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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Long Beach in California

The area was initially known as the ‘Bay of Smokes’. This was because in the 1500s, an explorer named Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo observed smoke signals rising from atop the hill (known as Signal Hill today). The Native Americans originally occupied it and they were known to employ the practice of using smoke signals as a form of communication with people who lived across the Santa Catalina Island.

The late 1700s saw the division of the land that was owned by Spain. It was divided between two landowners. The Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos (as it was named) had a boundary between them that ran through the center of Signal Hill. In 1843, John Temple bought the Rancho Los Cerritos. Today, the Rancho Los Cerritos, also known as Ranch House, stands as an important historical landmark. Temple sold off the ranch house in 1866 to Flint, Bixby & Co. Portions of the Rancho Los Cerritos was sold by the 1880s. Finally in 1880, Bixby sold Rancho Los Cerritos to William Wilmore, who founded Wilmore City and subdivided and developed some of these areas. Although he hoped to create a farm community, he did not taste success, and the area was later renamed to the City of Long Beach.

John W. Bixby later leased the land at Rancho Los Alamitos. He also started the development of the coastal front of this place. He began planning the layout of the streets and parks of the new city. But The Rancho Los Alamitos saw itself being split between the heirs, with the sad demise of J. W. Bixby in 1888. The remaining area of this ranch was further subdivided into different areas.

The early 1900s saw tremendous growth of the town. It grew in its reputation as a popular seaside place, and also as a port-of-call. It was now home to ‘The Pike’, which was one of the most famous beachside amusements parks at that time. Lots of visitors thronged to enjoy the roller coasters and other major attractions.

The unfortunate earthquake in 1933 did a lot of damage to life, and caused loss of property in this area. Due to all the damage caused by this earthquake, The Field Act of 1933 was passed. According to this, it was mandatory to have earthquake resistant design and construction to be implemented for all public schools.

It still continued to have a sizable Japanese-American population for a certain period of time. But with a lot of interracial marriages, they form the minority between the existing populations at Long Beach today.

Today, Long Beach draws lots of visitors from across the globe. People even throng to visit the sites and attractions close to Long Beach. Apart from the Queen Mary, the Long Beach aquarium with its huge collection of plant and marine life always tends to be a favorite among most tourists flocking to this area. The Long Beach Airport offers direct flights throughout the United States with easy domestic and international connections. Among the busiest airports, it also remains to be an important aircraft manufacturing and flight-training center. Today, it has beautiful parks, historical sites of interest, and major sailing events. It is therefore no wonder that Long Beach, CA, remains the most popular tourist destinations for people around the world.

Crowded Beaches in the World

Beaches in North America

Ocean City, Maryland
OC, as it is also known as, is a phenomenally popular beach town on the Atlantic coast. The summer is obviously the best time to be here, and it is estimated that a whopping 8 million people visit Ocean City every year.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
With its warm, subtropical climate, Myrtle Beach is known to welcome around 14 million visitors from spring to fall every year, with the number of visitors peaking every July.

Belmar, New Jersey
Being in the proximity of New York and Philadelphia, Belmar is a popular destination for sunbathing, fishing, surfing and swimming. Weekends, summers, weekends in summer, you’re bound to find the crowds here.

Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Beach is home to the wealthier lot of residents, but this stretch of paradise on the Pacific coast gets a lot of visitors every summer. It basically has everything you’d want from a beach – sun, surf, and sand, not to mention the super-luxurious resorts to stay at.

Imperial Beach, California
Bodyboarding, beach volleyball, and surfing are some of the activities that bring the crowds down here to Imperial Beach, which is the most southern beach city on the West coast of the US.

Miami Beach, Florida
The resort city of Miami Beach has lots of attractions on offer for visitors, but most of them prefer flocking to where else, but the beaches, of course. North Beach, Mid-Beach, and South Beach make up Miami Beach’s ocean side attractions.

Daytona Beach, Florida
23 miles of beautiful white sand awaits you at Daytona Beach. Part of their coast is favored by car racing enthusiasts, while the rest is left for the rest to enjoy.

Coney Island Beach, New York
Coney Island Beach, a 3-mile stretch of sand and sea is a favored destination of New Yorkers, offering respite from the manic mayhem of the city. No wonder then, that this beach is choc-a-block with people throughout summer.

