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 Coquina Beach

USA, South East, North Carolina

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 Access

One on the Outer Banks, take the bypass past all the crap in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head to Whalebone Junction.

Go South from Whalebone Junction (you are now officially in "South Nags Head"). Continue approximately 10 miles on the beach road past mile post 25 and watch for the National Seashore Coquina Beach" sign.

Parking is in the public lot.

There are shopwers and bathrooms (cool).

English (Translate this text in English): One on the Outer Banks, take the bypass past all the crap in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head to Whalebone Junction.<br /><br />Go South from Whalebone Junction (you are now officially in &quot;South Nags Head&quot;). Continue approximately 10 miles on the beach road past mile post 25 and watch for the National Seashore Coquina Beach&quot; sign.<br /><br />Parking is in the public lot.<br /><br />There are shopwers and bathrooms (cool).

English (Translate this text in English): One on the Outer Banks, take the bypass past all the crap in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head to Whalebone Junction.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Go South from Whalebone Junction (you are now officially in &amp;quot;South Nags Head&amp;quot;). Continue approximately 10 miles on the beach road past mile post 25 and watch for the National Seashore Coquina Beach&amp;quot; sign.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Parking is in the public lot.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;There are shopwers and bathrooms (cool).

English (Translate this text in English): One on the Outer Banks, take the bypass past all the crap in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head to Whalebone Junction.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Go South from Whalebone Junction (you are now officially in &amp;amp;quot;South Nags Head&amp;amp;quot;). Continue approximately 10 miles on the beach road past mile post 25 and watch for the National Seashore Coquina Beach&amp;amp;quot; sign.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Parking is in the public lot.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There are shopwers and bathrooms (cool).

DistanceWeek-end trip

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name South Nags Head

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast, East

Good wind directionNorthWest, West

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionLow tide only

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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 Additional Information

Park in the public lot. Very little theft since the lot is patrolled by National Seashore personnel.

Typical beachbreak with numerous sandbars running down the beach. With the right wind and swell direction, rides of over 100 yards are common.

English (Translate this text in English): Park in the public lot. Very little theft since the lot is patrolled by National Seashore personnel.<br /><br />Typical beachbreak with numerous sandbars running down the beach. With the right wind and swell direction, rides of over 100 yards are common.

English (Translate this text in English): Park in the public lot. Very little theft since the lot is patrolled by National Seashore personnel.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Typical beachbreak with numerous sandbars running down the beach. With the right wind and swell direction, rides of over 100 yards are common.

English (Translate this text in English): Park in the public lot. Very little theft since the lot is patrolled by National Seashore personnel.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Typical beachbreak with numerous sandbars running down the beach. With the right wind and swell direction, rides of over 100 yards are common.

Atmosphere

Coquina Beach was named for the small, coquina shell that is found at this beach. There used to be an old shipwreck here, but it washed away a few years ago.

This is a laid back, mellow spot to surf during the late summer and early fall. Waves are in the 2-6' range and suitable for beginners to advanced surfers.

The beach is super clean and the water pretty clear for the East Coast. Most days it is blown out by the prevailing SW winds, but watch the weather vane and head here when the fronts pass and the wind turns more northwesterly after a protracted period of SW winds.

I gre up in South Nags Head (mile post 21.5) and can tell you the waves get very good here if you are patient.

Many sessions can be enjoyed all alone, even in the summer, at the nice quiet spot. Great for the family as well with a nice wide beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Coquina Beach was named for the small, coquina shell that is found at this beach. There used to be an old shipwreck here, but it washed away a few years ago.<br /><br />This is a laid back, mellow spot to surf during the late summer and early fall. Waves are in the 2-6' range and suitable for beginners to advanced surfers.<br /><br />The beach is super clean and the water pretty clear for the East Coast. Most days it is blown out by the prevailing SW winds, but watch the weather vane and head here when the fronts pass and the wind turns more northwesterly after a protracted period of SW winds.<br /><br />I gre up in South Nags Head (mile post 21.5) and can tell you the waves get very good here if you are patient.<br /><br />Many sessions can be enjoyed all alone, even in the summer, at the nice quiet spot. Great for the family as well with a nice wide beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Coquina Beach was named for the small, coquina shell that is found at this beach. There used to be an old shipwreck here, but it washed away a few years ago.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;This is a laid back, mellow spot to surf during the late summer and early fall. Waves are in the 2-6' range and suitable for beginners to advanced surfers.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;The beach is super clean and the water pretty clear for the East Coast. Most days it is blown out by the prevailing SW winds, but watch the weather vane and head here when the fronts pass and the wind turns more northwesterly after a protracted period of SW winds.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;I gre up in South Nags Head (mile post 21.5) and can tell you the waves get very good here if you are patient.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Many sessions can be enjoyed all alone, even in the summer, at the nice quiet spot. Great for the family as well with a nice wide beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Coquina Beach was named for the small, coquina shell that is found at this beach. There used to be an old shipwreck here, but it washed away a few years ago.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;This is a laid back, mellow spot to surf during the late summer and early fall. Waves are in the 2-6' range and suitable for beginners to advanced surfers.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The beach is super clean and the water pretty clear for the East Coast. Most days it is blown out by the prevailing SW winds, but watch the weather vane and head here when the fronts pass and the wind turns more northwesterly after a protracted period of SW winds.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;I gre up in South Nags Head (mile post 21.5) and can tell you the waves get very good here if you are patient.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Many sessions can be enjoyed all alone, even in the summer, at the nice quiet spot. Great for the family as well with a nice wide beach.

General

It is my home spot so I cannot be objective. I think it is one of the nicest places to surf on the Outer Banks of NC.

English (Translate this text in English): It is my home spot so I cannot be objective. I think it is one of the nicest places to surf on the Outer Banks of NC.

English (Translate this text in English): It is my home spot so I cannot be objective. I think it is one of the nicest places to surf on the Outer Banks of NC.

English (Translate this text in English): It is my home spot so I cannot be objective. I think it is one of the nicest places to surf on the Outer Banks of NC.

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By Beach Lover , 08-06-2006

Wonderful Beach - We are natives to the Outer Banks beaches, and we've been going to Coquina Beach for the past serveral years and absolutely LOVE it... One day we were there and the water was CRYSTAL clear, you could see the entire ocean and everything in the water. I thought we were on a tropical island somewhere. I love the fact that there are restrooms and wash off areas, which is perfect for a long stay on the beach. My 8 year old son surfed the waves there with no problem and had a blast. And, my 5 year old daughter had fun just playing at the shoreline since the waves were horribly large.

By anonymous , 03-01-2005

this place roks - this is were i learned to surf the swell is small but sometimes gets big

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