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Kitty Hawk Beach on Parents '10 Best' List

Parents magazine has named America's 10 Best Beach Towns and one of them is where Outer Banks Blue is located - Kitty Hawk.  A press release from Parents' says whether you're looking for a day trip destination or a week long respite, Parents' list provides the perfect combo of land and sea.

This summer, Parents has designated family vacation hot spots that deliver all the ingredients for a magical stay: pristine ocean, beach safety, and a boatload of island fun.  As a bonus, despite their paradisaical locations, the 10 Best Beach Towns are affordable - no hotel room starts at a higher price than $289 per night, and several come in below $200, explained a media release from Parents.

The 2013 Parents 10 Best Beach Towns in ranked order:

1.     Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
2.     Coronado, California
3.     St. Pete Beach, Florida
4.     Falmouth, Massachusetts
5.     Cape May, New Jersey
6.     Amelia Island, Florida
7.     Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
8.     Kamuela, Hawaii (The Big Island)
9.     Gulf Shores, Alabama
10.    Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

"Successful family vacations are about finding a balance," says Dana Points, editor-in-chief of Parents.  "If you find a spot that has something for everyone, you know you've struck gold.  This year, our picks have it all:  beautiful beaches, great dining, activities for all ages and interests, and all without breaking the bank."

Parents compared the nation's searches using the Natural Resources Defense Council's water quality reports, focusing on low rates of water contamination and beach closings, and narrowed down its list to the top 100 beaches based on water quality.

After ensuring water safety by eliminating any beaches without lifeguards on-duty, Parents reviewed the number of public restrooms, changing areas and beach side amusements like nature activities and playgrounds.  Those towns without an extensive list of inland activities for families were omitted.

Finally, the editors culled the site's accommodations to provide a range of wallet-friendly lodging and entertainment options for families.

In terms of comments relating to Kitty Hawk Parents said: "Kitty Hawk boasts 3 miles of uncrowded beaches.  Use the Kitty Hawk Bath House and Byrd Street beach entrances because they're nearest the restrooms and lifeguards.

Spend a morning at the Outer Banks Children at Play Museum, kids can explore the teddy-bear hospital and lighthouse ($7 per person, kids age 1 and under are free).  Then check out the Wright Brothers National Memorial in nearby Kill Devil Hills.  There are kite-flying demos and Junior Ranger programs.

All rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk have a balcony and ocean views.  The resort supplies free beach chairs and umbrellas.  Or you can book one of the hundreds of beach houses in Kitty Hawk."   Go to find out what is still available for your family vacation this summer!

For more information and to view an exclusive video of the 2013 Parents  10 Best Beach Towns, click here to visit

All the best from a top 10 beach!

By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

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