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Old 07-21-2007, 07:35 PM
 
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I have friends that live in Northern Minnesota that want to take their family to the beach this summer, but they don't know what beach to go to, they'd go to anything on the East Coast or Gulf Coast (Not West coast), that you can rent a house in, and isn't overcrowded, and has plenty of side attractions (like museums), and has good seafood restraunts (they love seafood). They also need help on what route to take, they would of course like to take a fast route, but they would also like to take some scenic routes, and they do NOT want to go near Chicago. They live in Gilbert, Minnesota to be exact. They will leave sometime in early August.

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Old 07-22-2007, 09:31 AM
 
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No replies? Come on! The adults have never been to the beach in a long time (They used to go to Myrtle Beach, but that place started to turn into a dump.) The kids are already in elementary school but have only left the state once, and they never have been to the ocean or gulf. (They went to Indiana Dunes once when the kids were toddlers, but that Great Lakes, not ocean.) Oh, and when you give the route, make sure you give them a good town to stay in a hotel on the way, because they probably won't go through the whole trip in one day.

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Old 07-22-2007, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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Why not the west coast ? The beaches are the best ! I am from So Cal originally. I live on the east coast for a bit and really didn't like the beaches there. But if they are dead set against the West Coast, maybe Hilton Head,SC or Tybee Is., GA.
Tybee is not as crowded as Hilton head and you could drive 15-20 min to Savannah for museums, historic district and there lots of great seafood.
Good luck !
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Old 07-22-2007, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Maybe there are few replies because you mentioned not wanting overcrowded! All the beaches are pretty well full this time of the year. Florida has a lonnnnnng coastline and you have your choice of Atlantic or Gulf, penisula or panhandle, or keys.

I think almost anyone would enjoy the Keys and it's actually less crowded this time of the year because the snowbirds went home a few months ago and won't be back until October/November. And there's definitely not a lack of anything to see in the Keys, particularly Key West. Several museums/historical places.

Lots of people rent out their timeshares along the beaches. Just do a search and I'm sure you'll find many rentals available. Not sure this applies to the Keys, but you could try.
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:01 AM
 
Location: on an island
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No replies? Come on! The adults have never been to the beach in a long time (They used to go to Myrtle Beach, but that place started to turn into a dump.) The kids are already in elementary school but have only left the state once, and they never have been to the ocean or gulf. (They went to Indiana Dunes once when the kids were toddlers, but that Great Lakes, not ocean.) Oh, and when you give the route, make sure you give them a good town to stay in a hotel on the way, because they probably won't go through the whole trip in one day.
I did not reply originally because you required uncrowdedness along with plenty of side attractions.
And this is not the kind of trip you plan at the last minute.
I think you (or they) can figure out the route easily enough on Mapquest

The beaches at Cape San Blas (Gulf, northwest side) are some of the cleanest, least crowded, and unsullied in the nation. Sugar-white sand and emerald water.
But the amenities and side attractions are few.
Over here on the northeast coast, it is a bit more crowded, the beaches not as gorgeous as the Cape, but there is a bit more to do. Google Amelia Island.
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Old 07-23-2007, 08:18 AM
 
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Default cape san blas it is

I showed them all 5 of the beaches mentioned in this topic and they thought Cape San Blas was the best. They were shocked when I showed them that the sand is pure white, and also it is nearby Panama City which has all the side attractions.
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:44 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I showed them all 5 of the beaches mentioned in this topic and they thought Cape San Blas was the best. They were shocked when I showed them that the sand is pure white, and also it is nearby Panama City which has all the side attractions.
Panama City does have plenty of side attractions, just remember that from Cape San Blas, it is almost an hour away. There is also Mexico Beach, which is very nice and maybe 20 minutes closer to PC.
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