“Darling, we’re beach people, not pool people.”
Let’s be honest, I love travelling so going anywhere is always an adventure. Except for camping. I’m definitely not a camping kind of girl. As much as I love exploring cities, I am partial to lounging on beaches just the same. And by beaches I mean ones by seas or oceans, not lakes. Definitely not lakes.
There is something to be said about being on a beach. The soothing ocean sounds, the way your toes sink into the warm sand, the way you float in the water. I never understood why people went on holidays (like an all-inclusive resort for example) and then choose to spend the whole time by the pool. There is the usual screaming and splashing, but what bothers me more are the people who hang out at the swim up bar for hours. You don’t see them going for a pee break. There is a reason why.
I’ve spent a decent amount of time on beaches, some better than others. Here are some of my faves.
Alba Adriatica, Italy
Nestled on the northern-east coast of Italy, just few hours south of Rimini, is a little town called Alba Adriatica. We ended up there by chance, arriving sometime during the night, not knowing the gem we have discovered. It was early September, the water was warm and we lounged on that beach like it was our job. The town itself was small, but it had a nice strip with restaurants, bars and coffee shops. We were in heaven.
Although I’ve only been there once, the beach in Roatan still fills my dreams. It was what I imagine paradise is like – white sand, crystal clear water and stepping into the ocean feels like dipping your toes in a lukewarm bath. Out time there was glorious, the beer was cheap and I never wanted to leave. I describe this in more detail in my previous blog Roatan, a little slice of heaven.
We stopped in Cozumel while on a cruise and ended up going for a dun buggy ride followed by snorkeling off the coast. Since I had no prior expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by the white-sanded beaches and wilderness of the island. The sand was pristine and reminded me more of salt than actual sand. As this wasn’t a resort, other than our tour, there were no people around. It was a different kind of experience as it felt so peaceful and remote, almost like being stranded on some uninhabited island. The snorkeling was outstanding as was the water.
We’ve been fortunate to visit quite a few beaches, some better than others. It really is difficult to pick just a handful, otherwise, this would be a very long blog.
What are some of your favourite beaches and why? Let me know!