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#31 of 55 Old 02-21-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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Destin FLA, Outer Banks N.C.....or Ocracoke Island
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I prefer the New England shores, CT and ME beaches.

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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?

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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?

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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...

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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.

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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....
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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.
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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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St. George Island, FL. Been there, love it. Can't wait to go back!!
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www.graytonbeach.com

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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

http://www.seasidefl.com/

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.

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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.
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the outers banks (NC) or Ocracoke Island (NC). Ocracoke Island is my favorite.

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I'm partial to Long Beach, CA. Parts of it are very eclectic and open-minded.
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Sanibel and Captiva.

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

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