Let’s pause and dream about moving to an island. Start with Maui: It’s nice … and expensive. Fiji? A dreamy commitment. Dial it back a few time zones, and follow a one-mile bridge to North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks (aka, Crystal Coast). A spot called Emerald Isle is similar to faraway escape: natural, quiet, beach-centric. But it’s different in that you can get back to the mainland in a car.
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