Let’s hit the beach together!

 For me, it’s all about the beach. I love to visit different beaches everywhere.  I grew up on the West and East coast, I’m Aquarius, and yet somehow I ended up in the cold weather of Kansas City, Missouri. While in uniform, it wasn’t exactly ideal to be trembling from the cold while on a hot disturbance call.  Every winter I wished I could attach a patch with a disclaimer to my police uniform. Something like, I’m not afraid. I will go toe to toe, no problem–but can we do it inside? 
So every winter we went to the beach.  Here’s a list of my favorites and why I hold them dearly to my heart. (Let’s not discount the fact that they have the surf and sun and great swimsuits.)
 
 
Clearwater Beach, Florida–it has the best sand in the world, it’s incredibly clean and well maintained. The water is clear aqua marine, unlike what you see off many of the other gulf states.
 
Cape Cod, Massachusetts: The sand dune paths leading to a beach makes it feel protected from the invasion of mankind yet surrounded by the history of our country’s roots. Of course, I have found memories from my childhood, too. :)
 
Laguna Beach, California:  It has every beach sport imaginable, with guys weightlifting on the beach, families exploring the tidal pools in the rocks and babes playing beach volleyball, all surrounded by an art lovers paradise of shops.
 
Seaside Beach, OregonThe natural beauty of the rock formations with a forest backdrop, this is home to me.  The beach can be cold, and the water is always frigid so be warned this beach is for hoodies and sweats rolled up as you stroll down the coast for most of the summer.
 
Del Coronado Beach, California:  Susanne Brockmann introduced me to this beach in her Navy Seal series, along with all the romantic ambience of the Del Coronado Hotel.  After reading her books I had to visit, I’ve been three times—it’s old time Hollywood luxury at it’s finest. Loved it.  And you just might see a few navy men running the beach. My hubby went there without me last week–grrrrr.
 
Ho’okipa Beach Park, Maui Hawai’iThis beach is a windsurfers paradise.  I fell in love with it, not because of its beauty, although it’s nothing to sneeze at, but because of the athletes in the water.  Absolutely wonderful place to be a spectator or a participant.
 
And my favorite beach of all:
 
Hanalei Bay, Kaua’i:  On the North Shore of Kaua’i, Hanalei Bay is a surf town with a dangerous rip-tide during the winter months.  Don’t let the surfers fool you, that rip tide is not to be challenged, heed the warning and talk to the lifeguards, which is always a good idea on any beach.   (Remember their job is to save lives, not swap phone #’s :) The beach is very windy and has a palm and pine tree border from the town, which is a great place to walk to for lunch.  I absolutely love Hanalei Bay.
 
So where’s your favorite beach?  Do you plan on visiting a new one this summer, or will you be catching some rays at a great water park? Or perhaps an author like Susanne Brockmann has influenced your vacation decision and put a beach on your must see list, I’d love to hear about it!

 

 

 

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About Kym Roberts
Kym Roberts is a retired Detective Sergeant from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department where she spent most of her career in the Special Victims Unit. After her law enforcement career, she learned about the publishing industry from the inside as publicity director for Entangled Publishing, but chose to dedicate all of her time to writing in 2014. When Kym's not writing, you can find her carving, painting, and trying not to lose a finger while woodworking in her very own woman's cave. But if she doesn't want to be found, you can bet she and her hubby are out catching a wave!

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  1. Kym, thank you!!! For the past seven years I take my daughter and granddaughter to a different country for beach volleyball, clear water, and snorkeling! I’m sending her your list. We loved Negril, Jamaica. The water was so clear you could walk out chest high and see what color polish you had on your toes! A tiny blue fish fell in love with my daughter and followed her around. Belize was beautiful, too. Dolphins played right off the landing at the resort.

    We’ve wanted to find some good place here in the US…thanks for sharing!

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    Kimberly Quinton Reply:

    What a wonderful tradition Jerrie! Girl time on the beach… Love it!

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    kym Reply:

    OMG Jerrie, Negril, Jamaica is the first beach Chuck and I went to as a couple! We ate on this balcony overlooking the pool and the beach beyond. Our room opened up to the beach and we slept with the doors open listening to the surf. It is a spectacular beach! And an incredible resort ;)

    check it out at http://bit.ly/1fumte0

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  2. kimberly Quinton says:

    Hi Kym!

    I love your list! We went to gulf shores, AL last spring break and it was wonderful- soft sand, clean, not too crowded because it was early but warm enough to enjoy just laying out watching the water. And The Del is dreamy! My hubs and I visited once a couple of years ago and did their Sunday brunch… TABLES of chocolate, and every other food you can imagine plus the best mimosas… All that and a gorgeous view… I didn’t want to come back to Texas!

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  3. kym says:

    Hi Kim!

    Thanks for stopping by ;) I have yet to visit the Alabama coast but I have heard wonderful things about it. I think it’s the only gulf coast beach I have missed, so I will definitely put it on my list.

    The Del’s Sunday Brunch is to die for. Love it! And the shops on the lower level opening up to the beach are awesome. Don’t miss the ice cream shop along the boardwalk–yum!

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  4. Now I really want to go to the beach! Hawaii would be nice. :)

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    kym Reply:

    Hawai’i is worth it Tiffany. My first time I had to trust the travel agent (we didn’t have internet!) The second time I bought the book Hawai’i for Dummies–I loaned that book out so many times I lost track of it and had to buy a second copy for my third time. And the rest is history, but I still have the book ;)

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  5. Talia Hunter says:

    It’s just starting to get a bit wintery down here in New Zealand, so all this talk of beaches is making me sigh dreamily and wish I was lying on one of them right now! We do have some lovely beaches here though, when the weather’s nice enough to enjoy them.

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    kym Reply:

    Hi Talia!

    New Zealand is high on my list of places to visit in the next couple years. So any guidance would be great!

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