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Beaches with less waves




Going to OBX in August. Last time we were there the waves too much for the kids. They are now 5 &8.

Any beaches that for some reason are a little bit weaker?


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The waves are based on tides and wind direction and will always very. An example, this past weekend, Friday South Nags almost dead flat and with wind shift Friday night there were rollers. Not bad just shows the differences.

May I suggest the Sound area? Salvo day use are, Canadian Hole south of Avon? There are other places north beach I’m just sure the names.


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The northern beaches around Whalehead an Corolla Light typically seem to have less aggressive surf closer to shore. The beaches are flatter and longer past the waterline with three sandbars so you get get more shore break than large breaking waves. There are also often tidal pool areas that remain full through low tide. Of course this is completely negated if there are storms or NE winds.


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On the sound side, in addition to Canadian Hole (officially called Haulover), there's also a calm, sandy beach between Frisco and Hatteras Village.

On the ocean side, the waves are generally calmer south of Cape Point. But as Basskat pointed out, tide as well as wind speed and direction rule. Low tide has shallower water and less wave action than high tide. Persistent, strong east winds generate offshore swells that lead to big waves. Higher west winds exaggerate breakers by lifting them up.

The shape of the beach makes a big difference as well. Gently sloping beaches, such as those in Frisco, have shallower water and calmer waves than steeper beaches, such as those in Avon. Beach shape can also vary quite a bit within a short distance. If the waves are too big right where you are, climb up on the dunes and look for less waves. It could be that 200 yards from you there's a spot more to your liking.


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For anyone to say one area is better or worse is just likely saying it because that is the only area they have been to. Waves can be fierce or gentle as a lamb depending on the tide, wind and moon. I was looking at the ocean yesterday and it was flat calm with west winds. Tomorrow east winds can whip it up big time, so come and take your chances.


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If you look online at one of the websites that tracks surf and factors like winds and tides you can get an idea of which spots might have calm water on a particular day (if any). Some of the areas also have webcams as well.


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Generally speaking, Frisco has a gentler slope, which I think is what you may be looking for. Coquina beach,, SNH, is also a calmer slope for kids.
You don’t mention where you’re staying, which will undoubtedly contribute to whatever beach you choose.


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For anyone to say one area is better or worse is just likely saying it because that is the only area they have been to. Waves can be fierce or gentle as a lamb depending on the tide, wind and moon. I was looking at the ocean yesterday and it was flat calm with west winds. Tomorrow east winds can whip it up big time, so come and take your chances.

Tim-OBX


Agree.


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sandy beach at Jockeys Ridge park is shallow, good for kids to wade, gentler waves on the sound. of course, if its stormy, waves can get rough on the sound also.


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I have stayed at just about every area from Carova to ocracoke at one point or another and as mentioned the wind and tide, plus beach slope and which way the beach faces are key. Depending on wind speed and direction any beach can be rough or flat calm and i have seen them all in both states.

I have noticed on Hatteras that if it's rough and windy on the beaches north or cape point in Buxton, it's usually calmer in Frisco and Hatteras. Then some days the winds switch and it's the opposite. However it does seem to be calmer south of the point more often than not.


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Tim is spot on. Yes, there are a few places where the surf zone contour is a bit different but all in all it's the Ocean. No guarantees wherever you are. I've seen very few 5 year olds and even 8's really enter the water very deep even on "Calm" days. They are usually in tow of parents. Now if you are an experienced Ocean Goer (notice I didn't say swimmer and not referring to 5 and 8 year olds) you may question the ultra conservative Outer Banks Red Flag system on certain days, but it's for the overall good. The only true calm water will be the Sound. From Carova to Oregon Inlet there are only two decent spots for the Sound. The beach behind Jockeys Ridge and Windgrass Circle off Tateway in Kitty Hawk. Both accesses have water that doesn't exceed 4 feet deep. The rest of the Sound side is Marsh, Muck, Weeds and/or inaccessible. The places mentioned are also subject to high Bacteria Levels depending on the weather. They may be closed to swimming. Enjoy the Ocean, it's spectacular. Learn the do's and don'ts.


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Generally speaking, Frisco has a gentler slope, which I think is what you may be looking for. Coquina beach,, SNH, is also a calmer slope for kids.
You don’t mention where you’re staying, which will undoubtedly contribute to whatever beach you choose.

judyk


The beach adjacent to Frisco Campground (NPS) is flatter which generally means the depth of the ocean water is shallower and less off a drop off. With that being said, there has been a sand bar offshore for many years that knocks down the wave height. It's too calm there for the older kids, but may be perfect for yours. There's a parking area south of Frisco, with showers, if you don't have four wheel drive.


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Myrtle Beach


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Go in June. 2 out of 3 years our visits in June have resulted in a stay by Lake Atlantic! Seriously, though - the sound side is probably the best place for swimming activities for younger kids. We have had very calm days in June, but that's no guarantee. Just our bad luck for hitting the ever changing lake season. It's completely pot-luck determined by everything mentioned above. But even on a windy day, Salvo Day Use, Canadian Hole, etc will be good for swimming and playing.


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Like everyone says, it's more dependent on daily conditions than specific locations. Because it juts out into the Atlantic more wave energy reaches shore on the Banks than other places, causing rougher currents and stronger waves. If you're looking for a swimming beach I'd go further down, maybe Atlantic Beach south or stick to the sound.