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Invest in a Dry Egg/Box My suggestion is to take as little valuables as possible, and carry them in the water with you when you go for a dip. What I usually do is I take some form of plastic ID, a bit of cash, a payment card and my phone. I leave everything else at home since most likely I won't need it on the beach. Everything I take easily fits in what ...


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They are called "groynes". A great addition to anyone's vocabulary http://onelook.com/?w=groyne&ls=a It is pronounced the same way as groin (i.e., as a diphthong that rhymes with 'loin'). Briefly, they are man-made structures designed to break the waves and thereby prevent erosion of the coast. They are all over the Med in places where the tide ...


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I´ve never been to Barcelona, but generally beaches have kiosks where you can buy drinks and food. I usually leave my belongings in a kiosk I intend to eat/drink something (or already have). Kiosk owners are usually more than happy to hold your belongings while you're in the water. If you don't intend to eat/drink something, it's a small price you pay for a ...


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Just to clarify: it's typical in Italy to have two kind of beaches, free access ones and paid ones. I'm answering about the free ones, as it's obvious you can't do that on paid ones (well...you could, actually, but then it becomes really complicated...just avoid it) And I'm exactly from west coast of Tuscany. Missing since a bit of time, but situation is ...


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I would recommend you to take a train and go a beach further from the city, where you can be a bit less cautious; but in the beaches of Barcelona, never, ever, leave your stuff alone when your are going to swim. Barcelona is a top destination for tourists, but also for pickpockets. They are really good and there are probably some of them in the beach waiting ...


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The reason is relatively straightforward: June - September is Monsoon time, the prevailing wind switches from southeast to southwest and brings massive amounts of rain and humidity. Goa is on the western coast of India, so the resulting wave heights are significantly greater and the waves are much more forceful. This means that both the waves and the ...


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I did that a lot for a period. I used several strategies: As a general rule take as little as possible and preferably things without value. Then just do one of the following: Check if the beach has lockers. There are some beaches with lockers with a code or keys that you strap around the wrist. You find these systems many times in swimming pools but some ...


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This is a photo of Gray Whale Cove State Beach, taken from the Pacific Coast Highway.


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Sky lanterns are banned in Hawaii. In July 2012, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law HB2113, a bill which imposed a total ban on aerial luminaries, including the ignition, possession, sale or use.


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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 with most things about travel in the U.S., the answer varies from state to state and from city to city. Yes, broadly speaking, it's possible to travel in the United States without paying for lodging, but I would not say it is especially easy or comfortable. There are many campsites where the fee is quite nominal (under $20), budget motels in rural areas, ...


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Acording to this surfing site, which claims to have up-to-date and historical statistics about water temperature, the water is supposed to be warm enough (according to your definition) from June to October. I'm linking below the image of the sea temperature range in Barceloneta (one of Barcelona's beaches) to save it for future readers:


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It appears to be possible at low tide, according to the website for Hug Point State Recreation Site: North of the parking area at low tide you may walk along the original stagecoach road, still harboring the wheel ruts carved into the rock. Pioneers traveling around this headland had to hug the point carefully, even at low tide. Thus, the point and the ...


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This looks a lot like Gray Whale Cove State Beach in California, just south of San Francisco. Your picture (while certainly 'photoshopped' to some degree) seems to have been taken from a similar viewpoint to the one tiny picture in image gallery on the California Parks & Recreation page for this location.


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does it work to leave an unfurled umbrella (or other beach gear) set up on the beach overnight? Does it violate any regulations? Yes. It's not a grey area; it is illegal by law (and also uncivilized) to occupy public beaches in this way, unless of course you're using the umbrella in that moment. In the most touristic regions, local police (Vigili Urbani) ...


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Sentosa's beaches -- which are all 100% artificial, mind you, even the sand has been imported -- are manicured and well-maintained, so marine critters are generally not a problem: Sentosa's lifeguards prefer to be called beach patrol officers. "It's managing the beach more than just lifeguarding," said Ms Chang Shuwen, 19. Clearing seaweed and ...


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Scandinavia is brushed by the Gulf Stream and therefore warmer than other regions at the same latitude. So the north of Norway is a good candidate. Norway is part of the Schengen Area. The south-west of Norway lies on the North Sea which is considered part of the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the Norwegian coast is on the Norwegian Sea which is considered part of ...


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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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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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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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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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Buy some disposable diapers and some peanut butter... Craftily hide your belongings (you have limited space) in a 'soiled' diaper next to your towel.


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I lived on Ko Samui about 7 months from september 2013 to march 2014. I visited all the beaches of the island several times each one of them. Most touristic Chaweng and Lamai As far as I can remember the most most touristic beaches are Chaweng and Lamai, but even so this doesn't mean that this beaches was full of tourists. Golden mean Mae Nam I lived ...


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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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You could invest in a travel safe. The one pictured below is water-resistant, though not waterproof. So you can't carry it into water. It can be fixed to a pole or a piece of furniture via the cable that comes with it, though it would best if you leave it in the beach lockers when available so you wouldn't have to keep an eye on it.


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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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After doing a web search, most of the seasonal references to Goa during the "off season" months (which are the monsoon months) are discussing the heavy waves and more constant and stronger on-shore wind. Coupled with the rains of the monsoon and the normal oceanic issues (rip tide, etc) and the ocean is usually marked off limits. While some (younger) ...


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The island of Euboea (Greek: Εύβοια, Evvia) driving-distance from Athens. Indeed, its main town Chalcis (or Chalkida) (Greek: Χαλκίδα, Halkida) is approximately 1 hour away from Athens, according to google maps. The island is scattered with beaches, some of which are quite amazing. For more inspiration, here is a top 5 list from the Greek Reporter, and here ...


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Plenty of places by the Mediterranean have sandy beaches. Northern Italy, near Venice, has some sandy beaches, and is even closer to you than Croatia. There will be villas for rent. However the area is fairly crowded, which may not satisfy your definition of 'tropical'. The further south you go the more 'tropical' it gets. Greece is another good choice, and ...


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