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12 Jul 2018
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Travel Tips

Picture it:

It's your first day in your Seaside Vacations Outer Banks beach rental home. It's windy, but the sun is shining and you're ready to hit the beach. You've applied sunscreen, gathered beach towels, filled up the cooler with snacks and water, and loaded up the wagon with toys, umbrellas, chairs and the kiddos. You walk down the beach path and there it is - the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. And it. Is. Angry. So angry that lifeguards have put up the No Swimming red flags. You just wasted an hour (or two… or three…) getting ready to play in the sea spray only to find out that it's too dangerous to enter the shoreline*. 

In order to help visitors and locals prepare for their beach days, Dare county's Emergency Management has set up a local group anyone can join in order to receive beach related National Weather Service alerts 24 hours a day. All you have to do is text: "JoinOBXBeachConditions" to 30890. Users will also receive condition reports posted by ocean rescue personnel. Whenever you decide you don't want/need updates anymore, simply reply with "stop".

So, your rendezvous with the ocean didn't quite pan out the way you wanted. Now what do you do?

Option One: Splash and play in the water at H2OBX Waterpark - voted the number one Outer Banks family attraction. As a Seaside Vacations guest you receive discounted tickets to the waterpark. It's a TON of fun and you can enjoy more than 30 rides, slides, and attractions.  See for yourself here.

Option Two: Take advantage of the discounts Kitty Hawk Kites offers only to Seaside Vacations guests. Choose adventures including hang gliding, kayak tours, vineyard cruises and more! Learn more about how Kitty Hawk Kites can enhance your Outer Banks vacation with fun and unique experiences here.

Option Three: Round up the family and head out on a pontoon boat with Captain Randy.  He offers Seaside Vacations guests 10% off half-day charters, full-day charters, evening sunset cruises and two-hour cruises, as well as tubing and crabbing excursions. You may even get a chance to see some dolphins! Learn more here.

*When you encounter red flags, you must obey them. The risk of rip currents is way too high, and swimming conditions are too dangerous even for the most experienced of swimmers.