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I may be biased because I grew up there, but I'm a big fan of the beaches around Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole. There is 7 miles of continuous sand from Sandbanks (Poole), past Bournemouth and on to Hengistbury Head (Christchurch). From Sandbanks, head across the mouth of Poole Harbour on the chain ferry, then you've another 5 miles of sandy beach ...


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Nobody will be offended. It is a common practice among children to search for amber or shells. However I would not expect too much. Amber can be easily mistaken with other rocks and if you ever find something it would be rather of a small size. The beaches along the whole coast are easily accessible and I can hardly believe in the existence of hot spots.


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For one thing, you should choose a reputable hotel/hostel with employees you can trust. Then just leave your valuables in the room (or a locker in a hostel dorm). I stayed in cheap (but good) places (USD 8-11 / night) and had no problems in Costa Rica or Panama. To find out which places are "reputable", I'd rely on online resources (reviews on Hostelworld ...


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My method is to keep valuables in a piece of luggage that locks. It won't stop seriously determined thieves from slashing open your luggage, but if they're that determined, they could probably break open a cheap safe, too. For documents/money and other small items, I try to hide them on a hidden or hard-to-access interior pocket within my locked luggage so ...


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A visit to the beach is certainly possible. In fact, LAX itself is situated on the coast, but the roads from the terminals are on the inland side, making it a bleak 5 mile/8km walk one-way to Playa Del Rey— and I would not recommend either the activity or the destination. Keep these things in mind: The U.S. does not have outbound passport control, but as ...


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In general, don't be paranoid as it spoils the fun! Here are some specific tips I've gathered over the years! At the Hotel Ask the owner to take valuables such as passports into safe keeping. Lock your stuff inside your baggage and strap your baggage to the bed - It might slow down an opportunist enough to reconsider. If they have to break in to your ...


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First, you did a good thing, there was no comeback, and so it's all good. But I want to answer your more general question for other people in that situation, Many buffets have and explicit 'no leftovers no sharing' policy, if they don't make it explicit up front then they undoubtedly will if you start abusing the buffet. So while sneaking someone a few ...


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As shard said there are several locations you can compare with St. Tropez. Let me add some to the list he already gave (in no particular order). Porto Cervo (Sardegna) Porto Rotondo (Sardegna) Capri (Campania) Amalfi (Campania) Positano (Campania) Portofino (Liguria) Taormina (Sicilia) Panarea (Sicilia) I would add some towns near Lago di Garda, like ...


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East Coast Park is a nice place for camping especially in Singapore. The first thing is that you'll need to get a camping permit, which you can book online or at AXS self-service machines. You will only be able to do this if you have permanent residence or a long-term visa for Singapore as the permit requires you to enter an IC number or FIN (and AFAIK, AXS ...


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There are several locations compliant to the description you provided. For example in Liguria there is Portofino, in Toscana Forte dei Marmi, but maybe the most famous location on the coast with a lot of millionares and rich tourists is in the north-eastern part of Sardinia: the "Costa Smeralda".


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I think that is very subjective as it is up to everyone to choose their style. Living on the Côte d'Azur, when I go to the beach, usually it is the older people that wear speedo-style swimwear, most of the young people wear shorts. The population is mixed so there are several people wearing speedo-style swimwear. But honestly, I don't think people care and ...


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While as you've mentioned, Budva has the main tourist areas with nice beaches and so on, the Bay of Kotor is considered one of the most beautiful bays in Europe, and has the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Perast and Kotor, plus other typically Mediterranean towns. Kotor especially looks spectacular with the deepest natural fjord in the entire Mediterranean. ...


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Right, I've finally formed an answer for this. From a Lonely Planet forum: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=1571042 Camping is not really done in Malaysia. There are no campsites except at places like the National Park, and then you can rent gear. Of course, that doesn't mean it's illegal, just not common. However: ...


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When I was travelling in Tanzania, some local people recommended Pangani Beach as an alternative to Zanzibar. It's located in the Tanga Region, and it is supposed to be much quieter and less touristy. I didn't go there myself - we opted to do Zanzibar instead. If you do decide to go to Zanzibar, Nungwi is definitely the most touristy spot. Kendwa is a few ...


