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Island Paradise Offers Sweet Deals

The Outer Banks of North Carolina ranks No. 1 in America's top 10 family-friendly beaches, according to a recent survey by TripAdvisor, a free travel guide and research Web site that offers travel reviews. The poll was based on the opinions of 20 million Web site visitors, according to TripAdvisor. The Outer Banks is a 130-mile string of barrier islands off the northeastern half of North Carolina that bow out into the Atlantic Ocean. For more information, go to According to the recent TripAdvisor survey, nearly 78 percent of travelers will take a beach trip with their children this spring or summer.