What is Your Favorite Beach?


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What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby EPelle » Wed Sep 01, 2004 2:00 pm

Could be for a number of reasons:

Great running sand
Terrific view
Warm climate
Excellent place to relax

Anyone been to Dubai? What is your favorite beach or resort area?
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby mike renfro » Wed Sep 01, 2004 2:05 pm

I don't do beach, per se, but my favorite coastlines are a tie, Big Sur in California, and the Adriatic between Split and Pula.

Mostly when I go on vacation, the air fare has set me back enough that I can't justify (to myself) just lying around on a beach. I can do that at home. I guess I am a bit of a puritan.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby tafnut » Wed Sep 01, 2004 3:10 pm

We talked a little bit about this in late July, but I have reason to suspect that there are dozens of places in the Florida panhandle that can hang in there with any beach in the world.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby satch400 » Wed Sep 01, 2004 3:22 pm

satch don't need no tan
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby tafnut » Wed Sep 01, 2004 3:40 pm

>"satch don't need no tan"

Now satch, if you don't need NO tan, doesn't that mean you DO need A tan?! Personally I am starting to suspect you are an albibo, by all this obsession with 'pale' people.

And albinos don't tan, so if your double negative was merely unintentional, then that PROVES you ARE an albino, aha!
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby DentyCracker » Wed Sep 01, 2004 3:51 pm

Give me anywhere in Negril or Ocho Rios, or even Montego Bay as a last resort.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Wed Sep 01, 2004 4:14 pm

Echo.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby twittering debutante » Wed Sep 01, 2004 4:47 pm

During my continental hitch-hiking days, there was a sandy bench high above Interstate 80 near Echo, Utah (near UT-WY state line) that was a special spot for me. Fine white sand, a great place to catch up on sleep, read Kerouac, relax.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Wed Sep 01, 2004 4:52 pm

I was thinking more M & the M kind of Echo Beach-although I wonder if it is the same thing? If you are standing on it TD, which direction are you looking?
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby twittering debutante » Wed Sep 01, 2004 5:10 pm

Not following your M & M reference (Eminem? Pasty-skinned Detroit boy?) but, UPON FURTHER REVIEW, this spot was actually just east of the I-80 and I-84 junction, above I-80. Here's the link:

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?co ... ++Search++

Terraserver link: (might not work)

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image. ... 9&z=12&w=1
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby hj197steve » Wed Sep 01, 2004 5:12 pm

Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.... and I'll BE THERE FOR SEVEN DAYS from 10/2-10/9.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby marknhj » Wed Sep 01, 2004 5:16 pm

>Sevem Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.... and I'll BE THERE FOR SEVEN DAYS from
>10/2-10/9.

>>>

Setting up income tax scam for retirement?
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Wed Sep 01, 2004 5:18 pm

>Sevem Mile Beach on Grand Cayman.... and I'll BE THERE FOR SEVEN DAYS from
>10/2-10/9.


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.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby MJD » Wed Sep 01, 2004 5:20 pm

>Setting up income tax scam for retirement?

That'd be me.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby mamo » Wed Sep 01, 2004 7:33 pm

OK, so where are the world-wide T&F fans from the French Riviera or the Gold or Sunshine Coasts of Australia to give us your take on this?

Yeah, the beaches of Kauai and Maui are incredible, but my favorite running beach is even more exotic -- Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Utter paradise. And I can run around it in half an hour. And I'm slow.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby EPelle » Wed Sep 01, 2004 7:56 pm

Ocho Rios and Pismo Beach.

I asked this question, because autumn has made a harsh entry here, the skies have darkened sooner - rather than later, and the rains have come down much earlier than I:d hoped.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby gh » Wed Sep 01, 2004 7:59 pm

Like I'd tell anybody! The fewer people the better.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Mel » Wed Sep 01, 2004 8:14 pm

There's a hidden gem on the west coast of Vancouver Island, south of Tofino and part of Long Beach. Parking lot empty, signs say "No camping on beach", and that keeps away just about everyone. Beach is part of a reserve, and they don't mind you camping, you just have to know about it. Had 100 metres either side of my tent, and the most incredible moonlit privacy. Tide came right up to the tent and halted. Wouldn't have mattered too much, we'd finished all the vodka.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby EPelle » Wed Sep 01, 2004 8:46 pm

>Like I'd tell anybody! The fewer people the better.

There are great open strands and cliffs at the lake in the forest behind my home that very few people know about. No one asks about them, and certainly, no one tells! One problem this summer was that people from aross the waters began trekking over to our side on their boats, and have discovered what has been a hidden gem for many years.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby exNLAC » Wed Sep 01, 2004 8:52 pm

The Grand Wailea Resort Beach, Maui, Hawai'i, where I will be going for a week in November, yeah!

For running, then I would have to choose between Merthyr Mawr in South Wales and Ninety Mile Beach in New Zealand.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby jhc68 » Wed Sep 01, 2004 8:58 pm

Tamarindo, Hapuna, East Beach Santa Barbara, Carpinteria
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby powderjay » Thu Sep 02, 2004 3:35 am

I too like Ninety Mile beach in the North Island of New Zealand, my other beach is Burning Palms in the Royal National Park just south of Sydney Aus.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Kevin » Thu Sep 02, 2004 4:46 am

Tafnut is correct in citing the great Florida panhandle beaches. But my favorite beaches are in the US Virgin Islands. Tops for running would be Magen's Bay on St. Thomas and Maho Bay on St. John.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Runninghorse » Thu Sep 02, 2004 5:27 am

Wailea was my favorite beach before they built the Grand Hyatt, but I continued training on that one because it was about 600 meters long and relatively flat at the surf.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby runninfool » Thu Sep 02, 2004 5:32 am

The beach at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Flat and wide and a perfect setting, about a 600-meters long protected on both sides by huge rocks. Used to be able to walk right down to it but a hard rain washed the steps away -- now requires a long hike through the woods to reach the bottom.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby BCBaroo » Thu Sep 02, 2004 5:39 am

You're all wrong. ; )

Cow Wreck Bay,
Anegada, British Virgin Islands...

