If you're anything like me, extreme frugality is just another facet of your sparkling parental personality. This can be quite the obstacle when planning a beach vacation for a family (of any size). Or, you can be extremely fortunate like me and land on this place by happy accident.
Full disclosure: this is not a luxury lodger by any means. It's downright Spartan. Our lodging included two queen beds, a private bath, tv, and "bare basics" kitchen with plates, cups and a can opener. What it lacks in "window dressing", it makes up for with its unbeatable location and value. We paid $69/night for a suite right on the beach. Literally. We stepped out of our room every day into sand (while passing the small on-site pool). There were a handful of families around, however, the majority of the guests were older couples. No matter - more beach for us!
The hotel is split into various properties. The first, being the main hotel; u-shaped with an interesting, but not annoying, parking lot. Here you will find the friendly and chatty management staff and office. Across the street is a small beach house with its own parking lot, perfect for family gatherings and reunions ... or if you simply want your own private bungalow. Next to that is a set of suites for large families/groups, with private parking below.
Within reasonable walking distance are restaurants, Bank of America, happening night life spots (though we couldn't hear them through the super-thick walls), and your typical beach shops (towels, souvenirs, ice cream). A short drive away is a large Food Lion, with plenty of organic food and sundry items as well as traditional grocery.
Special note: While all guests of the main hotel are given parking passes, this does not guarantee you a spot. If you're going to leave the premises, make sure to check with the manager for alternative parking.