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Top 8 Tampa Bay Beaches – About.com Travel

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Feb 052016
 

Updated December 16, 2014.

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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Florida Beaches – Best Beaches in Florida

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Feb 032016
 

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.

Florida Beaches

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.

Clearly Marvelous

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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Feb 032016
 

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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US Virgin Islands Americas Paradise

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Jan 312016
 

Charlotte Amalie Harbour, St. Thomas USVI

Welcome to usvi.net, the US Virgin Islands oldest and longest running travel website.

There are three main islands to visit in the US Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. There is also the small, and historically fascinating Water Island.

St. Thomas is the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean. St. Thomas is home of Charlotte Amalie. Charlotte Amalie is the capital of the US Virgin Islands. Charlotte Amalie is both the principle cruise terminal as well as the location islands airport.

St. Croix is the largest of the US Virgin Islands at 82 square miles in area. St. Croix consists of two distinct towns; Christiansted and Frederiksted. The architectural quality and historic interest of the one-time Danish West Indiescapital has made part of Christiansted (founded in 1734) a National Historic Site.

St. John is mainly aUS National Park. St. John offers incredible vantages of nature in the Caribbean.Friends of the Virgin IslandsNational Park volunteers staff an information kiosk on St. John Island. This is a good place to start your visit of St. John.

Spend day after day on beach after beach, each with its own panoramic view. Try camping under the stars. Let a friendly mongoose lead you along a woodland trail. Many of the trails end on a plateau high in the sky, offering panoramic views of white beaches, emerald cays, and turquoise waters.

Water Island is the smallest of the US Virgin Islands at fewer than 1.3 square miles. Water Island is only a short 10-minute ferry ride from St. Thomas. If youre looking for something more than shopping, you will find it on Water Island. To help get around Water Island golf carts can be rented right off the ferry.

Some of the things that can be done in the US Virgin Islands include sailing, scuba diving, skin diving, water skiing and most other water sports. Newer attractions like zip lining are also available. Taking in a round of golf or horseback riding are also options if time allows. If staying over night take the time to enjoy the nightlife.

If looking for a tropical wedding location but do not want to worry about passports this is the perfect place! Imagine being wed on the beach at Magens Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Receptions can be held at any number of locations from beaches to five star hotels and anywhere in between. With scheduled daily flights provided by American, Delta, Jet Blue, and United from major mainland hubs Atlanta and Miami the Islands are a reasonable location for those along the eastern seaboard.

Driving is on the left hand side of the road, steering wheel also on the left!

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Rhode Island Beaches – Where to Go – Travel, Vacation

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Jan 252016
 

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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Beaches: Department of Health – Rhode Island Beaches

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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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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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Jan 182016
 

Cape Cods beaches are considered among the best in the world, especially those along the Cape Cod National Seashore, a 40-mile stretch of unspoiled sandy beach in Outer Cape Cod. With 559.6 miles of unspoiled coastline, Cape Cod offers many beautiful sandy beaches for you to enjoy.

Cape Cod tests all public bathing beach waters. Monitoring results from previous seasons indicate exceptional water quality on Cape Cod, and the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches are part of the Blue Wave Campaign for quality. FInd additional beach water quality information here.

Listed below are just some of thepristine Cape Cod beaches in our area!

BARNSTABLE Covell Beach, Craigville Beach Road, Centerville Dowses Beach, E. Bay Road, Osterville Kalmus Beach, Ocean St., Hyannis Long Beach, Long Beach Road, Centerville Loop Beach, Ocean View Avenue, Cotuit Sandy Neck Beach, Sandy Neck Road, West Barnstable Sea Street (Keyes), Ocean Ave., Hyannis Veterans Beach, Ocean St., Hyannis Craigville Beach, Craigville Beach Road, Centerville

BOURNE Monument Beach, off Shore Road Scusset Beach, off Sagamore Rotary via Scusset Beach Road Town Beach, Buttermilk Bay off Rte. 28 and Head of the Bay Road Sagamore Beach, Standish Road

BREWSTER Breakwater Beach, Breakwater Beach Road Crosby Landing Beach, Crosby Lane Ellis Landing Beach, Ellis Landing Beach Robbins Hill Beach, Long Road Sheep Pond Beach, Fisherman’s Landing Road Paine’s Creek Beach, Paine’s Creek Road

CHATHAM Cockle Cove Beach, Cockle Cove Road off Rte. 28 Hardings Beach, Barn Hill Rd., from Rte. 28 North Beach, southern end of Nauset Beach on Atlantic Ocean (only accessible by boat) Ridgevale Beach, Ridgevale Road off Rte. 28 Chatham Light Beach or South Beach, Shore Road by Chatham Light

DENNIS Chapin Memorial Beach, Chapin Beach Road Cold Storage Beach, Cold Storage Road Corporation Beach, off Rte. 6A to Corporation Road Howes Beach, Howes Street West Dennis Beach, West Dennis Beach Road Mayflower Beach, off Rte. 6A to Bayview Rd. to Dunes Road

EASTHAM Coast Guard Beach, off Rte. 6, Coast Guard Beach Road First Encounter Beach, Samoset Road Coast Guard Beach, off Rte. 6, Coast Guard Beach Road

