We just returned from our vacation to Ocean Isle Beach this past week and absolutely loved our time there. We had up to ten people staying at one time throughout the week (5 adults and 5 kids) and there was plenty of space for everyone.
The owner (Scott) quickly responded quickly to any communication/questions and made sure we had everything we needed.
The location was perfect - just a short walk to the beach and pool. It is about a mile and a half from the center of town and it wasn't a problem to drive in and park to do things. The house is located next to the canal and we enjoyed watching the turtles.
The house looks and feels lived in, but that allowed us to feel more comfortable and make ourselves at home. I didn't feel like I had to worry constantly about my kids breaking something or getting dirty fingerprints on the walls. The beds and couches were very comfortable and having TVs in each room was a plus.
We especially appreciated all of the items that were available for our use. The bikes and wagon made getting to the beach and pool much easier. The bikes are definitely in used condition, but like I said earlier, I didn't have to worry about my kids damaging anything. All of the baby items were great for our 11 month old (pack & play, high chair, baby gate, exersaucer, stroller) so that we didn't have to pack the entire house for the week at the beach. The kids had their own room with a bunk bed and we brought video games for them to play when inside.
As far as Ocean Isle Beach, we have been to many beaches and this one definitely tops the list of favorites. The beach is beautiful with lots of space and shells. The 'neighborhood' seemed very safe and it was nice to be able to take walks on the roads and beach. We have already started to talk about vacation next summer and this is at the top of our list.
**In response to any previous complaints: This isn't a Better Homes and Gardens beach house, it is a rental and has been lived in. If you value comfort and affordability, then I'm sure you will be pleased. Everything in the house worked as it was supposed to and the owners were very easy to work with.