Beaches in South America

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Probably the most famous beach known to humankind, Copacabana is where the world comes to p-a-r-t-y. Vibrant beach culture, beautiful people, and perfect weather is what brings the crowds to Copacabana.

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
As Copacabana’s neighbor, Ipanema Beach has its own share of distinct attractions and fans. Surfers and sun worshipers flock here, which is often referred to as the world’s sexiest beach.

Máncora, Peru
Máncora is a jewel on the Peruvian coastline. It is also considered to be a surfer’s paradise. Great weather, gorgeous turquoise beach, and easy accessibility make this a popular destination.

Montañita, Ecuador
Montañita’s sudden emergence as a beach destination has surprised many. Besides the obvious weather and waves, Montañita’s relaxed attitude towards the use of marijuana acts as a major draw for multicultural tourists, and is creating the reputation of being a shadow of Amsterdam.

Reñaca Beach, Viña del Mar, Chile
Reñaca Beach, which is located in the Valparaíso Region of Chile attracts a large number of surfers, along with the regular beach goers every season.

Punta del Este, Uruguay
Punta del Este has a mild oceanic climate, with pleasant summers and cool winters. Besides the obvious beauty of the region, people come to Punta del Este to indulge in nautical sports and fishing. The beaches of this town are frequented by tourists and locals alike.

Punta Carnero Beach, Salinas, Ecuador
People coming here have a myriad list of activities to engage in, besides surfing and bodyboarding. Parasailing, whale watching, and bird watching are some of the other attractions that bring people to Punta Carnero.

Beaches in Asia

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Surfing and snorkeling are the main activities that people indulge in, here at Hikkaduwa. Also, many tourists choose to dive in the clear waters to view the gorgeous corals. It is also very popular with board-surfers.

Haad Rin Beach, Thailand
Leave the sun, surf, and sand aside, if there is one reason why Westerners flock to Haad Rin is because of the Full Moon parties. Great music, lots of booze, and drugs are a staple at these parties.

Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Being one of the premier beach destinations in Asia, Phuket needs no introduction. Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy the beaches, and other unmentionables as well.

Anjuna Beach, Goa, India
Anjuna came on to the world map as a hippie heartland in the seventies. It may not be the best beach in Goa, but it certainly is one of the most happening due to its full moon and black moon parties.

Saud Beach, Philippines
Azure waters and white sand make up the Saud Beach, located in the resort town of Pagudpud. While it may not be as crowded as Phuket, the scenic beauty is a definite attraction for tourists.

Dalian Beach, China
Dalian is a relatively young city in China, but is steadily gaining popularity as a favored beach destination for both, locals and tourists alike, and is often listed as one of the most crowded beaches in the world.

Beaches in Europe

Bournemouth, located on the southern coast of England is a resort town with a sizable population. In the summer months, it sees a surge in the number of visitors who come here to enjoy beach-side activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Cala Tarida, Ibiza, Spain
No one needs a reason to come to Ibiza, they just need the means to come here. Beach lovers and party lovers flock to this destination every year in large numbers.

Praia da Luz, Portugal
Praia da Luz attracts a considerable number of tourists from Europe, predominantly from the British Isles, Ireland, France and Germany, who come here to bask in the glorious sunshine and enjoy the local flavors.

Brighton Beach, England
Brighton is not too far from London, which makes it a popular seaside getaway. Beach sports are quite popular here, and it also has a reserved nudist area.

Pampelonne Beach, St-Tropez, France
St-Tropez has been a haunt for the rich and famous all over the world. Located on the French Riviera, the beach offers spectacular views of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, and is also a clothing-optional beach.

Durrës, Albania
Durrës is a beautiful coastal town on the Adriatic shoreline, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Albania, with an estimated 60,000 visitors every year, comprising locals and foreigners.

Samil Beach, Spain
Among Spain’s various seaside attractions, Samil Beach in the north-west is a big hit with locals and tourists. This area has the regular seaside activities on offer, along with its beautiful promenade.

Being at any of these beaches is sure to make you wonder, is there anything like a tranquil beach left in the world? Tough to answer that, my friend. Because, with the growing popularity of social media, it only takes a few seconds to click and upload a picture of a serene beach, and the aforementioned world-and-its-grandma turns up right there with their sunscreens and beach towels.

