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What do you look for in a good beach?

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/8/2009 at 15:09 admin

Title really says it all... what do you look for in a good beach?

I guess though there could be more than one answer -- afterall, I'm at the beach at the moment, in a cafe/bar with WiFi ... my feet could be in the sand if only my screen wasn't so reflective, but if I didn't need the WiFi, I probably wouldn't touch this beach with a bargepole ...

If I didn't need the WiFi, I'd prefer to see all "that" gone and just have the sand and sea, with the nearest buildings a good ten minute walk away -- what about you?

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Posted by SBE on 15/8/2009 at 17:36

I hate beaches that have a busy road or a promenade running behind them with shops, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and traffic ... I'd far rather have to walk a bit to a beach and be well away from all that stuff. Also once a beach has concrete resorts on it there's no way of turning the clock back and getting that picture perfect tropical beach back again...EVER.

Future generations may devise a more intelligent way of doing things but at this rate countries like Thailand soon won't have any unspoilt beaches left for them to work with.

I also don't want other people's ghetto blasters and radios "entertaining" me when I'm sitting on a beach. I happen to like the sound of the waves but you often can't hear waves, just techno rap hip hop trance and/or piped hotel music. What did god invent mp3 players and ipods for?

Nice sand is OK but I get bored just lying about reading and getting skin cancer. I don't like beaches with banana boats, jet skis, karaoke, donkey rides or ascentional parachutes as "entertainment" though. My favourite beaches are those that have a healthy coral reef within swimming distance from the shore and scenic walks nearby rather than shops and internet cafes.

No money in tourists like me though, is there?

Where ARE you Somtam? it doesn't sound that great!

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 15/8/2009 at 18:48

What do you look for in a good beach?

sand

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 15/8/2009 at 18:56

and money :0)

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Posted by Tilapia on 15/8/2009 at 19:56

Ditto SBE ... no concrete structures, good coral nearby, and no road access. Relative isolation. Sand that doesn't wreck your feet. Some shade and a place to hang a hammock.

Corsica, I discovered, has some mind-blowing beaches, but during the tourist season they fill with yachts and pleasure craft that destroy the atmosphere.

I just read a great cycling journal on Crazy Guy on a Bike, and the guy doing the trip slept/camped on Thai beaches all the way down the Gulf coast, and every single one of them were completely empty (and some of them looked like landfill sites from all the trash that had washed up.) So, there are lots of empty beaches. We just need to get to them.

Hey Somtam, how about a branch for cycling? There's one for motorbiking. How about one for the more green way of getting around?

Cheers.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 15/8/2009 at 21:31 admin

Tilapia, what you mean a forum like this?

Cycle in Asia

:-)

I've populated it with some old discussions -- but hopefully it will fill out over time as the motorcycling and diving ones are...

SBE - Am still in Sanur, leaving for Sulawesi in a week or so... have had some distractions that have put the trip back a litle...

On beaches -- I'm finding, now with two rugrats in tow, my idea of the perfect beach is morphing somewhat!

Cheers

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Posted by BruceMoon on 17/8/2009 at 15:12

Somtam

Come to Currumbin Beach and I'll show you!

Cheers

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Posted by BruceMoon on 18/8/2009 at 13:31

That's not nice, I should've explained...

A good beach (for me) is one where:

* there is clean water. Muddy/cloudy water just doesn't cut it.

* the sand is clean (oh, so important). Sadly, SE Asians are not (anti)litter conscious.

* there is fringing vegetation between the sand and the 'mainland' (urbanity). This makes the beach relaxed in ambience.

* there is reasonable entry access. Don't like the 5 mile hike to gain access.

* I like waves, but it's not a given (eg. look here ).

* I love a point break, but again, not a given (eg. as in here ).

* I also like beaches that have food options close by. While my local beach is Currumbin and has a couple of cafe's and bars, that's merely a luxury.

* Normally, I don't like being crowded out. Then again, I was at Coogee the other day eating Turkish 'n' dips with a cold beer, amongst a crowd and it was great. So, it depends on location and ambience (and NO touts selling).

Cheers

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Posted by MADMAC on 18/8/2009 at 16:26

"Title really says it all... what do you look for in a good beach?"

Hot Chica's in bikins. Preferably topless.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 18/8/2009 at 19:00

John (MAC)

I suggest Stuart was asking about detail IN a good beach NOT ON a beach.

Mmmm!!!

What would your lovely wife say of your thoughts?

Cheers

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Posted by MADMAC on 18/8/2009 at 23:52

In, on... not a big difference.

My wife and I have been together ten years. She can read my mind.

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