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25 Best Beaches in the Caribbean | Islands

Islands.com decided to take its turn at a “best beach” ranking. Here are its 25 can’t-miss Caribbean beaches.

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What happens to a Spring Break town when it cracks down on Spring Break? – The New York Times

Panama City Beach, stung from the party-hard reputation it has gained, is now finding that a move to tone things down might have been bad for business.

Source: In a Florida Party Town, Last Call Leaves a Financial Hangover – The New York Times

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10 Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA | U.S. News Travel

IMG_0884Taking the family to the beach can create lifelong memories, as long as every member of the family is satisfied. To help you choose your next family beach vacation, U.S. News considered factors like safe waters, kid-friendly attractions, dining options, spacious accommodations, multi-generational appeal and overall accessibility. The list below features destinations across the country that are most ideal for family getaways, according to travel experts and our readers. Weigh in by voting below, then use this list to plan your upcoming travels.

Source: 10 Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA | U.S. News Travel

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Unruly Spring Break Crowds Cause Issues on Miami Beach | NBC 6 South Florida

Spring breakers got rowdy on Miami Beach Friday night. Crowds got out-of-control, forcing Miami Beach Police to shut down some streets.

Find out more at NBC 6 South Florida: Unruly Spring Break Crowds Cause Issues on Miami Beach | NBC 6 South Florida

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Visiting Stingray City Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – a Review

On our first full day to the Cayman Islands, we headed out on a boat trip to Stingray City Grand Cayman, a sandbar that attracts stingrays into its waist-high waters.  Visitors arrive from a variety of different ways – tour boats, private boats, and jet skis, but we took a tour boat from Captain Melvin’s, which is located right across the street from the Westin (where we stayed).

Source: Visiting Stingray City Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – a Review

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TripAdvisor names 10 Breathtaking Beaches

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beach_maniac_blog_100pxFrom Australia to Hawaii to the Caribbean, TripAdvisor has searched for those special beaches that leave you in awe from the moment you arrive to the moment you have to leave. With the help of its traveler-reviewers, the site has compiled a list of 10 Breathtaking Beaches that every beach lover should add to his or her own wish list. For all you beach maniacs who live in the United States, there are several nearby beaches that you can reach in short order and make your own – at least for a while – at an affordable cost. One of those is pictured above: Grace Bay in the Turks & Caicos, a beach that repeatedly makes lists of the best in the world. Others nearby include Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas and Siesta Key Beach in Florida.

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10 breathtaking beaches

If you’re looking for a beach that will truly take your breath away, this list is for you.

The Beach Maniac Blog by Bill Hurley

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Kanhanamoku Beach at Waikiki is top beach for 2014, according to Dr. Beach

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A relatively quiet stretch of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, is the Number One beach in the United States, according to the 2014 ranking just released by Dr. Beach, a well-respected researcher who compiles the list annually.

Kanhanamoku Beach is located at the west end of Waikiki Beach, far from the large crowds elsewhere. It is widest beach on this stretch of famous sands and protected by an offshore coral reef, making it a good beach for families with children.

beach_maniac_blog_100pxThis is a safe beach with no known drownings. Official lifeguards are not present, but the beach and pool concessionaires have lifeguard training.

The nearby Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is also a favorite bathing and swimming spot. Public access is via Kalia Road and Pahoa Place. Surprising to most visitors, this beautiful beach where smoking is not permitted, was created more than half a century ago by dredging through the shallow reef and importing sand.

Dr. Beach is Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. Dr. Beach has studied and evaluated America’s coastal beaches for more than 22 years, and issues an annual listing of the best, based on 50 factors that include sand softness, water quality, number of sunny days, water temperature, rip currents, amount of algea, seaweed, jellyfish, and much more.

This is Dr. Beach’s 2014 list of top beaches in the United States. Find out more about each beach location on TripAdvisor:

  1. Duke Kaha...
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Atlantic City, Miami Beach top list of East Coast beach destinations for kids

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Atlantic City, New Jersey. Source: Wikipedia

Looking for a great beach location where the kids will be entertained by more than just the shells and the sand, while offering plenty for Mom and Dad too? ABC Travel Guides for Kids has named Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Miami Beach, Florida, the top East Coast beach destinations for 2014. Here is their Top 5 and their rationale:

beach_maniac_blog_100px1. Atlantic City, New Jersey – AC is within a day’s drive of 1/3 of the country’s population.   AC’s unique attractions include a Surf School and the country’s third tallest lighthouse.  Even transportation is unique: Jitneys and Rolling Chairs.  More adventurous? Consider a Helicopter or Parasailing adventure.   But this resort city offers so much more: Joe Holiday’s magic show, Steel Pier, Ripley’s Odditorium, a White House (famous for submarines), Tony’s and Gilchrist for breakfast.  Ready for the original salt water taffy and fudge?  It started here with Steel’s, James and Fralinger’s.  The Caesars Pier water show, Boardwalk Hall light show and the Waterfront Sculpture Walk are hidden treasures.  The AC Sheraton’s location (near the Tanger Outlets) is the perfect launching pad to DO AC.

2. Miami Beach, Florida – We love Miami in the summer because the water is so warm.  Miami is about great food and diverse culture.  Start with a Grace Della food tour to learn about Miami’s culinary history.  The Seaquarium and Jungle Island shows are exceptional, as is the new PAMM...

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Top 5 waterparks in the Caribbean

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Leap of Faith is the signature ride at Aquaventure at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

If you love the beach, chances are you love waterparks too. And while we know there are plenty of awesome waterparks with incredible rides throughout the United States – even in Wisconsin Dells where Noah’s Ark boasts the nation’s largest waterpark – did you know there are some really good ones in the Caribbean as well? Yes, if a few days on the beach leaves you looking for something a little different, you can head to the waterpark. USA Today has culled the list of Caribbean waterparks down to the top five, where you can slide and splash your way to aqua overload.

beach_maniac_blog_100pxThe Top Five are:

  • Jamaica’s Kool Runnings in Negril.
  • Pirate’s Island at Beaches Turks & Caicos.
  • Aquaventure at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
  • Sirenis Aquagames in Punta Cana Dominican Republic.
  • CocoLand at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia.

Get wet at the top five water parks in the Caribbean

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10 unique beaches you need to see to believe

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Hidden Beach. TripAdvisor photo.

The Beach Maniac Blog by Bill Hurley

BeachManiacBlog1_smallTripAdvisor’s latest list of unique beaches is one you just can’t miss. From Hidden Beach in Mexico (pictured above) to an iceberg beach in Iceland, it’s not only for the inquisitive but for the adventurous. Which ones would I be most likely to visit? That’s easy. Being a fan of warm weather and sunshine, Iceland, for all its beauty, is not going to make my list. My favorites are Hidden Beach, Mexico (yes, you’ll have to click on the link to find out where in Mexico this hidden beach is); The Baths in the British Virgin Islands; Maho Beach, St. Martin; and Horsehoe Bay Beach, Bermuda. Which would you most like to visit?

10 unique beaches you need to see to believe

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