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« on: January 13, 2019, 04:39 PM »

I have some work leave coming up in June, trying to plan ahead.  Resolved to finally experience some proper coastal winds.

Can any US east-coast flying veterans on here recommend any prime spots? 

My only criteria besides the beach itself is reasonably-priced accommodation, preferably nearby so I don't have to rent a car.

Been using various online travel aids but it's a pretty wide net.  Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2019, 04:47 PM »

Please be more specific.. What part of the US East coast??  The Outer Banks of North Carolina are heard to beat. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 05:18 PM »

Please be more specific..

Basically open to any suggestions from Maine down to mid-coast that isn't mega-touristy.  The Outer Banks look really promising.  Probably don't want to go much further south than that to save on airfare.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2019, 04:21 AM »

The Outer Banks is best before tourist season in the summer. Jockey Ridge in Kill Devil Hills across from Kitty Hawk Kites is very popular. The off shore breezes can be pretty stiff though and the heat can be hard to  bear beyond 10:00 am.

We went to a beach in Assateague in MD but the beach was very narrow, maybe 75'. You'd probably have to do some research to find a better place to fly.

Ocean City, MD is not good up beyond 100th street because of the condos, very narrow beach and condos right there on the beach. It's supposed to be good down by the Kite Loft though. We stayed at 110th Street and it was not convenient to drag the whole family down there so I can't really say much more about that. It's supposed to be decent down there. I didn't like the divided highway to get up and down from where we were. There were no other alternates from what I remember (10+ years ago).

Maine has rocky beaches further north around Bar Harbor. Orchard Beach is sandy and more touristy. I don't know anything more than that.

Cape Cod is a 45 minute drive to get any place from where you are. The beach areas don't have accommodations close to the beach from what I could see. (We stayed with friends in Barnstable.) Don't go in the water  on the ocean side because of the sharks. The bay is probably good but I never did find a spot to fly because I didn't want to drive 45 minutes and find it wasn't good flying. Off the highways the speed limit is 35 mph in a lot of the areas that are "thickly settled" according to the signs.

KONE (Kites Over New England) can probably recommend good places in Mass and Rhode Island. I liked Hammonasset State Park in CT. (New England might be your best bet because it's a tad cooler than the south and the club is very active.)

NJ has a lot of beach flying but restricted at Island Beach State Park. I like NJ because the temperature is more moderate and less humid in the summer than further south. Cape May is good but it might be a bit of a walk to the beach. Ocean City, NJ is very accessible to the beach. Prices are cheaper 3 or more blocks away from the beach further south beyond 30th Street and they're short blocks. Life guards start at 9:00 and the beaches fill up during the day. If you can fly, you'd have to fly short lines. You'll need beach passes ($10 a day for most public beaches.) Long Beach Island is popular but can be expensive depending on where you stay.

Liberty State Park in Jersey City is one of the best because it's right on the water and it's great when the wind is coming through the Verrazano Narrows, not as good when it's coming from the west. A lot of people come to picnic so you'd have to try one of the first parking lots (they're much smaller) and not the main one. I think there might be bus or train service to the park.

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2019, 07:15 AM »

Just south of OBX (SOBX), Fort Macon State Park at Atlantic Beach NC. Large beach area, open to public but no swimming. Restored fort for sight seeing, restrooms, parking. Best flying area is a short hike from the parking back down the road and straight across from the cannons.  South facing beach gets good wind from S, E and W. Good kite shop at Atlantic Beach Shopping Center, Kites Unlimited.

Should you opt for the OBX area, check out the kite shop in Corolla across from the lighthouse, Flying Smiles Kites.
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