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Old 01-19-2008, 10:24 PM
 
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Default Closest Beach to Memphis...NO DESTIN :) Please....

What is the closest beach with nice sand and a NON Memphis cluttered beach. My understanding is that Memphians flock to Destin ..are there any gems out there that will allow me to see some new faces? Driving distance please!http://pics3.city-data.com/forum/ima...es/biggrin.gif
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Try the Mississippi Gulf Coast---Gulfport/Biloxi. There was still residual damage from Katrina but it was being cleaned up when I went thru there a year and a half ago. There are available hotels/motels, and it's a straight shot south and closer. Take I-55 south to Jackson to US49 south. You can get the exact directions and distance from mapquest. US90 is the east-west road along the beach "Beach Road." Check it out, it may be the alternative that you're looking for.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:29 AM
 
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Isn't Gulf Shores, AL called "Memphis South"? I think that's the main area Memphians easily drive to, but I've never thought it was cluttered with Memphians. Who cares? It's not like you are forced to talk to them about BBQ when you're there. I've never run into anyone I know there, and even if I did...I'd probably look the other way and keep on moving
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:59 AM
 
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Gulf Shores, AL is very nice and an easy drive. It can be as secluded as you want, or full of 'excitement.' I never notice a bunch of Memphians when there. Seems like people come from all areas....just like any beach in the U.S.
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Middleburg, FL
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Panama City, FL, is one area. If you want a good beach that is more secluded, I'd recommend St. George Island, FL, which is about 65 miles east of Panama City:

St. George Island Vacation Rentals and Real Estate - Suncoast Realty & Property Management Inc.

The above link is one of plenty of vacation property rental places. I use them because their rates are usually lower than anyone else on the island. I am in NO WAY affiliated with or related to them, so feel free to Google "St. George Island, FL" for more info.
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Old 01-23-2008, 12:18 PM
 
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My favorite beach is Corpus Christi / Padre Island, which is a 13-hour drive from Memphis, four hours longer than Panama City Beach.
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Old 01-23-2008, 03:01 PM
 
Location: East Nashville, TN
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Pensacola has a very nice beach...good for families, not spring-breakers.

MS and even AL are too dirty for my taste. The MS river dumps everything practically at your feet that far west.
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:19 PM
 
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MMMMMMMMMMM--Mississippi waste water.....
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Old 02-03-2008, 07:57 PM
 
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Thanks all for your advice!!
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