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Top 8 Tampa Bay Beaches – About.com Travel

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Build sandcastles beneath blue skies, scan the sands for shells or sharks teeth, cast a line out in the surf and complete the day with a romantic evening stroll while watching the sun sink beneath the Gulf of Mexico. If any of this sounds tempting, check out these area beaches.

Accessible by private boat or by the Caladesi Connection ferry service from Honeymoon Island State Park, Caladesi is one of the few unspoiled natural islands along Floridas Gulf Coast. In addition to swimming, sunbathing and shelling, visitors can enjoy a three-mile nature trail or a glide through mangroves along the three-mile kayak trail. More

This 95-acre park rests on a barrier island just south of Clearwater Pass. More tranquil than neighboring Clearwater Beach, visitors will find cabana rentals, two beach wheel-chairs, nine outdoor shower towers and two bath houses. Lifeguards are on duty from March through September. More

Named No. 1 Beach by Dr. Beach in 2005 and Americas Top Beach by TripAdvisor in 2008, Fort De Soto County Parks pristine North Beach features soft white sand, clear waters and great shelling. Nearby picnic shelters, grills and playground equipment make it a favorite destination with residents and tourists. More

Egmont Key State Park is first and foremost a wildlife refuge, but the island offers excellent shelling opportunities and a chance to wander along secluded stretches of beach. Accessible only by boat, Egmont Key also is home to the ruins of Fort Dade and features nature trails, picnic areas and fishing. More

Located on the west side of Gulf Drive just south of the Longboat Key Bridge on Longboat Key, this beach offers no amenities other than beautiful beaches and fishing and thats precisely what makes it special. With the crowded Coquina Beach just the other side of the inlet, this lesser-known destination is a perfect place for a romantic stroll at sunset. More

Recognized at 1987s Great International White Sand Beach Challenge for having the whitest and finest sand in the world, Siesta Beach offers 2,400 linear feet of gulf beach frontage along with ball fields, concessions, a fitness trail, playground equipment, tennis and volleyball courts and special events scheduled throughout the year. Lifeguards are on duty year-round. More

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Take advantage of the Sunshine States surf, sun and sand at these top 10 beaches in Florida. With remote island getaways, big-city beaches and family-friendly shores perfect for shelling and sand-castle building, Florida promises a beach for every visitor. Check out our recommendations and browse through photos of Florida’s best beaches.

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Paradise is located just off the coast of mainland Florida and it’s called Key West. As Jimmy Buffett crooned, Key West is the original changer of latitudes and attitudes, and 1 weekend here proves that he knew exactly what he was talking about. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park is one of Florida’s most beautiful spots, with wide stretches of sugary sand and tranquil waters. Visitors can rent snorkel gear or a 2-person glass-bottom kayak from the concession area. Or stick to dry land and rent a bike to navigate the single bike path that winds beside the Key West shipping channel, around the fort, through a rocky, secluded beach and to countless picnic spots.

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South Beach is an international playground offering nonstop nightlife, sandy shores, unique architecture and plenty of eye candy. When imagining the South Beach scene, thinkBaywatchwith an architectural twist … even the lifeguard stands are art deco masterpieces. The long, man-made beach stretches up the Atlantic for miles and is perfect for early morning runs and topless sunbathing. And while it may not be the Caribbean, the water is as clean and clear as the Atlantic gets. The beach is also about the best spot to view the city lights at night before exploring the legendary club scene.

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With so much to see and do, it’s almost impossible to lie idle on Siesta Key. Whether you curl your toes in it, run your fingers through it or bask on it, the allure of the island sand is contagious. Beach lovers flock to these silky shores to take advantage of the wide expanse of sand and the tranquil Gulf waters. Siesta Key Beach is perfect for strolling, shell-collecting or more active pursuits, such as renting a catamaran or kayak from one of the many beach concessionaires. This perfect family vacation venue, which boasts beachside picnic areas and playgrounds, is also home to candlelit restaurants and cozy rental cottages ideal for a romantic getaway.

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Delray Beach at Ocean and Atlantic avenues is a charming village by the sea. Each year, nearly 1 million visitors flock to this family-friendly, 2-mile-long beach ideal for sunbathing, swimming and sand-castle building. When the sun goes down, visitors take a stroll on festive Atlantic Avenue, enjoying the boutiques, seafood restaurants, cool architecture and the Pineapple Grove Arts District. And if youre looking for a worthwhile splurge, check into the Seagate Hotel and Spa on Atlantic Avenue, just a short trolley ride to the beach and the private Seagate Beach Club.

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Clearwater Beach’s well-deserved reputation as one of America’s finest beaches has lured countless families and couples to its broad, sandy shores and beachfront hotels. Spread along a narrow, 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast, Clearwater Beach straddles the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west and tranquil Tampa Bay to the east. This location between the 2 waters and Clearwater’s proximity to Tampa offer visitors ample activities, such as sunbathing on white-sand beaches, diving into a game of beach volleyball, renting fishing boats, taking a dolphin-watching cruise, parasailing or heading to a mainland museum or aquarium.

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Sanibel is a unique barrier island with an east-west orientation that differs from the typical north-south layout. This east-west designation has helped Sanibel earn its reputation as one of the Shell Islands prime spots along Floridas coastline for gathering perfectly intact shells in every shape and size. Hit the beach with a bucket, shovel and small net, and stroll the beach at low tide to peruse the oceans bounty of conch, cockles and scallop shells. Bowmans Beach is the quietest and most remote stretch of sand in Sanibel, while a historic lighthouse beckons visitors to take a stroll on the rustic boardwalk at Lighthouse Beach.

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Relaxing is easy on Atlantic Beach: Sand as soft and white as sugar, brilliant sunshine and azure waters abound. And while Atlantic Beach has heaps of small-town charm, its also just a short drive from Jacksonville, making it convenient for day-trippers and vacationers who want a short airport-to-beach commute. History buffs can learn about the development of the Atlantic Beach and neighboring Jacksonville beaches at the areas Beaches Museum and History Center. After spending the afternoon strolling the shores, head to Beaches Town Centers pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets and check out the towns restaurants, galleries, boutiques and frequent special events, including live music and the monthly North Beaches Art Walk, held on the third Thursday of every month.

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It may have more than 47 miles of pristine beaches, but the crown jewel of Palm Beach County, FL, is, without a doubt, exclusive Palm Beach a 14-mile-long, half-mile-wide island of wealth and extravagance. Winter home to the Vanderbilts, the Kennedys, the Rockefellers and a slew of newly minted millionaires, Palm Beach features some of Florida’s finest hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as some truly beautiful beaches. Perched next to the Gulf Stream, Palm Beach enjoys the benefit of warm blue water and gentle breezes. John D. MacArthur State Park has a beautiful beach perfect for families, as well as abundant marine life and rare plants to explore on a nature walk.

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Along with Sanibel, Captiva Island shares the distinction of being one of Floridas Shell Islands. Captiva is generally the spot to find the larger of the intact shells. Turner Beach, though not good for swimming because of fast currents, is the perfect spot for a shell-hunting adventure. Just be sure to leave any live shells on the beach, or you’ll risk breaking the states strict shelling laws. At sunset, head to Captiva Beach at the end of Captiva Drive to take in a spectacular sunset.

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Our Beaches – Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber

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If you took a survey and asked where St. Pete Beach or Indian Rocks Beach are, most would tilt their head and look bewildered. But if you were to ask where Tampa Bay is, they would be able to point to the map directly. That is why we call this area the Tampa Bay Beaches. It gives our visitors a better sense of where our friendly beaches are located.

Off the west coast of Pinellas County (where St. Petersburg and Clearwater are) you’ll find 10 barrier Islands. These natural islands are connected together by a stretch of road called Gulf Boulevard. You can learn about each individual beach by choosing one from the menu on the right.

Each Tampa Bay beach possesses its own individuality and administration, located so close to the main land of St. Petersburg and Clearwater that many travelers do not realize they are on an island. With these islands having such easy access to the mainland, we have no need for goods to be delivered by air or sea, which keeps the cost of island living reasonable. We have it all, without the high price of island living!

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Florida Beach Guide | Orlando, Daytona, More – Orlando Sentinel

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Some well-kept secrets are upstaged by the old world charm of this Mediterranean-influenced city on the Gulf Coast, conceived as one of Florida’s first planned communities in the early 20th Century. The shady lanes and manicured boulevards showcase the Northern Italian design envisioned by its…

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Kaylee Sturm sat in the low surf, the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping around her. The University of Tampa senior had never been to this barrier island north of Clearwater, but she and her mom were immediately impressed. “I like that it’s natural,” said Sturm, adding that she preferred…

Clearwater Beach is a barrier island off a peninsula, so it takes some bridge-hopping to reach it. But three miles of powdery white beach and abundant family attractions await in this reawakening old shore town. Mom ‘n’ pop hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions have kept that cluttered, Old…

For an escape from the hustle of normal Tampa Bay civilization, set your sights on Fort De Soto Park, an absolutely stunning retreat. It’s part of St. Petersburg, but seems to be from a faraway world. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, it bears a military name but has a spiritual heart. Fort De Soto…

Treasure Island, Florida is located on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast and is blessed with miles of gorgeous white sand beaches that boast that “Old Florida” feel yet Treasure Island is part of the Tampa Bay region, one of the nation’s fastest growing metro areas. With its rich history, today Treasure…

St. Pete Beach is a barrier island in Pinellas county with award-winning, beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. With miles of pristine white sand, St. Pete Beach offers visitors a variety of views, activities and Florida sun. St. Pete Beach is nestled on Long Key. Upham Beach, located on the…

It’s a warm afternoon at Gulfport’s beachfront park. Several parents are perched on palm-shaded benches, chatting, while their offspring curl themselves around the playground equipment or wade out into the gentle waves. Couples recline nearby on sand-edged beach towels; eyes closed, they soak up…

Siesta Key is a narrow, 8-mile long, crescent-shaped Gulf Coast barrier island that manages to be busy and restful at the same time. It boasts sugary white beaches that sand snobs love for being 99 percent pure quartz. Accommodations run the gamut, but rooms can be tough to find in high season….

