Concept: Finding the Right Beach for YOU

The family beach vacation has tremendous appeal to many people. Although I grew up in New Jersey, my parents were not beach people and the idea of fighting the traffic was just enough to make it a no-go situation. But the Jersey Shore is great and offers everything from Atlantic City’s boardwalk to Cape May’s Victorian Town.

When I lived in Connecticut, there were beaches within one hour and we often went to one of two state parks on Long Island Sound. Friends of ours purchased a house on Martha Vineyard and we visited at least twice a year, for the 4th of July fireworks and again in early December for the Santa Claus parade. Cape Cod offers more beach towns without a required ferry ride.

When I moved away from the East Coast I saw the appeal of the beach still drew many people. For Nashville, the Florida Panhandle was the magnet. From Memphis, people headed to the Gulf coast in Alabama. In West Virginia, many friends and family annually move seemingly enmass to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Some people like the activity of rowdy beach towns that offer salt water taffy and fudge every other block. Amusements and clubs located near the white sand offers a level of excitement they can find in many towns along each of America’s coasts.

To me, give me some quiet, some natural seafront habitat. Let me see how it was before we all arrived. Let me sit and enjoy the peace of the waves, the movement of the birds, the scuttle of the crabs. These places, also, are saved, usually in state and national parks. Go visit. 

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6 Responses to Concept: Finding the Right Beach for YOU

  1. Kat says:

    For the last venue type you described I highly recommend Edisto Island SC. It is quiet and noncommercial, close enough to Charleston for an action packed day trip but with wonderful local places to discover. Captain Ron will take you in his boat across to Seashell Island and drop you for a few hours to enjoy it completely undisturbed and alone, coming back to pick you up at a predesignated time. Take plenty of bags on that trip to bring back all the beautiful shells you find.

  2. Thanks Kat….sounds great….so many places to explore!

  3. Graham says:

    Living in Texas, the two main beach destinations were Galveston and South Padre island. While living in Houston we could do a Saturday day-trip several times during the summer to Galveston. South Padre was the Spring Break destination for many college students who could cross the border to Matamoris, Mexico for cheap beer and night life after spending the day at South Padre.

    Our “routine” for Galveston was to leave Houston early so we would be on one of the state park beaches on the west end by 10 AM, get a couple of hours of sun and surf until the beach got crowded, then shower and head into town. Galveston has the usual assortment of touristy shops plus a candy factory (always fun to watch them make peanut brittle in large copper kettles). Around 3 pm, we would head back to the sea wall to eat at Guido’s, a seafood restaurant which has been there since the early 1900s (a copy of the 1911 menu is posted). Guido’s didn’t take reservations so going between the lunch and dinner crowds is recommended. Great local seafood and ‘white tablecloth’ service, but okay to come casual (no bathing suits!). We would be heading home over the causeway back to Houston before most of the crowd headed home.

  4. Sounds like it was a schedule that worked!

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