My husband and I have recently moved to MB for him to take a teaching job at CCU. When we drive down to the beach on the weekends, it seems we always end up in a very crowded, touristy area. Can any long-time locals give us some help in finding a slightly less populated corner of the beach? We don't really mind having to pay to park (since we don't usually stay too long).
Someone recommended MB State Park - is the yearly park pass really worth it? Is the beach area at the park nice? If so, we might just go ahead and buy the pass.
FYI, we live near Carolina Forest, off 501 with easy access to 31. We don't mind a bit of a drive, but as our visits are usually short, we'd prefer not spending forever in the car just getting there.
Any advice is much appreciated!