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Old 05-26-2018, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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We live in Charleston South Carolina and were told a fun vacation would be to head up to the Outer Banks. We are purchasing a new Jeep and would like to ride on the beach. Looking for a beach that would be the closest and where we could ride. We are not looking to go in the heat of the summer, thinking sometime after Labor Day. (We will have to watch for stormy weather) Would like to stay for a few days. Any recommendations?
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Old 05-26-2018, 06:57 AM
 
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The closest beach, in NC, to you that allows driving on the beach is Fort Fisher State Recreation area. Its not on the outer banks, however.

https://www.ncparks.gov/fort-fisher-...ecreation-area

The closest beach to you on the outer banks that allows driving on the beach is Core Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Its a very primitive, uninhabited island, accessible only by private boat or ferry:

http://npplan.com/parks-by-state/nor...-on-the-beach/

Same for the next island on the outer banks, Portsmouth Island:

https://www.outerbanks.com/portsmouth-island.html

Here is a website with information on beach driving on the rest of the outer banks:

https://www.outerbanks.com/driving-on-the-beach.html
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:20 PM
 
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Carova, the northernmost town (beach community) in North Carolina is a 13 mile stretch of beach with no paved roads. There are houses up there you can rent and stay in for a week or more. They just this year started charging for an "ORV" pass, similar to what they do in Hatteras, that enables you to drive up there and park to hang out for the day. If you don't plan to stop and get out of your truck I think you can still go up and drive the beach.

You can drive on many other beaches, unless they're closed for bird/turtle nesting, along the OBX, all of them also require the purchase of an ORV pass. The OBX beaches you can drive on are all longer than any south of the OBX with the exception maybe of Portsmouth Island.
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Old 06-04-2018, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Thank you both for your replies. Now we just have to get the Jeep we ordered in January!
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Old 06-05-2018, 12:16 PM
 
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Thank you both for your replies. Now we just have to get the Jeep we ordered in January!
Have fun!

If you go out on the beaches on Hatteras Island, lower your pressure to 15 pounds, it makes a huge difference.

If you go out on the Carova beach area, 20 works fine up there.
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Old 06-09-2018, 03:57 AM
 
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Have fun!

If you go out on the beaches on Hatteras Island, lower your pressure to 15 pounds, it makes a huge difference.

If you go out on the Carova beach area, 20 works fine up there.
Good points. Be sand ready.

Have a tow strap/chain/hook to help or be helped.

A jack

A sturdy flat board about 18 inches by 8 inches to act as a base for a jack in the sand.

A shovel or two.

If you are really serious, a winch with a high quality 'sand hook/anchor' (there are not many trees on the beached)

Be aware of tides. In some places, tides cover and uncover a hundred yards of beach.

Stay off dunes and do not destroy vegetation, they protect the beach from erosion.
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Thank you all for the great advice! We are retired and new to off-roading. The plan now is to rent the Jeep and leave the new one home. Might be safer that way, at least for our new Jeep!
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:23 AM
 
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I'd make sure the rental company is ok with taking it out on the beach.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:01 AM
 
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I'd make sure the rental company is ok with taking it out on the beach.
What kind of Jeep is your new one? Is it 4x4? IMO, I really don't think you need to rent a jeep to drive on the sand/beach when you already own one! If yours is 4x4, what did you buy it for? To keep parked in garage and run pavement only? You're really overthinking the situation.

Wherever you end up going to ride the beaches, you are going to see cars out there! Yes, cars. Your Jeep can absolutely handle the beach. Keep it simple, follow the rules, use common sense:
  • Air down to the 15-20lbs range
  • Keep a steady even pace at all times, no gunning engine
  • Stay back from others so if they get stuck you have room to move around them
  • Ride in the ruts other vehicles have left before you

Get yourself a quality air gauge that allows you to see pressure as you are airing down, such as this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Longacre-5041...pressure+gauge

You can also find similar to the above for less money.

Renting a Jeep and driving distance to vacation and then running on the beaches may be more stressful than taking your own out on the beach. Is it even allowed on the beach (rental company question)? If you really aren't wanting yours out there, at least up on the OBX there are Jeep rental places that will allow you to rent one for a day and use it on the beach. This will save you money for sure.

But again, I think yours will be fine and you'll be more satisfied if you use your own vehicle once all is said and done.
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