I don’t have much to say today except that I am increasingly distracted by the summer time weather and the knowledge that I have a beach vacation coming up soon. Like, within weeks. I take a vacation with family every year to some beach or other and I must confess that roughly 5 or 6 weeks beforehand, every single year, I turn into a teenager on the cusp of Spring Break – unable to concentrate, always daydreaming, completely apathetic to the demands of my daily life. I just want to goooooo…
I’ve been all over the east coast, from Maine to Key West. This year, I’ll hit two beaches. Oh, you read that right – TWO different beaches! First, Myrtle Beach for a few days and then on to Holden Beach (North Carolina) for a week. I haven’t been to either before and am so exceedingly eager to see them, to feel their sand in my toes and swim in their warm, salty water, I can hardly stand it. My regular old existence feels dreadfully boring with such a trip on the horizon.
Do I have a favorite east coast beach? Hard to say. If you’re looking for waves, Virginia Beach will do, plus it has a fantastic boardwalk full of shops, restaurants and bars. If you want a slower pace, Topsail, NC is perfectly lovely. I’d also recommend New Smyrna, FL. Its sugary sand and warm water sure were hard to leave. If you want something more tropical, the Keys are gorgeous. In fact, I married my husband in Islamorada, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. You won’t hear the waves crashing because the water is too calm, but the coral and tropical fish will dazzle you and the laid-back, relaxed lifestyle is too intoxicating to resist.
I’ve only ever seen one beach on the west coast – Steven’s beach outside of San Fransisco. While stunning to behold, the water is too cold to swim without a wet suit. (And sadly, I didn’t have one.) The beaches of Southern California are most certainly on my list, as is Hawaii.
As far as foreign seas, I have been to the Caribbean once. Yes, the white sand and aqua blue water of Jamaica still calls my name. Then, not really in the Caribbean but bordering on it, Cozumel, Mexico where snorkeling is a must. A short boat ride from land sits a rather impressive reef home to countless tropical species.
Otherwise, the Mediterranean is high on my bucket list. Experience tells me that pictures rarely capture the true beauty of a place and if that holds true in Greece, I cannot leave this earth without seeing it first hand.
I like to visit a new place every year, which means I’m entirely open to suggestions. So, tell me: which is your favorite beach?