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Cannon Beach
Oregon, Sandy's Shores

Cannon Beach: Hiking and Trail Running in the Pacific Northwest

The pacific northwest of the United States conjures images of lush green flora and fauna. It entices you to dream of trails alongside the seaside. You picture idyllic scenes of serenity and geographic wonder. Let me tell you, it does not disappoint. This was my first trip to Oregon. We hiked and ran the areas surrounding Cannon Beach and experienced breathtaking views and incredible trail running and hiking experiences.

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Sandy's Shores

Bora Bora: One of my Favorite Beach Vacation Destinations

The clear blue waters surrounding Bora Bora, and the adjacent islands of French Polynesia, are home to incredible sea life and natural formations that are straight from your dreams. Instead of living your fantasies vicariously through TV programs, you can enjoy pristine beaches and explore the Pacific Ocean via undersea adventures. Bora Bora is a world-class leisure destination. Overwater bungalows and snorkeling make the beaches of Bora Bora ideal for vacation.

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Myrtle Beach on a Budget
Beach Tips, Sandy's Shores

Myrtle Beach on a Budget

For the past two years, my husband and I have traveled to beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for our yearly beach vacation. We are always adamant about choosing a budget and sticking with it, and this year’s budget was $1,000 that we had slowly put aside into savings each paycheck. In total, the cost of our vacation was $850- under budget! Best of all, we didn’t sacrifice a quality vacation to stay under budget. Here’s how we managed a vacation in Myrtle Beach on a budget.

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Cape San Blas vs Pismo Beach
Florida, Sandy's Shores

Cape San Blas vs Pismo Beach

Road trips are always quite the adventure for our family, especially now that we have seven children to travel with. Driving rather than flying to our vacation destinations gives each of us a chance to explore new landscapes, culture, and a large amount of food. Our children travel well, so we decided to visit two very different beaches in the last few years. We headed to California to visit Pismo beach as well as Florida to visit Cape San Blas. Both destinations were amazing so it is hard to compare. However, we’ll do our best to break down Cape San Blas vs Pismo Beach.

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Driving from Raleigh to Corolla
Outer Banks, Sandy's Shores

Driving from Raleigh to Corolla, NC – Outer Banks

There are a lot of flights into RDU Airport. Thus, more vacationers are driving from Raleigh to the Outer Banks. It is fairly common to fly to Raleigh then drive to the Outer Banks. It’s a convenient and inexpensive way to visit from a distance! Recently, my wife and I traveled to Corolla, NC by way of Raleigh. The drive was easy and scenic. Here’s a recap of our experience driving from Raleigh to Corolla NC.

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places to go on hatteras island
North Carolina, Sandy's Shores

Places to go on Hatteras Island

Nothing can put a damper on your beach day like the headaches and hassles of locating a good spot for the day. Whether you have gear to carry or 3 kids and the family dog in tow, you don’t want to have to walk a mile and a half just to stake out your spot in the sand. Never fear dear readers; on my most recent trip to the Outer Banks, I found some great spots for free! Here’s my guide to the places to go on Hatteras Island.

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Ponies on assateague island
Sandy's Shores

Calvert Beach-Long Beach vs Assateague Island

Whenever you’ve visited the beach, either alone or with a group of friends and family, did it make you want to come back soon? What made the beach so exciting and special for you? Personally, I enjoy the crash of the waves washing against the shore, its pattern creating an imitation of the sound of human breath that oddly calms the mind. A beach is a place to think, to explore and to play. It is a place to enjoy.

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