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    billiejean
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    Hello everyone,

    My girlfriend and I are planning our yearly summer getaway and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for beaches near here that are relatively close (drivable distance & outside of Ohio).

    I was thinking originally about Myrtle beach, but the hotel prices are pretty crazy in end of July. I’ve also already been to Myrtle a couple of times and open to trying something new (Possibly Virgina beach?).

    Thanks for all your help in advance!!!

    EDIT: After a bit of searching, found a couple precious forum topics, but they were more about beaches you could fly to or beaches inside Ohio.

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/beach-destinations

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/nearest-beach-to-cbus

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    We went to Virgina Beach last year and had a really good time. It was about a 10 hour drive, not too bad a drive either.
    The boardwalk was really neat. Nice and clean with lot of places to eat and drink on the beach. The fishing pier was really popular if that’s your thing.
    We stayed at First Landing state park, bought our bicycles and biked to the boardwalk from our cabin.
    Kiptopeke State Park is worth the drive since you’ll be there anyway.
    I highly recommend a trip to the small Victorian town of Cape Charles, really neat little place.
    Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island are also worth a gander.
    We done some kayaking at Chesapeake’s Back Bay and parasailing at Rudee Inlet.

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    You didn’t specify Ocean venue or not.

    If the great lakes is a possibility, Saugatuk, Michigan is highly recommended.

    It is rated in the top 25 by Conde Naste magazine.

    National Geographic Traveler ranked it # 2.

    In the summer Saugatuk really comes to life, it is artist haven with many things to see and do. Numerous dining options to fit any price point as well as lodging options.

    http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/michigan/saugatuck

    http://saugatuck.com/index.asp

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    There are many good dune parks on Lake Michigan.

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    Our family has always enjoyed Florida’s emerald coast (Ft. Walton Beach, Destin, Seaside…). Last year we went in mid-August and took advantage of lower, off season rates in Ft. Walton. Most kids in the south go back to school in early August so the beaches were pretty empty – that and the oil spill scared people away :-)

    http://www.emeraldcoast.com/

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    I’ll vouch for Destin being a beautiful beach, but it’s not just outside of Ohio and nowhere near short driving distance :)

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    Mister Shifter wrote >>
    I’ll vouch for Destin being a beautiful beach, but it’s not just outside of Ohio and nowhere near short driving distance :)

    Definitely not nearby, but drivable (11-12 hrs) and worth it if you’re going for a week. Driving through Alabama seems to take forever….

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    Check out Ocean City, Maryland. Drive time is about 8-10 hours from Columbus. It has a long, wide beach side boardwalk with all kinds of bars, tourist traps, and tons of things to do and see all around the area. IMO it’s a lot like Myrtle but a lot cleaner and w/o the huge crowds. If your wanting to stay on a boardwalk, we’ve had good experiences at this Holiday Inn. http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/ocean-city/oceaa/hoteldetail/directions

    Been to Fort Walton/Destin area and it is also very nice. When the wife is in the mood to vacation by relaxing and reading a book all day while sitting on the beach, Fort Walton is it.

    Also love the Sarasota area of Florida. Siesta Key is one of the top ranked white sand beaches in the country. If art and expensive shopping is your thing, you can’t beat that area.

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    …go to Hasrrison’s Harbor Watch, sit at the bar, and watch them make oyster stew…

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    Long Beach Island is 9 hours. I’ve never been “in season” but it’s really beautiful in the autumn.

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    CooperGuy wrote >>
    Check out Ocean City, Maryland. Drive time is about 8-10 hours from Columbus. It has a long, wide beach side boardwalk with all kinds of bars, tourist traps, and tons of things to do and see all around the area. IMO it’s a lot like Myrtle but a lot cleaner and w/o the huge crowds. If your wanting to stay on a boardwalk, we’ve had good experiences at this Holiday Inn. http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/ocean-city/oceaa/hoteldetail/directions
    Been to Fort Walton/Destin area and it is also very nice. When the wife is in the mood to vacation by relaxing and reading a book all day while sitting on the beach, Fort Walton is it.
    Also love the Sarasota area of Florida. Siesta Key is one of the top ranked white sand beaches in the country. If art and expensive shopping is your thing, you can’t beat that area.

    I really like the idea of going to Ocean City. Seems relatively low key but still warm and has a nice big beach. Plus the drive is only 9.5 hours away from downtown C-bus.

    If I do end up going to Myrtle, does anyone know if North or South is better?

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    Double post.

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    RE: MB. North is nicer, less crowded. Might be more expensive though. If you go up check out the Cherry Grove pier.
    fyi, the reason I posted http://www.assateagueisland.com/
    is it’s prximity to Ocean city.

    Rehoboth Beach, DE is nice too. it is North of Ocean City.

    http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/delaware/rehoboth-beach

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