Southern Shores

Southern Shores




Just booked our 2018 trip for mid-September and we are renting in Southern Shores. This is a first for us as last year we were down in Waves and many years ago we stayed in Nags Head. Figured I would take to the forum to see if anyone had some good info on the area for good restaurants, kids activities, decent grocery stores, etc. Any information to prepare myself would be helpful. Thanks all!!!


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RE: Southern Shores




SS is more of a year round community than the other areas you mentioned. If you are on the east side then there will be many more rentals than year rounders. SS does not have much commercial area, they have 2. Southern Shores Crossing is across from the Hilton and has Steamers, SS Pizza and Coastal Provisioners. All are worth a visit. Going 5 miles north gets you to Duck and several good places there and 5 miles south gets you into Kitty Hawk or KDH. The Black Pelican, Hurricane Mo's and Ocean Blvd are a few in Kitty Hawk.

SS has a Food Lion and across the road in Kitty Hawk is a Harris Teeter.


RE: Southern Shores




I live in Southern Shores (ocean side) and my street is about half permanent residents and half vacation rentals. it's a nice quiet neighborhood, great for walks, bicycling, and kids. Most folks don't even know Southern Shores is tthere as they drive north from kitty hawk to duck, since it's so residential houses and trees, not many businesses. Depending on where you are in Southern Shores, you can walk or ride bikes to Duck, where you have lots of great restaurants and shopping options. We like Aqua, at the south end of duck, the blue point grill on the boardwalk (which is definitely worth checking out), and Duck Donuts. For really fine dining drive North to the Sanderling Inn. We do most of our grocery shopping at the WalMart and the Harris Teeter that you'll pass on 158 as you arrive at Southern Shores. The places in Kitty Hawk and KDH are not as pedestrian or bicycle friendly as the places in Duck, but we really like Trio, a wine bar/restaurant usually frequented by locals located on the bypass (158) and Ocean Boulevard another great restaurant located on the beach road. The shopping center behind Spouthern Shores Realty also seems to be catching on now, although it has always been there. Coastal Provisions is a bit like Trio, a restaurant/wine bar/high end food place. I've stopped there a couple times for coffee and the people are really nice. Be sure to explore the sound side of southern shores by bicycle. it's really nice. the best thing about southern shores in summertime is once you've crossed the causeway, you're there. no traffic jams heading north to duck or corolla or south to hatteras.


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We have stayed in SS several times and love it.
Make it a point to go over to the soundside beach at least once for wading around and the sunset. Take E Dogwood Trl to N Dogwood Trl and its just up the road a bit on the left.

Not sure how old your children are, but my kids (5 & 7) still love to walk the path directly next to 63 Ocean Blvd to see the turtles and enjoy the woods.

As far as restaurants go; we dont head out too much but Coastal Provisions is great for carryout or eat in. We go to the Duck Donuts in Kitty Hawk rather than Duck b/c it was closer to our rental and the lines are shorter. High Cotton BBQ in Kitty Hawk is great for eat in w/ young kids, or even as take out (we've done this as an easy 1st night's meal). You are just a short drive to Capt'n Franks and Big Buck's Ice Cream in Kitty Hawk (MP 4.5). In Duck, I love Paper Canoe. Definitely make reservations if you go (we typically request a table in the bar area so we have a view of the sound).

Groceries we go to Food Lion just after you cross the bridge.


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We have been staying in Southern Shores since the 1980's. It's mostly residential, so you will have to drive, or ride bikes to any restaurant , or shopping. I don't know where you are staying, but parking near a beach access is limited, and you might have to walk. Most rentals have wagons to pack your stuff, and wheel to the beach. There are a couple of parking lots, and you will get parking passes when you check in. The lots are bigger, and the houses have more privacy. I feel the beaches are less crowded also. Enjoy!!


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Thank you all!!

frogfeet007 we are oceanfront on Sandpiper Lane and from what I can see, we are generally pretty close to the shopping near the Walmart. Is Coastal Provisions also like a seafood market? If not, can you recommend a place? We like to do fresh catch a few nights a week while we are there.


RE: Southern Shores





Thank you all!!

frogfeet007 we are oceanfront on Sandpiper Lane and from what I can see, we are generally pretty close to the shopping near the Walmart. Is Coastal Provisions also like a seafood market? If not, can you recommend a place? We like to do fresh catch a few nights a week while we are there.

GriffFamily09



Go to Carawan's Seafood for fresh fish, etc. They are on 158 across from Walmart.

www.carawanseafood.com/


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Sandpiper lane well you're nearby, since I'm on Circle Drive!. We usually do our food shopping first at Walmart, for commodity type stuff, then go to Harris Teeter for hard to find or higher quality stuff, and excellent fresh baked bread. Harris Teeter has a seafood section, but usually the only local seafood is shrimp. at least in the off season. For fresh seafood we used to schlep all the way down to Austin Seafood in Nag's Head on the bypass. it's very good but a long way away. Often we just go to Carawan, a seafood place in front of Walmart on 158. Close by, but some people complain about how fresh their fish is, or whether or not it has been frozen. I've always found it to be just fine. Another good place is Billy's Seafood on Collington Road. On the way there you'll pass a new restaurant, the Salt Box Cafe, where we ate once and really loved it. One of those places where the chef is the owner. Everyone seems to have their opinion about which is best and worst for fresh local seafood on the Outer Banks! You might consider a day trip to Roanoke Island, downtown Manteo is nice, and head over to Wanchese Harbor early in the day for the best selection of fresh seafood straight off the boats! I think Coastal Provisions has a seafood stand. I know they do deli stuff, sandwiches and all. But I've never bought fresh seafood there. I have eaten oysters there though quite nice. Enjoy.