Anna Maria Island — a slender 7-mile slip of Gulf sand balanced atop the crooked crab claw of north Longboat Key — is a slow-motion kind of place. Sit a spell and taste the brine of the sea air as it bites softly at the back of your throat. Kick off your shoes and feel the sand sucked from under…

Longboat Key, Lido Key, and St. Armands Key are ideal beach and bayfront settings for the ultimate Florida vacation. Stretching between the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico and serene Sarasota Bay, these keys attract many visitors who come to enjoy the average year-round temperature of 73 degrees. The area…

My wife and I are hardly big-time adventurers, our lives being better summarized by into the mild than Into the Wild. But one year, while pedaling bikes around a national wildlife refuge on this Gulf Coast barrier island, we looked up and saw a bald eagle harassing an osprey. The eagle wanted the…

Fort Myers, near Florida’s southwest coast, has a mix of beautiful beaches, historic attractions, museums and recreation such as golf and water sports. Its proximity to the Everglades makes it easy for visitors to find beautiful scenery, nature trails and wildlife areas. There are myriad resorts,…

The pelicans know. Even simple sea birds can sense tranquillity. That must be why these large-billed creatures like to float on gentle waters that lap softly along Vanderbilt Beach. Serenity also attracts two-legged creatures of the human variety to this special place on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Gentle…

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Florida Beaches – Best Beaches in Florida

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As the only state with two coasts, the Florida beaches are a dime a dozen. A beach in Florida can be a bit of heaven. Many who visit Florida and Miami Beach travel to enjoy the azure surf and palm beaches that are like nowhere else on earth. From Americas #1 Beach to a nude beach favorite of supermodels, the top beaches here have it all.

Best Florida Beaches

Some of the best beaches in Florida are on the East side of the state as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Daytona Beach are located there. Known for its open and uncluttered beaches, Fort Lauderdale offers a beach community that is great for those who love to stroll on the beach or lay on the sand. The map of Florida beaches shows the great array of places to relax during a trip to the Sunshine State.

Miami Beaches

The heart of Florida tourism is Miami Beachs trendy South Beach. Supermodels and celebrities who visit Florida sunbathe at Lummus Park Beach, a swath of star-studded white sands from the citys 5th to 15th Street. The 12th Street stretch is a very popular gay and muscle beach area. To get an all-over tan, head further north to the clothing-optional Haulover Beach.

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Key to Paradise

In Miamis Key Biscayne youll find the key to paradise at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, rated as one of Americas top swimming beaches, with over a mile of beautiful sandy beach, nature trails, and a historic lighthouse. The lighthouse has a cultural complex that offers guided tours and other activities for visitors.

Shoreline fishing from the seawall requires a Florida license. Shaded picnicking is available under covered pavilions, and you can moor your boat overnight. Pets are restricted in some areas.

Nearby Virginia key is another secluded gem, a deserted key where you can get away from it all.

However, don’t dismiss the West Florida beaches. The Florida Keys beaches are frequented by travelers around the world and don’t forget Clearwater.

Best Beach in Florida and America

Dr. Stephen Leatherman, otherwise known as “Dr. Beach” authors an annual list of Americas Best Beaches, and at the top is North Beach at St. Petersburgs Fort DeSoto Park. This natural jewel is a long, wide, sugar sand beach with great shelling and thriving natural dunes.

Along with being a wonderful place to swim, there’s fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, biking, walking, and even a dog park. The beach offers modern changing rooms and restrooms and plenty of parking.

The free park, located on Mullet Key at the mouth of Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, is made up of five islands with a total of over 7 miles of beaches, 4 miles of trails, a 2.25-mile canoe trail, and a 900-acre bird, animal, and plant sanctuary.

Its namesake 105-year-old Spanish-American War-era fort is listed on National Register of Historic Places, and has a museum that’s open daily from 9am to 4pm. Park rangers conduct nature and history tours. You can also rent canoes and kayaks to explore the winding mangrove channels along the bay side. The park’s campground sites beside Tampa Bay are some of the most lovely in Florida.

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North of Clearwater, Caladesi Island State Park is on a 3.5-mile islet, accessible only by ferry. The park is made up of soft sand dunes covered in sea oats and palmettos, and is brimming with wildlife. Offshore dolphins and sea turtles swim offshore. On shore, where pets are restricted, youll find shore birds, rabbits, raccoons, snakes, and armadillos from the parks nature trail.

This is among the best beaches in Florida and an ideal spot for bird watching, shell collecting, and saltwater fishing. Amenities include picnic pavilions, bathhouses, refreshment concessions, and an overnight marina.

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Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce

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Panama City Beach is legendary for its white sandy beaches, emerald green waters, breathtaking underwater scenery, exceptional culinary variety and some of northwest Floridas best shoppingand yet, there is so much more!

While here, we expect you to have some fun! Give way to the appeal of barefoot walks along pristine beaches and sugar white sand, build a sandcastle, cast a rod and create your own fishing tales, fit in 18 holes of golf, catch a live band or dance the night away. Whatever your desire, Panama City Beach is proud to serve up a beach bag full of fun, from exciting attractions and water sports to eco-excursions, award-winning spas and a variety of restaurants serving up delicious seafood, fresh flavor and local flare.

And, it is our pleasure to share it all with you! With 27 miles of shoreline bordering the emerald green water of the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay, youll discover Panama City Beach provides a genuine vacation experience in a relaxed, inclusive setting, enticing visitors to come back, time and time again. We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we enjoy sharing our beaches with you!

Our Vision: The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce is the foundation for a thriving tourism industry and the catalyst for a nationally competitive and economically diverse business community.

Our Mission: To advocate for and partner with our members to support, encourage, and expand business development and tourism thereby enhancing the quality of life in our community.

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Cupertino, CA – Travel and Things To Do – California Beaches

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Feb 022016
 

With a bustling technology business district, Cupertino, California is perhaps most well-known as the home of the corporate headquarters for Apple, Inc. But with many beautiful outdoor parks, miles and miles of great bicycle trails, some premier shopping centers, and special festivals being held throughout the year, there are plenty of non-technology related activities for anyone who is visiting Cupertinoto enjoy. The serene and peaceful atmosphere of the upscale city makes it a great place to visit for anyone just wanting to “escape” for a long weekend or mini-vacation.

Even though Cupertino, California is a relatively small city at just over 10 square miles, it has fourteen beautifully maintained parks that are open to the public throughout the year. Many of the parks have outdoor sports areas and picnic areas available, and children will find plenty of activites to keep them busy with top-of-the-line playground areas at almost every Cupertino park. The city is also extremely bicyclist and pedestrian friendly, with bike trails running throughout the entire town and the recently-opened Mary Avenue Bicycle Footbridge which connects the north and south sections of the bicycle trail. Fitness enthusiasts will love the moderate climate of Cupertino which permits outdoor activities during most of the year.

There are a variety of public festivals held in Cupertino throughout the year which provide great opportunities for inexpensive family fun. The Cherry Blossom Festival, held each year in April, is one of the most popular community events and is a celebration of Japanese arts & culture. In the summer, there are a series of free outdoor music concerts in the city parks, along with free outdoor movies in the month of August. December brings Cupertino’s annual Christmas tree lighting, featuring a community sing-a-long and the arrival of Santa. With a festival happening nearly every month, people travel from all around to attend these fun events.

If you like shopping or consider yourself a “foodie, ” you’ll love the shopping, restaurants, and nightlife in Cupertino, California. The city is home to more than a dozen retail shopping complexes, including many luxury fashion stores and high-end jewelry establishments like Ice Chalet. You’ll also find plenty of places to pick up necessities like Target and Wal-Mart. Restaurants in a wide-variety of price ranges are scattered throughout Cupertino, although CupertinoVillage on Wolfe Road has several of the area’s best restaurants and is a great place to meet for dinner with family & friends.

Getting to Cupertino, California is easy, as the city is conveniently located just 6 miles from the San Jose Muni-Midpoint airport and just 19 miles from the San Francisco International Airport. The city is also a short drive from Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and many other San Francisco suburbs. Visitors to Cupertino will find plenty of lodging available, from value-priced motels to high-end bed & breakfasts–and everything in between. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority also runs buses throughout the city, offering a convenient way to get around for travelers without a vehicle.

There is plenty to do in Cupertino, and travelers looking for some rest & relaxation should consider this beautiful, quiet city as a destination for their next vacation. Many people who visit end up falling in love with the city, and once you visit, you may just find that you do too!

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“Cupertino” redirects here. For the word-processing phenomenon, see Cupertino effect.

