Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vacation Planning


Lately, I've been stuck on the idea of taking a family vacation. It may not be in the cards for us this year since we had to purchase a new car after Brian's Honda died 2 weeks ago. We have 2 weddings to attend this summer but I'm still hoping we can swing a small family vacation.

I'm not really sure where we would like to go but I do want to go some where close to the beach. Children like Jack with Cystic Fibrosis really thrive with the salty air at the beach. We live in northern New Jersey and the obvious choice is to go to the Jersey Shore but I've never really liked the NJ beaches. Nothing against NJ but every time I have went to different beaches I was not impressed with many of hotel accommodations, the trash on the beaches and it's just not for me. The beaches like Spring Lake (where we stayed when I found out I was pregnant) and Ocean Grove are beautiful but really expensive. I'm ready to experience a little something new but would consider if I could find something family friendly and affordable.

Brian and I love North Carolina. We have vacationed in Oak Island twice and really enjoy it there. The Oak Island/Wilmington area is one of my favorite places to visit. We usually stay at my families beach house but this year we are thinking of staying at a hotel. I hate imposing on others. The problem I have is it's a 12 hour car ride and Jack doesn't like the car so I really think North Carolina is not a good option.

I've also been thinking about the beaches in Delaware and Maryland.  Both aren't that far from us. I think 4 hours is my limit with Jack in the car. I've heard good things about Ocean City, Fenwick Island, Rehoboth Beach. I haven't been to the beaches in either so it's all new to me. I've been doing some research but I really hate searching for hotels or beach rentals. I always feel like they look great on line but no so much in real life.

Have any of you taken a toddler on a beach vacation?

Is anyone familiar with the beaches of Delaware or Maryland?


Rainbowtized said...

I grew up vacationing in Wildwood New Jersey. No more. My family loved Ocean City Maryland. Cleaner classier quieter. Great food too.

Dave @ Blog-rite said...

I live in NC and just love the beaches in NC/SC too! We try to go to Wilmington and Chaleston at least once year! I hope you find your dream vacation spot!

Jess Beer said...

I only went to the beach once in Delaware (Bethany Beach), but I remember liking it - I think it's pretty family friendly.

Ashley said...

I live in Raleigh, NC and I love Wilmington! Hate that it is so far for you! But the beaches there are pretty!

Jen said...

Oh how I love the beach! I hope that wherever you go you have an amazing time! :)

Miranda @ Miranda Writes said...

I would SO love a beach vacation right about now. I've never been to the northeast but I bet the beaches are beautiful there...

Lindsay said...

You should take a trip to Rhode Island if you want GOOD beaches! That's where I'm from and my boyfriend lives in NJ, it takes me 3 hours to drive. If you want recommendations I'd be more than happy to help!

Kenzie Smith said...

We have taken our son to the beaches in Washington quite a few times and he loves the sand and has so much fun, but our beaches are notoriously windy and chilly. We are hoping to go farther south this year. Hope you are able to find the perfect beach to go to!

Blubtrflygrl said...

LOVED Rehoboth.

Very family friendly, great dining and wonderful shopping.

We went in early June before the season started and had beach to ourselves.

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