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Archive for the ‘Top Ten Beaches’ Category

New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches

Posted by Jody on September 27, 2011

Update 5/25/2012: The results are in for 2012! New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches – The Wildwoods wins again!

Gotta love democracy!  Over the last few years, New Jersey, The Garden State, has been holding an online contest to name New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches.  Both residents and tourists can vote on their favorite New Jersey beach. What a great idea!  That’s the way to get the real scoop from actual beachgoers.

The annual New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches survey asks for voters to choose their favorite beach for: family destination, eco-tourism and day trip. With over 127 miles of sandy coastline, the contest does narrow down the “best beach” voting choices. New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches competition began in 2008 with The Wildwoods taking home the top prize.  In 2009, Ocean City, New Jersey took over the #1 spot. And in 2010 The Wildwoods regained the top honor. The Wildwoods are actually a set of three beaches. They are three of the only five beaches on the Jersey Shore that are always entry-fee free.

The Wildwoods International Kite Festival (Photo by Dough 4872, from Wikimedia Commons)

According to “”The contest is run by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, an affiliation of colleges, universities and groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment.”

The results of New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches for 2011 – 4th Annual online contest kept The Wildwoods in the top spot!

Asbury Park Boardwalk, New Jersey (Photo by Bob Jagendorf, from Wikimedia Commons)

  1. The Wildwoods  – (Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood combined) First Place 3 out of 4 years
  2. Long Beach Island – (Six municipalities on “The Island”)
  3. Ocean City –  “America’s Greatest Family Resort” , #1 in 2009
  4. Sea Isle City
  5. Cape May
  6. Asbury Park
  7. Seaside Heights
  8. Island Beach State Park/Berkeley Township
  9. Cape May Point
  10. Sandy Hook

The Wildwoods, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Cape May and Cape May Point are all part of Cape May County, New Jersey’s southernmost county. Cape May County is home to 30 miles of clean, sandy seashore.

In 2011, the competition added a photo contest of the New Jersey coastline. You can check out the category winners and beautiful photos at New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches.  Past Top 10 winner lists are also available.

The contest is open from February to March of each year with New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches results available in May. We’ll keep that in mind and update you when it’s time for you to exercise your right to vote!

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Top Ten Beaches in France

Posted by Jody on September 13, 2011

You can’t go wrong when a top 10 list is actually put together by individuals who are true experts in their field.  The Top 10 Beaches in France – the expert’s choice“, published by the Guardian (, were chosen by people who know their beaches.  I especially like that the best beach for water sports was chosen by a world champion funboarder; “the best naturist” (read: nude) beach was selected by someone who literally wrote the book on the subject; and that the best beach for children was really picked by an 8 year old!

The Top 10 beaches in France – the experts’ choice” has something for everyone!

French Riviera (Original work by Markus Bernet, from Wikimedia Commons)

Are you a glamorous movie star or simply into star-gazing? Well then, the sheltered Paloma Plage on the French Riviera is your place in the sun.  It’s apparently the beach where the rich and famous arrive in the bay on their mega yachts.   Paloma Plage comes highly recommended for celebrity-spotting by the Clé d’Or (Gold Key) and Concierge at a luxury hotel in Monte Carlo.

The best beach for diving, L’Ile de Riou in Marseille, was chosen by the secretary general of the main diver training organization of France (the Fédération Française d’Etude et de Sport Sous-Marin, or FFESSM for short). That’s one impressive endorsement! L’Ile de Riou is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. It’s a small beach, and it’s only accessible via boat.

The best beach for motor homes and campervans is Plage de Ménéham, Brittany.  Here, in Ménéham, you’ll find white sand beaches and dunes with plenty of opportunities for coastal walks. As an added bonus, overnight parking is free year round for motor home and campervans. Plage de Ménéham is recommended by the editor of a travel book on “Aires” (loosely translated: tourist stopovers) in France.

The best beach for families is a beautifully maintained five mile (8 km) stretch of uncrowded golden sand on the Mediterranean Sea.  Argelès Plage has clear blue water, a shady two mile tree-lined promenade, and the beautiful  Pyrenees Mountains as a backdrop.  It sounds like the on-site beach club for kids is just the icing on the cake for Argelès Plage!

The remaining Top 10 Beaches in France, chosen by “connaisseurs des plages” (beach connoisseurs), are:

Beaulieu-sur-Mer, French Riviera – Best for children

Beaulieu-sur-Mer, French Riviera (By ReqEngineer, from Wikimedia Commons)

Porto-Pollo – Best in Corsica

Baie d’Audierne, Brittany – Best Breton beach

Euronat, Côte d’Argent, Aquitaine – Best naturist  Oh là là!

Plage de l’Almanarre, Hyères, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – Best for watersports

Côte Sauvage, Poitou-Charentes – Best wild beach

Check out the article on France’s Top 10 Beaches at the Guardian for more info, photos and links.     Bon voyage!