Cupertino is a city in Santa Clara County, California in the United States, directly west of San Jose on the western edge of the Santa Clara Valley with portions extending into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. An affluent city, Cupertino is the 11th wealthiest city with a population over 50,000 in the United States. The population was 58,302 at the 2010 census.[6]Forbes ranked it as one of the most educated small towns. It is known as the home of Apple Inc.’s corporate headquarters.

63 percent of the Cupertino’s population was of Asian ancestry in 2010,[7] compared to 32 percent in Santa Clara Country overall.[8]Money’s Best Places to Live, America’s best small towns, ranked Cupertino as #27 in 2012,[9] the second highest in California. It was also named as the seventh “happiest” suburb in the United States, ranking highly in the categories of income, safety, marriage, and education.[10]

Cupertino was named after Arroyo San Jos de Cupertino (now Stevens Creek). The creek had been named by Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza’s cartographer, who named it after Saint Joseph of Cupertino. (Saint Joseph was born Giuseppe Maria Desa, and later known as Giuseppe da Copertino.) Cupertino was named after the town of Copertino in the Apulia region of Italy. The name Cupertino first became widely used when John T. Doyle, a San Francisco lawyer and historian, named his winery on McClellan Road “Cupertino”. After the turn of the 20th century, Cupertino displaced the former name for the region, which was “West Side”.

Although the meaning of “Copertino” is uncertain, it is likely a compound word meaning “little (covered) shelter.” The -ino suffix in Italian words indicates “small” or “little,” while “coprire” in Italian means “to cover,” and “coperto” is derived from the Latin “coopertus,” which means “covered shelter.”

Cupertino in the 19th century was a small rural village at the crossroads of Stevens Creek Road and Saratoga-Mountain View Road (also known locally as Highway 9; later Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road, and then renamed to De Anza Boulevard within Cupertino city limits). Back then, it was known as the West Side and was part of Fremont Township. The primary economic activity was fruit agriculture. Almost all of the land within Cupertino’s present-day boundaries was covered by prune, plum, apricot, and cherry orchards. A winery on Montebello Ridge overlooking the Cupertino valley region was also operating by the late 19th century.

Soon railroads, electric railways, and dirt roads traversed the West Side farmlands. Monta Vista, Cupertino’s first housing tract, was developed in the mid-20th century as a result of the electric railway’s construction.

After World War II, a population and suburban housing boom dramatically shifted the demographics and economy of the Santa Clara Valley, as the “Valley of Heart’s Delight” was beginning to transform into “Silicon Valley”. In 1954, a rancher, Norman Nathanson, the Cupertino-Monta Vista Improvement Association, and the Fact Finding Committee, began a drive for incorporation. On September 27, 1955, voters approved the incorporation of the city of Cupertino (225 voted “yes” and 183 voted “no”). Cupertino officially became Santa Clara County’s 13th city on October 10, 1955. The first city council consisted of Ralph Lindenmayer, Werner Wilson, John Saich, R. Ivan Meyerholz and Norman Nathanson. Lindenmayer was selected as the first mayor of Cupertino a week after the September 27 election.[11][12]

A major milestone in Cupertino’s development was the creation by some of the city’s largest landowners of VALLCO Business and Industrial Park in the early 1960s. Of the 25 property owners, 17 decided to pool their land to form VALLCO Park, 6 sold to Varian Associates (property later sold to Hewlett-Packard), and two opted for transplanting to farms elsewhere. The name VALLCO was derived from the names of the principal developers: Varian Associates and the Leonard, Lester, Craft, and Orlando families. A neighborhood outdoor shopping center and, much later, the enclosed Vallco Fashion Park, briefly renamed Cupertino Square, were also developed.

De Anza College opened in 1967. The college, named for Juan Bautista De Anza, occupies a 112-acre (0.45km2) site that was the location of a winery built at the turn of the 20th century, called Beaulieu by its owners, Charles and Ella Baldwin. Their mansion has now become the California History Center. De Anza College now has about 22,000 students and is a hub of activity in the city. Its flea market, held the first Saturday of the month, attracts thousands from around the area.

Housing developments were rapidly constructed in the following years as developers created neighborhoods, including Fairgrove, Garden Gate, Monta Vista, Seven Springs, and other developments. The city is known for its high real estate prices.

On December 1, 2009, Cupertino became the first city in Northern California to have an Asian-American-majority city council.

The 2010 United States Census[15] reported that Cupertino had a population of 58,301. The population density was 5,179.1 people per square mile (1,999.7/km). The racial makeup of Cupertino was 18,270 (31.3%) White, 344 (0.6%) Black American, 117 (0.2%) American Indian, 36,895 (63.3%) Asian (28.1% Chinese, 22.6% Indian, 4.6% Korean, 3.3% Japanese, 1.3% Vietnamese), 54 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 670 (1.1%) from other races, and 1,952 (3.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,113 persons (3.6%); 2.4% of Cupertino’s population is of Mexican ancestry.

The census reported that 57,965 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 61 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 276 (0.5%) were institutionalized.

There were 20,181 households, out of which 9,539 (47.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 13,802 (68.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,393 (6.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 581 (2.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 378 (1.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 89 (0.4%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 3,544 households (17.6%) were made up of individuals and 1,612 (8.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87. There were 15,776 families (78.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.28.

The population was spread out with 16,075 people (27.6%) under the age of 18, 3,281 people (5.6%) aged 18 to 24, 15,621 people (26.8%) aged 25 to 44, 16,044 people (27.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 7,281 people (12.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.9 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

There were 21,027 housing units at an average density of 1,867.9 per square mile (721.2/km), of which 12,627 (62.6%) were owner-occupied, and 7,554 (37.4%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.7%. 36,464 people (62.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 21,501 people (36.9%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 20052007 American Community Survey of the US Census Bureau, the median income for a household in the city was $118,635, and the median income for a family was $140,199. The per capita income for the city was $44,774. About 3.6% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.[17]

According to the 20052007 American Community Survey, White Americans made up 37.4% of Cupertino’s population. Black Americans now made up 1.5% of Cupertino’s population and American Indians made up 0.4% of the city’s population. In addition, Cupertino now has an Asian American majority as this group now represents 55.7% of the city’s population. Pacific Islander Americans remained at 0.1% of the population. Also, 2.5% of the population are from some other race and 2.4% of the population are from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos remained at 4.0% of Cupertino’s population.[18] In the 2000 Census, non-Hispanic whites made up 47.8% of Cupertino’s population.[19] According to the 20052007 American Community Survey, non-Hispanic whites now represented 35.3% of the city’s population.[20]

Cupertino is located at 37193N 122231W / 37.31750N 122.04194W / 37.31750; -122.04194 (37.317492, 122.041949),[21] at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay. The eastern part of the city, located in the Santa Clara Valley, is flat while the western part of the city slopes into the Santa Cruz Mountains. Cupertino borders San Jose and Santa Clara to the east, Saratoga to the south, Sunnyvale and Los Altos to the north, and Loyola to the northwest.

Several streams run through Cupertino on their way to south San Francisco Bay, including (from north to south): Permanente Creek, Stevens Creek, San Tomas Aquino Creek and its Smith Creek, the Regnart Creek and Prospect Creek tributaries of Calabazas Creek, and Saratoga Creek.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29km2),[21] 99.99% of it land and 0.01% of it water.

Cupertino has mild weather, wet winters and mild, dry summers.

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Extremes

Cupertino is made up of numerous subdivisions, most of them developed since the 1960s. Most of Cupertino’s contemporary properties were developed between 1960 and 1961. The area between Stevens Creek boulevard, Miller avenue, Bollinger road, and Lawrence Expressway contains 223 Eichler homes.[22] Two of the newest parts of Cupertino are among its oldest housing tracts. Monta Vista and Rancho Rinconada were developed outside of the city’s boundaries in the 1950s and before. Rancho Rinconada was annexed in 1999[23] and the last part of Monta Vista was annexed in 2004.[24] The neighborhood of Seven Springs is at the Southern tip of Cupertino and was developed in the 1980s. The newest and most northern neighborhood, Oak Valley, borders Rancho San Antonio Park and was developed around the year 2000.

Cupertino is known for its expensive housing prices as the majority of residential properties are multimillion-dollar homes, with the entry-point into a single family home at about 1.5 million dollars. Many homes are in the upper $1 million to $3.5 million range. The high cost of living in Cupertino is attributed to the high-quality schooling, safety of the town, and its central location within the Silicon Valley. The city has attracted many high-income professionals and executives many of which are all cash buyers. The price of housing in Cupertino seems to have weathered even the 20078 slump in economy.

Cali Mill Plaza marks the traditional center of the city and the historical location of Crossroads. However, Cupertino does not have a traditional downtown shopping and commercial district.

Cupertino is one of many cities that claim to be the “heart” of Silicon Valley, as many semi-conductor and computer companies were founded here and in the surrounding areas. The worldwide headquarters for Apple Inc. is located here in a modern complex circled by the Infinite Loop. Apple has announced that it plans to build a new 150-acre (610,000m2) second campus between Interstate 280, N Wolfe Rd, E Homestead Rd and along Tantau Ave one mile east of the old campus. The nine properties (50-acre (0.2km2)) south of Pruneridge Avenue were bought in 2006, the property (100-acre (0.4km2) north of it in 2010 (from Hewlett-Packard).

