I just posted this to the Ocean Isle forum, but now found there is a separate one for Wilmington. Please excuse my duplicate posting if you are reading both forums.
I am in the process of researching a May 2011 vacation to the Wilmington area. My husband and I want to stay for about 4 nights on a quiet beach (ocean front location), then move inland somewhere to visit Wilmington and Southport and possibly a little further away--New Bern. I would like some suggestions as to which beach might be best (quiet, not too commercial). My preference was Ocean Isle, but I just read a lot of negative reviews about the Winds, which is where I had thought of staying. Also someone posted comments in the forums about the east end of Ocean Isle not being as nice as the west end. I am also considering Oak Island, but I guess any of the Wilmington beaches would be ok. I just don't know anything about any of them. Could someone give me a general idea of how these beaches compare: Carolina, Kure, Wrightsville, Oak Island and Ocean Isle.