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Planning a beach vacation for the family in 2005 but don't know where to go. Our 2 year old kid will attend, so probably need something relatively civilized. But I, of course, want to make maximum use of the 4x5. What is the best place to go (in the U.S. or abroad) with the family offering the best photographic opportunities ?
Try Point Reyes National Seashore & head for Drake's Beach... where Sir Francis Drake was supposed to have landed. It has excellent white chalk cliffs, a boat wreck or two, a long unobstructed beach with good waves, fine sand & green hills around it. A nearby lighthouse is a good one & that will give you a view of 13 miles of unobstructed beach as well. The pristine dairy operations in the area are part of the scenery & are working and you can sample the best from them at the French Marin Cheese Factory on the way out. Numerous deer populate the area & wildlife abouds.
It is in Marin County, California and just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.. a short drive North on Highway 1 with some stunning scenery as well as Muir Woods, Mt. Tamalpais & the whole of the North Bay nearby.
If you are there at the right times the wild mushrooms are growing and some of the 8 varieties of wild berries will be in season, free eating while you play.
Sandwood Bay if you can carry the kid two miles, Old Shore More if not.
Palawan, Philippines or Boracay Island, Philippines.
Lucky Bay, Cape LeGrande National Park near Esperance, Western Australia.
Try the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Lots to do and see. A really neat aquarium operated by the state of North Carolina in Manteo and the Lost Colony play during the summer months. The Pea Island National Wildlife Refugee, really great bird watching and an interesting grove of sea oaks. Five lighthouses that are accessible for photography. Miles and miles of really nice beaches. Enough shops, galleries, and restaurants to keep things interesting, but not overpower you with commercial development. If you go will not be bored for one minute of your vacation. The locals are very friendly especially if you speak the language, which is Southern English.
For an endlessly bleak beach in the lower 48, try Samoa, across the bridge from Crescent City, CA. The fog in the summer moves in and out faster than a sailor at a Nevada brothel. Thousands of acres of sand with no foot prints. Completely and hopelessly boring for anyone other than a guy with a LF camera, surf casters, or sea shell hunters. Colder than a Witch's tit, too(in Summer!) Have breakfast at the Samoa Cookhouse and you won't want to eat lunch(and happily settle for a light supper!) FWIW There are no straight roads in NW California so its not a place for the car sick prone.(I can't be;ieve I wrote this!)
Theres better places to take a family, but man, is it photogenic!
Long Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada!
Lumahai Beach on the North Shore of Kauai...classic tropical beach, kid friendly, palm trees almost to the water line...sigh...
second vote for sandwood bay. you can rent "self catering" accomodation stock up o food and your away!
John, I think Samoa is across the bridge from Eureka rather than Crescent City.
New Zealand, but you'll have to go in the next 3 to 4 months if you want summer down under.
Anywhere up north, especially around the Coromandel. Beautiful beaches, some with *hot* water, and with plenty of room to move. Nearby there are plenty of beautiful areas, wild beaches, native bush (forest), old gold mines, and a bit further afield hot springs, geysers, boiling mud, volcanoes etc.
Down south, round Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park. Gorgeous, safe, deserted beaches. Nelson Lakes has some stunning scenery too, and there are many wineries etc.
The best bits are the amazing clarity and the night sky. And we speak English, although you guys may think we drive on the wrong side of the road...
Downsides? Well, the minimum 18 hours flight from the US, 27h plus from Europe...
For actual swimming, variety, hotels, and child-fun, I'd go to Hawaii or the Carribean. For drama and photography - the Oregon or Northern Maine coast (lousy swimming though). Seems like you could find great photos no matter, so why not treat your kid to a fun time?
French Polynesia, in particular; Moorea.
Right you are! Sorry for my lapse in memory. I found it to be a wonderfully photogenic place though(as well as a great place to eat breakfast!)
any beach on the south-western Turkey..
I'd agree that for family fun a tropical beach would be better. The water is too cold in Northern California and Oregon to swim. St John in the Virgin Islands isn't bad. It's US territory with Carribean culture, the island is small enough that you don't have to drive much, yet it has some enjoyable diversity and nice beaches.
The most photogenic beach I have ever seen is in Steinfjorden, Senja, Troms, Norway. It is probably the least family-friendly beach too, as well as being relatively difficult to get to. Add the fact that the sun only shines there for four hours around midnight in June and July, and the next solid ground is in Canada - the other side of the North Pole - and you may begin to understand what's so special about it.
Most photogenic beach? You might try Arizona. No ocean, all beach.
Hope you are not of for your holiday yet, and if not then you may consider looking at some picture books of "Wilsons Promontory" In South East Australia. As a Dutchman haven't seen anything as beautiful as this National Park. Incredible stretches photogenic beaches. Very very popular in Ozzie holiday season, Dec./Jan.
Wherever you go, have a great time
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