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What's the safest way to protect your valuables from theft at the beach?

I am travelling solo to Barcelona. I was wondering if anyone has any tip on how to enjoy the beach when travelling alone. As in, is it safe to leave your belongings on the beach when you go for a ...
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If a hotel staff asks me for buffet food, can there be consequences if I bring him food?

Last year I went to a resort in Mexico and the towel boy asked me to please bring him some food from the buffet. He told me he didn't eat breakfast and is not allowed to get food from the buffet. I ...
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What to do with your valuables on a low-cost holiday while swimming/diving in Central America?

I am planning to go to central America (Costa Rica + Panama) for a rather budget holiday, and I am wondering what people usually do with their documents, money, cameras, etc. when staying in a budget ...
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Can I reserve a beach spot by leaving an umbrella and lounge chair overnight (Italy)?

During August the beaches in Italy are notoriously crowded and unless you arrive early (and we're talking before sunrise in some places), you cannot get a spot close to water. I have observed that ...
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What are these “stone walls” in the sea on Cyprus?

I'm currently on a vacation in Limassol, Cyprus and one thing I found interesting are these wall-like structures made out of stone that seem to exist along the whole coast. They seem to be created ...
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Why isn't it safe to swim on Goa's beaches in the “off season” (June-September)

The Wikivoyage Goa page contains the following snippet: just don't get into the water at all in the off season. The safe swimming period in Goa is November to early May I was at one of the beaches ...
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Can anyone identify this beach?

Can anyone identify the location of this image? A few websites claim that it is from Neil Island in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands of India. But it is not correct as far as I know. None of my ...
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Where can I go looking for amber in Gdańsk, Poland?

I've read that one can find amber easily in the beaches in Gdansk. I believe it, but how to get to those beaches? Will anyone be offended if I go there and spend one hour looking for amber?
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Getting to the sea from Oxford

I live in Oxford, UK, which is a lovely place, but I do wish it was a bit closer to the sea. What's the best way to get to a beach, starting from here? I sometimes have access to a car, so driving ...
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Is sleeping in tents / hammocks allowed in Malaysian beaches?

Whenever I have visited beaches in Malaysia, I have stayed in beach-side chalets or shacks. I know that most island beaches there are designated as 'marine reserves', so is it allowed to set up a tent ...
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What places offer both good scuba diving and surfing?

It seems like most places are either good for surfing or diving, but not both. Purely anecdotally, it seems like the clearer the water, the smaller the waves are. I'm an intermediate level surfer ...
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Swimwear customs on Côte d'Azur?

I will travel to Porquerolles on Côte d'Azur in France. I struggle about swimwear: I use to wear speedo-style swimwear and I don't really like shorts. However, I haven't been to a beach for ages, so I ...
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Turkey sea-side cottages [closed]

We’d like to go to Turkey next summer to have two weeks holiday. There will be relatively big number of us – 6-8 adults and 3-4 kids. People will be coming from different places – mostly UK, Russia ...
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Camping near a beach, not far from Tokyo

I am looking for a place to camp (tent, coming by bicycle or train), at walking distance from a beach, and not far from Tokyo. Any recommendation? I have found a few lists of camping addresses, but ...
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“Tropical beach” in continental Europe? [closed]

I'm looking for a very specific destination. Basically - as close to "tropical paradise" as possible, while still in continental Europe - flying is not an option, so aren't ships, but we can use ...
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Three days in Montenegro, looking for good beaches, where should we go?

I'm planning to stay three days in Montenegro. I'm looking for fine beaches and I'm travelling by bus. I've been to Budva earlier in my holiday and it was ok, but I'd like something less "commercial" ...
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Good (and Bikini) beaches in Turkey (including Izmir and Antalya)?

Please don't get me wrong! I know where Turkey is and I have been to Istanbul 3 times and Ankara 2 times. All I know is that Istanbul is a prime destination for tourists going to Turkey. However, I ...
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What are the guidelines for summer beach clothes in Morocco?

I would like to visit Morocco (the country on Africa, it is Arab). I know the temperature there is good to go to beach. Can I wear typical European beach clothes there? (I mean the beach clothes that ...
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Do beaches / beach resorts in Cebu employ lifeguards?

Me and my friend are planning to go swimming in an exclusive resort or stay in a beachfront hotel within Cebu as long as the beach is perfect. But unfortunately none of us know how to swim well but we ...
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What parts of the Central or South Coast of California should I consider when looking for a surfing beach with beachfront hotels?

After asking "What affordable beachfront hotels in or near San Diego should I consider?", it occurred to me I may want to consider other areas of the South Coast or even Central Coast of California. ...
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Looking for a small scenic beach town village in Spain or Portugal [closed]

A few friends and I are looking for a small Spain/Portugal beach town or village to stay at for a week. We want something scenic, ideally with cliffs or terrain on the beach. We are all 28 to 30 and ...
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8 hour Los Angeles layover - going to the beach?

Some friends and I have an 8 hour layover at LAX and, since it'll be summer, we'd like to get out and go check out Venice beach or something. Say we take a taxi - How much $ are we looking at and how ...
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Is there any similar alternative to Zanzibar, in Tanzania?

I'm looking for a place in Tanzania that has the same qualities as Zanzibar (beach, food and rest), but preferable with less tourism and maybe even cheaper prices. Preferable somewhere with access to ...
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Traveling without paying lodging fees in America

I want to travel around the East Coast without paying for lodging. I'd be willing to sleep in my car or even pitch a tent somewhere. Is this a problem? Legal? I really want to get to the beach this ...
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Is it possible to make a day-trip to a beach, from Seoul?

