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.