Emerald Isle or Hatteras Island Rodanthe/Avon/Buxton?
So I've come for some expert advice (anyone ever notice we have experts on every topic?)
My family is planning our first ever trip to the Outer Banks. We want to rent a home in a less developed, quieter area. We don't need lots of attractions or things to do - - just really nice beach with waves and a couple of restaurants within reasonable driving distance. We are renting oceanfront, and from the pictures on the realtors' websites we note that many of the oceanfront houses are set pretty far back, so you can't see the beach from the house. We want to be closer up to the beach, which has limited our choices.
We have settled on a house in Rodanthe or one in Buxton, both on Hatteras Island. The other option I know of for more unspoiled beach is Emerald Isle. Any input on differences between the these areas? Or anywhere else we should consider? We will be mostly adults traveling, with my 10 yo son being the only child. I'm specifically looking for input on quality of beaches, what the surf is like (My ds likes decent waves, but he's more of a boogeyboarder than a surfer), traffic/congestion issues, and anything else that comes to mind!
Thanks for any help you can give!