FALMOUTH Menauhant Beach, off Rte. 28 and Central Avenue, E. Falmouth Surf Drive Beach, on Surf Drive Road, off Main & Shore Streets Old Silver Beach, off Rte. 28A and Quaker Road, N. Falmouth

HARWICH Red River Beach, off Depot Rd. or Uncle Venies Rd. from Rte 28 Pleasant Road Beach, Pleasant Road

MASHPEE South Cape Beach State Park, Great Oak Road

ORLEANS Nauset Light Beach, located off Rte. 6 and Beach Road Skaket Beach, located off Rte 6A and Skaket Beach Road

PROVINCETOWN Harbor Beach, off Commercial Street; no parking facilities Long Point Beach (can be reached by foot or boat) Race Point Beach, off Rte. 6, Race Point Road Herring Cove Beach, end of Rte. 6

SANDWICH Town Neck Beach, off Town Neck Road and Rte. 6A Sandy Neck Beach, off Rte. 6A on the Barnstable/Sandwich town line

TRURO Ballston Beach, Rte. 6 to North Pamet Road Corn Hill Beach, Corn Hill Road on Cape Cod Bay Head of the Meadow Beach, off Rte. 6, Head of the Meadow Road Corn Hill Beach, Corn Hill Road on Cape Cod Bay

WELLFLEET Cahoon Hollow Beach, off Rte. 6 Marconi Beach, off Rte. 6; boardwalk and dramatic dunes Mayo Beach, Kendrick Street White Crest beach, off Rte. 6

YARMOUTH Bass Hole or Grays Beach, off Center Street from Rte. 6A Sea Gull Beach, off South Sea Ave. from Rte. 28 Sea View Beach, South Shore Drive Bass River/Smugglers Beach, South Shore Drive

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Pittsburghers looking for a beach escape have several options relatively close by. (Photo: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images )

Situated in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, the city of Pittsburgh doesn’t immediately bring to mind images of a day spend lounging on the sand. Fortunately for beach-craving Pittsburghers, however, several scenic lakefronts are located within close range of the city, and the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore and tranquil resorts of Delaware are an easy half-day’s drive away.

Drawing more than 1 million visitors a year, Moraine State Park is home to one of the finest lake beaches in Western Pennsylvania. The park is located just an hour north of Pittsburgh. Its biggest attraction, Lake Arthur, sports two sandy beaches along its 42 miles of shoreline. Swimming, windsurfing, and boating are all popular beach activities and boat rentals are available during the summer season. Even closer to Pittsburgh is Butler County’s Raccoon Creek State Park. Just 30 miles to the west of the city along Route 22, the park is home to a 500-foot, ADA-accessible lakefront beach open for swimming during the summer season.

Located 131 miles to the north of Pittsburgh along Interstate 79, Lake Erie is home to Preque Isle State Park, rated one of the country’s Top 100 Swimming Holes by “Conde Nast Traveler” magazine. This honor is hardly undeserved. The park’s seven miles of lifeguard-protected beaches offer some of Pennsylvania’s finest swimming, with family-friendly facilities like picnic tables, grills and changing rooms. The nearby ecological protection zone, crisscrossed by hiking paths, is home to 320 species of birds.

Delaware’s Atlantic coast offers sun-craving Pittsburghers an easy ocean escape. Rehoboth Beach, 350 miles to the southeast of Pittsburgh, is too far for a day trip but close enough for a long weekend at the shore. The most popular beach in Delaware, Rehoboth offers an oceanfront boardwalk, quaint shopping and a variety of accommodations ranging from from ocean-side condos to traditional clapboard cottages. Just south of Rehoboth, Dewey Beach draws a younger crowd with its renowned nightlife and party vibe.

The Atlantic coast of southern New Jersey is, like Delaware’s beaches, an approximately seven-hour drive from Pittsburgh. The Jersey Shore offers a diverse range of beaches, from Atlantic city’s famous casinos and urban boardwalk to Wildwood’s amusement parks and the calm Victorian beauty of Cape May. Visitors looking to escape signs of human development will appreciate the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, which offers some of the area’s most pristine swimming and nature-watching beaches.

Paul Katz has been writing professionally since 2006. His diverse experiences include reporting on budget travel destinations for “Let’s Go Europe,” researching colonial American art for the Harvard Art Museums and publishing political commentary for Israel’s “Ha’aretz” newspaper. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and literature from Harvard.

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Even though Pittsburgh is the city of Three Rivers, there’s not much swimming in them. There’s a bad undertow on parts, plus they’re not the cleanest (way better than they used to be though).

Your best bet “Not too far from the city” would be a waterpark.

Sandcastle is one that is about 20 minutes outside the city – http://www.sandcastlewaterpark.com/. I’ve heard nice things from people that live in Pittsburgh but have not been there myself (not a swimmer). There are probably reviews on here of this.

Another waterpark is Soak Zone, which is part of Idlewild Park located about 1 hr outside Pittsburgh. The waterpark is a pretty big section of a larger traditional amusement park. We used to live near this park – even had season passes a few years – and while I’ve walked through it at least 10 times I’ve never actually swum. Again, I’ve heard great things – more positive than Sandcastle. There should be reviews on this on here also that will give you more detail.

