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driving to the beach

Cleveland, Ohio
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25 reviews
driving to the beach

I would like to know if driving to the beach daily from condos on goose creek road would be a problem with parking or traffic in late July.

Western Ireland...
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292 posts
12 reviews
1. Re: driving to the beach

I have never experienced traffic on the island during the summer months. We always stay at the Ocean Isle Inn which is the blue roof hotel next to the pier. There is a parking lot in between the Inn and the pier for public parking. The pier owns it and I think charges $5 a day or more not sure. The parking lot always seems to be empty except for the weekends. On Sunday mornings a church service is held on the beach so the parking lot is pretty full. This beach a great and the whole area is quiet. We have been visiting for years now, after going to many of the NC beaches and found this one to be our favorite.

Stowe, Vermont
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15 posts
48 reviews
2. Re: driving to the beach

We've been going to OIB for 20 years now (WOW) and have a house on the East end of the island. Public parking can sometimes be a challenge for folks who are visiting the island beaches for the day during July and August.

I suggest you drive a little further down the beach and park in one of the public access parking lots (there are several and they are free), or drive all the way to the end of the beach (east end) where there is a large public parking lot beside the new gazebo. There are two advantages to getting away from the pier area.....1) less people, and 2) less walking to find a private spot on the beach. The far east end of the island also has a very large sandy area and at low tide, you can walk quite far out into the water.

I 'd also suggest a visit to Bird Island.....a baseball throw from OIB and fantastic for walking, jogging.

Have fun!

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