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Time to Beach

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Time to Beach

Hi! We're visiting the Island for the first time next week and staying at the Best Western Plus. How far is it to the beach? We have 2 kids, 8 and 4. Is it walkable or do you have to drive? Any advice would be appreciated!

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1. Re: Time to Beach

You do not want to walk it, especially with tow small children, Its at least a couple of miles from the Entrance to the beach. The Mosquitoes will eat you alive . you won't have a problem on the beach with the bugs, but going thru the marshland to get there is a different story. When walking the trails in the Refuge, make sure to use plenty of Bug repellent.

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You are the closest hotel to the beach, and they have a great new bike path but it is EXTREMELY buggy when walking this route, i have had family members try walking it while on vacation and the mosquitos are HORRIBLE, especially with small kids i recommend driving or at LEAST biking, hope this helps! enjoy your vacation!

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3. Re: Time to Beach

I agree totally - I'd never walk it with children. The mosquito population varies, depending on the weather. We just had a big storm and the wind has gotten rid of most of them - of course they can return at any time! This is a salt marsh, so it's part of life here to deal with them. H&H Pharmacy has a wonderful lotion that helps - it's really good. Biking can be fun, but I've had kids get tired 1/2 way through a trail - so unless they are experienced riders, using your car is best. You might park & hike the little trails with them - the lighthouse is pretty easy and fun. I also suggest that you visit the little refuge center that is closest to the beach. It doesn't have all the interesting exhibits that you'll see at the large Bateman Center, but there are touch tanks that are fun for the little kids.

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4. Re: Time to Beach

I think you're already on your vacation, but Best Western Plus is the closest hotel to the refuge entrance! The drive will be very short from the hotel to the beach. I wouldn't recommend biking or walking with little kids (especially since a day at the beach tends to wear them out! Also, BUGS!)

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