If you’re looking for non-pool water places, there is also Conneaut Lake, which is about 1.5 hours north of Pittsburgh. There’s a public beach that is part of a small amusement park there. They had to ban swimming there last year because of inability to insure (the place has had a lot of financial troubles), but I understand that they’re opening this year so the beach, as well as other amusements, will be available. The latest information would be on their website at http://www.conneautlakepark.com/.

There’s also some other lakes up that way but I don’t know the details – perhaps another poster can speak to those.

I hope this helps.

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7 Amazing Pennsylvania Beaches You Must Visit This Summer

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Pennsylvania may be landlocked, but that doesnt mean it isnt home to some awesome beaches. Our many lakes and reservoirs grant us access to the water in a special way, especially the 11 beaches along Lake Erie in Presque Isle State Park. Read on to discover the best sandy getaways in our state for this summer

1. Black Moshannon State Park, Rush Township

The quaint beach at Black Moshannon State Park is located within proximity of the largest bog in Pennsylvania.

2. Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County

The Joseph Foster Sayers Reservoir is a man-made lake located in Bald Eagle State Park. It has a beautiful beach where you can kick back and relax.

3. Presque Isle State Park, Erie

Presque Isle State Park, along Lake Erie, has not one, but 11 beautiful beaches for you to enjoy.

4. Poe Valley State Park, Penn

Poe Lake is a manmade lake that was created during the Great Depression.

5. Harveys Lake, Wilkes-Barre

Harvey’s Lake is the largest naturally occurring lake that is contained entirely in the state of Pennsylvania.

6. Beltzville State Park, Carbon County

Not pictured: the beach. I promise it exists, though, all glistening 525 feet of sandy beach, complete with showers and a snack bar.

7. Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach, Lebanon

Mt. Gretna is a gorgeous beach that often hosts events such as birthday parties and day camps. There is an admission fee.

Though these beaches all look fun, it is somewhat difficult to locate more beaches in our state. What other ones do you know of? Tell me about them in the comments below!

Christi is from Allentown and currently lives and goes to school in Pittsburgh.

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Beaches? In Pennsylvania?

Normally, Philadelphians will usually just head to Cape May and the Jersey Shore for the summer. Head west, however, and you’ll soon discover some of the East Coast’s best shorelines in Pennsylvania.

From Pocono Mountain beaches to the beautiful seven mile stretch of shoreline in Presque Isle State Park (pictured)…. the Keystone State has a lock on summer fun.

Near the state’s other big metro area, Pittsburgh, Raccoon Creek State Park is an hour away with a lakefront beach that’s open all summer long. Head north from Pittsburgh, and Moraine State Park encompasses one of the state’s best lake beaches, Lake Arthur, offering 42 miles of shoreline to help beat the heat.

Of course, these are only a couple of mentions to start your summer fling in the Keystone State. Just up ahead, find lots more information on where to cool down when temperatures begin to rise in Pennsylvania.

Have fun!

DID YOU KNOW? Pennsylvania beach fun facts:

The Pocono Mountains are home to 150 lakes, some with sandy beaches. Some of the most popular include Beltzville State Park in the southern foothills, Gouldsboro Lake and Tobyhanna Lake, and Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Due to the gentle Lake Erie surf that washes the coast, the seven miles of beachfront on Presque Isle are often dubbed the state’s only natural “seashore”.

Camelback Mountain isn’t just for Pennsylvania skiing anymore. If you can’t get to the beach, Try the Camelbeach Mountain Water Park, the largest water park in the state.

also see -> Pennsylvania tourism | PA campgrounds

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– Read this USA Today guide for a good overview of where to go in summer with information on places to cool off in the Poconos, Hills Creek State Park, and Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

Best Pennsylvania Beaches – The best beaches to head for at Presque Isle with great overviews of Budny Beach and Pine Tree Beach.

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Find a beach vacation within reach. Here are several with drive times under five hours.

By Roberta Mintz Levine

June 22, 2010

Photos by Michael D. McCumber and UnitedStatesEnvironmentalProtectionAgencyGreatLakesNationalProgramoffice

Squinting over endless sparkling water, the gulls swooping in for a snack; treading in gentle waves that tickle the shore; brushing sand from a peanut-butter sandwich; smelling that distinctive aroma of sun block; taking a long sunset walk, your feet sinking as you avoid sand castles that seem to disintegrate as soon as theyre built.

You dont have to drive all the way to the Jersey shore, Cape Cod or Myrtle Beach to experience the wonderful sensations of a lazy day at the beach. Theres big water much closer to home. Sand beaches on Lake Erie, the closest of the five Great Lakes, can be reached by car in as little as 2 1/2 hours from the Pittsburgh area, short enough for a day trip and interesting enough to inspire a longer trip along the shorelines in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and even southern Ontario, Canada. There are as many days worth of beaches and charming resort towns to explore as you can spare.

OK, the Great Lakes are fresh-water, not salty like the Atlantic Ocean. So theres no salty smelland you probably dont get as sticky when you swim in a Great Lake. You also dont have to worry about a shark attack (there are none) or a jellyfish sting. Waves, too, are more family-friendly, gentlerunless, at least on the southern shores of Lake Erie, theres a big wind coming from the northwest that can drum up 10- and 12-foot waves.

