We go to the beach almost every summer. Usually, Duck, NC. I love Duck. It's quaint. It's quiet, and has a small town feel. If you're close enough to town, you can walk and get ice cream, walk and go shopping, walk and see a beautiful sunset over the sound. We've tried other towns and other beaches, but Matt and I both say the same thing, we like Duck. There aren't any lifeguards on the beach; you usually have no trouble finding a place to park your stuff on the sand, and the houses aren't right on top of one another. And a lot of them have private pools!
The kids have noodle battles in the pool - I think Jason won this one....
So that's the place I love. There are probably others as well, but I've got Duck on my mind because this is when we usually book our house. If Matt would figure out what week is good, I could cross that off my list :)
Go see R We There Yet Mom for lots of other lovely places to go :)