I will have to spend some time in Seoul for my job, in late August, early September and my wife and my 2 kids will join me. Now I would like to know if it is possible to make a day-trip to a beach ...
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Rocky beach accessible from Faro by public transport [closed]

We'll be spending a couple days this summer in Faro, and we would like to visit a nice beach with cliffs near the sea. The difficulty is that we won't have a car, so we will use public transport, but ...
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Italian equivalent to French St. Tropez or Spanish Marbella?

You got these rich people orientated tourist beach towns like Marbella in Spain and St. Tropez in France. My question is, which town/city is the Italian equivalent of Marbella or St. Tropez? I mean, ...
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What are some camping tips in general and at East Coast Park in Singapore?

What are the good tips while planning for camping for 1 or 2 nights near a beach. I am talking about East Coast Park in Singapore. We pretty much have nothing to fear there, but I would still ...
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Is it legal to light and send off sky lanterns on the beaches of Hawaii?

My family is traveling to Hawaii, specifically, Oahu next spring, and we wanted to do activities that included the entire family. We have always wanted to release sky lanterns into the sky because it ...
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Does anything happen at Lady Bay, Sydney on New Year's Eve, or is it closed like some other beaches?

Lady Bay is a small nudist beach near Watsons Bay in Sydney Australia. I seem to recall that there's at least a partial view of the city from there. Possibly not the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney ...
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Getting from Paradise Island to a Pink Sand Beach

We'll be staying a few days in the Bahamas on Paradise Island, right across from Nassau. We already have a hotel paid for but we would like to see one of the pink sand beaches as a day-trip form there....
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Which Beaches in the Canary Islands are Closed Due to the Oleg Naydenov Oil Spill? [closed]

I am posting this wondering if anyone knows which beaches are now closed if any due to the wreckage of the Oleg Naydenov ship. See this website for information about the spill if your wondering. I ...
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Two months in the Caribbean - With Diving Available

I am searching for some simple accommodation on some Caribbean islands, in Costa Rica, Panama or similar to stay for 2 months. It should be near to the beach, and I'd like to learn diving, so a diving ...
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Where is the closest free beach where free camping is permitted to Georgia, the country?

When winter is over in Tbilisi and I can start hitchhiking again it would be good to find a nice warm free beach to camp on for a while. I know there is Vama Veche on the Black Sea in Romania, but ...
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Do the Canary Islands always have high waves?

We are considering to travel to the Canary Islands for the holidays, mainly to visit the seaside. Since we have a one-year-old toddler, we are interested in beaches which tend to have a low wave ...
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Beach activities for 60 year old parents in Langkawi, Malaysia?

My parents are in their 60s and we are planning to bring them to Langkawi, Malaysia. I'm not sure what kind of activities they might enjoy over there, so, could you please suggest some. UPDATE They ...
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Until when are Barcelona's beaches warm enough to swim?

I'm looking to book a flight sometime this fall to Barcelona. How far away can I be sure that the water is going to be warm enough to swim? Obviously there are seasonal variations, so I'm interested ...
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Beaches accessible from central Porvoo

I'm visiting Porvoo (known for its historic centre) tomorrow. It's going to be quite hot (for Finland anyway) at 26°C, so, besides sightseeing, chilling at a beach and maybe even dipping in the ...
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Clearest water beach close to Athens (Greece)

What are the most convenient beaches near Athens (Greece) that are 2 hours or less to get to? All I care about is the water being clear. I.e. if I am ending a Europe trip and have 3 days to blow. Is ...
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What affordable beachfront hotels in or near San Diego should I consider?

I'm looking for a beachfront hotel in or near San Diego for my family (on the theory that the water there is warmer than say Los Angeles or certainly Pizmo Beach). I'm hoping to find a hotel near a ...
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Is it acceptable to use resort beach towels at another beach?

We are heading to a resort in the Bahamas and they provide beach towels which I fully expect to use at the beach on the resort property. Now, there are other interesting beaches which we would like ...
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Which place was this video shot in?

I don't think we have a Google Video Search and I am very curious about this: Which city is depicted in this video? Someone said Gran Canaria, others said Croatia, but I don't think it's either of ...
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Are the beaches in Rosarito Mexico clean enough for swimming?

I know the Pacific is cold, and I'm OK with that, but I'm trying to find out if the beaches in Rosarito are clean enough for swimming. I love doing open water swimming and am comfortable in the ocean, ...
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Snorkeling in South-East Ishigaki (between airport and city)

In Ishigaki, I am planning to walk or cycle from the airport to the city center, along the South-East coast. QUESTION: Are there snorkeling spots on the way? Close enough to the beach to reach ...
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How to get to closest (nice) beach around Heraklion

I'm going to Heraklion for a short time because of my job, and fortunately I have half a day off. I would like to go to a nice beach. However, looking at the map, it looks like Heraklion is on a ...
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Any beaches along the New York - Boston corridor? [closed]

I want to stop between Boston and New York for a day on my travel to go swimming near a sandy beach, traveling by car. Are there convenient places located along the route?
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Does anyone know where this beach is located?

This is a beautiful beach, ocean picture that I am trying to identify. I hope someone can help me figure this mystery out.
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Sentosa Island sea hazards

I recently read that Sentosa Island's beaches have rules to avoid hazards such as stone-fishes and jellyfishes. Is it safe to swim in the sea, even if it is between the yellow and red flags, or is it ...
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On which Canary island is it possible to sleep on the beach?

We are planning a two-night trip to the Canary Islands. The cheapest options include Lanzarote and Las Palmas for flights. Travel dates are last week of November, so I guess weather should be okay. I ...
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Men in thongs on mediterranean beaches?

So I am travelling in a few weeks to Barcelona, Cote D'azur, and to Genoa Italia and was wondering if men wear thongs on these beaches. I want to try it personally but am unsure how taboo it would be. ...