On June 7, 2011, Steve Jobs gave a presentation to Cupertino City Council, detailing the architectural design of the new building and its environs.[25] The campus is planned to house up to 13,000 employees in one central four-storied circular building surrounded by extensive landscaping, with parking mainly underground and the rest centralized in a parking structure.

Other companies headquartered in Cupertino include Trend Micro, Cloud.com, Lab126, Packeteer, Chordiant, and Seagate Technology. Over 60 high-tech companies have offices there, including IBM, Olivetti and Oracle. Most of these high-tech companies are located on De Anza Boulevard, Cali Mill Plaza, and Bubb Road.

Though Cupertino is home to the headquarters of many high-tech companies, very little manufacturing actually takes place in the city. The city’s large office parks are primarily dedicated to management and design functions.

Earlier in its history Cupertino attributed some of its city income from Vallco Fashion Park, at the time one of the only major indoor shopping malls in the South Bay area. People from the greater South Bay area would come to spend money and contribute to the sales tax. Since then, several other shopping malls have sprung up; Valley Fair (now known as Westfield Valley Fair) in Santa Clara caters to the high end boutique stores, while the Great Mall in Milpitas in the 1990s opened to the low-priced and bargain retailers. Vallco Fashion Park was hit hard by these developments, as well as by the loss of one of its anchor stores, Emporium.

In 2002, Cupertino had a labor force of 25,780 with an unemployment rate of 4.5%. The unemployment rate for the Santa Clara County as a whole was 8.4%.

One of the major employers in the area is the aggregate rock quarry and cement plant in the foothills to the west of Cupertino, the Permanente Quarry. Owned and operated by Lehigh Southwest Cement, it was founded by Henry J. Kaiser as the Kaiser Permanente Cement Plant in 1939. It provided the majority of the cement used in the construction of the Shasta Dam. It supplied the 6 million barrels (950,000m3) of cement over a nine-mile (14km)-long conveyor system.[26] The cement plant is the sole reason for the railroad line that runs through the city.

Lehigh Permanente Cement was honored as the Large Business of the Year by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce in 20012002. On October 5, 2011, the Lehigh Permanente Cement Plant was the site of a shooting in which a disgruntled employee named Shareef Allman shot and killed three people and wounded seven, including one person who was injured during the course of a carjacking by Allman after the shooting. Allman was shot dead after he would not surrender, and displayed a firearm in a threatening manner toward the deputies.[27][28] On December 19, 2011, the Sierra Club sued Lehigh Southwest Cement Company for discharging selenium and other toxic waste materials into Permanente Creek.[29]

According to the City’s 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[30] the top employers in the city are:

Cupertino was incorporated in 1955. The highest body in the city government the City Council is made up of five members who serve overlapping, four-year terms. The council elects the mayor and vice-mayor for a term of one year. The city does not have its own charter. Instead, it is a General Law city, which follows provisions and requirements for cities established by the state of California.

Cupertino contracts with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Clara County Fire Department for public safety services. The Cupertino Library is part of the Santa Clara County Library System.

The city’s symbol is a conquistador’s morion. A sculpture of this helmet stands next to Cupertino City Hall, and several versions of the helmet have also been used as the city logo. The original sculpture was made in 1971 by John Augsburger of San Luis Obispo. A full-sized replica of the sculpture, made by Fred Subega was given to the city of Toyokawa, Japan as a gift to commemorate their tenth anniversary as sister cities. A smaller sculpture in the shape of the helmet in the 19992007 Cupertino city seal was also given to the city of Toyokawa as a twenty-fifth anniversary present.

In the California State Legislature, Cupertino is in the 15th Senate District, represented by Democrat Jim Beall, and in the 28th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Evan Low.[31]

In the United States House of Representatives, Cupertino is in California’s 17th congressional district, represented by Democrat Mike Honda.[32]

The city is served by an interconnected road system. Two freeways, State Route 85 and Interstate 280, intersect in Cupertino, with multi-lane boulevards with landscaped medians and traffic lights at all major intersections. Streets nearly all have sidewalks, the few exceptions are in unincorporated pockets at the city’s edges, which are maintained directly by Santa Clara County.

Cupertino has bike lanes on many of its boulevards. Bicycle traffic is heavy usually around morning and noon times around DeAnza College. The VTA has buses running through Cupertino at major arteries. Cupertino’s main streets are well lit, while a few older roads towards the Monta Vista High School area are a little dim.

Dedicated on April 30, 2009, Cupertino opened the Mary Avenue Bicycle Footbridge, the first cable-stay bicycle pedestrian bridge over a California freeway. This bridge connects the north and the south sections of the Stevens Creek Trail. The cost of the bridge project was $14,800,000.[33]

The Union Pacific Railroad operates a branch line track up to the Lehigh Permanente Cement Plant from the mainline at San Jose Diridon Station. It is however strictly for the quarry and very little to no non-quarry traffic runs there.

There is no commuter rail or light rail service in the city. Caltrain commuter rail runs through the cities to the north and east, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)’s Mountain View Winchester light rail line runs to Campbell, California to the south. Bus service is also provided by VTA, and the prospect of twenty-four hour bus service on Stevens Creek Boulevard is being studied. Though this corridor (line 23) is one of VTA’s most heavily used routes, there is no express service that takes commuters into San Jose, and the quality of service is therefore considered to be relatively poor. VTA recently added a limited bus service to De Anza College from Downtown San Jose via Steven Creeks Blvd.

Cupertino is landlocked and, like most Bay Area cities, relies on the Port of Oakland for most oceangoing freight.

Passenger and cargo air transportation is available at San Jose International Airport in San Jose. The closest general aviation airport is in Palo Alto; it is known as Palo Alto Airport of Santa Clara County.

Cupertino is known for its high achieving primary and secondary schools. For example, Murdock-Portal Elementary and Faria Elementary School are tied for highest score for elementary public school in the state of California, per California 2011 API test scores. As of 2013, John F. Kennedy Middle School is the best school in the state. Lawson Middle School is the third best in the state. Furthermore, Monta Vista High School is ranked number 23 out of all the public schools in the nation.

Primary (K-8) public schools are organized into the Cupertino Union School District, while the Fremont Union High School District is responsible for high school students. Cupertino High School and its feeder school, Hyde Middle School, are located in the Rancho Rinconada section of Cupertino, while Monta Vista High School and its feeder, Kennedy Middle School, are in the Monta Vista neighborhood in the western half of Cupertino. There is also a new school called Lawson Middle School that feeds mostly Cupertino and Monta Vista High. In addition, Homestead High School is located in the northwestern portion of Cupertino, along the city border with neighboring Sunnyvale. The school system covers Cupertino plus some southern areas of Sunnyvale and Los Altos and some western areas of San Jose. Monta Vista, Lynbrook, and Cupertino High School are all noted for being some of the highest achieving public schools in the nation with many students attending Ivy League and other top institutions.

Cupertino is home to De Anza College, one of the two community colleges in the FoothillDe Anza Community College District. The University of San Francisco has satellite campuses in Cupertino.

Santa Clara County Library operates the Cupertino Library, which is located adjacent to city hall.[34] The library, which was redesigned and rebuilt in 2004,[35] is the busiest branch in the Santa Clara County Library system, with about 3 million items circulated annually.[36]

The San Francisco Japanese School, a weekend educational program for Japanese citizen children living abroad, holds classes at J.F. Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino.[37]

Vallco Shopping Mall (formerly Cupertino Square and Vallco Fashion Park), at the center of Cupertino, includes department stores (including JCPenney, and Sears), an ice center, bowling, and an AMC theater complex. It hosts a farmer’s market on Fridays.

Hollyhill Hummingbird Farm educates the community on growing fruit and vegetables, and raising chickens, in an organic and sustainable manner.

The scenic Deep Cliff and Blackberry Farm golf courses are located near Monta Vista High School.

The De Anza College has a large enclosed theater called the Flint Center which is the primary venue for performing arts in the West Valley that is widely used as a music hall by orchestras, such as the California Youth Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as numerous professional performers and groups. The center was also home to the unveiling of several landmark Apple Computer products, such as the Macintosh computer and the iMac.[38]

The Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College is the largest school Planetarium west of the Rocky Mountains and since its renovation, is one of the most modern in the world.[39]

Rancho San Antonio is a popular recreational area for hikers and biking activity. Rancho San Antonio is located between the Monta Vista area of Cupertino and the border of Los Altos.

The Cupertino Historical Society has a museum at the Cupertino Community Center, located next to Memorial Park, which houses the Cupertino Veterans Memorial as well as an amphitheater that hosts events such as summer movies and Free Shakespeare in the Park.

Cupertino is twinned with:[40]

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Your guide to the RI shoreline

Want to find out more about Rhode Island beaches? This guide is for you. It includes all the details youll need to plan a day at any of the public ocean beaches in Rhode Island.

The guide also includes information about some smaller shoreline beaches that arent on the ocean.

To make it easier for you to navigate this guide, Ive divided the beaches by region: Newport County, South County, Block Island, West Bay and East Bay.

Look at the map below to see where each region is, then scroll down for more details…

Because this guide to Rhode Island beaches has details about nearly 40 beaches, I’ve divided the information by region.

Just click on each region to go to a page about all the beaches in that area.

