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post #21 of 55
Montauk Point Long Island New York. And parts of Fire island NY (some cater to the older crowd, some to families, some to singles, some to gay singles). Bonus, there are no cars on fire island and you have bay beach and ocean beach five minutes away from each other!
post #22 of 55
We really love Bethany Beach,DE. It's not glamourous, but very family friendly.
post #23 of 55
Gulf Shores, Alabama is very nice and has a lot of mini golf courses and go cart tracks.

I also 2nd Siesta Key in sarasota. Its very nice too!
post #24 of 55
I like Cannon Beach in Oregon, myself, though maybe not as year-round summery as you might like. Definitely a lot quieter in the cooler seasons but not completely dead, it does have a nice little community, and when all else fails it's not too far from Portland.
post #25 of 55
Veteran's Beach in Hyannis, MA. One of my favorite secrets in Cape Cod. Shallow water for little ones, pretty boats to look at, a snack bar & changing rooms.

Rehoboth in Delaware is also nice, a fun little town to walk around & a boardwalk, too. The waves are often too big for kids, though--but still a fun beach.

A while ago, I would have said Galveston, TX--where I spent many many happy days and nights as a teen. But alas, it is no more.
post #26 of 55
I love the Outer Banks... DH and I hope that someday we can buy a beach house there. Avon and Cape Hatteras are both very family-friendly and not very tourist-y.
post #27 of 55
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lucky! I hope my dds go to college in either Ventura or SB-so mom can be happy to visit! I love Ventura's main streets, too. Lots of cool shops and restaurants. Of course, Montecito wouldn't be bad, either.
I vote for Ventura too!!! We'd love to have you. Are you talking about living or visiting?

Mata, do you come to Ventura often? We've gotten a lot of new restaurants downtown. The area is getting even nicer, while still maintaining it's funkiness. You can shop at boutiques and grimy thrift stores on the same street, a block away.

The beaches in S.B. are a lot nicer though. So are the hotels.
post #28 of 55
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I vote for Ventura too!!! We'd love to have you. Are you talking about living or visiting?

Mata, do you come to Ventura often? We've gotten a lot of new restaurants downtown. The area is getting even nicer, while still maintaining it's funkiness. You can shop at boutiques and grimy thrift stores on the same street, a block away.

The beaches in S.B. are a lot nicer though. So are the hotels.
Another vote for Ventura! We just moved from Ventura last year, and we miss it like CRAZY! If you're going for a visit and want to avoid tourists though, I'd avoid July...with the huge street fair it gets pretty insane downtown. But you MUST eat at Eric Ericssons on the pier. Best seafood EVER!!
post #29 of 55
Ventura is awesome--DH and I lived there for several years and we loved it. We go back several times a year to see our friends and just relax and decompress--it's such a laid-back, beautiful place. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Of course, we lived at the Beachfronter apartments at the time--so it was even better--we were RIGHT on the promenade.

We definitely plan to move back there as soon as DH can find a job in the area again. I want my children to grow up there. :
post #30 of 55
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South County (it's made up a handful of small towns), Rhode Island.
I'd love to move there.
Yeah

I lived in Green Hill for my whole pregnancy and the first couple months of dd1's life and when dh and I talk about 6 years later we still get a little teary-eyed. Living down there was awesome and it is where I would like to "end up."
post #31 of 55
All this talk makes me really want summer.
post #32 of 55
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Destin FLA, Outer Banks N.C.....or Ocracoke Island
oooh Ocracoke~~ heaven on earth .


I prefer the New England shores, CT and ME beaches.
post #33 of 55
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Destin FL is gorgeous.

I like the beaches up here - lots of locals, close to good restaurants, etc. In the summer we wade out but don't go swimming.

I would vote for Cannon Beach, OR as well or anywhere along the Oregon Coast.

Question about Destin, FL......we want to go to Sandestin and was thinking about June. Why don't you go swimming in the summer?

Thanks,

Lisa
post #34 of 55
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I would vote for Cannon Beach, OR as well or anywhere along the Oregon Coast.

Question about Destin, FL......we want to go to Sandestin and was thinking about June. Why don't you go swimming in the summer?

Thanks,

Lisa
Just a guess, but I'd say the sharks. We have a house at Santa Rosa Beach which is next door to Sandestin, and every day like clockwork a 6 ft. bull shark heads to Sandestin about 3 feet off the beach in waist deep water.

Also, if you take one of the touristy helicopter rides you can see all the sharks that are right where the unknowing people are. :

Sharks are cool to see, but only if you are on the beach...
post #35 of 55
I'll third New Smyrna Beach. Not at all touristy, but lots of families. We love, love, love it. In fact, our extended family has been vacationing there for over 50 years.
post #36 of 55
Indian Rocks Beach, FL-we live close by and I love the quietness of the beaches there since it's a residential area.

Amelia Island/Longboat Key, FL (outside of Bradenton)-Gulf beaches are just beautiful, and the beaches here are wonderful and clean, and you can often find a nice room that opens to the beach

Honeymoon Island-outside Dunedin, FL and close to a cool little town called Ozona

ANY of the beaches around Narragansett, RI-the beaches are clean (you pay a few $ to get a trash bag to take out your stuff which is worth it) and you can go into Galilee to George's for clam fritters. Yum.

Nantucket, MA-there's a children's/family beach and everything is within biking distance from town. And it's so quiet and lovely.

Plum Island, MA...you just have to find parking, but the beach is great....
post #37 of 55
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Also, if you take one of the touristy helicopter rides you can see all the sharks that are right where the unknowing people are.
I know, it's crazy. I've been swimming in those waters my whole life and I had no IDEA how many sharks there are. Rationally I know there aren't many attacks at all but I don't like to push my luck. As much as I love the beach, after seeing some video from the helicopters, I just can't get out there and enjoy the water that much anymore.
post #38 of 55
My favorite beaches are the local ones, not the touristy ones. We love Marblehead, Gloucester, Ipswich (all north of Boston) to go to regularly. Hampton Beach and Salisbury in NH are more touristy, and a ton of fun. Then of course, there's my idea of heaven, which is the Cape. We go once a year and although it is crowded and touristy, it's just so much fun. We love it.

All the beaches I mentioned are definitely the place to be in July or August, it takes awhile to get warm around here.

Take care,
post #39 of 55
Another for Destin Florida. Actually I like Pensacola as well and Navarre which is just down from there and Destin is just down from there. All great places. We go once a year and they are beautiful beaches and great little towns!
post #40 of 55
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Originally Posted by waterproofmascara View Post
Just a guess, but I'd say the sharks. We have a house at Santa Rosa Beach which is next door to Sandestin, and every day like clockwork a 6 ft. bull shark heads to Sandestin about 3 feet off the beach in waist deep water.

Also, if you take one of the touristy helicopter rides you can see all the sharks that are right where the unknowing people are. :

Sharks are cool to see, but only if you are on the beach...

I had no idea about the sharks! Are they that active in the Spring too?

Thanks,

Lisa
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