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The allure of a beach is impossible to describe. It is as comforting as it is to snuggle up to your mother's breast. Being at the beach cleanses the spirit, soothes the soul, and invigorates both body and mind. Monks spend years meditating in Himalayan caves to achieve satori. A day spent at the beach and I am as blissed out as much as any yogic mystic.
Any beach is a good place to be hanging out, but for one reason or another, some seem better than others, either because of natural beauty or due to certain memories developed while at that particular beach. Out of the approximately 500 beaches I have spent time on, here is a list of my favorite beaches in the world:
North Beach, Salt Key, Turks & Caicos
Saltwhistle Bay Beach, Mayreau, SVG
Long Beach, Vancouver Island, Canada
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Playa Dominical, Costa Rica
Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Mount Wynn Beach, St. Vincent
Wreck Beach, Vancouver, Canada
Longberry Beach, Dominica
Laguna Beach, California, USA
Of course, there are more beaches in the world than I have experienced and there are other opinions about which beaches are the best ones. Here are a few more suggestions for you to enjoy reading about and perhaps adding to your list of places to visit while you are still hanging around on this beautiful planet.
Suggested by my Gypset buddies,
After several hours working on my tan, reading my latest book, dips in the warm sea, naps and beach strolls, there is nothing better than wandering into a great little beach bar for a cold beer and some pleasant conversation with fellow travelers whilst awaiting the fabled green flash. Here is a small list of some of my favorite places to pass some time.
De Reef, Bequia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Live music. Real beach bums. Great conch chowder. Cold beers. Sits right on an awesome beach. Home to the world famous Bequia Easter Regatta and recently also the Bequia Blues Festival. May be the very finest place on Planet Earth.
Da Conch Shack, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. Huge piles of empty conch shells piled up outside offer testament to its popularity. It once really was just a little shack on the beach, about a mile down from my beach house, with the best conch salad in the universe. Now that T&C has been discovered, this is one place where you can go to pretend you are "going local".
The Office, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Beach volleyball next to the tables planted right on the beach. Lots of beach hustlers, including kids selling Chicklet's gum, but they are good humored and not pesky. COLD beers abound. Yes, they do sell Corona, but they also sell real beer. This is the kind of office you don't rush home from at 5. Stay for the sunset.
Fido's, San Pedro, Belize. With luck, when you walk in off the beach, Barefoot Skinny will be playing some tunes. Sadly, Ambergris Cay has become a popular spring break destination for drunken 'Merican teens. Mr. Buffett makes use of this local in his great little beach read, A Salty Piece of Land. More info here. Visit any other time of the year for a kick back experience.
The Black Baron, St. Vincent. The clientele is 50% French sailors who've come down from Martinique and 48% SVG resident ex-pats. Hard to ever find a tourist here. No more words; watch this video.
Duke's, Malibu, California, USA. California dreamin'... sun, sand and surf; blonde bikini clad beach babes with visions of Marilyn being discovered dancing in their heads like sugar plums. Everyone is on the make. Tourists, Hollywood types, beach bums, hustlers, wannabes and posers drift in and out.
, Miami, USA. The South Beach scene is people watching par excellence. Sit at the sidewalk's edge and watch the parade. Listen to some tunes and smoke a Cuban cigar while sipping your beverage of choice. The human comedy is here to enjoy.
Go to Leslie's Beach Bar for a cold beer and warm conversation.
And remember to check out the Beach Shop
and all the special Goodies I have for you.