Newport County: Newport County is home to smaller beaches in Jamestown, Portsmouth, Little Compton and Tiverton, as well as the larger, more popular beaches in Middletown and Newport.

Read more about the 13 Rhode Island beaches in Newport County.

South County: If you want to visit Rhode Islands larger state beaches, head to South County. The region has beaches with boardwalks and family-friendly attractionsbeaches with great surfas well as beaches with calm water if thats your preference.

Read more about 14 South County beaches.

Block Island: If you decide to visit one of Block Islands beaches, getting there on the Block Island Ferry is part of the fun! Its a great idea for a day tripor plan ahead to spend the night at one of the islands hotels or B&Bs (advance reservations highly recommended during the busy summer season).

Read more about the best six beaches on Block Island.

West Bay: Warwick is home to three RI beaches in the West Bay region. These small, saltwater beaches are located in local parks and neighborhoods. Dont expect great swimming, but if youre in the area and want to relax by the water, check out these three West Bay beaches.

East Bay: The East Bay region of Rhode Island is home to the quaint towns of Barrington, Bristol and Warren. If youre spending the day sightseeing nearby, end your day with a stop at one of these town beaches. A great water view and a little sand beneath your feet is the perfect way to end the day!

Read more about the three Rhode Island beaches in the East Bay region.

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This tiny state, with the nickname of “The Ocean State,” has only 1,545 square miles of land area, but more than 400 miles of coastline, one of the highest proportions of land to coast in the US. This means that water sports, rock and shore fishing, and Rhode Island beaches are major state attractions. You’ll find scores of beaches in Rhode Island all along the coast, in the sheltered waters of Narragansett Bay, along the Blackstone River Valley that spreads northwest from Pawtucket, and in inland state parks elsewhere in the state. Most of the beaches in Rhode Island are open to the public, some for a nominal entry fee.

Narragansett Bay, New England’s largest river estuary, undoubtedly has the most sheltered Rhode Island beaches because of its breakwater barrier protection. There are numerous beaches in this sheltered bay, including on its more than thirty islands. They are excellent for novice swimmers and families with children. Narragansett Beach lies at the southern end of the bay, and benefits both from its location on the bay as well as its location on the scenic coastal Route 1A. The lovely mansions of Newport are just a short boat ride away, and just down the road is the historic nineteenth-century octagonal Point Judith Lighthouse that played such an important role in the state’s maritime history. Narragansett Beach also features a more varied and fluctuating surf, unlike the beaches directly facing the ocean. This is a half-mile long public beach with two full-service pavilions, lifeguards, dining concessions, restrooms and changing rooms, and rental cabanas. Narragansett Beach also has picnic areas and a beach access boardwalk. Surfing lessons are available and a number of events are held here, including musical concerts, sand sculpting contests, and a kite festival.

Along the coast, on the western part of the state, are miles and miles of Rhode Island beaches that continue on to the Connecticut coastline. Charlestown Beach and Westerly Beach are two of these. There are numerous vacation rentals available along this stretch of coastline, as well as golfing resorts.

Charlestown Beach is about halfway between Narragansett and Misquamicut Beach, which is near the Connecticut border. Charlestown Beach actually consists of two adjacent stretches of sandthe town beach, which is actually on Ninigret Pond, and Charlestown Breachway State Beach and Campground, located on the ocean. Between the two, you have long stretches of fine white sand, a boat ramp for fishing, and 75 camping sites. You’re also near some of the state’s wildlife refuges, with wonderful marine bird life including the magnificent fish-eating osprey.

The town of Westerly is so named because of its location on the state’s western border with Connecticut. Its Westerly Beach is a public town beach encompassing three acres, and with 300 feet of beach frontage. It adjoins the seven-mile long Misquamicut Beach, and is in close proximity to a number of local golfing resorts and several coastal fishing ponds. Westerly Beach is also within two miles of the only one of the airports in the state with flights to nearby Block Island.

Virtually no state or town beaches in Rhode Island allow pets. If you’re bringing a pet on your Rhode Island vacations and want it to accompany you to the beach, you will need to find pet friendly lodging with access to a private beach.

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The beaches of Rhode Island offer a variety of vast, sandy expanses, sheltered coves, and great surfing. State beaches have parking and pavilions with showers, bathrooms, food, and rentals, making them great places to visit on your next summer vacation. Inland areas have lakes and ponds with fresh water beaches. Beaches may be managed by the state or by towns. Parking fees for state-operated beaches only are:

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Rhode Islands Atlantic Beach Park has a family beach and plenty of opportunities for fun and recreation. Amenities: Amusements, kids rides, seafood restaurants, snack bars, waterslide, carousel, batting cages, game room, ocean side patio bar. Restrooms, telephone, wheelchair accessible. Season/Hours: 8 a.m. dusk Fees: Parking fee from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., $15 weekdays and $20 weekend

Also known as Sand Hill Cove Beach. Popular beach for young children, fully protected by breakwater. Lifeguard on duty 9 a.m. 6 p.m. No pets allowed. Amenities: Picnic site, restroom, snack bar, swingset, wheelchair accessible. Season/Hours: Open weekends May 1 through Memorial Day; open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fees: See top of this page for parking information and fees.

Sand Trail (off of Spray Rock Road) Charlestown, RI, 02813 Phone:

Swimming, excellent fishing at the breachway. Undeveloped, privately owned barrier beach operated by the Quonochontaug Beach Conservation Commission. Swimming areas with lifeguards are restricted to property owners and require a pass. Season/Hours: The public may park here during specified times, primarily off-season, and to walk to the beach and pond on marked sand trails.

This shallow, sandy beach is located on the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue and is great for families. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day – Labor Day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every weekend and on weekdays from mid-June to mid-August. Amenities: Changing rooms, restrooms, picnic site. Season/Hours: Memorial Day – Labor Day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fees: Admission for non-residents, $7 weekdays and $12 weekends; season pass, $50.

This small, peaceful stretch of beach is in a cove, so it has calm water and is ideal for windsurfing. Third Beach is down the road from Second Beach in Middletown, and includes 4 beaches, 2 of which are semi-private. A great spot for exercise and swimming. Amenities: Public boat ramp, restrooms, paddleboard and kayak rentals. Season/Hours: Summer, dawn dusk. Fees: State fees apply (see top of page).

This is the fourth Rhode Island lighthouse erected on the shifting sands on Block Island’s Sandy Point. The lighthouse is on the grounds of the National Wildlife Sanctuary, which contains hiking trails. Reaching the lighthouse requires walking a half mile (about 20 minutes) from the parking area on a sandy/pebbly beach, so bring water, snacks and walking shoes. The beach here is ideal for sightseeing, but dangerous tidal currents make swimming dangerous. Lighthouse hours: Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and on rainy days.

This small, shaded, tranquil beach has a grassy lawn just behind the sandy shore. There are small crabs and shellfish in the first few yards of shallow water. YMCA Lifeguards on duty during open hours. During the summer, daytime parking is restricted to town residents, but there is public parking available later in the day, when the town crowd goes home. Amenities: Grill, picnic site, playground, trash receptacles, restrooms, telephone, wheelchair accessible. Season/Hours: June Labor Day, daily, 9 a.m. 5 p.m.

East Matunuck State Beach is inside scenic marshlands, has soft sand, and is smaller and less-frequented than surrounding beaches. A great place to people-watch. Lots of seaweed near the shore. Amenities: Picnic site, jetty, restroom, pavilion, snack bar, wheelchair access. Season/Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day (weather permitting), 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fees: See top of this page for parking information and fees.

This half-mile beach, located in the center of Narragansett, has calm waves and plenty of family-friendly events. Surfing lessons and leagues, aerobics classes, junior lifeguard program, musical concerts, sand castle contests, volleyball leagues. Amenities: Rental cabanas, lockers, showers, restrooms, snack bar, picnic site, first aid, handicap access, pavilions, picnic areas, changing rooms, boardwalk for beach access. Fees: Parking, $10 weekdays, $15 weekends. Admission for one person, $6.

End of Water Street New Shoreham (Block Island), RI Phone:

Just south of the Block Island ferry dock and jetty is Ballard’s Inn and the pet-friendly Ballard’s Beach. There is food and drink service from the Inns restaurant right onto the beach, along with live music on the patio daily. The beach is youthful, busy and sometimes noisy. This is one of 2 Block Island beaches with a lifeguard on duty. Pet-friendly. Amenities include: Restrooms, volleyball nets, trash receptacles, picnic site, chair/umbrella rentals. Admission and parking are free.

Mansion Road New Shoreham (Block Island), RI Phone: 401-466-3200 Toll-Free: 401-466-3200

Mansion Beach is marked by the stone foundation of Rhode Island’s old Searles Mansion and dance hall. You can get here easily by walking or biking along the road from Corn Neck. There is a large parking lot, though the walk from the lot to the sand is a bit long. Popular with picnicking families, and good for swimming and body surfing. Amenities: None. Season/Hours: Year-round. Dawn dusk. Fees: Free admission and parking.

Sandy, clean Rhode Island beach. Gentle surf sheltered by a breakwater. No undertow, gradual drop, near fishing port. Great for kids, swimming, and fishing. Lifeguards on duty 9 a.m. 6 p.m seasonally. Amenities: Restroom, green pavilion. Fees: See top of this page for parking information and fees.

