I surfed the Outer Banks this past week with absolutely no one in sight at my own private beach, the gas was cheap, I could of carried a gun if I owned one, the people on the way in and out of town were accommodating and we found some cheap food and good beer. There was a little traffic when those two cars passed but when the waves are firing you deal with it Granted they don't get as good as often but I'll trade that any day for all those headaches. If I were 15 again or Kelly rich MAYBE I could see the attraction? We also live on the beach here for about half what you can get a below average home there so I can't seem to make sense of it. Visiting or vacation fine but dealing with that on a daily basis sounds truly horrific! I would also say my quality of life (things to do, weather, safety, etc....) are just as good here in NC making the insane cost of living out there questionable at best, at least for me. Sounds like you have a nice set up though.