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Top Ten Dog Beaches in the US

Posted by Jody on September 6, 2011

Today’s Featured Writer: Alaina Diehl

We love beaches, we love dogs! Although the family Chihuahuas are probably too small to enjoy the pleasures that an ocean beach has to offer (think shark hors d’oeuvres), we know many people out there want to spend their beach vacation with their lovable 4-legged friends.

Below we have a list of the Top 10 Dog Friendly Beaches in the United States from
Maybe you will plan to hit one of these beaches on your next vacation with Rover.

Dog prints in the sand by Leah Strickland

Dog Prints in Sand by Leah Strickland

10. Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon
9. Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, North Carolina
8. St. George Island, Florida
7. Fort Funston State Park, California
6. Hunting Island, South Carolina
5. Carmel City Beach, California
4. Cape San Blas, Florida
3. Dog Beach, California
2. Fort DeSoto Beach, Florida
1. Del Mar Beach San Diego, California

Honorable Mention:  Beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Read more at PetVR to find out why these beaches are the friendliest places to bring your pooch(es).

Dog on the Beach by Vera Kratochvil

Dogs aren’t allowed on all beaches, so know before you go! Many state beaches will have rules available on their websites, or you can find out at if the beach you want to visit is one of the 200 + dog friendly coastal beaches!

Beach Dreamer (©Jody Diehl)

Here are two simple tips on how to “share the beach” with non-dog owners, so we can help keep beaches pet friendly:

– Always follow leash laws!

Although some beaches have off leash areas, please respect other beach visitors by keeping your dog on a leash where required. When you are in off leash areas, make sure your dog is well-behaved and responds to voice commands. Be sure to pay attention to your dog.

– Always remember to clean up after your dog by removing pet waste. This keeps the beach a clean place for everyone.

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*Alaina, Thanks for the great post!  Let’s head to those Top Ten Dog Friendly Beaches soon!!

Love, Chica and Paco*

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Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County, California

Posted by Jody on August 30, 2011

Redwood National Park (Photo: NPS, from Wikimedia Commons)

With 100 miles of stunningly spectacular Northern California coastline, “California’s Redwood Coast”  was able to select the Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County.  Humboldt County, home to the world-renowned California Redwoods, is located about 225 miles north of San Francisco. Many of the beaches on the Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County list are part of the Humboldt County Parks system.  Be warned:  “Because of lack of financial resources, Humboldt County park facilities are considered to be more primitive than facilities managed by other agencies.” You may want to check for specific park facilities before you head for any of the Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County!

Little River State Beach joins with Clam Beach County Park to the south.  Farther to the south connecting to Clam Beach County Park is Mad River County Park.  All three of these beaches made the list of Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County. And all three beaches connect with a continuous ocean frontage of sand and coastal dunes.

The Mouth of Little River (Photo by Greg Kidd, from Wikimedia Commons)

Little River State Beach, with it’s wide sandy shoreline, is bordered on the north by the Little River which itself offers swimming and kayaking. Surfing and swimming are popular attractions at Little River State Beach.

Clam Beach County Park, one of the largest beaches in Humboldt County, allows camping right on the beach with its lengthy, broad stretch of flat shoreline. Clam Beach has the distinction of being awarded a Times-Standard (Eureka, California) “2009 Readers Choice Award” for being the best beach on the North Coast. Beachcombing, horseback riding and surfing are all popular activities here.

Mad River County Park is a popular spot for picnicking and beachcombing.  Here there is a boat ramp into the Mad River which is just right for paddling canoes or kayaking.

Location of Humboldt County, California (Map by David Benbennick, from Wikimedia Commons)

Agate Beach is located in Patrick’s Point State Park.  Semi-precious surf tumbled agates and more precious jade & moonstone can be found while beachcombing here. You might even find a fishing float on Agate Beach amongst the stones, shells and driftwood.

Centerville Beach County Park, with its nine mile stretch of shoreline, is the perfect beach for bird watchers.  Cormorants, sandpipers, gulls and pelicans are plentiful.  Watching harbor seals is a favorite activity too.

Rounding out the Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County are Trinidad State Beach, Luffenholtz County Park, Gold Bluffs Beach Campground, Samoa Dunes County Park, and Black Sands Beach.

Be sure to check out all of the Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County  beach links for additional access & safety information, and directions.

You’ll also want to have a look at the California National Monument Brochure -Trinidad Gateway. It’s both informative and beautiful.