Clean, sandy Rhode Island beach. Moderate to heavy surf with occasional strong undertow. Excellent for body surfing or boarding. Lifeguards on duty 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Amenities: Pavilions, picnic site, restrooms, snack bar, showers, boardwalk with gazebos, wheelchair accessible. Season/Hours: Open weekends May 1 through Memorial Day (weather permitting); open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fees: See top of this page for parking information and fees.

Off Corn Neck Road near Dodge and Water streets New Shoreham (Block Island), RI Phone:

Known informally as Baby Beach, this piece of coastline is located between Fred Benson Town Beach and Crescent Beach, and begins at the Surf Hotel, near the Beachhead Restaurant on Corn Neck Road. This is where locals take their children for a dip in the ocean. Calm waters and shallow tide pools make this a popular place for young children. Amenities: Restroom, showers, chair/umbrella rentals, snack bar, lockers, boogie board rentals, bike racks, complete wheel chair access. Season/Hours: 9 a.m. 6 p.m., June 23 – Labor Day Fees: Admission and parking are free.

This sandy, gravelly beach is across from Colt State Park, and has a large grassy expanse with a playground and picnic tables. This beach has shells and large pebbles, and is mainly popular for its sports facilities. Ample on-site parking is available. Lifeguards on duty during the summer. Amenities: Basketball court, soccer fields, skateboard park, tennis court, playground, ball fields, roller hockey arena, snack bar, picnic site, restrooms, 6 mile fitness trail. Season/Hours: May October, dawn dusk Fees: $6-10

Clean, serene beach in Westerly, Rhode Island, located near an antique carousel and a few blocks of shops and restaurants. This family beach has small waves. The beach is near the start of a one-mile walk out to scenic Naptree Point. In summer, parking lot fills early and street parking is very hard to find. Bathhouses, picnic site, restrooms, snack bar, wheelchair access. Parking, $10.

Fine sand and moderate to heavy surf, occasional undertow. Located adjacent to Charlestown Breachway. No pets allowed. Lifeguards on duty during seasonal hours. Amenities: Picnic site, restrooms, wheelchair access. Season/Hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m. 5 p.m.; Weekends and holidays, 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Fees: Weekdays $15, Weekends and holidays, $20

Purgatory Road Middletown, RI, 02842 Phone: 401-847-1993

This beach is adjacent to the Atlantic Beach Ocean Club, a hotel and restaurant. Amenities: Restrooms. Season/Hours: May September, dawn dusk Fees: Admission is free.

This recreation area offers views of scenic Narragansett Bay. The point is a sandy spit jutting out into Narragansett Bay toward Conimicut Lighthouse. On the south side of the point is a sandy beach ideal for sunbathing and swimming. The rotary at the point provides parking close to the beach and there is a ramp for handicap access to the paved walk around the rotary, the beach, and the grassy picnic area. Shellfishing on the point is prohibited due to pollution. Amenities: Picnic sites, playground, restrooms, boat access, wheelchair access. Season/Hours: Dawn dusk

Off Route 165 Exeter, RI, 02822 Phone: 401-539-1052

Freshwater swimming. Family-oriented beach. No admission fee. Bathhouse with bathrooms. No alcohol, grills, fires, or pets.

7 Corn Neck Road New Shoreham (Block Island), RI Phone: 401-466-7717

Beach extends more than two miles along Rhode Island Sound from Old Harbor to Clay Head, also connecting Scotch and Mansion beaches of Rhode Island. Near the ferry dock. Known locally as Crescent Beach. This beach is popular for family swimming and has calmer surf. Convenient parking in the lot or on the street. This is the only patch of shoreline on Block Island with both lifeguards and public amenities. Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Amenities: Picnic site, chair/umbrella/boogie board rentals, bike racks, free parking, wheelchair accessible restrooms, showers, snack bar. Season/Hours: Building hours, 9 a.m. 6 p.m.; Beach hours, dawn dusk. Fees: Admission is free.

This tiny town beach has lots of seashells and rocks and not much sand, so bring shoes. Great for beach combing and sunset walks. Parking is on first come, first serve basis. No lifeguard on duty. Season/Hours: Dawn dusk Fees: May 15 – October 15; $30 per season for non-residents.

Great views of Block Island Sound at three-mile-long, family-oriented beach near Rhode Islands Ninigret Conservation Area and adjacent to Ninigret Pond. Moderate surf. Located near the intersection of East Beach Road and Garden Pond Drive. Lifeguards on duty during the summer. Amenities: Snack bar, picnic site, restrooms, showers, changing rooms, beach accessible wheelchairs, telephone. Season/Hours: Summer, dawn dusk Fees: $15 weekdays, $20 weekends; $90/season

This nature beach in Rhode Island is one-and-a-quarter miles long with sand dunes. Clean sand, a (usually) quiet crowd, and waves ideal for body surfing. Seasonal parking stickers are required or a fee is collected daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lifeguards on duty. Amenities: Restrooms, showers, snack bars, picnic site, changing station. Season/Hours: Summer, dawn dusk Fees: Parking, $10/weekday, $20/weekend

Off Spring Street /Mohegan Trail New Shoreham (Block Island), RI Phone: 401-466-5009

This is a beautiful and tranquil area with magnificent views and stunning landscapes of a Rhode Island beach. Head South along Spring Street and watch for the Southeast Lighthouse. Parking for the bluffs is just a short distance south of the lighthouse. The bluffs rise about 200 feet above the sea and stretch for nearly three miles. To help make your descent and climb easier, there is a staircase. Spectacular vistas and nature walks. Amenities: Picnic site, trash receptacles. Season/Hours: May 30 – Labor Day Fees: Admission is free.

This small beach has a gentle slope and clear, calm water, making it safe for kids. Fishing off the pier is popular. Located at the southern end of Water Street, on the Warren River. Amenities: Restrooms, picnic site, fishing pier, playground. Season/Hours: Summer, dawn dusk Fees: Free admission. Parking, $5; lot under construction, visitors must find street parking.

Seven miles of sandy, white Rhode Island beach along the length of Atlantic Avenue. Clean, clear, water with moderate surf, little undertow, and smooth sand with a gradual drop-off at Rhode Islands largest state beach. A great spot for body and board surfing. Lifeguards on duty all season. Parking for 3,000 cars. Amenities: Observation tower, wheelchair access, pavilion, picnic site, telephone, restrooms, showers, first aid, snack bar. Season/Hours: Open only weekends, May through Memorial Day (weather permitting); open daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fees: Weekday resident, $10 (senior, $5); non-resident, $20 (senior, $10). Weekend resident, $14 (senior, $7); non-resident, $28 (senior, $14). Season rate resident, $60 (senior, $30); non-resident, $120 (senior, $60).

Half-mile beach separates Watch Hills Little Narragansett bay from the ocean. A less accessible shoreline is balanced by beautiful scenic views of Fishers Island and Watch Hill Lighthouse. Favorite spot for boaters, water skiers, bird watchers, and photographers. Hike sandy walking trails. Provides a year-round habitat for a variety of species. Accessible from two paved parking lots on Bay Street. Amenities: None. Fees: Admission and parking are free.

Three-mile-long oceanfront barrier beach. Limited parking fills up quickly on summer mornings. Popular beach for swimming, boating, 4×4 vehicles (license required) and shell fishing (license required). Adjacent to Ninigret Pond, a popular windsurfing spot. Lifeguard on duty 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Amenities: Restrooms, campsites. No alcohol, pets, or fires allowed. Season/Hours: mid-April October 31, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m Fees: See top of this page for parking information and fees.

Newports largest ocean beach adjacent to the start of Cliff Walk. Family Night with live band every Tuesday, and Childrens Night with entertainment every Thursday in July and August. About a 15-minute walk from downtown Newport or a 5-minute bike or taxi ride. First Beach is usually crowded, and always great for families. Amenities: Chair/surf board/boogie board/umbrella rentals, playground, picnic site, snack bar, beach store, restrooms, showers, outdoor skateboard park, carousel, aquarium. Over-sand wheelchairs available at no charge. Season/Hours: Summer, dawn dusk Fees: Parking fee, $10 weekdays and $20 weekends/holidays; season passes, $80 for non-residents.

End of Champlin Road New Shoreham (Block Island), RI Phone: 401-466-3200 Toll-Free: 800-466-3223

Extending from Coast Guard Road to Block Island Sound, this beachs jetty is a popular fishing spot. Peaceful and typically not crowded, this beach has both rough and smooth sand (sand is smoothest near the old Coast Guard Station). Walk the jetty, watch sail and power boats entering New Harbor, and watch the sun set over the water. Parking is available at the end of Champlin Road near the old Coast Guard Station. Amenities: None; bicycle locks. Season/Hours: Dawn dusk. Fees: Admission and parking are free.

This historic parks beach is family-friendly, surrounded by walking trails, and easy to access. The waves are generally calm. This is an excellent facility for the handicapped and those with bikes or strollers because there are benches and a boardwalk extending the length of the beach along Brush Neck Cove. Amenities: Sports facilities, playground, bicycle trails, dog park, picnic site, shelters, restrooms, snack bar, wheelchair access, trash receptacles. Season/Hours: Summer, dawn dusk Fees: Small admission fee in summer.

Beach for swimming, fishing, shell fishing, panoramic view of Block Island Sound. Day parking for 100 cars. Lifeguard on duty. No pets allowed. Amenities: Wheelchair accessible, fishing pier, campsites, boat ramp, restrooms (no showers). Season/Hours: Summer, dawn dusk Fees: See top of this page for parking information and fees.

