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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>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.
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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Say them often as they can be life-transforming and -enhancing. Be careful to use them ONLY if you truly feel mahalo or aloha within. Do not exploit these words for personal gain, and neither cheapen, nor trivialize their use by verbalizing them carelessly or without sincerity.
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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.