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Old 08-08-2007, 04:19 PM
 
Location: beautiful North Carolina
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I hear the beaches in NC are beautiful.....can anyone compare them to the Jersey shore so I have an idea....beaches, water, etc...

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Old 08-08-2007, 07:15 PM
 
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jeannie- The only NC beaches I can refer to are the Brunswick Co. beaches ( the southern most Co. on the NC coast). And only a couple of those-Ocean Isle, Holden and Sunset Beaches.
The first thing that comes to mind is that they are FREE! No beach tags required. You have to pay to park at some of them.
The sand is finer than the Jersey shore and the water is, of course, warmer and much bluer.
The "board walks" in NC are actually wooden walkways that cross protected beach areas and provide access to the beach. There are no amusements, shops, rides or casinos. But there are more shells!
It is the same ocean but a totally different experience!

I am sure you will hear from folks with more knowledge on the northern NC beach experience.
Hope this helps!
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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jeannie- The only NC beaches I can refer to are the Brunswick Co. beaches ( the southern most Co. on the NC coast). And only a couple of those-Ocean Isle, Holden and Sunset Beaches.
The first thing that comes to mind is that they are FREE! No beach tags required. You have to pay to park at some of them.
The sand is finer than the Jersey shore and the water is, of course, warmer and much bluer.
The "board walks" in NC are actually wooden walkways that cross protected beach areas and provide access to the beach. There are no amusements, shops, rides or casinos. But there are more shells!
It is the same ocean but a totally different experience!

I am sure you will hear from folks with more knowledge on the northern NC beach experience.
Hope this helps!


Are Jersey beaches rocky or am I thinking of Orchard Beach NY Had to wear my sneakers in the water.
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile Well I have been to Cape May & Atlantic City

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I hear the beaches in NC are beautiful.....can anyone compare them to the Jersey shore so I have an idea....beaches, water, etc...
I have been to Cape May and found it charming, but I was put off by having to wear a tag on my bathing suit to get on the beach.

I would actually choose Beaufort, NC (http://coastalnc.org/beaufortnctravelguide - broken link)over Cape May even though you have to get in boat or a car to get to the beach from Beaufort.

We live near the beaches of Emerald Isle not far from Swansboro. We have a lot of New Jersey folks who have made this their home.

In general our area is small towns and with very exceptions, development would be much less intense than you see in New Jersey.

I have a friend living in Tom's River, but I have not been to the beaches in that area.

The Southern Outer Banks are a very unique area where the majority of the beach is accessible only by boat. The rest of area has beach homes, a few condominium developments and probably even fewer motels.

Even in the developed section our beaches are rarely crowded. Our weather is such that walking on the beach is possible in every month of the year without getting very chilly.

I just sent someone in Pennsylvania some climate information on our area. According to the weather records, we had a grand total of about 19 hours where the temperature was below freezing for the whole month of January.

The Crystal Coast which is name given to the area of the Southern Outer Banks near Emerald Isle is also a year round area where very few services close during the winter. We aren't deserted in the winter like many northern beaches.

One major difference is that the NC beach is the people's beach, you cannot prevent people from walking on the beach so most people who use the beaches care about preserving that right. There are always exceptions but most North Carolinians consider our beaches part of our heritage.

The Southern Outer Banks is one of the great fish nurseries of the world. We have a lot of fun catching, usually throwing them back, and sometimes eating them.

It is a wonderful place to go boating. I just posted some information for those who might want start boating before retirement and enjoy some of the pristine beaches in the area.

The site is called Southern Outer Banks Fun.

I have a number of slide shows and pictures of the area at Coastal NC Slide Shows & Photos.

You might enjoy reading this post about visiting Cape Lookout.

This is a picture I snapped this past Sunday on one of our crowded beaches.

We also usually don't have very many jelly fish problems.

-David Sobotta

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Old 08-09-2007, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Woodlynne NJ
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Have to disagree with my buddy Jersey J.
The beaches in most parts or Brunswick and North Myrtle are much nicer than Jersey. I currently live about 50 miles from Long Beach Island.
Oh yeah NOT AS CROWDED.
And Jersey J. The water is much much much warmer in NC SC waters.
Last year from the last two weeks of July to the first three weeks of August the temp was above 80.
If you check this years water temp. Jersey beaches have hit record temps of 80 plus degrees. SC/NC how about the 90's the past two weeks.
AND AS MY BUD SAID .............. THEY ARE FREE ..............Just love having a kid in my face every ten minutes wanting to see my beach tag. Would love to show them my "beach tag". They would never ask again.
AND ANYWHERE IN SC/NC AT THE SHORE AREAS THEY DON'T TREAT YOU LIKE DIRT. THEY ARE ACTUALLY HAPPY TO HAVE YOUR BUSINESS.
The shores in Jersey............you are looked upon like trespassers. They will take you money but don't want YOU.
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Old 08-09-2007, 05:55 PM
 
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Hey Printman! Now don't go bashin' Jersey--leave that to everybody else!
I do have a BIG problem with the Jersey Shore towns charging admission to one of Gods' beautiful creations.