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Not Tanzania, but nearby Kenya has Lamu, another island along the cost. It's smaller than Zanzibar, but was settled by the same people, so has most of the same style of tiny cramped streets. You may be able to find some beach side hotels there, but since it's so less touristy, selection might be limited. I know it's hard to get beer on Lamu. I can't say I ...


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No, no one is going to be offended; In fact, it is a common practice, as already mentioned. Random facts: The best time is just after the storm, especially during winter. I've heard some people go early in the morning for a search. Never underestimate the place. Sometimes you can find a lot of amber in crowded-looking part of beach. There are even some ...


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To be sure, you should ask the resort, as this is a matter of policy for each resort/hotel, and there is no universal rule. In general, I would expect there to be rules against taking hotel/resort property off the premises, but I would also expect that it is common to make exceptions if you were to ask--and possibly pay a deposit. The other option is to ...


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Getting to Hayling Island is fairly straightforward, a 1h 40m drive. dayoutwiththekids.co.uk has some other suggestions. Finding public transport links shouldn't be too difficult.


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Tower 23 Hotel 723 Felspar Street, Pacific Beach, CA 92109 San Diego Follow this link : http://goo.gl/xZdT2 The price is around 199 USD/night(from booking.com) and the booking.com review score is 8.5. It also states that "Guests at Tower 23 are surrounded by a large variety of recreational activities. Hiking trails, fishing, golf, surfing and whale ...


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South Coast cities famous for surfing and great beaches: Malibu - you must check out the regional classic point break at the Malibu Lagoon. Contests are held throughout the year and surfers are crowding for the best waves at other times. Finding affordable accommodation is tricky, but the Calabasas Good Nite Inn seems about the best cost vs distance ...


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Camping tips in general are very broad, but I think I can list some tips: Always keep your food in a place where animals can´t reach it. Otherwise you will have ants and other annoying things in your tent. Use your backpack as pillow. So you have a comfortalble place to place your head and even more important, you will notice if someone tries to steal it. ...


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Also, for people who would like to see UNESCO World Heritage Site Kotor Old Town and at same time would like to be at a nice beach, I would suggest beach Plavi Horizonti that is 8km from Kotor and usually people from Kotor and Tivat visit this beach, because of its nice sand and beautiful nature. It is a famous place among people that want to get away from ...


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Ulcinj county has the best beaches in Montenegro. The good beaches are several km outside the city towards the Albanian border. Local transport should be frequent during the day, and you can stay either at the beach or in the Ulcinj city. Velika Plaza (Large Beach) is 10km long, uncrowded with nice sand and a long shallow part. Ada Bojana is an island at a ...


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Lady Bay is a part of the Sydney Harbour National Park. In general, Sydney Harbour National Park is only open sunrise to sunset. During special events like New Years Eve they do open parts of the park outside of these times, but this only applies to specific areas, and normally requires tickets purchased in advance. The list of such sites for NYE 2013 is ...


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Being a Turk and living in İzmir, yes nearly all beaches in Turkey are bikini friendly. In fact, Antalya attracts millions of foreign tourists every year, mostly Russians. You will have no problems about using any kind of swim suits. You can even find topless suntan girls (generally foreigners). For recommendations, Antalya is a better choice for it has ...


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Harbour Island is indeed the best choice, it's accessible on a day trip and via public transport, which is a rarity in the Bahamas -- for most other islands, if you're in any sort of hurry, the only sensible option is to fly. Specifically, Bahamas Ferries has a daily fast ferry service that leaves Nassau at 8 AM and arrives at Harbour Island at 11 AM, ...


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Funnily enough, there's an answer on Google Answers by omniscientbeing-ga which seems ideal. I'll reword and adjust for here. The real trick is finding a place that is good for both diving and surfing. I could list a ton that are good for either or, but it's tough to come up with places that have surfable waves and good diving that meet your criteria. That ...


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As I understand it, amber gets washed ashore and it is usually just little bits and pieces, probably nothing significant but a nice souvenir nonetheless. Check Sopot beach. It is mentioned at the site that it has some amber from time to time. I believe you have the same chances of finding amber at any beach there.


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Nobody will be offended if you look at a public beach and don't start digging large holes. But be careful - after WW2, lots of unused ammunition was dumped into the Baltic, and sometimes fragments of phosphorous from incendiary bombs get washed ashore. Those look very much like amber, except they spontaneously combust when they get dry and warm. Quite a few ...



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