Too bad, Florida: North Carolina beach called best in the nation

Move over Florida and Hawaii. Your beaches are no longer the best. The nation's best place to get a tan and enjoy the ocean's waves in 2007 is North Carolina's Ocracoke Island, a place so remote that even ... Full Story
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Chickadee

Chesterfield, MO

#98 Jun 8, 2007
So Fla wrote:
Everything is better in North Carolina. There are way fewer people, home insurance costs less than $350 annually, property taxes rarely go over $1,500 for a nice house, the schools are better (due to adequate funding from a state income tax), there are fewer northeasterns (specifically fewer NY, NJ, CT and MA). There are more recreational opportunities and housing costs less than 1/2 what it does in So Fla. You don't have to drive all day to leave the state. You can get to any number of states in just a few hours - all of them with recreational activities such as caves, mountain climbing, hiking and skiing. The weather gets cooler than 80 degrees at night and English is spoken and understood by pretty much everyone. The list goes on and on.
Actually, almost every place in the US is better than Florida, except maybe some areas of the northeast. Florida has nice winter weather (if you don't like cool weather) but that's about it. The other 9 months are sweltering.
Quite frankly, other than work, family or people who really dislike the cold, I don't know why anyone would live here.
I'm with you on that! My home is for sale and I have tried and tried to convince the hubby to leave but he refuses. With the housing market like it is I still have lots of time to make his life miserable (uuuh, I mean change his mind).
Almost a native

United States

#99 Jun 8, 2007
And on June 5, 2007, the Broward County Commission voted to put another nail in the coffin of John Lloyd State Park by planning to build a runway that will allow commercial jets to take off and land directly over the beach. No wonder people want to leave this area. Politicians and greedy builders are killing it inch by inch, acre by acre.
missTheTrees

West Palm Beach, FL

#100 Jun 8, 2007
Lomajean wrote:
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The beaches on the Gulf Coast of Florida are by far and away, the BEST in the country.....mainland USA....Hawaii is in a league all their own. The Gulf beaches have sugar white sand and you are comparing that toilet called New Jersey to that? At least the beaches here in Florida don't have syringes and medical waste like the ones in that sh!thole New Jersey. And why would anyone want to go to some redneck place like North Carolina? I guess if you are a racist...then North Carolina is the place for you.....and I guess when it's 30 degrees in February in NC and 80 degrees in Florida....never mind!
In February you can get great surf fishing.
missTheTrees

West Palm Beach, FL

#101 Jun 8, 2007
Ted Kelly wrote:
It is incorrect to say that you can only get there by plane or boat,(NC operates a ferry service that you can use. I am a HUGE Ocracoke Island fan! I traveled the 40 miles from my home in Morehead City, NC. We visited only a month before the hurricane buried it under 4ft of sand. Like a cross between Key West, Myrtle Beach and Cape Hat. Lovable atmosphere!
I love it too. But a ferry really is a boat.
missTheTrees

West Palm Beach, FL

#102 Jun 8, 2007
Almost a native wrote:
And on June 5, 2007, the Broward County Commission voted to put another nail in the coffin of John Lloyd State Park by planning to build a runway that will allow commercial jets to take off and land directly over the beach. No wonder people want to leave this area. Politicians and greedy builders are killing it inch by inch, acre by acre.
The planes have been landing over there for years.
Have you ever been there?
bad boy

Hollywood, FL

#104 Jun 8, 2007
Big deal. All of them look like dirty parking lots compared with the coral sand beaches of the Caribbean.
Clueless

United States

#105 Jun 8, 2007
GOOD go home no beaches here at all...they are all ugly full of sharks...you don't want to come here go cram the states that the best beaches are in...leave us alone...
Clueless

United States

#106 Jun 8, 2007
bad boy wrote:
Big deal. All of them look like dirty parking lots compared with the coral sand beaches of the Caribbean.
You need to get outta MIAMI!
evobiker

United States

#107 Jun 9, 2007
There you go, Fort Lauderdale. No reason now to hold off on massive condo construction along A1A. Hey, the beaches suck anyway, so why not sell them to the highest bidder.(You can then cash your "bonus" checks and move to NC).
babs

London, KY

#108 Jun 9, 2007
Nancy wrote:
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Florida is the worst state is the US.
And how many have you visited or lived in?
Major8

Hope Mills, NC

#109 Aug 3, 2007
All of this profound knowledge coming from the man in Vermont ( a wonderful beach state ). I lived in Clearwater Florida and have visited countless beaches in sunny Florida. Before you pollute peoples minds with your obvious lack of knowledge ,you may want to visit Ocracoke Island N.C.. Voted #1 beach in the country and #5 in the world for 2007. PERIOD !!!.....Anywhere on the OBX of N.C. has wonderful beaches. Hypothermic only happens in Vermont. With the gulf stream only 15 miles off the coast of Ocracoke, you can swim right into October. N.C. also has very few people with blue hair running you off the road like the Sunshine State. Wake up and smell the ocean Mr. Vermont, your missing a wonderful world out there. Nevermind, forget that, just keep following the other clueless tourists to FLORIDA.
Soir wrote:
North Carolina has a coast, not abeach. A beach is that nice place that has white sand and warm, clear blue waters.
Hypothermic coastal areas do not a beach make, no matter how much nature it may have.
The best beaches that the continental US has are in Florida, period.
Newt

Seattle, WA

#110 Dec 26, 2011
I've been to both SFL and NC beaches this year; Florida beaches really blow in comparison. "Pristine and natural?" The hell are you smoking, cheif?...There's not a "natural" beach left in the entire state of Florida, and I say that as a man with a GPS and the internet to help find them, who's been coming here every year for twenty years. No comparison; this article is spot-on.

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