Dangerous Beaches in the World

Gansbaai, South Africa

Sharks. Scary enough? The Great White Shark. Drains the color off your skin, doesn’t it? Gansbaai is a small fishing town located in Western Cape, South Africa, and is home to a huge number of Great White Sharks. It sometimes also goes by the name of Great White Shark Capital of The World.
Almost as many as 60,000 Cape Fur Seals thrive in Geyser Rock, a small island in Gansbaai. Dyer island, a relatively bigger island nearby, is home to hundreds of thousands of penguins. A channel that separates the two islands is called the ‘Shark Alley’. The Great White Shark feeds on these smaller marines, and hence is found in large numbers here.
The strength and wrath of The Great White needs no explanation. Unless you are a shark-aficionado, this is the place to be, not!

Acapulco Beach, Mexico

There is no fear of sharks here. No deadly underwater currents. No radioactive pollution. No dangerous marine life. Still, it is the deadliest of beaches since the danger to man here is man himself. Acapulco beach is extremely notorious for murders.
According to a survey conducted in the March of 2013, Acapulco’s murder rate alone is 28 times more than that of the US. What was once a tourist’s haven, is now dubbed as the second-most violent city of the world.

Amazon Beaches, Brazil

If you decide to travel here, it will not just be the sharks who keep you company; expect creatures as torrid as piranhas, electric eels, anacondas, and other deadly sea creatures as well. The Amazon beaches of Brazil are home to some of the most deadliest and poisonous underwater sea animals.

Bikini Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands

The last 65 years have seen a huge decline in fishing around the waters of Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. This decline has resulted in the increase of sea life. And not just any sea life. Sharks. Dangerous sharks. The number of sharks found in these waters is huge, which is why it is unsafe to be near these waters.
And if sharks weren’t enough, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was declared as a test site for more than 20 nuclear weapons between 1946 and 1958. The resulting nuclear radiation is dangerous for human life, and even plant and animal life. A double-dangerous zone, Bikini Atoll sounds beautiful, but apparently isn’t.

Cape Tribulation Beaches, Queensland, Australia

Home to the Box Jellyfish, the most poisonous creature of the world, Cape Tribulation beaches are shut down every year between the months of October and April. More than 70 deaths due to the Box Jellyfish’s sting have been accounted for since 1883.
The sting of the jellyfish is so powerful, that victims continue to cry in pain even after they lose consciousness. Its venom is so effective, that if the victim is not relieved of the poison immediately, they could die due to cardiac arrest within minutes.

Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, India

When in India, do not do as the Indians do! The waters at the Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai are known to be the most polluted in the world. The waste and disposal from the entire city is dumped in these waters, so you can imagine the rate at which it is being polluted every day!
Although you might find kids from the nearby slums playing and frolicking in the water here, it is completely unadvised to swim in it. The pollution levels rose here in 2011, when a cargo ship filled with 60,000 metric tons of coal sank in the waters. This is one beach which has proven hazardous because of man’s doings, in contrast to other beaches which pose natural threats.

Kilauea, Hawaii

The black sand beaches of Hawaii are situated at the foot of a volcanic mountain. Enough said to keep you from going there? There’s more. This volcano is the world’s most active volcano and has been erupting ever since 1983. Continuous eruption has resulted in lava being continuously spew over the beaches and waters.
Apart from this deadly phenomenon of fire meeting water, the waters here are home to sharks. More than 100 shark attacks have been recorded since 1828, out of which eight were fatal.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Mention Florida and beaches in the same sentence, and a lovely picturesque view of a bright, sunny day on the white sand of Florida starts floating in front of your eyes. Enter sharks. The beautiful imaginary view isn’t beautiful any more, is it?
The beaches and waters of Florida have been prone to an increasing number of shark attacks in the past few years. According to a survey conducted in 2007, more than 120 people around the world were attacked by sharks, and 17 of them alone were victims at the New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Playa Zipolite, Mexico

The good: Playa Zipolite is a nudist beach, flocked by hippies and backpackers from around the world.
The bad: It is also known as the beach of the dead.
Zipolite, according to an indigenous language, means beach of the dead. The beach has been named so due the innumerable human lives that were claimed by the waters’ dangerous underwater waves and monstrous rip currents.