Sheena- Nah-the beaches at the Jersey shore are sand, unlike some of the more northern Atlantic beaches. You should see some of the beaches in Nova Scotia!! You wanna see rocky!

Printman, just remember that Jersey afforded you the opportunity to move to the NC coast! Some folks will never be able to do that. Just sell that house, it is time for you to kick back in Carolina!
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Old 08-09-2007, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Sunny Phoenix Arizona...wishing for a beach.
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Hey Printman! Now don't go bashin' Jersey--leave that to everybody else!
I do have a BIG problem with the Jersey Shore towns charging admission to one of Gods' beautiful creations.

Sheena- Nah-the beaches at the Jersey shore are sand, unlike some of the more northern Atlantic beaches. You should see some of the beaches in Nova Scotia!! You wanna see rocky!

Printman, just remember that Jersey afforded you the opportunity to move to the NC coast! Some folks will never be able to do that. Just sell that house, it is time for you to kick back in Carolina!

Ok so the Jersey and Conn. ones I have been to are the good ones. It was that darn Orchard beach and Jones beach that cut my feet up. It's been awhile
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Old 08-09-2007, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile Nova Scotia shore

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Hey Printman! Now don't go bashin' Jersey--leave that to everybody else!
I do have a BIG problem with the Jersey Shore towns charging admission to one of Gods' beautiful creations.

Sheena- Nah-the beaches at the Jersey shore are sand, unlike some of the more northern Atlantic beaches. You should see some of the beaches in Nova Scotia!! You wanna see rocky!

Printman, just remember that Jersey afforded you the opportunity to move to the NC coast! Some folks will never be able to do that. Just sell that house, it is time for you to kick back in Carolina!
You are right that the Nova Scotia shore can be rocky.



It can also have beautiful rounded rocks that cover the shore like sand.

Both these pictures are taken on the shores of the Bay of Fundy near Bridgetown. This was my shore front property. Below the cliffs in the second picture is one of those rounded rock beaches. We still have an old fashioned canning jar filled with some of those naturally polished rocks.



There are sandy beaches in Nova Scotia, just don't count on the water being very warm. I lived in Atlantic Canada for seventeen years, and the warm water rumored to be between Nova Scotia and PEI never seemed to be there when I was.

I did make several trips before Nova Scotia and PEI causeway was built that required ice breaking ferries.

I'll take the Carolina beaches anytime. We were in the water over at Emerald Isle Tuesday night and it was still pleasantly cool. I have been in the water near Bald Head Island when it like being in a bath tub.

The temperatures got up to 93 degrees today in Cape Carteret, but for the first time in three days we have a strong evening breeze so maybe this ugly weather is going to break soon.

Either that or we can all head to Halifax, NS. Today it got to 67 degrees Fahrenheit with a low of 53. The winds have been 14 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Now that is natural air conditioning.

When we lived in Halifax our house didn't even have air conditioning.

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Old 08-09-2007, 08:26 PM
 
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dsobotta- Thank you for those awesome pictures! We were in NS again last fall, never in the water it's just tooo cold! We have family in Halifax and todays temp was 18 C. 64 degrees in August! I'll take the Carolina coast in a heart beat. Love the landscape..... to visit. The Bay of Fundy is beautiful as is Peggys' Cove. But Sheena, you will need hip waders to protect your feet!

dsobotta, your pictorial tours of the Carolina Coast are most appreciated!
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:41 AM
 
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I can give you a good idea of the differences, My Grandmother owned a house in Point Pleasant beach and now my mother owns it. When I was growing up spent many summers there. Also im native NC and have been to every beach, sound and lake in this state at one time or another. First the beach here is NC puplic property you cannot restrict access to the water. The water here on the beach is much more shallow and warmer you can walk a long way out before going over your head. NC has a large shrimp industry and you wil see the boats right off most beaches. The sand is not much different except in nj it was softer I think they always raked it with a tractor to keep it clean, in nc beach erosion has caused problems here and they will ship in sand to build up the beach and some times its full of tree stumps and clay dirt so on.NJ they have life guards on duty NC is swim at your own risk. I always remember a long time ago the pollution up in Jersey was bad, people getting stuck with dirty surgical needle from NY dumping medical waste and such off the coast. also here its the beach there its the shore,,,Blue fish is considered garbage fish by most people in NC except for sport while in NJ its liked for food. Shrimp and blue crabs plentiful here up in NJ used to be lobster and clams were plentiful for seafood. The water ways and inlets here are also shallow and require a good level of knowledge and boating skill to navigate compared to NJ,have seen a fair share of expensive lower unit damage from transplants.

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