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I live in Charlotte, NC and we are planning a beach trip and was wondering what is a great beach to go to. I've been to the Outer Banks countless times as well as North and South Myrtle and Oceans Isle. We have a trip in June planned at Tybee Island right outside Savannah, GA. So, where are some good places besides what I have listed above? I'd prefer minimum commercialism (ala the outer banks and Ocean Isle).

Places I dont want to go cause Ive been there before, Willmington, NC; Charleston, SC. We will be driving, so I dont want to go too far away, but Im willing to hear ideas all up and down the east coast.

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Is it commercialized though?

Yes, mostly. Sandbridge (southern Va bch) is less hustle bustle and more laid back.

I know you said you have been to the OBX. but have you stayed in Corova? You have to drive on the beach to get there. It's just north of Corolla. Wild horses and all the tranquility you want.

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If you want non-commercialized try Assatague and Chincoteague islands. It's not at all touristy, it's a rather small town, the beach is nice.. long and broad, but no lifeguards, no boardwalk, no hotels on the beach.. no big hotels at all really,, bed and breakfasts.

~Bang

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Yes, mostly. Sandbridge (southern Va bch) is less hustle bustle and more laid back.

I know you said you have been to the OBX. but have you stayed in Corova? You have to drive on the beach to get there. It's just north of Corolla. Wild horses and all the tranquility you want.

How would a Toyota Sequioa do on driving on the beach to get there?

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How would a Toyota Sequioa do on driving on the beach to get there?

I have seen station wagons riding on the beach down there. Mainly drivable packed sand, but i wouldn't risk driving anything w/o 4wd. You can make the drive in a 2wd vehicle, but that requires a good driver so you don't get stuck. Most people get stuck going to and from the beach access', and the trails lining Corova. It's a great place for trail riding with 4 wheelers and dune buggies. You just need to be mindful of the wildlife roaming around. Run over a wild horse and you will be chased out of town by a lynch mob

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sorry, i flubbed the spelling. Corava should be "CAROVA"

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I have seen station wagons riding on the beach down there. Mainly drivable packed sand, but i wouldn't risk driving anything w/o 4wd. You can make the drive in a 2wd vehicle, but that requires a good driver so you don't get stuck. Most people get stuck going to and from the beach access', and the trails lining Corova. It's a great place for trail riding with 4 wheelers and dune buggies. You just need to be mindful of the wildlife roaming around. Run over a wild horse and you will be chased out of town by a lynch mob

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sorry, i flubbed the spelling. Corava should be "CAROVA"

I have 4 wheel drive, but that vehicle is sooooo heavy, it scares me that it might sink if I drive it on a beach.

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By the way, when you say that you have been to Charleston, does that mean that you have been to Kiawah island south of Charleston? It's pretty nice.

Cant say that I have, I'll give it a look

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Kiawah Island, only 4 hours from my house, according to mapquest.com, which means its probably like 3 1/2 to 3 hours 45 minutes. Looks pretty cool. Is there a lot of local restaraunts? How commercialized is it?

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If you want non-commercialized try Assatague and Chincoteague islands. It's not at all touristy, it's a rather small town, the beach is nice.. long and broad, but no lifeguards, no boardwalk, no hotels on the beach.. no big hotels at all really,, bed and breakfasts.

~Bang

Don't forget the mosquitoes that will tear your @$$ up and the horse flies that will break your windshield just to get at you.

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Don't forget the mosquitoes that will tear your @$$ up.

Mosquitoes nothing. It's those big green horseflies. When the wind blows from the land side, all the flies that feed off the horses get blown to the beach, and they eat you alive. Leave welts the size of nickels all over you. I've never been bitten as badly as I was at Assateague.

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Cant say that I have, I'll give it a look

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Kiawah Island, only 4 hours from my house, according to mapquest.com, which means its probably like 3 1/2 to 3 hours 45 minutes. Looks pretty cool. Is there a lot of local restaraunts? How commercialized is it?

It's nice. Lots of golf and tennis, and lots of woods and beach. Thre are several restaurants, and quite few more just off the island at Bohicket Marina.

http://www.kiawahresort.com/kiawah-island-south-carolina-map/

There's a lot of money going through Kiawah, so it isn't cheap, but it's not NYC expensive. Seabrook Island which is the next one south, is even more quiet and exclusive.

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Caribbean.... Rent a sailboat and sail around to the US Park and British Park Services Moorings. Best beach vacation ever.

Get yourself a cruising guide and you can read about all the pirate towns which used to be on the various islands and what happened to them as you sail on by. Don't forget to go to the Bath's and the Indians, and the Bitter End Yacht club.

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We always took the kids to Bethany Beach in Delaware. It's kind of like Duck on the commericialization scale, not drive-on-the-beach isolated but not high-rise and neon lights either. Just a quiet, uncrowded beach vacation. And you're within 20 minutes or so from Ocean City and Rehoboth if you're looking for more stuff to do.

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Garden City Beach/Surfside Beach, SC. 95% family vacation houses and a drive to get to ANYTHING. If you don't like crowds and you just want to relax and enjoy the beach, this is a good place to go. Short drive to Myrtle Beach if you get bored. I never do though.

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