Which brings up another lake-versus-ocean topic: There is surfing on Lake Erie and the other lakes. Insiders understand the conditions that can create surfable waves on these vast, inland fresh-water seas. Info: greatlakesurfing.com.

Lake Erie is getting cleaner, notes Jane Beathard, a spokeswoman at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Lake Eries 9,910-square-mile surface area makes it the 11th largest lake in the world. Its also the most shallow of the Great Lakes (average depth 62 feet), and its the warmest. The warmth combined with high nutrient levels means Lake Erie also is a fine fishery. Perhaps the most important fact: Lake Eries shoreline is a whopping 871 miles long.

From our Southwestern Pennsylvania neighborhood, the most obvious way to Lake Erie is a beeline north on Interstate 79, a jog left of the city of Erie and a right onto the naturally occurring peninsula of Presque Isle State Park (translation from the French: presque isle means almost an island; scientific research has suggested that the peninsula moves one-half mile eastward each century, due to the forces of wind and water). Its a gorgeous day-use state park offering 10 guarded beaches that are open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Some have views of Eries industrial shoreline while others have views of the horizon, interrupted only by ships passing in the distance and splashing kids and adults close to shore. Each guarded beach has at least some of these amenities: parking, concession stands, bathrooms and changing areas. Other attractions include miles of trails for hikers and bikers, a 13.5-mile flat-loop multipurpose trail around the park thats particularly good for in-line skating. And then theres Presque Isles acclaimed sunset. Its pretty incredible, says Miranda Crotsley, environmental-education-specialist supervisor at Presque Isle. Something about the way the peninsula juts out into the lake gives Sunset Point, near Beach 10, a perfect, uninterrupted view.

People do come from all over to catch the sunset, Crotsley says.

Every Wednesday night through July 27, the Sunset Concert Series is presented on Beach 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Featured acts include Mambo, Bruce Johnston, Jazz Trio and Sam Highman.

Other features of special interest include the historic Presque Isle Lighthouse, a 74-foot tower built in 1872 that flashes a white light. Nature lovers can enjoy the Isle, too. The peninsulas slow eastward movement has created a fascinating and diverse landscape that works as a natural laboratory for watching geological forces in motion.

At Stull Interpretive Center (817/833-0351) near Barracks Beach (Beach 1), exhibits show the way the sand spit is continuously shaped. Also there are displays of the birds (more than 320 species have been recorded) and other flora and fauna of this special region. Info: 814/833-7424 or presqueisle.org.

Just in case you cant bear to leave our Keystone State, theres another public beach on Lake Erie: Freeport Beach in North East Township (Halli Reid Park, Freeport Road-Route 89; township office, 814/725-8606). For swimming and picnicking, try the nearby North East Marina (814/725-8244, northeastmarina.com), operated by the state Fish and Boat Commission. And this is wine country: Five wineries and their vineyards are in the township (Info: 814/725-8606).

Want to be on a real island? Head northwest to Ohio, where you can board ferries to several islands on Lake Erie. Kelleys Islandat more than 4 square miles, the largest American island on Lake Eriecan be reached by a 20-minute ferry ride (419/798-9763, kelleysislandferry.com) from a dock in Marblehead, Ohio.

Kelleys Island, part of Lake Erie Islands State Park, is quieter and more family-oriented than its neighbor town Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, a popular summer resort. Kelleys Island has a swimming beach, six miles of hiking trails, summer nature programs, boating, fishing and campgrounds. Info: ohiodnr.com/parks/parks/lakeerie.htm, or kelleysisland.com. You dont actually have to leave Marblehead to get to a beachOhios East Harbor State Park on Marblehead peninsula contains the state systems largest campground and a 1,500-foot-long swimming beach. Info: 419/734-4424, dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/-eastharbor.htm.

For an even more exotic island adventure via Ohio, go to Canada: Pelee Island in Lake Erie is the southernmost point on Canadas mainland, in Ontario province. A ferry runs May through September from Sandusky to Pelee Island; be sure to call the ferry service at 800/661-2220 or 519/724-2115 when planning your trip. The island boasts a host of fun and interesting sights and activities, including an organic farm; a winery; nature reserves with rare species, including the blue racer snake; a restored 1833 lighthouse; great bird-watching, excellent fishing; and miles of beaches. Info: 866/889-5203, pelee.org, or pelee.com.

Back to Earthor the Ohio shoretraveling east toward Erie, you might take sample dips on beaches along the coast such as Century Park and Lakeview Beach in Lorain County. Or stop for a swim ingasp!Cleveland. Its an urban beach experience at Cleveland Lakefront State Park. Three swimming beachesEuclid Beach, 650 feet with a scenic observation pier; 900-foot Villa Angela, with bathhouse, scenic boardwalk and fitness trail; and adjacent Wildwood Park, which has a concession standrun along the Lake Erie shoreline. You can bike along a mile-long path between Euclid Beach and Villa Angela, and another half-mile to Wildwood. Info: 216/881-8141, dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/clevelkf.htm.

