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Old 07-22-2014, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Island Beach State Park is nice, but if you want to see unblemished barrier islands, start here on Hog Island, VA and travel 50 miles north or south.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ho...1ad24d98973239

It's just miles...

http://www.vims.edu/esl/_photoset/es...er_islands.jpg

And miles...

http://www.easternshorevablog.com/wp...2/DSC_0072.jpg

And miles of undeveloped beach.

Virginia's only accessible (by car) ocean beaches are Virginia Beach and Assateague (and even that's a National Seashore). You need a boat to get to the other islands.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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But if it doesn't have palm trees, is it really a beach? Or an island?
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:06 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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That's disappointing to hear about Sapelo. Years ago, and this is the reason I mentioned it in the earlier post, you could not visit Sapelo unless you were a guest of a resident.
Anyone that wants to visit Sapelo can do so. It is a $2.00, eight minute ferry ride. You do not need special permission. It does help to have transportation booked once you get there, however
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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But if it doesn't have palm trees, is it really a beach? Or an island?
It's strange how some people associate palm trees with "paradise" automatically. Whatever the natural vegetation is in an area, it's beautiful in its own way. Maine has pine trees on its beaches, but nobody would question that it has a beautiful coast.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Same goes for the PNW. While the ocean is too cold to swim, the coastline is pretty and no palm trees.

But, I would say that a "paradise Corona beach" would have to require warmer weather, warmer water, and palm trees: something that those locations don't have (well, the PNW and New England actually do get warm summer weather, but that is about it). Places like Charleston, San Diego, Clearwater, Miami, Honolulu, Savannah, Outer Banks, Daytona Beach, Destin, Bahia Honda...those are places in the US associated with the tropical (or almost-tropical) beach vacation you see in postcards.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:13 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Same goes for the PNW. While the ocean is too cold to swim, the coastline is pretty and no palm trees.

But, I would say that a "paradise Corona beach" would have to require warmer weather, warmer water, and palm trees: something that those locations don't have (well, the PNW and New England actually do get warm summer weather, but that is about it). Places like Charleston, San Diego, Clearwater, Miami, Honolulu, Savannah, Outer Banks, Daytona Beach, Destin, Bahia Honda...those are places in the US associated with the tropical (or almost-tropical) beach vacation you see in postcards.
I'd have to say south of I-4/Orlando/Tampa Bay for the tropical "paradise Corona beach" image. Charleston and Outer Banks don't really make the cut in that aspect. South Florida and Hawaii are really the only areas of the US that conjure up those images. Places such as Myrtle Beach and San Diego certainly have beach culture, just not like the tropical paradise kind. They got to be coconut palms, palmetto palms...not quite. Just my opinion.

That said, New England has more of a beach culture than the PNW for sure. You can get in the water in the summer on the RI shoreline or Marthas Vineyard as the gulf stream brings warmer currents up that way. Maine is chillier for sure, but people and especially kids (young blood) are in the water up there too. In the Pacific NW the salt water temps never get warmer than 55 degrees.

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Old 07-24-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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The Florida Keys
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:12 PM
 
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Definitely Topsail Island, NC for me!

Topsail Island
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