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Beach Travel Memories on a Cold Winter Day

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Destinations, Malaysia, Portugal, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 7 comments

Today as I was freeing my car from “snow bank” jail all I could dream about was a white sand beach glistening with heat.  That brought me to scanning through beach photo archives and sharing my favorites today. Not as good as being there, but beach memories are always fun. Welcome to week 356 (1/18/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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South East Asia Beaches

If you want fun in the sun any time of the year, then you need to head to South East Asia. I’ve spent  more than a few December and January days on the beach in Hua Hin. The town is an easy two hours out of Bangkok, and getting there is super easy. Choices include bus (directly from the airport), taxi (not that expensive), or the train (nothing fancy but a great way to meet the locals. For me, Hua Hin is all about the beach and the food (usually eaten on the beach).

 

Kites and Kids on Hua Hin Beach

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The Best Beaches to Visit in Lisbon

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Destinations, Lisbon, Portugal | 4 comments

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, lies on the Atlantic coast and boasts a number of scenic  beaches. It’s an ideal  getaway for those looking for a city break, along with a chance to relax at the beach.

Lisbon Portugal

Lisbon Portugal

Being right on the Atlantic, the beaches have something of a reputation to uphold, and there are quite a  few which make the visit worthwhile. A day at the beach, while on vacation in Lisbon, is a nice and simple activity that can be both relaxing and rejuvenating.

Carcavelos

Carcavelos is a picturesque location, situated just 600 metres from the train station in the main town, beside the historical São Julião da Barra fortress. The beach provides fun opportunities for visitors to surf  and play beach soccer. These activities, surfing bars, and a number of trendy restaurants make it a popular beach destination with the younger generation.

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/56403766@N00/3111021063 (Creative Commons License)

Photo Credit: Rodolfo Barros; Creative Commons License

Meco

A nudist beach, set in a very secluded area of Lisbon, Meco became popular in the 1970s as one of the first ever nudist beaches. The surrounding area attracts an artistic clientele, lending to its laid-back atmosphere. It’s very popular with European tourists, and features a number of cliff-tops providing sweeping views of the surrounding bay.

Praia Da Adraga

Adraga has a reputation as one of the most beautiful beaches on the continent. It sits in a peaceful location, surrounded by large cliffs that provide protection from the Atlantic waves.  It sits by the town of Sintra, home to an extraordinary number of fantastic, reasonably priced, seafood restaurants.

Guincho

Guincho is a windswept, scenic beach, ideal for surfers and those who enjoy water-sports.  The many  bars and restaurants provide great views of the bay. Never overly crowded, this is an ideal beach for those wanting a bit of peace and quiet after the hustle and bustle of Lisbon.

Caparica

Finally, picturesque and laid back Caparica Beach is easily accessible by bus from Lisbon. There are several beaches in close proximity, providing visitors with some great beach combing opportunities. Trendy bars and restaurants add to the vacation atmosphere.

Caparica Beach, Portugal (Photo Credit  Tet Sy; creative commons license)

Caparica Beach, Portugal (Photo Credit Tet Sy; creative commons license)

 

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