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Finding California’s Big Sur

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Big Sur is one of California’s most popular tourist destinations, and with its dramatic coastline scenery and exotic flora and fauna, it is not difficult to understand why people flock here. As it is also a popular stopping point for road trips, we pinned it on our map and waited in anticipation to explore its hiking trails and beach spots.

However when the park experienced a flash flood, landslide AND a forest fire in quick succession prior to our arrival, it seemed our hopes would be dashed as much of the park. Luckily though, the Ragged Point Inn & Resort came to the rescue.

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Relaxing on Reynisfjara’s Black Beach in Iceland (and more waterfalls…)

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As far as relaxing beach holidays go, Iceland’s Reynisfjara Beach wouldn’t be at the top of an ordinary beach getaway list. For one, it’s Iceland and nearly always chilly, and two, Reynisfjara’s shores are less white sand and more lava pebbles.

Still, it’s precisely this rugged, unique beauty that drew us to see Reynisfjara in the first place. Admittedly, the water was way too cold for bikinis, but when you have basalt caves to explore, columns to climb, and beach sheep (I know right?) to watch, then it becomes an equally good beach break in its own right. Continue reading

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The UK’s Best Hidden Beaches

Photo credit: praveenfbi / Foter / CC BY

Photo credit: praveenfbi / Foter / CC BY

For the past several weeks I’ve been researching beaches in the UK for work (yes, it’s a hard life, I know). Now, considering how many times I’ve surfed the UK’s waves and wandered around its coast, I fancied myself as a bit of a know-it-all when it came to Britain’s beaches. In fact, I had assumed that a day at the beach in the UK went hand-in-hand with pebbles lodged in shoes, chilly winds and permanent grey skies. Continue reading

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