Oakland Beach Avenue Warwick, RI, 02889 Phone: 401-738-2000

Located at the southern end of Oakland Beach Avenue, off Route 117 East on Greenwich Bay. This wide, sandy beach extends 900 feet along the shore and provides a shallow swimming area. Lifeguards on duty during summer. The shoreline is designed to contain sand and prevent erosion. Visitors can walk the rocky shoreline, fish, or swim. Amenities: Picnic site, trash receptacles, wheelchair-accessible dock, boat ramps on Bay Avenue, ball field, snack bar, restrooms. Season/Hours: Summer, dawn dusk Fees: Small parking and admission fees.

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Jan 252016
 

The State of Rhode Island has over 400 miles of coastline. During the summer months some of our beaches may see 10,000 visitors in a single day. In order to keep our beaches clean and safe it is important for you and your family to do your part in eliminating pollution and preventing illness.

The Beach Monitoring Program oversees water quality testing at public beaches during the summer months to make sure the water is safe for swimming.

Too much sun can cause painful burning and increase the risk of skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen product with both UVB and UVA protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen liberally at least 20 minutes before going into the sun, and reapply generously after swimming and throughout the day. Sunscreen is most effective when left on the surface of the skin; Do NOT rub it in thoroughly. Note that you should not use sunscreen on babies under age 6 months.

“Swimmer’s Itch” is a skin reaction caused by an allergic reaction to a parasite. To avoid a reaction towel dry vigorously as soon as you get out and shower as soon as you can. Treatment may include the use of antihistamines. Check with your healthcare provider if itching persists. more

Despite best efforts to monitor water quality and close beaches, people can get intestinal infections after being exposed to contaminated water. more Let us know if that happens to you so we can investigate and close the beach if appropriate.

The use of swim diapers and swim pants may give many parents and pool staff a false sense of security regarding fecal contamination. Check your toddlers diapers regularly and change them if needed. Dispose of soiled diapers in the trash. more

Remember to scoop the poop and dispose of it properlyat home and in the community. Pet waste can pollute beaches and cause illness. more

Follow local rules for pets at the beach. State beaches do not allow dogs during the on-season from April 1 to September 30. more Town beach rules may vary, but they are generally posted at the beach.

Follow the leash laws for your city or town, and always keep your dog on a leash at state parks and beaches. more

If the water looks scummy, don’t go in as it may be polluted with harmful algae. more

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Rhode Island Beaches – Providence & Warwick Where to Visit

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Jan 252016
 

This recreation area offers views of scenic Narragansett Bay. The point is a sandy spit jutting out into Narragansett Bay toward Conimicut Lighthouse. On the south side of the point is a sandy beach ideal for sunbathing and swimming. The rotary at the point provides parking close to the beach and there is a ramp for handicap access to the paved walk around the rotary, the beach, and the grassy picnic area. Shellfishing on the point is prohibited due to pollution. Amenities: Picnic sites, playground, restrooms, boat access, wheelchair access. Season/Hours: Dawn dusk

This historic parks beach is family-friendly, surrounded by walking trails, and easy to access. The waves are generally calm. This is an excellent facility for the handicapped and those with bikes or strollers because there are benches and a boardwalk extending the length of the beach along Brush Neck Cove. Amenities: Sports facilities, playground, bicycle trails, dog park, picnic site, shelters, restrooms, snack bar, wheelchair access, trash receptacles. Season/Hours: Summer, dawn dusk Fees: Small admission fee in summer.

Oakland Beach Avenue Warwick, RI, 02889 Phone: 401-738-2000

Located at the southern end of Oakland Beach Avenue, off Route 117 East on Greenwich Bay. This wide, sandy beach extends 900 feet along the shore and provides a shallow swimming area. Lifeguards on duty during summer. The shoreline is designed to contain sand and prevent erosion. Visitors can walk the rocky shoreline, fish, or swim. Amenities: Picnic site, trash receptacles, wheelchair-accessible dock, boat ramps on Bay Avenue, ball field, snack bar, restrooms. Season/Hours: Summer, dawn dusk Fees: Small parking and admission fees.

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Days Inn Le Roy/Bloomington Southeast | Le Roy, IL 61752 Hotel

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Jan 242016
 

Enjoy comfort and convenience at our Days Inn Le Roy/Bloomington Southeast hotel, located off Interstate 74, midway between Bloomington and Champaign. Our non-smoking Le Roy, IL, hotel is also just 15 miles from Bloomington-Normal Airport (BMI) and offers easy access to Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and companies like Pioneer Hi-Bred and Vestas Wind Energy, as well as golf and recreational activities, making us your ideal choice for hotels and motels in the Bloomington area.

Wake up each morning to a free Daybreak continental breakfast with hot waffles, surf the web or check your email using our free Wi-Fi, and take advantage of our ample free parking, including large-vehicle parking. Our in-room amenities include a microwave, mini-refrigerator and flat-screen HDTV, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult at our pet-friendly hotel.

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Those seeking to commune with nature can fish, go horseback riding and rent paddle boats at Moraine View State Park, just seven miles from our Le Roy, IL, hotel or take the drive to Clinton Lake State Recreation Area, just 20 miles away. Golfers can hit the links at nearby Le Roy Country Club, and those in the area visiting students will find Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University just 20 miles from our Le Roy hotel, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign just 35 miles away.

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You will find several restaurants close by our hotel in Le Roy. Jacks Caf serves up hearty family-style fare, and Woodys Family Restaurant features an all-you-can-eat-buffet. Teddy Buckmens offers zesty southern fare, while China King is the place to go if you are craving Chinese food. For those on the run, familiar, tasty cheap eats including McDonalds, Arbys and Subway are all within a half-mile of our Le Roy, Illinois hotel.

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Swimming Beaches in Illinois | USA Today

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Jan 242016
 

See city views while swimming at a Chicago beach. (Photo: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images )

Whether your travels take you to the city of Chicago or beyond, spend a warm summer day swimming at one of several destinations across Illinois. From the city beaches on the shores of Lake Michigan located within walking distance of many urban amenities to the 600-foot beach on Lake Le-Aqua-Na in rural northwest Illinois, swimming enthusiasts have many choices of places to make a splash.

In the city of Chicago (chicagoparkdistrict.com), swim for free at one of several beaches located along 26 miles of lakefront shoreline. With lifeguards on duty during the summer season, swimming is permitted in 15 designated areas. Parking is limited or requires a fee at most beaches, so city officials advise using public transportation whenever possible. North of the city, visit Leone Beach near Evanston or Montrose Beach near Chicago Lakeshore Hospital. Swim near the heart of downtown Chicago at North Beach at Lincoln Park or 12th Street Beach near Soldier Field. Other city swimming beaches include Fargo; Foster; Calumet; Howard Street; Jarvis Avenue; Oak Street; Rainbow; and South Shore Beach. Dogs are permitted at four beaches within the Chicago Park District.

With 39,600 feet of beach access, Illinois Beach State Park (dnr.state.il.us) has the longest public swimming area of any state park. The 4,160-acre park located on the shores of Lake Michigan has picnic areas for spreading out a meal after a day in the water and nearby hiking trails extending up to five miles. Lifeguards are not present at the park’s beaches, but parking is plentiful for visitors planning to spend the day swimming. Overnight camping at 241 sites is open to visitors of Illinois Beach State Park, and a resort also offers overnight accommodations for swimmers planning a multiday stay.

Travel to Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park (dnr.state.il.us) to swim on a 600-foot beach on the shores of the 40-acre lake in northwest Illinois. Olson Lake Beach is open to visitors to 3,092-acre Rock Cut State Park, with the 50-acre Olson Lake ideally suited for swimming. In central Illinois, head to 9,300-acre Clinton Lake State Recreation Area to spend the day swimming on a 1,000-foot white sandy beach bordering the lake. A designated swimming area is also open to visitors at 1,687-acre Moraine View State Recreation Area at the Black Locust picnic area on Dawson Lake. In southern Illinois, visit 1,302-acre Sam Dale Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area to swim on a large beach on the west side of the lake.

Swim at one of four public beaches on 11,100-acre Lake Shelbyville (lakeshelbyville.com) in central Illinois for a nominal daily fee. The Dam West Recreation Area, Sullivan Beach and Wilborn Creek Recreation Area all provide public swimming access to the lake, which is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (mvs.usace.army.mil/shelbyville). Wolf Creek State Park (dnr.state.il.us) also provides swimming access on the northeastern shores of the lake and has picnic tables and barbecues located nearby. An outdoor aquatic center is also open during the summer months in Forest Park near the lake’s southwestern shores.

Michelle Hornaday lives in Edmonds, Washington and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Washington State University and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University. She is currently a freelance writer for various websites.

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Pet Friendly Hotels Near Canfield Oh

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Jan 232016
 

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Ohio Beaches, Lake Erie Coast, Summer Fun & Festivals

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Jan 232016
 

MAIN Beaches US Ohio Beaches

At left, Headlands Beach State Park and its mile-long natural sand beach, the largest in Ohio and often touted as the best beach in the state.

Meanwhile, more miles of sun-drenched beaches await throughout Ohio in such summer hotspots as Huntington Beach, located just 10 miles west of Cleveland.

