Let's Go To The Beach!!!!

  • Posted on: 31 July 2017
  • By: Gina

Have your swimsuits ready?  Cause we’re going to look at where the most fantastic beaches are.  Then it’s up to you to pick one, and go on vacation!!!!!!

So, here we go.

Santa Cruz .  Now I’m sure every Beach person has heard of Santa Cruz.  It’s been around forever.  But they just keep improving on it, because there’s not just a beach, there is a boardwalk.  So if you don’t want to spend your entire day on the beach, or you want something to do in the evening, you stroll on down to the Boardwalk where you can see, be seen, and take rides that will thrill you to the bone.

Santa Cruz County actually has 29 miles of beaches.  There are windswept cliffs that offers fantastic views of wide expanses of sand and sea, there are tidepools, and there are beaches to splash around in, and take your surf board out into and ride the waves.  It can offer whatever you’re looking for. 

San Diego:  La Jolla, like Santa Cruz, offers several beaches to choose from.

Windansea Beach is where you’ll find the experienced surfers who love the waves created by the underwater reefs and rocks.  You may also want to take a romantic stroll there in the evening, or because of the breathtaking views, hold your wedding here, as many couples have done.

La Jolla Cove is the most desirable spot for swimming, diving and snorkeling.  Here, the water is calm and you don’t have to worry about getting in the way of a surfer because they are not allowed here.  The sandy beach is pretty small, but there is a nearby park that offers a grassy area for spreading out that blanket and having your picnic lunch.

La Jolla Shores offers a nice long beach, where the sand is soft, the waves gentle and the water clean.  Its idea for families and beginner surfers, and like the Cove, has an adjacent park where you can picnic.
 

Black’s Beach is where those who want to “bare it all” can go to do just that.  It’s a beautiful area, very isolated and can be accessed by walking or descending a rough cliff path.  The north portion of the beach is clothing optional, so that’s where those who want to “bare it all” can do so and play volleyball and bask in the sun all they want.  So don’t venture there if you’re a prude.

Malibu, Santa Monica, Ca. is where the celebrities live, so leave your glasses on.  No really, Malibue has nearly three dozen beaches to chose from and is a beach lovers dream location.  You have Surfrider beach, guess why it’s named that!, Zuma Beach, Topanga Beach, and another surfer favorite: Pacific Palisades.

And of course there’s Venice.   Who hasn’t heard of Venice?  You see it a lot on tv shows, like reuns of Miami Vice, NCIS Los Angeles, just to name a couple.  Anyway Venice was actually founded in 1905 as a seaside resort town and didn’t merge with L.A. until 1926. Today, Venice is known for its canals, beaches, and the circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features an amusement pier, a miniature steam railroad, gondolas, performers, mystics, artists and vendors. From its world famous boardwalk and beautiful beach to the shopper’s paradise of Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice offers a unique and vibrant mix of activities and attractions.  Don’t miss it if you’re anywhere in the area.  It can offer great restaurants, terrific shopping, fun in the sun, and a terrific place ‘to be seen.”  And who knows, Hollywood might even be filming a movie or tv show the day you’re there!

Monterey has 99 miles of spectacular coastline encompassing every coastal landscape.  It has dramatic cliffs with breathtaking waterfalls, rocky shores perfect for the avid tidepooler or rock hunter, and sandy beaches where you can surf, fish and swim.  Divers like Monterey's McAbee Beach from where they can explore kelp forests. Birdwatchers flock to Carmel River State Beach. Rockhounds head down to Big Sur's Jade Cove , while Surfers frequent Asilomar State Beach, Marina State Beach and Moss Landing State Beach to catch that perfect wave.

Stinson Beach.  White, white sand and lots of oceanfront make it one of the best swimming beaches in northern California. You can also surf, boogie board, wind surf, hangl glide, kayak, enjoy hiking, picnicking, exploring the town, surfing, or sunbathing.  It great spot to get away from it all for the day.  Volleyballs and nets can be borrowed from the lifeguard tower, there are plenty of picnic tables and bbq grills, and if you bring your own tack you can even do some fishing. But remember, this is northern California, so it’s not usually as hot as down Malibu way.