The shore goes on and on. Traveling east, shoreline highlights include Headlands Beach State Park near Mentor, Ohio, with its mile-long natural sand beach and, thanks to long-ago glacier activity when this was the continental East Coast, its dunes are inhabited by plant species typically found only on the Atlantic seaboard. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, a childrens playground and a sand beach amenable to beach-volleyball games. Headlands Dunes Nature Preserve at the east end of the park is a fine example of Lake Erie beach and dune communities in Ohio. Along the southern end of the park is Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve, a National Natural Landmark with 644 acres of marsh-swamp-forest that includes a 5-mile hiking trail. Next to that is the 450-acre Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve and Marina, the states newest nature preserve with more than five miles of nature trail and 1 1/2 miles of wild beachMentor Marsh Lagoons Beacha chance to see what Lake Eries shoreline would looked like if it had remained untouched. Info: 216/881-8141, dnr.state.oh.us/-parks/parks/headlnds.htm.

Geneva State Park has a beautiful 300-foot-long sand beach, and fishing and boating. You can enjoy the back-to-nature experience of camping there, or stay in style in the parks new Lodge at Geneva, operated by Ashtabula County, a lodge and conference center with a panoramic view of the lake, full-service restaurant and more than 100 rooms. Info: 800/801-9982, 440/466-8400, dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/geneva.htm.

For more action, the lodge is within a short walk of the resort town of Geneva on the Lake, which calls itself Ohios oldest resort. Summer activities include lakefront concerts, amusement-park rides on the entertainment strip and local winery tours (there are 17 wineries in Ashtabula County). Info: 800/862-9948, visitgenevaonthelake.com.

The Lake Erie shoreline knows no boundaries. In other words: Its also in New York state, where youll find a few spots of sand before you get to Buffalo. Near Dunkirk, N.Y., is Lake Erie State Park, where high bluffs overlooking the lake afford breathtaking views of the lake, and migrating birds stop before they take off across the lake. The shoreline is more than three-quarters of a mile long; options include camping, hiking and a playground, among other amenities. Info: 716/792-9214, nysparks.com.

Continuing northwest on the other side of Dunkirk is Evangola State Park, with an arc-shaped shoreline and natural sand beach edged by low shale cliffs. If you need a break from the water, theres camping, picnicking, baseball and soccer fields and tennis and basketball courts. Info: 716/549-1802, nysparks.com.

The coast of Lake Erie takes a hairpin curve near Buffalo, where you can cross the Peace Bridge into Canada at the mouth of the Niagara River and explore the opposite shores of Lake Erie. Port Colborne, Ontario, a town of 19,000 thats about 30 minutes drive from Buffalo, is at the southern terminus of the Welland Canal and was built around the fishing and marine industry. The city also promotes its quaint charms and summer fun: golf courses, marinas and water sports, as well as events like a waterfront festival with tall ships, fireworks and heritage displays in August. Info: 905/835-2900, city.portcolborne.on.ca.

Beaches here include: Sherkston Shores, which calls itself the ultimate beach resort, has more than 2 1/2 miles of sand beach, including Wyldewood Beach, and lots of recreation, such as mini-golf, a giant water slide and horseback riding. On Nickel Beach, with more than a mile of white sand, theres swimming, windsurfing, picnic areas and a concession stand. Other beaches include Centennial (Cedar Bay) Beach, which has an on-site washroom, and Long Beach in the Long Beach Conservation Area on Lakeshore Road, Wainfleet, which has an admission charge.

Then theres that other lake. From Buffalo, you could take a whole new tactic and head north to the next-nearest Great Lake: Lake Ontario. Although its the smallest of the Great Lakes in surface area, Lake Ontario is the second deepest, with an average depth of 283 feet. The name means beautiful lake in Iroquois, and its largely rural shoreline (except for a few large urban areas like Toronto) hosts many scenic resort areas. Lake Ontario is 325 feet below Lake Erie, not far from the base of Niagara Falls, so to get to Lake Ontario, you have to pass this Natural Wonder of the World. True, Niagara Falls is no place to swim, but it is awe-inspiring.

On the Canadian side as you head north, Lake Ontario makes its first appearance near the lovely Victorian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, home of the Shaw (theater) Festival and many historic monuments and historic sites. A swimmable beach, however, can be rare on these shoresLake Ontario is usually very cold. Info: 905/468-1950.

If youre going to Canada, have two forms of identification, at least one with a photo ID and a proof of citizenship, such as a passport or birth certificate. Resident aliens must have a residency card. Have birth certificates for each child in the vehicle. If traveling with a child who is not in your immediate family, have a note or proof that the child has permission to cross the border with you.

A popular site for outdoor recreation is Port Dalhousie, pronounced de-lucy, near St. Catharines, a quaint old village about 20 minutes from Niagra-on-the-Lake with harbors, marinas and a beachfront mainly promoted as a place to walk, jog or swim. Info: 905/937-4783, portdalhousie.com.

If you head west, youll find one of the best Lake Ontario swimming areas: Fifty Point Conservation Area in Stoney Creek, near Hamilton, Ontario. Some human intervention has created one of the warmest and cleanest beaches on the western end of Lake Ontario. Facilities include changing rooms, campgrounds, full marina facilities and the Landing Restaurant. The fishing is good, too: Try salmon fishing in Lake Ontario; charters are available. Info: 905/525-2187, conservationhamilton.ca/parks/visit/fifty_point.asp.

