Unusual Beach Wildlife Destinations In The United States
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Unusual Beach Wildlife Destinations In the United States

Beaches are fun because of the relaxation from sun, sand and the crash of ocean waves, but experiencing the wonder of wildlife on the beach adds an unusual twist to any vacation.

If you’re planning on a beach vacation and aren’t quite sure where you want to go, consider the following beach destinations that offer up a little more than the usual satisfying walks on the beach.

Visit the Wild Chincoteague Horses at Assateague Island National Seashore

Wild Chincoteague horses are allowed to make their home at Assateague Island National Seashore, where they run wild and are kept in check via birth control injections. We spotted them amidst a large clump of trees. The Assateague Island National Seashore is 8 miles south of Ocean City, Maryland.

Visit the Miniature White Tailed Deer Known as Key Deer in the Florida Keys

You can spot Key Deer at the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys. The Florida Keys can take a long time to drive during the prime season in February/March. You can do some great birding, too, with many birds in migration. The Key Deer look like White-tailed Deer, but smaller due to their island habitat.

Visit the Rails at the in Texas

Rails are secretive birds that live in the tall grasses in wetlands. They make piping calls and are often heard but are not seen. Visit Aransas Pass National Wildlife Reserve, Indian Point in Corpus Christi and Hans Suter Wildlife Park near Corpus Christi.

Sea Lion Caves on the Oregon Coast

The Sea Lion Caves are accessed via a huge elevator. Lots of sea lions aren’t necessarily promised—we saw more in the harbor. But the caves are cool to see and if you get there at the right time of day, you’ll have the chance to see a large cave and the sea lions.

Visit the Turtles at the Turtle Town near Sugar Beach on the Island of Maui, Hawaii

Turtle Town in Maui is the place to snorkel with the Hawaiian Green Turtle.

Watch the Bird Migration at the Beaches at Grays Harbor, Washington

I’ve actually seen the miracle of the spring migration at Grays Harbor beaches in Washington twice in my life. Sometimes a strange weather pattern brings the birds close to shore. More often, the birds are off shore by more than a mile and you never see more than a small bunch of the various birds—for some birds, spring migration is the only time they are seen and there are many good spots to see them. The Spring Migration Bird Festival in Hoquiam, Washington is held around April. The best time to identify birds occurs when the tide is out.


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Some very interesting places to visit.

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