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Old 06-23-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Newport News, Virginia
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I have a friend and her young daughter coming to visit this week, and they want to go to a beach. I'm a little wary of bringing five kids (none of them great swimmers) to the oceanfront. Huntington Beach is the closest beach to us in Newport News, but I've never been there, and, honestly, I'm a little unsure about that part of town.

Does anybody have any thoughts (positive or negative) on Huntington Beach?
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Paradise
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They've had lots of problems with contamination the past few years. Personally, I think Buckroe is nicer.

Or you might consider Yorktown.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I have a friend and her young daughter coming to visit this week, and they want to go to a beach. I'm a little wary of bringing five kids (none of them great swimmers) to the oceanfront. Huntington Beach is the closest beach to us in Newport News, but I've never been there, and, honestly, I'm a little unsure about that part of town.

Does anybody have any thoughts (positive or negative) on Huntington Beach?
I think Huntington Beach is pretty so-so. I agree with lunetune on Yorktown and Buckroe. Can't say I'm fully objective having lived in Hampton and York Co.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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HBeach is great for kids and very safe. We went for the last time in October'12. Lots of middle class AA families. Plus it has bathrooms. I would escort the kids to the bathrooms tho. I did not see any homeless but I can imagine if there are any the restrooms would be a good place to sleep/wash up. There's a huge playground too. I strongly recommend swimshoes due to industrial bits (lots of cut small lumber pieces) and those damn Horseshoes. Nasty!!

I like Buckroe too but The waves were rougher. Lots of YOUNG families- 22 yo and their babies and toddlers. Again huge playground that the kids prefered over the beach

Have fun!
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Do Buckroe as I feel like it is more beach like for your purposes. York Beach will have the jellyfish and you want to be able to get into the water. At Buckroe, you will feel like you are in the Atlantic vs a river (York and Huntington).
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Newport News, Virginia
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Thanks everybody!! This article in today's Daily Press offers some good information, too:

Beach Report: Hampton Roads looking good for beach-goers as summer kicks off - dailypress.com
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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I know this is late but I used to live right near there. The beach is just OK - kind of yucky river water but the kids will have a good time. It's safe - it's not near the scary part of NN.
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