The wife & I drove down past the commercial beaches to Malaquite and the National Seashore to "get-away;" and that we did! If you drive past the Welcome Center a few miles, the road ends on the beach. We drove down the beach several miles to a point where there were no others in sight. It was wonderful (and a stark contrast to the commercial beach). We had a 4WD, and I recommend the same! It would be real easy and very expensive to get stuck!