The Dolphin Inn (181 Duck Road, Southern Shores, North Carolina 27949) is conveniently situated just two miles north of the causeway/Wright Memorial Bridge. Our location means youíll practically avoid one of the biggest complaints people have about the Outer Banks: Check-in/Check-out day traffic. After all, who wants to finally get to the Outer Banks and then have another hour or two in traffic just to get to your vacation home? The Dolphin Inn is conveniently located in peaceful Southern Shores and is just minutes from the great dining, galleries and boutiques to the north in Duck. Although you would never know it from your quiet surroundings, the Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Carawan Seafood (252) 261-2120, Walmart, a liquor store and other banking, restaurants and retail establishments are only two miles away to the south.   For more details click on Outer Banks Map or Outer Banks Roads. Duck to the north and Kitty Hawk to the south are just a few miles away and easily accessible by bicycle on the wide trail.

Since the limited permit-only beach parking in Southern Shores is reserved for owners and their guests (permits provided by the Dolphin Inn), the beaches are generally less crowded. There are also no high density hotels or condos. The Southern Shores beaches maintain a relaxed, uncrowded family atmosphere.

To reach the beach, turn right on Duck Road. Pass one house and then make left onto Dolphin Run.

This is the view standing at the corner of Duck Road and Dolphin Run. The beach is just a short walk down the road and over the dunes. From our house, it took our then-four year old just about four minutes before his toes were in the sand.

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