>>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!
Coney. I can get there by subway in 20 mins., and there's something to do there besides sit on the beach (perhaps the most boring activity imaginable to me, besides the fact that I just burn). Plus, if it's too damn hot I can just grab a hot dog or some clams and a beer, and then hop back on the train and get home quick.
Beyond that, I can't imagine travelling just to go spend time on a beach (but do love scenic coastlines like Big Sur or up in Maine or the Amalfi Coast or the Slieve League in my family's native county in Ireland).
Garry, I hadn't thought about the work aspect of going to the meets, as you do. Since '78, I have taken exactly two trips of more than 3 days which did not involve a track meet or two. We try to cram as much travel into the trip as possible (airfare being what it is, we tend to take 3 weeks or a month for all Euro trips. The two "lost" trips? NY for a Met Ring in '95 and NE for the fall trees in '98. Both were fun, but I did miss the track fix. But if I had to seriously prep for the meet, longer hours than the fans, and then write it all up after, I might whimper. Not to mention hand holding for tour members! I'll probalby stick to my style of travel.
tafnut, what is the status of panhandle beaches after Ivan? I was pretty sure I was going to Pensacola for T-day, not so sure now. We may relocate to Atlanta. I guess the buildings can be trashed and not affect the beach. In fact, for beach lovers, it might be an upgrade. But don't try that line out on those who lost their houses.