My favorite beach is on a tiny place I believe is called Green Island, in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). It is so beautiful it's practically a caricature. But it's too small for a run, alas.
Our family's beach vacations have mostly been at North Carolina's Outer Banks -- Duck, and Sanderling. I've tried several times to take "long" (4-6 mile) barefoot runs on the beach there, but my feet always get carved up by the sand. I've had better luck running (with shoes) along the shoulders of Highway 12 -- it's flat and fast, depending on the weather. This road runs north and south along the barrier islands.
Unfortunately today you have to be on the alert from the stray pitbulls, but growing up in the Rockaways (Queens, N.Y.C.) gave the choice of running the beaches and scrambling over the jetties, or running up and back on a 5+ mile long wooden boardwalk, the boardwalk being the most forgiving surface I've ever been on.
Yes, of course I know that Leo Carillo was the character actor best known for playing playing the sidekick Pancho to Duncan Rinaldo's Cisco Kid, I just need enlightenment as to why Leo Carillo is the answer to a favorite beach?
Leo Carillo is the name of a State Beach in southern California. It was one of our favorites when I was a kid, but there were so many different beaches available that I cannot sort them all out many years later.
I didn:t mean to take away from the human side of the story. The damage is horrendous, and I understand that all communication to the islands has been lost. I hope and trust that there is a sufficient emergency infrastructure in place to keep order, help the ailing, and protect the islands from any further damage.
>>Sevem Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.... and I'll BE THERE FOR SEVEN DAYS
No kidding. I go there every November for a week.
>Apparently, last year I just missed MJ and TM by a few days at the fitness club
>about a block off that road that I go to to work out at after my run every
>morning. You're playing with fire with the hurricane season this time of year.
>Place cracks me up. They close the schools if they get a hard rain.
Thanks a lot for your help MJD, my trip just got CANCELLED because of that stupid hurricane, and it is ALL YOUR FAULT !!!!
Much the same description as BCBaroo. Most of the island is a rainforest for some fantastic running & hiking. Dominica sprots waterfalls for lounging with varying water temps from cool to warm due to a boiling lake in the peaks in the center of the small island. Wonderful people. They have had a few notable tracksters as well.
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Before it was overpopulated, really liked Madeira Beach and the other beaches of Pinellas County in FL. Also really like the east coast south of Daytona Beach, but unfortunately have never been to the beaches of the FL panhandle. Can't forget the beaches of Sarasota/Bradenton.
There's a Marriott property above the Crystal Cove State park in Newport ,California. A five minute jog to the park and you have your choice of miles of gently sloping sandy beach to run along, sandwhiched between Laguna (sp) and Newport, or the paved pathways that meander through the natural habitat of the upper foreshore.
The washroom with outdoor showers and water every couple of miles adds a nice touch on those hot California afternoons. Being from up North, it's always funny to see the locals out in their tights and long sleeve tech' gear when it falls below 70 F.
Nice views, great off-shore breezes and you simply cannot beat the eye candy
I have SLO beaches high up on my list. Pismo, Avila and Shell Beach are simple, small-city CA beach areas. Good surfing... great summer weather (+30C)... one can fish from the piers... ride horseback on the beach (Pismo)... Pismo has a spectacular Monarch Butterfly Grove (apparently one of the best in your country)... Pismo has a great restaurant called Splash Cafe which serves excellent clam chowder in Sourdough bread bowls. Pismo even has Hummer Dune tours.
Morro Bay is just a 40-minute drive from Pismo, and has terrific sea-side shopping and restaurants. Morro Bay is as famous for Morro Rock as it is its beaches. Peregrine falcons have a refuge on the rock. What I enjoy about Morro Bay: Cayaking; cliffed shorelines.
Sycamore Mineral Springs right around the corner at Avila Beach in SLO. Hearst Castle just up Highway 1 to the north, and Solvang (as Danish as one can get outside of Denmark) 40m down south. Santa Barbara is about a 75-minute drive down the coast.
One of the best scenic routes is the 7-mile drive to Montaña de Oro (unpopulated, sandy beaches, and 7,828 acres of hills).
San Francisco 4 hours north; Santa Monica 3 hours south.
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Going to interesting places and having nice trips are often mutually exclusive, unfortunately. In Athens I never even came within spitting distance of the Parthenon. This last 10 days, however..... ahhhhh. But then, since it was my first vacation not attached to a track meet--and I shit you not--since 1978(!) I felt like I was owed one. Half the readers of this board probably weren't even born then.
I have never been much for swimming, mostly because the water is so damn cold up here. The ocean in winter is about 45 F that is with the air temp in the 20s or less, and even in summer maybe 55 but my favorite beach has to be Sand Beach Acadia National park in the way it looks out onto the Atlantic with the hard granite rocks carved out around it, can't run on it, too small but you can do a pretty good out and back along the coast and on a hot summer day, it is nice to wade in the water and let those tired muscles cool off!