So, I feel like I should preface this post with an apology, since I’ve been MIA for the last few weeks (on account of uni., work, a nasty ear and tonsil infection, and holidays). SORRY. I’m usually not one to slack, and I hate not doing something wholeheartedly, so I decided it was better to not put out (sub-par) posts, and wait until I’d gotten my ducks in a row.
Needless to say, I’m back and well, and I cannot believe I actually got emails from concerned blog-friends! I was convinced that at this point, my mother would be the only person reading this; so, thank you!
Okay, back to business now: let’s talk about beaches.
Nice word, that, “beach”. Sort of like “leach”, but with a “b”. (Really, I have no idea what’s wrong with me. And quite frankly we don’t have time to go through my childhood traumas; including the time I lost the middle school debating finals to my then, arch-nemesis Oake– yes, the girl’s name was actually Oak-with-an-E!)
Anyhow, before I lose my marbles entirely (read: just kidding, they’re long gone — the marbles, I mean), I give you:
10 must-visit beach destinations
10) Green Sand (Papakōlea) Beach – Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Why: 1) Green sand (I’m a geologist- olivine excites me, okay?) and 2) GREEN SAND!
Image via Flickr: Olivine-basalt sand (marine beach sand, modern; Green Sand Beach, Puu Mahana Volcanic Cone, southern tip of Hawaii, central Pacific Ocean) 1. Photographer: James St. John.
Image via Flickr: Mahana Bay | Overlooking Green Sand Beach. Photographer: Thomas.
9) Pink Sand Beach – Balos, Greece
Why: Pink sand. I mean, even Barbie would approve.
Image via Flickr: Pink sand in Balos. Photographer: Alberto Perdomo.
8) Maho Beach – Saint Maarten
Why: Because who doesn’t like laying on the beach, whilst planes whoosh by!?
Image via Flickr: Airport Danger Jet Blast Sign. Photographer: Richie Diesterheft.
Image via Flickr:Insel Air’s MD-82 approaching over Maho Beach, St. Maarten. Photographer: Takashi Ota.
7) Wells Beach – Norfolk, UK
Why: This one’s sort of a long story. But since I have to give you some sort of valid reason (as I have thus far), let’s just stay with ‘chip shop, ice cream, and (sand)wiches’. See what I did there with the last one? Because when you have a sandwich on the beach, it gets sandy?
Yes, I find myself hilarious, thank you very much.
What does it matter if I’ve had a beer or
Image via Flickr: Beach huts, Wells beach, Norfolk. Photographer: Ned Trifle.
6) Bondi – Sydney, Australia
Why: 1) Because, duh, Bondi. And 2) The Bondi Baths. And 3) Have you SEEN some of those lifeguards on ‘Bondi Rescue’?! They were practically the reason I moved Down Under.
Pft, no… I wouldn’t pretend-drown just to get rescued. How bad do you think I am?! (Read: awful. Said scenario is highly probable).
Image via Flickr: Bondi Baths. Photographer: Waikiki Natatorium.
Image via Flickr: Bondi Beach, Oct. 2011. Photographer: University of Denver.
5) Whitehaven – Whitsunday NP, Australia
Image via Flickr: Aerial shot of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island off Queensland, Australia. Photographer: Szecska.
4) Ko Phi Phi Ley – Thailand
Image via Flickr: Thaïlande – Ko Phi Phi – Maya Bay. Photographer: Nicolas Vollmer.
But also because Leo was here. DiCaprio, I mean — how many Leos do you know?!
Image via Flickr: Untitled. Photographer: Ted Murphy.
3) Boulders Beach – Cape Town, South Africa
Why: 1) ‘Boulders’ beach (revisit point 1, #10 re: me being a geologist), and 2) penguins.
Image via Flickr: Boulders Beach Villa. Photographer: Nicolas Raymond.
Seriously: PENGUINS. On a beach.
Image via Flickr: The Penguins of South Africa. Photographer: 一元 马.
2) South Beach – Miami, USA
Why: Is ‘because it’s Miami’ a good reason?
Image via Flickr: Lifeguard on Duty in South Beach Miami. Photographer: Kim Seng.
1) Any and every beach in Maldives
Why: I’m really not sure if this actually needs too much justification. I mean hello:
Image via Flickr: Maldives. Photographer: Sarah Ackerman.
Not to mention: bioluminescent phytoplankton (or, ‘glow-in-the-dark shrimpy things’ if you’re so inclined)
Image via Flickr: Maldives Beach Looks Like Starry Night Sky. Photographer: Adam Rifkin.