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Old 08-21-2008, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Niles, Michigan
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We moved to the state about a month ago. With the kids heading back to school , we wanted to go to see the Ocean. We live in Camden close to Elizabeth City. Where would be the best beach in Nags Head or Virginia. We aren't big beach swimmers but being from Michigan we have never even seen a jelly fish let alone get stung. We are 4 kids 15, 6, 6, 20 months, Any suggestion on where would be cloest for us to go to.
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile My suggestion would be go to Nags Head

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We moved to the state about a month ago. With the kids heading back to school , we wanted to go to see the Ocean. We live in Camden close to Elizabeth City. Where would be the best beach in Nags Head or Virginia. We aren't big beach swimmers but being from Michigan we have never even seen a jelly fish let alone get stung. We are 4 kids 15, 6, 6, 20 months, Any suggestion on where would be cloest for us to go to.
Virginia Beach is very different from the Outer Banks. They have a paved Board Walk, which is nice if you like that kind of thing.

I think you will see much nicer beaches if you head to the Outer Banks. If you go south from Nags Head into Cape Lookout there are some great public beach parking areas.

I have been swimming along the Outer Banks (northern and southern) for well over 50 years and have never been stung by a jelly fish. You see one washed up on the beach once in a while, but that's my experience.

You need to pay more attention to rip currents than Jelly Fish. If you are new to the beach, don't even think about really swimming especially with small children. Think more wading. Also float devices can easily get you in trouble. Just play in the shallow water and you will be fine.

The area a few miles before the Oregon Inlet bridge is a place of wonderful beauty. A rough guess from Google maps indicates it would be about sixty miles from Camden.

Someone a little closer will have to chime in on whether the bridges are still backing up from rental check-ins late Saturday and Sunday mornings this time of year.

With all this talk of the Northern Outer Banks, I now need a visit to Sam & Ommies and a crab cake from the Lone Cedar on the Causeway. Maybe I can take the wife up for a night in the First Colony Inn to celebrate her birthday in September.
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Vassalboro
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We moved to the state about a month ago. With the kids heading back to school , we wanted to go to see the Ocean. We live in Camden close to Elizabeth City. Where would be the best beach in Nags Head or Virginia. We aren't big beach swimmers but being from Michigan we have never even seen a jelly fish let alone get stung. We are 4 kids 15, 6, 6, 20 months, Any suggestion on where would be cloest for us to go to.

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Old 08-23-2008, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Niles, Michigan
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We found the Ocean and went to Naga Head. Very nice the kids loved it. Not being from here I couldn't believe how long it toook to get there as the traffic was terrible. Is it always like that? Where are all those people going. WE headed back home around 5 and it was worse then when we came.
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Old 08-23-2008, 06:59 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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We found the Ocean and went to Naga Head. Very nice the kids loved it. Not being from here I couldn't believe how long it toook to get there as the traffic was terrible. Is it always like that? Where are all those people going. WE headed back home around 5 and it was worse then when we came.

There pretty much one road east to west and one mostly north to south everyone like you are on summer break before labor day. It is not like that in the off season Except during Hurricane evacuations.
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:21 PM
 
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Have you checked out White Lake yet. Not the ocean, but a beautiful place for families to vacation and I love the Lake and believe at the deepest part it is about 8 feet deep and the water is ever so warm.
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