If you stay in the States, there is a string of state parks along the shores of Lake Ontario as you travel across the top of western New York toward Rochester. These include Fort Niagara, Four Mile Creek and Lakeside Beach (no swimming allowed) state parks, each with a variety of outdoor activities and amenities. Only Hamlin Beach State Park in Hamlin, N.Y., promotes swimming in the lake, with its clear-water, sandy beaches and a bluff area known as Devils Nose. Info: 585/964-2462, nysparks.com

These destinationsfrom Marblehead, Ohio, in the west; to St. Catharines, Ontario, in the north; to Hamlin, N.Y., in the eastmay feel like another world. But you can reach these exotic localesincluding wonderful beaches on sparkling endless waterin less time than it takes to get to most parts of the Atlantic Coast. Theres a reason these big bodies of water are called Great Lakes.

Even Closer to Home: Beaches on Little Waters

An afternoon at the beach? No sweat. Just point your vehicle in almost any direction from Pittsburgh and be basking on a sandy shore in an hour or two.

Lake Arthur, a 3,225-acre lake in Moraine State Park (225 Pleasant Valley Road, near Portersville, Butler County; 724/368-8811, dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/moraine.aspx) has two swimming beaches: Pleasant Valley Day Beach on the south shore is a 1,200-foot-long turf and sand beach; and Lakeview Beach on the north shore is a 550-foot sand beach. Lifeguards at Lakeview Beach through Labor Day, showers, changing facilities and food concessions are at both beaches.

Go a little farther north, and you can swim in a 150-acre spring-fed glacier-formed lake: Sandy Lake (off Franklin Road, Stoneboro, Mercer County; Info: 724/376-3541). Its privately owned, but accessible for a small fee. Amenities include four diving boards, docks and boat launches for fishing or waterskiing, changing rooms and a small concession area.

Raccoon Creek State Park (3000 State Route 18, Hookstown, Beaver County; 724/899-2200, dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/raccooncreek.aspx) includes 101-acre Raccoon Lake, with an 800-foot, handicapped-accessible sand and turf beach thats lifeguarded to Labor Day; bathhouse and refreshments nearby.

Laurel Hill State Park (1454 Laurel Hill Park Road, Jefferson and Middlecreek townships, Somerset County; 814/445-7725, dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/laurelhill.aspx) has a 1,200-foot sandy beach on its 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake, which is surrounded by pristine state forest lands. The beach is lifeguarded through Labor Day, and theres a snack bar nearby.

Crooked Creek Lake (7 miles south of Kittanning on Route 66, Bethel Township., Armstrong County; 724/763-2764, 724/76-3161, lrp.usace.army.mil/rec/lakes/crookedc.htm) is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake has a sandy peninsula beach at Tunnelville.

This year, we honor three people who represent vital aspects of our city’s heart while helping to propel it forward in three very different arenas: Karen Wolk Feinstein, Billy Porter, and Morgan O’Brien.

Enlightening, visually riveting and at times hauntingly beautiful, this collection of photos provides a multidimensional picture of pollutions effects on our environment and economy.

A solid menu, welcoming service and hip design make The Vandal one of the Top Openings of 2015.

Brandon Baltzley and his team of local and traveling chefs will collaborate for two nights of pop-up meals, both homage to classic red sauce Italian dishes.

Fences is the second of August Wilson’s works to be turned into a film.

A by-the-numbers (and nomenclature) look at winter weather in the ‘Burgh.

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Jan 142016
 

Baltimore features county-run beaches and parks. (Photo: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images )

The beaches in Baltimore County, Maryland offer daily rates for seniors, children and adults. The rates vary on the weekends and by time of day. Season passes are available, as well as group discounts and deals. Groups with children must have one adult per seven children. The beaches offer rental spaces for large groups and feature lifeguards for swimmers. Baltimore County has three state beaches, while nearby Calvert County also attracts visitors with its beach.

The Rocky Point Beach and Park (baltimorecountymd.gov) features 375 acres of waterfront land. The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks founded the park in 1969. The park offers picnic areas, which visitors may reserve for private parties. Additional amenities include a large pavilion, a fishing pier and boating ramps. Visitors may swim between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

According to the “Baltimore City Paper”, the Oregon Ridge Beach (baltimorecountymd.gov) is the best place to swim in the Baltimore area. Located in the city of Cockeysville, slightly less than 25 minutes from Baltimore city, Oregon Ridge Beach has two areas that visitors may rent: a pavilion that can hold 60 guests, complete with a picnic area and two grills, and another area that holds between 100 and 250 people. The park prohibits pets and alcohol, but permits swimming between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The beach opens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on weekdays.

The Miami Beach Park (baltimorecountymd.gov) features 400 feet of beach in the 60-acre area. Located in the city of Middle River, the park provides a bathhouse, grills and a pavilion. Guests may rent the pavilion; rental fees also include admission of up to 100 guests. Non-profit organizations receive a nominal discount on the rental charge. The park also features a nature trail and a playground. The park also has fishing opportunities.

Nearby Calvert County features the Breezy Point Beach and Campground (co.cal.md.us), located in the western portion of Chesapeake Bay. Breezy Point Beach offers half a mile of beach. Activities include swimming, volleyball and boating, with two boat ramps available. Those who like to fish can use the fishing pier, and picnic areas are available. Guests enjoy the daily camping opportunities, and a bath house offers added convenience. The beach’s convenience store offers fishing supplies. Pets are not allowed on the beach.

