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“Wish they would stop closing the beaches .....”

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Owner description: A national seashore preserve that has the most extensive stretch of undeveloped seashore along the Atlantic coast.
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
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“Wish they would stop closing the beaches .....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

We have been visiting the Cape Hatteras National Seashore for close to 20 years -- loving each summer and fall visit for all of the reasons listed above .... beautiful beach, birds, no commercialism, warm water, solitude. Last year the NPS instituted the $50 beach permit (which quite frankly they had been talking about for a number of years in order to reduce the numbers of people driving on the beach). I get that --- what I don't get is how much of the beach they have closed to driving! Cape Hatteras is popular for fisherman as well as vacationers and it seems that they have begun charging a pretty high user fee and then cramming those folks into smaller and smaller sections of the beach! Where is the balance? Stop closing the beaches please and let the people who pay for the seashore enjoy the seashore!

Visited September 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
“Driving on the beach in our Jeep!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

With a simple to get permit, you can drive on the beach in designated areas, not only is this a great experience, but it gives you the freedom to spend the day on the beach with all your gear! Good for the week, 50$ charge for tourists!

Visited September 2013
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Lebanon, Pa
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Seniors, Looking for Solitude?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

Yes, it's a long drive from south-central PA...Yes, it's 'out of the way'...But, guess what?..it is absolutely the best beach experience of your life..We go mid-September... No family's, no kids, still warm water, basically deserted beaches...Were there yesterday for over two hours and never saw another person...No fast food, no amusements, only local shopping at locally owned businesses...It just doesn't get any better....

Visited September 2013
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3 Thank Ernie S
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Titusville
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1,614 reviews
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“Beaches, birds and beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

Sunrise on one side and sunsets on the other. No shops, fast foods or Hammocks for sale. It is just pure nature from the seashore to the marches. Birds are everywhere, the sea changes every day with the wind, and no one is here. the fall is a great time to visit the cape and we found this stretch of National Park Drive wonderful. Keep it natural.

Visited September 2013
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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Super Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

The sun. The sand. The ocean. The untamed beauty. It just doesn't get any better that this! Great beaches! Lots to see and do during the summer season.

Visited September 2013
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