Paignton Harbor Beaches

Paignton beach and the nearby Preston Sands, which are continuous at low tide, are used for water sports including kite surfing and dinghy sailing. Both are sandy and gently shelving and have no strong currents, making them popular with swimmers and families. Both have green spaces immediately inland. Paignton Green has a pirate-themed Adventure Golf course and the Paignton Geoplay Park, a children’s play area, which has the area’s geology as its theme, inspired by the UNESCO Global Geopark of which Paignton is a part.

Beach at Paignton Harbor

Paignton Harbor Beach

Color at the Gyllybgvase Beach, Falmouth

Gyllyngvase is one of the four beaches associated with Falmouth, Cornwall, England, south of Pendennis Castle. The man-made beach at Gyllngvase is wide crescent shaped, gently shelving sandy beach with rockpools to explore and is popular with bathers due to the generally calm conditions.

Color at the Gyllybgvase Beach, Falmouth

Colorful Kayaks

Kindred Spirit Mailbox

On a secluded stretch of beach (Sunset Beach, North Carolina) far from the nearest public access point and nestled between sand dunes is an unlikely sight – a mailbox…with a bench next to it. The bench is where you sit to pen your innermost thoughts; the mailbox is where you place the journal when you are done. More than just a receptacle for pieces of paper, the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island holds the wishes, thoughts, prayers and dreams of those who walk the 30 minutes to share and bare their soul and draw comfort from the act of doing so while enjoying the soothing sounds and sights of undeveloped beach, ocean and horizon.

Kindred Spirit Mailbox

Sunset Beach – Living Beyond the Marsh

Unique among the southeastern North Carolina barrier island communities, the Town of Sunset Beach encompasses both a mainland and an island.

The Town began in 1955 a year after Hurricane Hazel struck the surrounding area but left what was then called Bald Beach, the southernmost island in North Carolina, unscathed. Mannon C. Gore purchased Bald Beach from the Brooks family, who dated its ownership back to the 1700’s. Gore was impressed by the beautiful sunsets and renamed the island Sunset Beach.

The homes on the island beyond the marsh are on the beach but away from the main town of Sunset Beach. Will be posting images from Sunset Beach from a visit during cloudy weather.

Sunset Beach -Living Beyond the Marsh

Bench View – Lake James, North Carolina

Lake James is a large reservoir in the mountains of Western North Carolina. It is named for tobacco tycoon and benefactor of Duke University, James Buchanan Duke. The lake, with surface elevation of 1200 ft, lies behind a series of four earthen dams.

A view of the lake and beach from a bench at Lake James State Park.

Lake James, North Carolina

Acadia National Park – Sand Beach

Sand Beach, in Acadia National Park, Maine, is nestled in a small inlet between the granite mountains and rocky shores of Mount Desert Island. This gorgeous 290 yard long beach is one of the most popular points of interest on the island. The thousands of years of pounding surf created a beach that is largely comprised of unique sand of shell fragments.

Acadia National Park – Sand Beach

Maine – A Day at Old Orchard Beach

For beautiful sandy beaches, great lobster and amazing seascapes, the Maine coastline is hard to beat – especially for families.

While it is crowded in summer, fans of 11.2km-long Old Orchard beach would have it no other way. Quiet sands fringe the outskirts, but Old Orchard is famed for its beachside amusement park and historic pier.

Maine – Old Orchard Beach – A Day at the Beach