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National Geographic’s Top Ten Beaches!

Posted by E.G.D. on August 2, 2011

I was surfing the net this morning, trying to think of what would make a good “Tuesday Top Ten” for today.  I started out by looking for an authoritative top-ten Mexican beaches, and oddly enough, I couldn’t really find one I liked.  Or one that had ten.  Then I struck PURE TOP TEN GOLD!!!!!  Did you know that National Geographic has published a book called The 10 Best of Everything?  I didn’t, but I think that if any publishing organization has ever been in a position to make such a book, it is definitely National Geographic.  Inside this apparently awesome book, there is an article that lists what are, in National Geographic’s opinion, the top ten beaches in the world!  Even more awesome is the fact that they published the entirety of the article (complete with links) on their website for our viewing pleasure.  These beaches truly span the globe, from an island in the Indian Ocean, to New York’s Long Island, to Hawaii, to Australia, to name but a few!  Actually, two of the National Geographic Top Ten Beachesare in Hawaii, so that’s half of the broad locations on the list.

Lanikai Beach (National Geographic's #5 Beach Pick!) Photo by Sullynyflhi from Wikimedia Commons

I am happy to report that I have recently been to a party on what they listed as the world’s #5 beach ^_^.  Lanikai Beach, located on the windward side of Oahu, is basically in the city of Kailua.  Kailua is a pretty amazing little city, actually, in that a ton of people there have the beach in their back yard.  Here’s the kicker: especially for Lanikai Beach, the only place to park is somebody’s driveway (or the street in front of somebody’s house).  The beach is by no means private, but really the only way to enjoy it is to visit someone who lives on it.  This is doubly true because the beach has no public bathrooms, changing rooms, or showers, and let me tell you, you are ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEED to get sand in uncomfortable parts of your swimsuit.  You will really want that post-swim shower.

On the other hand, if you ever wanted to buy your dream home on a beach, Lanikai may very well be the place for you.  My friend’s beach home is ten different kinds of spectacular (beautiful and open and in a perfect location to catch cool sea breezes), AND it is easy driving distance from two Costcos and a Wal Mart, not to mention more than one University of Hawaii campus.   Also, if you’re the sort to enjoy a swim, this beach is great for daily exercise swimming, due in part to the clear landmarks in the water (jutting rock island things), which you can use to gauge your distance.

I don’t have any first-hand knowledge of the other nine beaches, so I highly recommend you go check out the article!  Let me tell you, if Lanikai is number five, I’d love to someday visit the four that are ranked higher.  In the meantime, I’m off to bask in my aloha memories and to give that beach-going-party-throwing friend a call.

Mahalo, everyone- E.G.D

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2 Responses to “National Geographic’s Top Ten Beaches!”

  1. I spent a lot of time on Lanikai! NG is right!

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