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“Visitors not really welcome”
Review of Pickering Beach

Pickering Beach
Ranked #17 of 35 things to do in Dover
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Visitors not really welcome”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

This seems more like a small community that doesn't really want tourists. All resident only parking. Very little info. It's in the bat as well so the water wouldn't be great for swimming.

In may/June the trip would probably be worth it with the horseshoe crab migration. Other than that don't waste your time

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English first
Dover, Delaware
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“save the horseshoe crabs”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

this beach in april is the place to be for nature lovers. you can witness first hand the migration, mating and egg burying of the horseshoe crab. local enthusiasts are at the beach collecting eggs in marked areas as these eggs are a particular favorite of birds that also follow the migration. you can also "upright" a crab sleeping after a long busy amorous night in their quest to walk back into the bay! the view from this beach is great and it is pleasant for strolling but unfortunately not for swimming!

Visited April 2012
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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“For fishing and boating, not sunbathing and swimming”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

There were several people fishing here and slips for boats, but there did not appear to be anyplace for swimming or just lying down on the beach. If you're going to fish or boat, then bump up my rating by a couple of notches to very good. We parked, looked around, then got back in our car to go to another beach. There was some sort of festival the day we were there, so there were several trucks with food, ice cream, etc. I don't know what is available on a normal day.

Visited August 2012
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Bristol, CT
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64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“An adventure...”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

This beach looked good from a distance, nice and quiet, secluded from hustle and bustle. We were unpleasantly surprised when we couldn't find parking (everywhere said residents only) so we parked at a house that seemed to be condemned. We walked maybe 50 feet to the beach to find white sugary sand. It was great, until sandmites, or whatever they were, started attacking us! We got some exercise running from them. We couldn't retreat to the water, since from the sand to water that appeared "swimable" was about 100 feet of mud. There were thousands of snails in the mud, which our kids had fun playing with (my son wanted to take one home as a pet but we said no extra guests allowed in the hotel). Pickering Beach is declared an official horseshoe crab sanctuary, but unfortunately, the only ones we could see were dead. They were gigantic which was interesting, but not moving, which was sad. I would not recommend this beach to anyone until there is a massive clean-up.

Visited August 2012
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