White sand uninterrupted for miles
Virtually uninhabited
Rum punch flows like a keg at a Kappa Sig party
Lobsters the size of Mini Coopers
End of discussion
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby no one » Thu Sep 02, 2004 8:55 am

ahhh SB, Cal - lived, trained on beaches to become fast and famous during Ryun, Winzinreid, and decath guys days (Sam Adams et al) - more than a few - aspiring T&F athletes there at the time - many 'on the cusp'. But the beaches were -- outstanding. Oh fast and famous thwarted by multiple stress fractures - dang
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby jhc68 » Thu Sep 02, 2004 9:02 am

Yeah, no one, the beach and Sam Adams both define SB. He is one of the great, generous, low-key men of track and field.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Helen S » Thu Sep 02, 2004 9:43 am

Miller Beach, Gary Indiana. Nestled between US Steel and Burns Ditch, the fine glaciated sand (this means rounded, not sharp!) extends from the water up into the the hills of Dunes National lakeshore. Nice waves with a north wind, totally flat with a south wind. Even great in the winter, when the ice piles up into large mounds in the shallow water, and sometimes freezes out a mile or so for the explorers.
I remember seeing Rudy Chapa running there when he was a mere lad, 3 years away from HS greatness with his 2 other sub-9:00 teammates.
Total length from end to end, probably 8 miles of uninterrupted sand (well, you do have to go over 1 boat launch ramp). Just take the South Shore electric train from Chicago to Miller, and head north about 2 miles.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Kevin » Thu Sep 02, 2004 9:45 am

"Cow Wreck Bay,
Anegada, British Virgin Islands...

White sand uninterrupted for miles
Virtually uninhabited
Rum punch flows like a keg at a Kappa Sig party
Lobsters the size of Mini Coopers
End of discussion"

Okay BCBaroo, this sounds very promising. Any insight as to how it got such a colorful name?
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby tandfman » Thu Sep 02, 2004 9:46 am

>Yeah, no one, the beach and Sam Adams both define SB. He is one of the great, generous, low-key men of track and field.<

Sorry, guys, but when I think about the beach and Sam Adams, I'm not thinking about a track coach.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Chris » Fri Sep 03, 2004 9:18 am

Although it's kind of you all to share your favorite beaches, it would seem to me that the more such information is out there, the more likely it is that they will no longer be anyone's favorite beaches.

Of course, there are many people in the world that probably prefer hordes of people on a beach. Perhaps that is protection from sea creatures.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby JZ » Fri Sep 03, 2004 10:30 am

Eagle Beach on Aruba. Anything else is a distant second.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby The Fern » Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:02 pm

We used to live 50m behind the Crane Beach in Barbados.

One of the worlds tenbest according to "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", which I'm not.

http://www.thecrane.com/
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Class Clown » Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:11 pm

Son of a....
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby tafnut » Fri Sep 03, 2004 2:13 pm

As I said this summer, Dr Beach (I kid you not), the world's expert on beaches, chooses the 50 best beaches in the WORLD, and Florida Panhandle beaches were TEN (10!) of them. They are clean (beach and water), large, and best of all, largely unpopulated, because there are so many of them! The sand looks like sugar and the water is a crystal clear light green. There's very little seaweed or 'icky' type sea creatures, just sanddollars and little friendly fish. And lots of pretty shells. C'mon over - there's PLENTY of room (I think it's close to 200 miles!)
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Bob Duncan » Fri Sep 03, 2004 4:47 pm

>As I said this summer, Dr Beach (I kid you not), the world's expert on beaches,
>chooses the 50 best beaches in the WORLD, and Florida Panhandle beaches were
>TEN (10!) of them. They are clean (beach and water), large, and best of all,
>largely unpopulated, because there are so many of them!
No doubt about it! We call it the "Redneck Riviera". You might wish to stay away from Panama City Beach on the big holidays, though. My wife and I went there on a lark about five years ago on Labor Day weekend. The crowds were thick but that evening we went out to eat and ended up at Taco Bell because the lines were so long. We ended up cruising the strip in our pickup like a bunch of college kids (who were 95% of the crowd). I have never seen so many drunk people in my life.

About 25 years ago, my company had a convention in Gulf Shores, AL. This was back when it was really remote, only a couple of restaurants in town. I did an 8 mile run on the beach, barefoot. Ooooh, did I ever pay the price for that one, as my feet weren't tough enough and I received these little abrasions which hurt pretty badly.
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby tafnut » Fri Sep 03, 2004 5:01 pm

We call it the "Redneck Riviera".

Been to the 'real' one. Not impressed.

[Waikiki was nothing to write home about either. The North Shore WAS though!]
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby Bob Duncan » Fri Sep 03, 2004 5:08 pm

Well, we've got the best looking wimmen in bikinis down here in the South!
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Re: What is Your Favorite Beach?

Postby tafnut » Fri Sep 03, 2004 5:10 pm

>>"Well, we've got the best looking wimmen in bikinis down here in the South!"


sumbuddy gimme an amen, brutha!
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