Head east from downtown and you’ll find yourself at another Cleveland summer getaway at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach offering sand and sun together with a dog-friendly beach area.

Other popular beaches along Lake Erie’s southern shore include Maumee Bay State Park near Toledo with two places to laze the day away – the Lake Erie shore, and a calmer inland lake nearby to bring the kids.

Ohio’s most family-friendly beach? Check out East Harbor State Park near Sandusky where the water is low and slow, and perfect for toddlers.

Up ahead, check out a complete fun-in-the-sun guide to the Buckeye State featuring sites with comprehensive info on lake beaches throughout Ohio for swimming, fishing, sailing, sunbathing …… and surfing? In Cleveland? You bet!

DID YOU KNOW? Ohio beach fun facts:

Yes, you can surf Lake Erie. It all depends on the wind and weather. The surf is usually highest in the fall, when hardcore surfers take to the waves in places like Cleveland’s Edgewater Park Beach.

Accessible only by ferry, the 100-foot sandy beach on Kelleys Island is often considered the state’s most lovely and secluded.

The Marblehead Lighthouse, first lit in 1822, is the longest continuously operating and the most visited lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

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Crestview, FL – Crestview, Florida Map & Directions – MapQuest

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Jan 222016
 

Crestview is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. Crestviews name was chosen because of its location on the peak of a long woodland range between the Yellow and Shoal rivers which flow almost parallel on the east and west side of the City. It is the county seat of Okaloosa County. With an elevation of 235 feet (72m) above sea level, it is one of the highest points in the state; it receives 65 inches (1,700mm) of rainfall annually, the second-most of any city in the state of Florida, next to Fort Walton Beach with 69inches. The town was once known as “the icebox of Florida”, due to it having the coldest winters in the state. Today it goes by a more popular nickname as the “Hub City” of Northwest Florida. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2010, the city had a population of 18,987. Crestview is one of Florida’s fastest growing cities, residential developments, shopping, and land area to grow. It has, as of July 2007, become the largest city in Okaloosa County. In 2007, George Whitehurst, who had been mayor for nearly 20 years, resigned, leading to the election of David Cadle. Cadle had recently retired as the long-time director of the Crestview High School band, The Big Red Machine. As part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure round, Crestview will experience further population growth as the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group relocates from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to a newly built cantonment facility on the northern end of the Eglin Air Force Base reservation, approximately six miles south of the city.

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Jan 192016
 

In addition to swimming, many Kentucky lakes feature largemouth bass fishing. (Photo: Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images )

While the landlocked state of Kentucky doesn’t have an ocean or gulf coast beaches, it has many lakes. Kentucky’s park system operates eight state parks that feature public beaches where swimming is allowed. Many of these parks also feature recreational pools and camping facilities. Resort-style parks offer additional lodging, dining and recreation activities, giving families plenty to do after leaving the beach.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park (parks.ky.gov), located near the south-central Kentucky town of Lucas, features a public lake-front beach. The sandy shores offer many opportunities for swimming, sunbathing and building sand castles. Also at Barren River Lake, guests will find a large marina and boat dock and plenty of fishing, as the lake features largemouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie and rough fish. Make your stay on the shore of Barren River Lake an overnight stay by pitching a tent in the park’s 99-site seasonal campground, renting an on-site cottage or booking a room in the park’s lodge. After a day of swimming, grab a bite to eat in the Driftwood Restaurant, specializing in fresh-caught fish dishes and burgers.

In Eastern Kentucky, swimmers and sunbathers flock to the Buckthorn Lake State Park (parks.ky.gov) beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Guests wishing to take a dip in the lake may make use of the lakeside bathhouse, changing rooms and shower areas. Other recreation opportunities include pontoon boat and fishing boat rentals, as well as a guest-use marina open from April through October. For overnight accommodations, Buckhorn Lake features a handful of rental cabins and rooms in the park lodge. Guests staying in the Lodge or renting a cabin also have access to the exclusive park pool, providing a swimming escape when the beach becomes too crowded. Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner from the Bowlington Country Kitchen. The restaurant specializing in homestyle country cooking.

Lake Barkley State Park (parks.ky.gov), in southern Kentucky, sits along the eastern shore of Lake Barkley, Kentucky’s largest man-made lake. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, guests flock to the public beach for lake swimming and recreation. At this beach, guests have access to a bathhouse for cleaning up and showering after a day of splashing around in the lake. Challenge each other to game of beach volleyball on the available courts. Take a tour of the 52,000 acre lake by renting an available pontoon, fishing or ski boats. Host a fish fry after catching largemouth bass, bluegill, white bass and Kentucky bass. Extend a day-trip into a family vacation by booking a room in the Lake Barkley Lodge or renting a cabin. The park also features a campsite welcoming both RV and tent camping.

The Rough River Dam State Park (parks.ky.gov) sits along the shores of a 5,000-acre lake, in western Kentucky. During the summer vacation season, the park staff opens up the public Rough River Dam beach for swimming. Guests to the beach may use the public bathhouse for changing. Despite its moniker, Rough River is an ideal beach for family swimming, as the water remains fairly gentle. Winds blow in gentle waves. After swimming head to the Grayson Landing Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant specializes in local Kentucky dishes such as ham and catfish. Extend your stay at Rough River by booking a stay in the lodge or renting a lakeside cottage. From mid-March through November, guests may also bring an RV and camp in the 74-site campground. Cottage and lodge guests also have access to the swimming pool, which overlooks the beach.

Pennyrile Forest State Park (parks.ky.gov) offers a public beach for swimming in the western Kentucky town of Dawson Springs. The public beach sits on the shores of the Pennyrile Lake, offers swimming in gentle waters, featuring small waves. The sandy beach sits adjacent to the lake’s boat dock, which offers paddle boats, row boats, canoes and trolling motor boats. Enjoy some lake fishing, catching bluegill, channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass. At Pennyroyal, like other Kentucky state parks, guests may rent rooms in the lodge or rental cottages. Lodge and cottage guests also have access to the park’s swimming pool. A full service campground features addition accommodations with 68 sites. Enjoy a meal at the Clifty Creek Restaurant when swimming makes the family work up an appetite. The restaurant features country, Kentucky favorites such as catfish, fried chicken and baby back ribs.

Carr Creek State Park sits in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, offering a marsh eco-system fairly unique to the area. Guests may enjoy this alpine Kentucky marsh park, which features a number of recreational activities. In the summer, guests flock to the sandy beach, which is the longest of any in the Kentucky state park system. Fishing opportunities abound at Carr Creek with bass, crappie and walleye being the most commonly caught fish. Guests interested in exploring more of the 750-acre lake may rent pontoon or fishing boats at the nearby marina. Take advantage of this park’s rustic setting by camping in the 39-site campground. This beach has no no bathhouses or restaurants.

In central Kentucky, Green River State Park provides an excellent opportunity for beach side camping and lake swimming. On the shores of a 8,200 lake, guests will find public beach access in front of the Green River park’s campground. Open seasonally, the park’s beach features a volleyball sand court, which commonly hosts pick-up games throughout the summer. Guests will find gentle waves along the beach and calm waters for swimming. Bring along the family boat for bass, crappie, bluegill and muskie. From March through November, camp along the shores, with 157 sites. The campground features a grocery store, shower room, bathhouses and guest laundry.

Lake Malone State Park, in western Kentucky, offers guests access to a 788-acre lake. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Lake Malone features public beach access. Ideal for swimming and playing, the beach features several amenities to help guests enjoy their stay. During the summer season, Lake Malone offers a bathhouse with showers and vending machines. Plan a family camping trip and bring along a fishing boat. Lake Malone offers a public boat ramp and the lake features channel catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish. Camp accommodations include 30 sites for tent camping and 25 RV hookups. Laundry, showers and restrooms are also available for campers.

A freelance writer for various online publications, Erin Maurer covers travel destinations, gardening and home decorating projects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Widener University in Chester, Pa.

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Jan 192016
 

MAIN Beaches US Kentucky Beaches It’s more than bourbon and bluegrass. In Kentucky, there’s lots more to beat the heat during the summer season — at start parks, lake resorts, and national recreational areas.

At left, the natural beauty of Land Between The Lakes is surrounded by Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, and offers endless opportunities for water sports and activities, or just lazing the summer days away.

Whether you’re interested in fishing, pleasure boating, water skiing, wake boarding, or just going for a swim, Kentucky’s got it covered ….

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DID YOU KNOW? Kentucky lake beach fun facts:

Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake combined make up about 4,000 miles of Kentucky shoreline.

Despite its name, Rough River provides a perfect place for swimming at a family-friendly beach where gentle waves wash the shore during the height of the summer season.

In Eastern Kentucky, Carr Creek State Park features the longest beach of any state park in Kentucky..

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– The USA Today guide with a list of top lake beaches including a description of amenities, nearby attractions, and related resources.

Barren River Lake State Resort – Check out the public beach, marina, campgrounds and more with location and contact info, maps, pictures, and links to nearby attractions.

Lake Cumberland Vacation – The online visitors guide with info on recreational activities and current events calendar, lodging and camping facilities, detailed maps, pictures, e-cards and wallpapers.

Cave Run Lake – With emphasis on their reputation as muskie fishing capital of the South, this guide offers information on swimming, hiking and camping, including a photo gallery, video clips, maps, driving directions and related links to Kentucky recreational activities.

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