There is noticeably less traffic here now that 2-3 weeks ago. Traffic will be the least of your worries.
We're seeing lots of articles about how busy it's been on the beach and how rentals are maxed out through October
We're seeing lots of articles about how busy it's been on the beach and how rentals are maxed out through OctoberIt has been busier this year. But "maxed out rentals" is NOT a precise measurement. What I suspect the rental companies are reporting is what percent of the available rentals are rented. Understand that rental property owners begin taking their properties off the rental market for the year starting after Labor Day. Or perhaps if owners have told their rental managers that they're coming down, some managers may count those days as rented too. Owners like to come down and enjoy their properties, or, after an extended rental season, start fixing them up. Owners, of course, don't have to pay any attention to turn days if the house is empty.Also, while I don't think there's hard evidence for this either, check-in times have gotten later, 5:00 or 6:00 PM. That means that turn-day traffic is spread over a lot more hours as renters are less excited about arriving in the morning and waiting until 6:00 to get in. So again, less traffic at any given time.Finally, traffic going south on the bypass (and NC 12) is always lighter than traffic going north on NC 12.