A resident of Riverside, California, Timothy Peckinpaugh began writing in 2006 for U.S. History Publishers, based in Temecula, California. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Riverside, with a bachelor’s degree in English.

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Jan 112016
 

A great way to cool off in the Palmetto State is to go coastal and take a splash at one the beautiful beaches of South Carolina State Parks. You have four to choose from: Edisto Beach, Huntington Beach,Myrtle Beach andHunting Island state parks. These scenic coastal parks offer an ocean of summertime fun. Come on and dive into the excitement!

Only one hour from Charleston, SC, Edisto Island is home to Edisto Beach State Park. Palmetto trees line the pristine beach-front park which also features a maritime forest and an educational center full of fun interactive exhibits that highlight the natural history of Edisto Island and the surrounding ACE Basin.

Spend time surf fishing South Carolina shores or reeling in flounder or whiting from the salt marsh. Visitors can also hike the four-mile nature trail that winds through the maritime forest with beautiful vistas overlooking the salt marsh. The parks oceanfront campground makes for a perfect stay on Edisto Island. The park also features another campground and cabins located in the maritime forest.

For many South Carolina park-goersMyrtle Beach State Parkis the first state park theyve visited, mainly because it was the first one to open to the public. Located along the Grand Strand, this 312-acre park has cabins just 200 yards from the beach. Comb the beach for seashells, fire up the grill near one of the picnic shelters or fish from the Myrtle Beach Pier. Stop by the nature center to learn about the variety of sea life that lives in the ocean.

Another Grand Strand state park, located in Murrells Inlet, is Huntington Beach State Park. One of the main attractions at Huntington is Atalaya, a Moorish-style winter home of sculptor and philanthropist Anna Hyatt and Archer Huntington. The park is adjacent to Brookgreen Gardens. Wildlife abounds at Huntington Beach State Park. Youre likely to see an alligator basking in the sun, loggerhead sea turtles making their way to or from the beach or a variety of bird species, such as egrets and herons, wading in the water.

You can be one of more than a million visitors who will come toHunting Island State Parkeach year. Its truly a hot spot to cool off. The park has five miles of beach, a saltwater lagoon and maritime forests. A lighthouse dating from the 1870s stands 170-feet tall on the park. Climb to the top to see beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Lowcountry marshland. Its worth the effort. Of all the lighthouses in South Carolina, its the only one thats open to the public.

Wherever you decide to surf the waves during your next SC State Park vacation, we promise youll have a great time on the sandy beaches of South Carolina. Find more information about the beach park of your choice on the map of South Carolina beaches below. Check out our state park map to see the rest of the South Carolina State Parks.

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Jan 112016
 

The Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only South Carolina lighthouse open to the public. (Photo: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images )

Beaufort, South Carolina, lies within 45 miles of both Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Georgia, and is approximately 70 miles west of Charleston along the Palmetto State coast. With a population of approximately 12,500 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Beaufort is not as well known as its larger neighboring cities. But the smaller town has plenty of the things that make South Carolina’s Lowcountry a prime tourist draw: historic homes and attractions, scenic water views and nearby beaches.

The three closest Atlantic Ocean beaches to Beaufort all lie along U.S. 21 South, with the closest being Harbor Island, a private resort island between St. Helena Island and Hunting Island approximately 15 miles from downtown Beaufort. Much of the 1,400-acre island is made up of tidal marshes, but the island’s northeast section has a three-mile stretch of beach along the Atlantic. You can access the beach by staying in one of Harbor Island’s vacation villas, condominiums or homes. Harbor Island has guest recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and bicycle rentals.

Hunting Island, approximately 17.5 miles southeast of Beaufort, is a barrier island that is home to 5,000-acre Hunting Island State Park (southcarolinaparks.com): a five-mile, palmetto-laden stretch of beach along the Atlantic with maritime forests, a historic lighthouse, a rental cabin and about 200 campsites near the ocean for tents, trailers and RVs. Other amenities include a nature center, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas and fishing in the ocean, saltwater lagoons or off a 1,200-foot pier. A park entrance fee is required, and another nominal fee is charged to access the 130-foot-tall, circa-1875 lighthouse, the only publicly accessible lighthouse in the state. Brave the 175-step trip up the cast-iron spiral staircase and you can see for miles across the neighboring sea islands and Atlantic.

U.S. Highway 21 South ends at the gates to Fripp Island, approximately 21 miles southwest of Beaufort. Similar to Harbor Island, the private resort requires you to have overnight accommodations at Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort (frippislandresort.com) to access the 3.5 miles of white-sand beach. The resort has houses, villas and efficiencies for weekly or overnight rental and a host of amenities, including several restaurants, children’s activities at Camp Fripp and a a full-service marina offering boat and kayak rentals and guided charter fishing trips. Other recreational attractions include bicycle and golf-cart rentals, tennis courts and 36 holes of golf, including several oceanfront holes.