Hanakapiai, Hawaii

Safe from sharks, but home to the strongest of rip currents. According to statistics, more than 80 deaths have been reported of victims who drowned while swimming in these rebellious currents.
Swimming is prohibited in the Hanakapiai islands as the ocean waters are highly unpredictable and monstrous in nature. High tides and dangerous shore breaks add to the danger of this beach, making it one of the most dangerous beaches of the world.

Beaches in Sydney

The warm sandy beaches, waves thrashing across the shores, the cool water touching your feet, and the undying sea breeze. Every time someone asks me what would be my favorite travel destination, I can’t help but mention any place that has beautiful beaches. And I’m sure many of you share my passion for beaches. So, when it came to writing an article on the best beaches in Sydney, Australia, I had to jump on the opportunity.

Sydney has some of the most amazing beaches in the world and thousands of tourists select them as one of their travel destinations. The ocean beaches are separated into Northern and Southern beaches. All the beaches are located along the Pacific Ocean coastline and attract tourists and locals all year round because of its wonderful climate. So, if you are planning on putting Sydney as your next vacation spot, perhaps you’d like to know where all the fancy beaches are.

Top Beaches in Sydney, Australia

Did you know that there are about 70 (big and small) beaches in the city? Yes! Whether you choose the Northern beaches located at the north side of the Sydney Harbour or the Southern beaches located at the Eastern suburbs and Cronulla, you are surly going to be mesmerized with their beauty galore.

Manly Beach

Manly Beach, situated on the Eastern side of the island, is one of Sydney’s most popular beaches. There are many things you can do on this beach. Attractions and activities along the Manly beach include kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, etc. One of the attractions of this beach is the Historical walk which tells us about diseased migrants who harbored at the northern part and then being quarantined by the locals. You can also go for a bike tour on this beach. Just rent a bicycle and stroll off. This beach conducts a lot of festivals like ‘The Food and Wine Festival’ and they have surfing competitions. You can go whale watching and also can see flying fish. There are a lot of hotels around the beach to enjoy the calm and beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

Bondi Beach

The meaning of the word Bondi or Boondi is “the noise of water breaking on the rocks”. This beach is famous worldwide and has a long history of its ownership, finally going public on 9th June, 1882. Thousands of tourists come to this beach to enjoy surfing and swimming. The waves on the northern part of the one km beach are much gentler than the southern part. There have been sightings of dolphins and sharks at this beach in the migration period, but fear not, as this beach has shark nets and you would definitely be safe here. As other beaches in this city, Bondi beach also has a lot of sports and recreational areas and has fine hotels and restaurants.

Tamarama Beach

Just one kilometer south of the Bondi beach, lies the beautiful Tamarama or the Glamarama(as called by locals) beach. The name Glamarama is set by locals because a lot of people, especially trend-setters, come here to be seen. This beach is just seven kilometers away from the business hub in Sydney. The main reason why this beach is famous is because of its location and landscape. It is in between Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach; the area is fairly quiet and has a peaceful atmosphere. It has parks, gully, and a recreational area as it is conveniently accessible. People come here to enjoy picnics, sunbathing, and surfing. All in all, a nice romantic place to take your girlfriend.

Coogee Beach

A lot of tourists find this beach, located at the eastern suburbs very pleasant and charming. This beach is not only safe but good to take your family too. It is circular shaped and looks beautiful. This beach is known for sports and night life. You can choose to go for Pro diving activity, visit massage parlors, or just a walk around the beautiful table top along the beach. The beach has an array of excellent cafés, bars to just sit relax and feel the warm breeze on your face. Of course with all these recreational areas, you have the option of swimming and surfing.

Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach lies between Coogee Beach and Bondi Beach. Every year in December you can enjoy the long distance swimming starting at this beach. The southern part of this beach holds a beautiful 30mts ocean pool. This beach is joined with parks, popular cafes bars and hotels. You can walk or jog along the pathway linking three beaches. You can definitely enjoy swimming and surfing at this beach. You can find a lot of families enjoying their picnics and family oriented fun, like junior surfers, junior surf lifesaving, etc. You definitely should not miss out on this wide beach as it is both fun and peaceful.