The less crowded the beach, the better, even if it takes hours or days to get there. Hey, you don’t have to worry about somebody stealing your stuff while you swim when there’s nobody else there!
One of my all-time favorite spots is Tofino’s Chesterman Beach, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. It’s total rainforest up there, and the beach is known for fantastic surfing and storm-watching. My first pug, Ozwald, used to swim and frolic and run like the wind on our visits. It was very uncharacteristic for his mellow little self, so Chesterman was definitely our special spot.
I’ve included photos of some of my favorite beaches from over the years in this post and I want to hear about yours, too. Beaches are places of many happy memories.
Tell me about your favorite beach! Leave me a comment with the name and location of the beach you dream about and why you love it so much (or really want to go there, if you haven’t yet). You’ll be entered in a draw to win an ebook copy of my travelogue Tro-tros and Potholes, West Africa: Solo. For more about the book, here’s a rocking review by Texas author Jo VonBargen. Two randomly-drawn winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 7th. (This will be a good incentive for me to learn how to use those nifty random-drawing generator tools!)
This is one of my good memories — best beach for finding nothing except white sand and sweet children: Zanzibar, Tanzania. Here are before and after pictures– before the kids saw my camera, and then after I’d had my camera out for about 90 seconds.
Happy beach dreaming, everybody! And if you’re going to one soon, don’t forget the sunscreen. Seriously. All of my beach hopping has left me with a giant mono-freckle on my forehead. If I only knew then what I know now about suntanning with baby oil…
Updated on 8/7: The two winners have been drawn and they are Jo VonBargen and Barbara Phinney! I’ll be sending you two an email with the coupon code shortly.