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« on: February 27, 2010, 12:18:02 AM »

I'm looking to plan a small vacation to the east coast, maybe southeast.  Looking for a nice quiet area near the coast for camping.

Now I've got a bunch of rambunctious nature loving boys that would love nothing better than spend days wading in the water finding sea creatures (that we won't find here in MI!)

I'm wondering if along the coast of say...south carolina, what we can find as far as that goes?  Are there areas where there are tide pools and such where the critters are concentrated?  Urchins, starfish, crabs, etc etc.   

I've been on Puget Sound, and there were rocky tide pools there, but I didn't see much like that the few brief times I've been to the east coast.

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2010, 08:41:07 AM »

I'm not sure if this helps, but I saw something about Hunting Island Park in Beaufort, SC on travel channel and they had the tide pools, and sea urchin things you are looking for. Where Beaufort is I have no idea. We always went to Myrtle Beach.  grin  Friends of ours went to St George Island FL and spent lots of time crabbing and fishing. They went on and on about how secluded the area was. Our last vacation was to Ft Morgan Alabama and while it was beautiful and I'd definitely go again, they had more jellyfish than anything.  shocked But the water stayed shallow for quite a ways and the kids found lots of sand dollars and starfish ("look mom, its Patrick!")  Hopefully someone who lives in that area will help you out.



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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2010, 11:30:28 AM »

Mairsy_doats is correct, the place you want to go is Hunting Iland State Park, where you camp right on the beach study the links I have given you here, and click on the different areas, such as light house, fishing pier, map of the park. The whole island is a state park, and has many different sections to it. When you are camping, all other areas of the park are free, my wife and I go down there, and love to fish off the pier, and in the lagoon (no fishing license needed) on the pier, they will even loan you deepsea fishing gear. We have reservations there for the second week of may, and we were there in october. You can click on the map of campground, and see where there are vacancys, and make your reservations on the computer. Last oct ober we had too split on two sights, for the five days we wanted to be there, spent two days on one sight, and three days on the sight next too it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2010, 11:39:49 AM »

Hey I forgot to add the links grin

http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/1019.aspx

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g54135-d284849-Reviews-Hunting_Island_State_Park_Campground-Beaufort_South_Carolina.html

http://www.friends-of-hunting-island-sc.org/turtles.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting_Island_State_Park

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Hunting_Island/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=SC&parkId=10114
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2010, 10:42:44 PM »

Thanks for the tips!  That looks like just the spot! Smiley  I'm going to start planning on it. 

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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2010, 06:22:06 AM »

Thanks for the tips!  That looks like just the spot! Smiley  I'm going to start planning on it. 

Rick


What time of the year do you plan to go?
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2010, 08:46:42 AM »

Probably the second half of August...my kids aren't in school yet but most of the rest of the nation's are.  Lots of available spots pretty much anywhere still at this point.  Sounds like there's lots of bug and still pretty hot then.
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2010, 05:36:25 PM »

Probably the second half of August...my kids aren't in school yet but most of the rest of the nation's are.  Lots of available spots pretty much anywhere still at this point.  Sounds like there's lots of bug and still pretty hot then.


If you can plan your time a good bit ahead, make your reservation ahead of time on the internet, and pick a sight close to the ocean. That is what I do, there is always a breeze off the beach, and the bugs do not bother you. If you get a sight back off the beach, close to the edge of the forest and brush, you will need the bug spray. But that is why they make "off".
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2010, 12:48:21 PM »

Thanks for the replies!  After checking out those links and some of the pictures, my wife and I (and kids, of course) are pretty excited about this!

Lakeman, if you don't mind as we get further in trying to figure out all what we're going to do there, I'll probably drop you some PM's.  I've got lots of things I want to do with the kids but don't know how to do any of it and if I know a little bit how to, I think it will be more sucessfull.  Things like crabbing, clamming, fishing, checking out the fishing boats, etc etc.  We have beautiful beaches here with nice normal-tasting water, but none of the wildlife like at the ocean....

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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2010, 06:11:29 PM »

Thanks for the replies!  After checking out those links and some of the pictures, my wife and I (and kids, of course) are pretty excited about this!

Lakeman, if you don't mind as we get further in trying to figure out all what we're going to do there, I'll probably drop you some PM's.  I've got lots of things I want to do with the kids but don't know how to do any of it and if I know a little bit how to, I think it will be more sucessfull.  Things like crabbing, clamming, fishing, checking out the fishing boats, etc etc.  We have beautiful beaches here with nice normal-tasting water, but none of the wildlife like at the ocean....

Rick



Here are some more sources of information, you can find most any thing you need. I would be glad to help you if needed. You do not need a salt water license to fish from the fishing pier in the state park. You would though for surf fishing.

http://www.charlestonfishing.com/forum/default.asp

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish.html

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/shellfish/regs.html

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/saltwater.html

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/publications.html

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/saltwaterlegislation.html

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/saltwaterlegislation.html

Google sc clamming
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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2010, 06:16:05 PM »

Forgot too explaine, the first link, charlstonfishing.com forum, is a very good SC saltwater fishing forum, that covers all salt water ventures, you can join it and log in on the forum and get all kinds of info.
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