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post #41 of 55
My brother lives in Melbourne, FL, but won't go swimming because he drinks with far too many pilots who love to tell him all about the sharks.

I like a quiet beach. Brigantine, NJ, is probably my favorite, but if you want a boardwalk or activities, you may want to look elsewhere. Delaware has some lovely beaches. Cape May, NJ, is a charming little town. Ocean City(NJ), Ocean City(MD), and Virginia Beach(VA) are way too loud for my tastes, though Virginia Beach has some great local museums and stuff to check out. Sandbridge is just south of VA Beach and residential/quiet.

The Outer Banks of NC have some lovely areas.

Maine has some amazing beaches, but it's often a bit chilly in the water. (On the other hand, they probably have fewer jellyfish.)

And is the ocean a must? There are some gorgeous areas around the Great Lakes in the upper Midwest.

What do you want nearby? Restaurants or shopping? Museums or wildlife recovery centers? Charming towns? There's such a wide variety.
post #42 of 55
Originally Posted by Eben'sMama View Post
Santa Cruz, CA
i second this
post #43 of 55
St. George Island, FL. Been there, love it. Can't wait to go back!!
post #44 of 55

It's half way between Panama City Beach and Ft. Walton Beach Fl. It's kind of a best kept Florida secret. You get all the beauty of the FL. Panhandle without all the tourists and traffic. Very nice. I grew up in this area and nothing can beat it when it comes to the Gulf Coast.

Now I am sad and homesick .
post #45 of 55
Originally Posted by SequoiasMom View Post
Bethany Beach, DE. But don't tell anyone!
Another vote for Bethany. This is where I grew up going...it's been a battle with dh who is a jersey shore boy. Stone Harbor, NJ is also a great little town.
post #46 of 55
Hatteras Island. In particular the little trio of towns- Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo.

I also love Ocean City, New Jersey, but for way different reasons than the OBX.
post #47 of 55
sanibel island in FL. dh and i stumbled upon it on our honeymoon and it was perfect. Not very crowded at all when we went in august. its a great place for searching for seashells. its very affordable for hotels right on the beach, and all the restaurants are local.. NO CHAINS. The food was amazing.
post #48 of 55
I vote for San Diego, Ca. There really is SO much to do here!! And there are LOADS of beaches to choose from depending on what you are looking at... you could go to Coronado island or quirky Ocean Beach, go to Mission Bay, or touristy Mission , hit up La Jolla with the awesome tide pools, or go to North County in Encinitas, and Carlsbad beaches. There really is a lot to choose from.
post #49 of 55

taking notes for future vacations!
post #50 of 55
Originally Posted by NiteNicole View Post
Seaside, Fla is VERY family friendly but it's all tourists. I think only 11 families (or something like that) live there year round. Along those same lines but not as finished, we like Rosemary Beach.

I know Seaside is a totally fake town (it's where they did The Truman Show) but it's so thoughtfully designed that it's ideal for families. I love that you can park your car and walk or rent bikes the whole time you're there. I love the walkways and pathways and shops and just the whole deal.


Old Grayton is where we stayed for years when we lived in the South and would vacation. It's a short bike ride back to Seaside if you need to shop but also has a lake to play in right beside the ocean if the surf is too rough that day.

Rent with Rivard... they are awesome. My hubby left his wedding ring one year and they mailed it back to us. Cool, huh?

post #51 of 55
Carolina Coast. Folly, Pawleys, Hunting Island State Park, all of it, except Myrtle Beach. Although, MB is nice to drive into to do stuff, they have an aquarium, etc.

Also, Jekyll Island, Ga.
post #52 of 55
the outers banks (NC) or Ocracoke Island (NC). Ocracoke Island is my favorite.
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post #54 of 55
I'm partial to Long Beach, CA. Parts of it are very eclectic and open-minded.
post #55 of 55
Sanibel and Captiva.

Anywhere in Hawaii, LOL. We have lots of awesome beaches that aren't touristy.
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