Leave us a comment, let us know what you’d like to see!  &  please share us with your friends on Facebook. Thanks -J-

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G’day Mate! Top 10 Beaches of Western Australia

Posted by Jody on August 9, 2011

The Cockle Shells of Shell Beach, Western Australia (Photo by Lpm43792 from Wikimedia Commons)

We’ll need to have a pretty substantial shell bag for a day at this beach!  It’s a 110 kilometer (68.3508311 mile) stretch of beach made up entirely of seashells. Literally, billions upon billions of cockle shells piled up to 33 feet deep form this treasure beach, aptly named Shell Beach.  Seriously, how would any sheller choose their take-home treasures at this beachcomber’s paradise?

Or, imagine eighty miles (128.7470 km) 😉 of uninterrupted pristine white sand shoreline known for incredible sunsets and the turquoise splendor of the Indian Ocean. This stretch of coast also features a variety of colorful sea shells and a low beach comber density.  This amazing treasure beach is quite simply named Eighty Mile Beach.

I tend to trust official tourism sites.  It seems to me that they must really have to do their homework, because I figure that they have to be totally prepared to defend their choices to all of the disappointed beaches left off their list.  Shell Beach and Eighty Mile Beach are just two of the “Top 10 Beaches” of Western Australia‘s tourism site.

Map of Australia (by Mark, Wikimedia Commons)

According to, Esperance is a real beach lover’s beach, ideal for swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and sandboarding. They tell us:  “This place is so relaxed even the kangaroos sun bake on the beach.”  It may not be the best day trip for someone who just landed at the airport, though.  It’s a nine-hour drive from Perth.

If you’re already in Perth, no worries, City Beach and Cottesloe Beach are also on the Top 10 Beaches of Western Australia list.

Rounding out the Top 10 Beaches of Western Australia are Turquoise Bay, Cable Beach, Green’s Pool, Scarborough, and Monkey Mia.  I suggest you check them all out!  The website has amazing descriptions and beautiful photos to entice you.

Let’s see. That will be 26 1/2 hours of travel time, at the very least, from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Perth, WA, Australia.   I think we’d better pack some extra sammies.    -J-

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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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Britain’s Top 10 Beaches

Posted by Jody on July 26, 2011

From the stunning white cliffs of Dover to the haunting shores of Holy Island, with over 10,000 miles of coastline to discover… somehow the good folks at have chosen the Top 10 British Beaches!  Even though I thought that I had traveled to some of the most gorgeous shoreline in all of England, none of my previous beach jaunts even made the Top 10 British Beaches list.

These beaches must be absolutely amazing!

When I think of surfing, Great Britain isn’t the first destination to pop into my mind, but Bournemouth (pictured above), located in Dorset, is “set to become one of the best surf spots in the UK!” They opened the first artificial surf reef in Europe here in 2009.  And if you’ve already been to the “excellent surf schools” in Croyde Bay, then you probably don’t need this article to tell you that it is notably the best beach for catching waves in North Devon.

Bournemouth, "One of the Best UK Beaches" (by Christophe.Finot from Wikipedia Commons)

If you’re looking for more traditional English seaside diversions, then the article recommends Lancashire. You’ll find everything from donkey rides to deck chairs to miles of sand at Blackpool beach.  Just a reminder… roller coaster first, ice cream later!

And the next time I’m across the pond, I know that I’ll definitely search out Sinclair’s Bay. This beach, in Caithness, sounds more like a dream with its soft white sand and not one, but two, 16th century castles standing sentinel.  Four miles of uninterrupted sand, stunningly blue water,  the prospect of watching whales and porpoises….  Now that’s my cuppa’ tea!

Rounding out the Top 10 British Beaches are Porthcurno (Cornwall), West Wittering (West Sussex), Abereiddi Blue Lagoon (Pembrokeshire), Holy Island (Northumberland), Great Bay (St. Martin’s, Isles of Scilly) and Holkham (Norfolk).

You’ll want to check out  the entire article for more descriptions and the many links to all of the Top 10 British Beaches!


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Top Ten Beaches in Nova Scotia, Canada

Posted by Jody on July 20, 2011

I’ve never been to the beaches of Canada, but according to this article in World News Report, the Top Ten Beaches in Canada are actually the Top Ten Beaches in Nova Scotia!  It looks like this may have come from the tourism board, but they already have me hooked reading their descriptions.  Lake beaches, ocean beaches, pebbly beaches, white sand beaches, beachcombing, rockhounding… They’ve got it all!

Map of Nova Scotia from Wikipedia Commons

“With more than 7,600 kilometers of shoreline and over 100 beaches, there’s a good reason Nova Scotia is home to the best beaches in Canada.”

If you enjoy birdwatching you might want to try Martinique Beach, Mavillette Beach or Taylor Head Beach.

How about a visit to the 1859 historic lighthouse at Margaretsville Beach or fossil exploration on the shores of Cape Chignecto?

If you want a souvenir for your collection you can hunt for sand dollars at Risser’s Beach Provincial Park.

Here are the complete descriptions of their “Top 10 Beaches in Canada”: Nova Scotia – Best Beaches in Canada 

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