If you’re planning a trip to Beaufort and its beaches, you might want to make it a weekend or longer to get a true taste of the Lowcountry. Take a walk along the Beaufort River through Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, browse the antique shops and galleries along downtown’s Bay Street or visit Beaufort National Cemetery, which includes the graves of soldiers from the Spanish-American War and Civil War. Tour historic buildings such as the circa-1724 St. Helena Episcopal Church, the John Mark Verdier House or the Beaufort Arsenal. Or visit the Parris Island Museum, which includes exhibits on the history of the U.S. Marine Corps and its noted training base just 11 miles from downtown Beaufort. The city has a wide variety of accommodations, from downtown bed-and-breakfast inns to chain hotels.

Robert Kay has written travel articles since 2002 and has more than 20 years of experience at three daily newspapers and a national magazine. His work has appeared in “Golfweek,” “The New York Times” and various AAA publications. Now based in Florida, he holds a journalism degree from the University of South Carolina.

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Jan 062016
 

There are many beaches in the state of Florida for people to enjoy, two of which can be found in the City of Cape Coral. The main beach is located within theYacht Club Community Parkon the southeast corner of Cape Coral at the end of Driftwood Pkwy. In addition to the Yacht Club public beach, visitors to the Yacht Club Community Park canenjoy a covered playground with equipment for children ages 2-12 that can accommodate persons with disabilities, as well as picnic tables and BBQ grills, the adjacent Yacht Club Pier, a public boat ramp and free vehicle parking (their is a small fee for boat trailers).

Cape Coral’s newest beach is located atFour Freedoms Parkon the banks of Bimini Basin just south of Cape Coral Pkwy. Visitors to four Freedoms Park can enjoy fenced in playground equipment for children ages 2-12, picnic tables and BBQ grills. Alcohol is not permitted in either of the parks and animals are not allowed on the beach. Both the Yacht Club public beach and Four Freedoms beach are open from dawn todusk daily; however, there are no lifeguards on duty. Those who wish to go in the water should understand that they are both non-swimming beaches so going in the water is at their own risk.

For people who wish to swim, theYacht Club Community Poolis located just a few feet from the Yacht club beach and features a heated Olympic Size pool and a kiddy pool with interactive Dewdrop fountain and underwater bubblers. A daily fee is required to use the Yacht Club Pool, but fully trained lifeguards are on duty at the pool during all operating hours.

Additional Waterfront Parks

All of the above parks have picnic tables that are available on a first come, first serve basis, and sunbathing is permitted (swim suits are required).

For general information about Cape Coral Parks and Recreation, call (239) 573-3128. Or if you encounter an issue in one of the Cape Coral parks, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department’s non-emergency line at (239) 574-3223.

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Mississippi Beaches – Best Beaches in Mississippi

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Mississippi beaches have always been a favorite destination when visiting the state. The southern part of the state’s situation along the Gulf of Mexico makes it a sought after and well traveled area for those looking for warm waters, miles of white sand beaches and a place to relax and unwind. The bonus of the southern shores is the close proximity the beaches have to cities such as Biloxi and Gulfport. This makes a vacation in the area even better with the option of a huge amount of things to do. Spend lazy days by the water and then head inland and discover the many exciting things that await such as great Biloxi casinos.

Though a number of beaches in Mississippi did suffer damage from Hurricane Katrina, most have long since bounced back and been reopened. Ship Island Beach is the most popular of beaches Mississippi has. Secluded and scenic, the shores of Ship Island Beach are situated directly on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Great for nature lovers and families there are an abundance of interesting plants and wildlife found in the area. A picnic area creates a perfect outdoor dining area and there are plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied. Fantastic Mississippi fishing, swimming, strolls along the boardwalk and great views from the pier make time spent here fun and relaxing. Note that visitors have to take a short ferry ride to reach the beaches Mississippi boasts in the barrier islands.

Mississippi beaches west of Ocean Springs and Gulfport are the colorful and urban sands of Biloxi Beach. This area is popular with surfers who love the breaks and equally popular with families as fishing and swimming are excellent here. This beaches Mississippi amenities include a picnic area, public showers, concession stands, lifeguards and nearby Biloxi hotels. Parking is available at the beach and there is a pier and boardwalk to enjoy.

Pass Christian-Long Beach is another cluster of beaches in Mississippi. Restrooms, small grocers, a variety of shops and restaurants are in the area making a lot of amenities a breeze to find. Deep south and eclectic, Pass Christian is known to locals as “The Pass” and it is also known as the “Birthplace of Yachting in the South”. Theodore Roosevelt visited the area often to write, sail and spend time with his friends. Anglers favor this area as the fishing is great. This beach area is popular with locals and visitors and is family-friendly. Play in the surf, fish or relax on the beach with a book and take in the grand stretch of sand before you.

Just west of Long Beach lies Bay St. Louis which empties out into the Mississippi Sound. Noted for its pristine beaches and highly regarded restaurants this is also a great area for chilling out by the ocean. This is the highest point along the stretch of the Gulf of Mexico coast and affords terrific views. There is also one of the many Mississippi casinos located in the area, the Hollywood Casino, which is perfect for great evening entertainment.

Though only a small part of the southern end of the state runs along the Gulf of Mexico there are plenty of Mississippi beaches and quiet areas to take advantage of. Even if you’re touring Jackson you can easily take the scenic route south past Natchez and make the drive over to one of the beaches for a day away from hectic urban scramble.

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