite with 2 king beds, a pull out couch, kitchenette, and only 5 inland miles from our target location for a comparably very affordable rate. Literally 2-3 times cheaper than most options in that area, even for a regular room given our lateness in planning and the peak season. Got really lucky. My student Naval aviator DS is flying in direct from Corpus NAS (Roundtrip 73.00, from a nearby airport, vs 446.00 option from Corpus) & another of my kids is flying in for 52.00 R/T too while those still at home/ local are coming too. It's great when the kids use their wings and leave the nest, but I am unabashedly terribly happy to be spending a few days together all in the same timezone, before they head back to their journeys. Thanks to each of you for the guidance shared.
 
@Herman_Snerd "It's great when the kids use their wings" I see what you did there.

We lived just a few miles from Dam Neck when I was on sea duty in Norfolk. My wife was the LPO of the little clinic there. It's a nice place for sun, sand, and sundries. Oh, and suds.
 
I love inside jokes/secret; I'd like to be apart of one someday........for the Office fans
Wellll. . . The secret is not so secret anymore after 40 or so years.
What was then a big secret is now more commonly referred to as Seal Team 6.

Their name nor actually any mention of Special Warfare was evident on signage or base instructions, notices,
etc.
 
Wellll. . . The secret is not so secret anymore after 40 or so years.
What was then a big secret is now more commonly referred to as Seal Team 6.

Their name nor actually any mention of Special Warfare was evident on signage or base instructions, notices,
etc.
AAHHHHHHH.... I figured it was something that was common knowledge to some(most) now, I just couldn't think for the life of me what it was. I thought it might of been something at the test facility up that way. I remember hearing the testing when I was a kid at the beach. My Grandfather (career Navy) always just said it was testing ordance at Dam Neck..... Maybe I was hearing the SEALS playing with their toys.
 
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