I'm planning a summer trip to North Carolina for a small of group of friends (4-6 people). Last year, we rented a house in Salvo on the OBX, which we really enjoyed. This year I was thinking about trying a non-OBX beach, perhaps a little further south. While I'm doing some research into different areas, I would love to get some personal feedback and recommendations on other NC beaches, especially on Ocean Isle or Holden. The only thing i wasn't too keen on last summer was the very rough surf around Salvo. If you go further south, does the surf become calmer at all? I spent childhood summers on Myrtle Beach in SC and remember the waves being much gentler!
We're looking for an area with a(relatively) quiet and uncrowded beach, with good fishing nearby. We don't need much in the way of restaurants, commercial strips or nightlife. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!