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

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 ...
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What are these "stone walls" in the sea on Cyprus?

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

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 ...
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Can I reserve a beach spot by leaving an umbrella and lounge chair overnight (Italy)?

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

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 ...
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Why isn't it safe to swim on Goa's beaches in the "off season" (June-September)

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

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 ...
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Does anyone know where this beach is located?

This is a photo of Gray Whale Cove State Beach, taken from the Pacific Coast Highway.
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Is it legal to light and send off sky lanterns on the beaches of Hawaii?

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, ...
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Until when are Barcelona's beaches warm enough to swim?

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 ...
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Traveling without paying lodging fees in America

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 ...
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If a hotel staff asks me for buffet food, can there be consequences if I bring him food?

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 ...
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Can I walk along the ocean from Cannon Beach, Oregon, to Hug Point or Adair Point?

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 ...
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Does anyone know where this beach is located?

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 ...
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Can I reserve a beach spot by leaving an umbrella and lounge chair overnight (Italy)?

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) ...
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Sentosa Island sea hazards

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 ...
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The best place for swimming in Arctic Ocean

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

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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Where on Ko Samui can I find a clean, non-tourist beach?

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

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 ...
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Why isn't it safe to swim on Goa's beaches in the "off season" (June-September)

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 ...
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Clearest water beach close to Athens (Greece)

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 ...
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"Tropical beach" in continental Europe?

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 ...
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Men in thongs on mediterranean beaches?

To be legally covered (pun intended), just make sure that you have some piece of clothing around your scrotum and the shaft. The social aspect is quite more complex and the acceptable degree of ...
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On which Canary island is it possible to sleep on the beach?

Technically, sleeping in the beach is forbidden in the whole country. However, there are some exceptions detailed in 7 playas donde puedes acampar that is, 7 beaches where you can camp. In there it ...
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Where I can find beaches with still water in beginning of April in Sri-Lanka?

The monsoon rains generally do not start until the end of May in that part of the world. What this means for you is that, the ocean on the western side of Sri Lanka is generally calm until June. So, I ...
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Is it possible to make a day-trip to a beach, from Seoul?

Generally, the most popular tourist destination for beaches are located on East and South coast of Korea. With some minor exceptions, I'd avoid West coast in general because most of their beaches look ...
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"Tropical beach" in continental Europe?

May I suggest Tropical Islands Resort, in Germany? This is an indoor tropical environment, with beach, rainforest and accommodation, just 60km from Berlin.
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