Coronado, Central Beach, stretches 1.5 miles behind the great houses along Ocean Boulevard in front of the glamorous Hotel Del Coronado. Swimmers, bodysurfers, boogie boarders, sand sculptors, tide poolers and, from December through February, whale watchers all take to the sand and sea. North Beach attracts surfers in the morning, and at the extreme north is Dog Beach, where leashless canines can frolic in the surf.

But for those of you not in or near California, there’s a few more beaches that have come to mind.

Hawaii:  Manele Bay, Hawaii , Hulopo'e Beach on the island of Lana'i, long considered one of the world's most perfect stretches of sand, lies at the base of the Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay. The resort overlooks the bay, a designated marine preserve filled with colorful fish and the occasional spinner dolphin. In fact, snorkeling and diving spots here are considered some of the finest in Hawaii, making a swim in the 70-degree water all the more tempting.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina ,As the largest resort along South Carolina's 60-mile Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is the East Coast's ultimate vacation hub. The town teems with summertime action: beaches dotting the Strand, amusement and water parks, restaurants and live entertainment. Myrtle Beach's actual beach is an extensive stretch of silky white sand, with opportunities for fishing, swimming, sunbathing, sailing and surfing.

Nantucket, Mass.  A trip to Nantucket is like visiting a faraway fairytale land -- one set against a bright blue backdrop of ocean and bay in a community of simple, weathered white cottages surrounded by wild roses. This former whaling community has quaint neighborhoods and a beach for everyone, including Surfside Beach and Children's Beach, both of which feature calm waters and no shortage of sandcastles.

Clearwater Beach, a family paradise.  Clearwater Beach straddles the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and tranquil Tampa Bay to the east. Visitors enjoy sunbathing on white sandy beaches, diving into a game of beach volleyball, renting fishing boats, taking a dolphin-watching cruise, parasailing or heading to a mainland museum or aquarium

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina Stretching for 72 miles along the Atlantic coast on the Outer Banks, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a skinny strip of barrier islands from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island. The beach’s hallmark high, sandy dunes front frothy surf perfect for swimming, beachcombing and body-surfing. Visitors can climb up 248 steps to the top of the nation's tallest lighthouse -- towering at an impressive 196 feet -- for a spectacular view of the seashore.

Now, I’m not saying there isn’t more, there are a lot more, from Galveston, Texas, to the Keys of Florida, From Biloxi, Alabama to Savannah Georgia, but we couldn’t list them all, so we chose a few of the most popular.  Maybe we’ve missed your favorite, if so write us.  Tell us about it, and we’ll feature it, with your name on it!!!!!

So what are you waiting for?  Go to the beach. Summer is quickly speeding past us and will be gone before you know it!

Treats for the beach . ...  ...  ...

Are you looking for a snack to take with you to the beach?  Something portable and tasty?  Do you have any of those Peeps left over from Easter?  If you are like us, you may have picked up a bunch of packages after Easter when they were a dime a box.

So, you have some boxes of peeps.  Let's make some rainbow Rice Krsipie Treats out of all those peeps.

 

 

What you will need for this tasty, easy to carry snack are:

6 cups of Rice Krispies

4 boxes of 3 ounce peep packages

4 tablespoons of butter

a 8 X 8 glass pan, or any other pan you would like to use

a microwaveable bowl

spatulas

some butter for your hands

To get our rainbow effect shown in the photos, do not mix your colored peeps.

Take one package of peeps and break them into a microwaveable bowl.  Put 1 tablespoon of butter in with those marshmallow birds.  Place it in the microwave for 45 seconds.  Those poor peeps will balloon up to an amazing sight before deflating as you pull out your bowl. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may want to apologize to your peeps before mixing them and the butter together.  After you have mixed the peeps and butter, pour in 1 1/2 cups of Rice Krispies into the bowl.  Once everything is mixed, put into your pre butter pan.  It will only make a thin layer, but you have 3 more packages to go. 

Wash out your bowl and go to the next color you will be using.  Repeat the instructions above until you have all 4 packages melted and mixed and squished into your pan.

Take your treats out and let them cool slightly before cutting.  Put in an air tight container, bag and they are ready to haul to the beach.  Sticky fingers are easily washed in the sea water, you might want to brush off the sand before eating if you have sand covered fingers.

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