Okay, so I just got back from CA and did a little surfing and spent some time in the water waiting for waves and thinking about stuff and I reminisced about the beaches I’ve been to and I’ve been to many: I traveled a lot during and just after college and I’ve been to some cool and strange locales and I thought I’d share…so, not in any particular order here are some of the coolest beaches I’ve surfed at, drank beer, got some color at, etc…
1. Ios, Greece. Greece has a ton of islands surrounding it’s mainland (if you didn’t know) and I’ve been to a bunch of them and when you’re 20 (years old) Ios is about the baddest spring break beach on the planet. Neighboring Paros is a bit more my speed now…I rented a motorcycle there and got lost—very lost—on purpose, years ago. I’d love to do that again.
2. Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. Most folks I know in the south where I live would probably never think of Canada as beach country. I was in Penticton BC in Late August years ago. Coming down from the mountains where it was snowing I was surprised to find the temp in Penticton to hit a solid 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the scenery and climate had me thinking I was in central CA.. In fact. Penticton is Canada’s version of Napa Valley. I’d go back there too.
3. Primorsko, Bulgaria. Primorsko is a beach resort on the Black Sea. I remember the weather being great, the pizza had ham and eggs on it, the beer was very good and there were more beautiful girls with long legs, olive skin and blue eyes than anywhere else I’ve ever been (that’s right, in Bulgaria) Beware of the local version of moonshine called “Rakia.” It will put a serious hurt on ya.
4. Presque Isle, PA. Another place that the rest of the U.S. forgets about when it comes to beaches is the Great Lakes. I’ve driven along the shores of the U.P. in early winter and I bet theirs are nice to, but so far as Lake Erie beaches, Presque Isle is the nicest I’ve been to. Sunset bay in NY is cool as well, but if you just want to chill (and maybe even surf..you can do that here to believe it or not) Presque Isle has great sand, nice scenery, it’s clean and it’s just about the closest thing you’ll get to being at the ocean with going to the ocean.
5. El Pescador, Malibu, CA. A nice state park beach north of L.A. Surfing conditions usually so-so, but I think I caught one of the waves of my life here. Comparably much quieter than the majority of the public beaches in L.A. Great place for a picnic basket and a boom box.
6. Fort Zachary Taylor Beach, Key West. Because Key West doesn’t have a lot of beach (that’s accessible)…when isn’t the weather nice here? A great place to sleep off a Key West hangover (not that I have…)
7. Biarritz, France. I went to Biarritz for the sole reason of surfing. I found an awesome hotel right on the beach that was dirt cheep and cool as hell (okay it was the off season) Biarritz has scenery (castles) History (German gunnery’s from WW!!), great waves ( it was well over head high when I was there) and good vibes amongst the tribes ( I remember holding conversations in the water that had to be translated from Spanish to French to Japanese and every body knew the hand sign for “hang loose”). Must go there again someday.
8. Folly Beach, SC. I love the low country. Locked my keys in my truck the first time I surfed Folly and the local sheriff spent an hour getting my door open; said he appreciated the opportunity to learn how to pick the lock on my make/model. Great people, good vibes, decent waves, miss the place.
9. Hopetown Beach, Abacos Islands, Bahamas. Went there on my honey moon. Yeah, I surfed too. Clear warm water. Empty Beaches. Kalik beer. Awesome.
10. Gulf Shores AL. I’ve only been here in November, but what a great time to go. Laid back, inexpensive…I’ve had awesome times at the Florabama Lounge I just wish I remembered….