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Coquina Beach House


Though not as broad as it once was due to storms, Coquina Beach is still one of the widest beaches on the Outer Banks and a favorite getaway. Just 6 miles south of Whalebone Junction, this beach has half the crowd but all the amenities you need: a lifeguard in the summer, a bathhouse, restrooms, outdoor showers, and lots of parking. Part of the allure of this remote area is that it's miles away from any business or rental cottage, making it a superb spot to sunbathe, swim, fish, and surf. The sand is almost white, and the beach is relatively flat. Drawing its name from the tiny butterfly-shaped coquina clams that burrow into the beach, at times almost every inch of this portion of the federally protected Cape Hatteras National Seashore harbors hundreds of recently washed-up shells and several species of rare shorebirds. Coquinas are edible and can be collected and cleaned from their shells to make a chowder. Local brick makers also have used the shells as temper in buildings. One of the last coastal schooners built in America, the Laura A. Barnes was completed in Camden, Maine in 1918. This 120-foot ship was under sail on the Atlantic during a trip from New York to South Carolina when a nor'easter drove it onto the Outer Banks in 1921. The Laura A. Barnes ran aground just north of where it now rests at Coquina Beach. The entire crew survived. In 1973 the National Park Service moved the shipwreck to its present location, where visitors view the remains of the ship behind a roped-off area that includes placards with information about the Laura A. Barnes and the history of lifesaving.

Photos property of Norman & Sandi Roberts; scanned and submitted by Benjamin BatemanNo part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.

 

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