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Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Australia & Oceania, Europe, General, North America | 6 comments

Life’s a beach!

Florida Keys

Florida Keys

 

One thing I love about travel is the coast. Growing up in Perth I was never far from the ocean and have since preferred coastal cities to inland ones. There is nothing better than watching the sun sink into the ocean at the end of a hot summers day. Since it is summer now in my hometown I thought it would be a good time to take a trip down memory lane and share some photos from other coastal places I have been in my travels.

I hope you like them and share your favourite beaches with me so that I may add them to my list some day.

 

South Beach Miami, Florida

South Beach Miami, Florida

APC's in Mississippi

APC’s in Mississippi

 

I vividly remember this day when Jen and I were heading from New Orleans, through the states on our way to Florida. Somewhere in Mississippi we came across these armoured personnel carriers launching into the Gulf of Mexico on a training day. The soldiers were really friendly and let us inside the APC’s and told us all about them. It was a most unusual day at the beach.

 

Gulf of Mexico, Florida

Gulf of Mexico, Florida

 

I love this shot and the feeling of relaxation of hanging out at the beach, whether to gather your thoughts, walk or admire the view.

 

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

 

Watching the sun sink into the ocean in San Francisco. We spent a few days here and admired the sunset every afternoon. San Francisco also had some great breaks for surfing and some interesting walks around to the bay to admire the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach

 

Daytona beach was a beach like no other. The sand was flat and as hard as concrete. We discovered it was on the beach where car fanatics used to test the speed of their rides back in the early days of NASCAR racing. It makes sense when you feel the surface. Even today you can take your car down onto the beach and set up shop out of your boot. (speed tests are no longer tolerated 🙂 )

 

Highway 1 California

Highway 1 California

 

Highway 1 runs almost from San Francisco down to San Diego but the section down to LA provides some of the most jaw-dropping coastal scenery in the world. This drive is world famous and follows the rugged rocky coast through paddocks, green hills and even down to an elephant seal hangout outside LA.

 

Florida Keys

Florida Keys

 

Possibly the best beach parking I have ever found. This spot was found on one of the Florida Keys where it is surprisingly hard to find a public beach. Most of the Keys beaches are private and divided up among the hotels which line the coast. Unless you stay at a hotel or caravan park you will struggle to find a place to swim. Thankfully we found this perfect little spot just of one of the bridges.

 

California Coast

California Coast

 

Such a typical Californian beach scene. Rows of palm trees silhouetted in the setting sun. Man I love the beach! How about you?

 

CottesloCottelsoe beach Perth, Western Australia

Cottesloe Beach Perth, Western Australia

 

Stunning Coral Bay, Western Australia

Stunning Coral Bay, Western Australia

MargMargaret River, Western Australia

Margaret River, Western Australia

 

These last three are a taste of Western Australia’s beaches. The warm waters of Coral Bay in the north. The beautiful sunsets and sandy white beach of Cottesloe in Perth and the world class waves of Margaret River in the south, WA really has it all in terms of the ocean.

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane, I can’t wait to hit the beach again!

 

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6 Comments

  1. Coral Bay is magnificent!!! But you should come and see our beaches here in Southeast Asia. I may be biased but they spectacular! 🙂

    • I’ve seen photos Parvis and would love to add some to the list mate. Maybe in 2014 🙂

  2. A difficult one to choose my favourites – though the most amazing white sand and blue sea was probably your part of the world, in Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance!

    • Awesome Lucy! Esperance an Albany have some great beaches 🙂

    • True! I can’t get enough of the sun and surf 🙂

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