One of my most memorable beach experiences and most relaxing was on the beach of the Outer Banks of Cape Hatteras, NC. One August my husband and I and our four children camped at a KOA campground in a tent. We had never been there before, and we had no idea there were no trees. At first I thought "oh no it is going to be at hot one! " We set up our tent and ran off to the ocean. I was amazed at the whiteness of the sand and the blueness of the water, a dark navy blue as I remember it. The breeze off the ocean was constant, and I was amazed that I did not feel the sun's heat or I thought. After the first day we were all a bright shade of red. None of us were severely burnt, but I knew we had to use the suntan lotion. Back then we did not have sunscreen.
We fished, but I can't remember what I caught. Couldn't have been anything big. We visited the Elizabethean Gardens, the Old ships, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, The Wright brothers, the Sand Dunes and much more I can't remember, but if anyone wants to go there I can look up the good things we saw.
The one thing my husband always talks about is the dog who befriended me while I was sitting on the beach. I was by myself and no one else in sight and this beagle walked up and sat right down next to me like he was my dog. I looked around for the owner saw no one. He stayed with me for sometime and walked with me along the beach, and then he left. Never saw him again.
There were no boardwalks, no shops other than the camping store. To some this may sound really boring, but it was a good place "to come back to center" as they say. We enjoyed quality family time. It is funny though, I thought the kids loved it and had a wonderful time. This experience I thought would be in their memory for life. Most of them don't remember it. No matter what they say the experience gave them the value of a family, and they carry that with them today.
I added a page link http://www.icw-net.com/ for info about the area if anyone is interested. Please share your favorite beach experience with me. I'd love to hear about it. I will be posting more of my experiences in the future, so keep checking back.