Beaches

Each year various publications rank the best beaches from around the country, and around the globe.   These rankings each use various criteria including cleanliness of the water and the sand.

While these rankings are totally subjective and often are largely compiled from visitor opinion, they are nonetheless often fun to read.

The sign that shows the journey to beautiful beaches is nearing its end. Photo R. Anderson

The sign that shows the journey to beautiful beaches is nearing its end.
Photo R. Anderson

As someone who has been to more than his fair share of beaches, I enjoy seeing how many of the beaches on the list I have been to.  It also helps me plan the next beaches that are worth a visit.

For me, a good beach needs to have clear water that allows me to see the bottom, ample varieties of sea shells, and clean seaweed free sand.

I remember the first time I went to Galveston to see the beach after moving to Texas. Proximity to the Gulf had been one of the main selling points that had made a move to Texas palatable so I was very anxious to see the beach upon my arrival.

However, instead of being greeted by clear water and white sand like I remember from my trips to the other side of the Gulf of Mexico, I was met by seaweed, cloudy water and dark brown sand.  It was nothing like the Gulf I remembered. It is quite possible that I even shed a tear thinking that this was going to be the closest beach I lived to for awhile.

The last bits of sun on a Florida day. Photo R. Anderson

The last bits of sun on a Florida day.
Photo R. Anderson

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Galveston for many reasons. I love the history that surrounds it with the Strand and the Victorian homes.

I love going to the annual Mardi Gras parades on the seawall. I love the fact that there is a retro style miniature golf course right out of the sixties with a view of the water.

Just don’t expect to find me swimming in the water. For that, I prefer the beaches of Florida and according to Trip Advisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice Beaches Awards I am not alone.  Of the top 25 beaches on the list, nine are in Florida.

So let’s take a more in depth look at the four Florida beaches on the list that I have been fortunate enough to dip my toes in the water at using the tabs above.

 Copyright 2013 R. Anderson

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