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�Sea spray mingles with maritime forest shade in this distinguishable Outer Banks town. Situated between Duck and Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores boasts the private seclusion that Outer Banks vacationers love about the northern beaches, but from a central location, providing a tailor-made Outer Banks experience.
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Hospitality is ingrained in the very essence of Southern Shores, as it was originally separated from Kitty Hawk to become its own resort, comprising Duck Woods, Kitty Hawk Woods, and the oceanfront. The plot of land was founded in 1946 as the “Resort of Southern Shores,” and in a little more than three decades, Southern Shores officially became its own town. Miles of quiet sandy beaches can be enjoyed by renting private Southern Shores oceanfront homes, or via a handful of public beach accesses, which are secured by local lifeguards on duty during peak hours in the on season. With only a 30-minute drive to Corolla in the north, and less than 20 minutes to Nags Head in the south, this unique coastal area is the perfect vacation spot for those seeking a relaxing, advantageous getaway, that is close to everything and nothing at the same time.
Spanning just more than 4 square miles, this classic Outer Banks town can almost be covered entirely by foot. Visitors staying in one of Twiddy’s Southern Shores vacation rentals will enjoy a peaceful coastal setting amidst a myriad of activities and destinations to explore: a sprawling bike and walking path that meanders alongside Highway 12, ocean-to-sound water access in abundance, a sound wading area fit for the entire family, and a public playground, providing diverse ways to stay active and enjoy the beautiful Outer Banks weather while on vacation. The close proximity to great boutiques, restaurants, grocery shopping, and even an urgent care center, creates a full package of convenience, excitement, and relaxation for those who pick Southern Shores for their Outer Banks vacation.
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