Part #8: Goa
What can I say about this place. A tourist’s paradise. We went there before the season actually and it was slightly rainy. But I love rains + (empty) beaches combination. Even though I had to skip a few places because of the ankle fracture, I did manage to cover the most important beaches over there. There are lot of beaches we did over the week long stay and it was such a cool place. I didn’t think I will like this place when we had planned for it. Thought it will be too touristy or too high end for my taste. But just loved it. The beaches are so clean and well maintained. There are guards all around and the restaurants on the beaches are so cool. And we stayed in a villa near the beach. A dream come true that vacation (except for the fracture of course)
I did make a video out of my photographs which I have it in my other post ‘A Week in Goa – Movie Style‘. No wonder this place gets tourists from all over the world so much. If you want to have a beach side vacation, Goa is a must visit place in India at least once.
Part #7: Muir Beach and Pebble Beach
We were there in Muir Beach on the way to our visit to Muir Woods. In our enthusiasm, we arrived rather very early and so took a detour to the beach near by. Again it was empty and no soul was in sight. In fact not even dog walkers were seen. By now you would have known that I absolutely love an empty beach. We were there just walking up and down (its a rather small one actually) in the water doing nothing. Its a pleasure to be able to do that.
The Pebble beach in 17 mile drive in Monterey County is a must see place. I think it is a private drive and it cost us 10$ to go in. But totally worth it. There are lot of view points in the 17 mile drive. But my favorite is the , obviously , beach and the ghost tree. There is also a golf course near the sea shore. We walked from one end to another. Took the car , parked it in the next point and covered almost 3-4 view points by foot. And it was evening and the sun was going down. What an awesome sight to see. If you plan to visit this place, visit it in the evening to see the sunset. Totally totally worth it. We were a big group in two cars and we had so much fun there and yes it wasn’t crowded either. You have the rocks where you can climb up and down. The waves crashing into the rocks, the miles and miles of road stretching on either side of the beach. And the sun setting in the background rather quietly. When it was almost about to set, we went ahead a little further to the ghost tree and saw the sunset from there. It was like the time stopped everywhere else except for the Sun. All of us were watching in awe with our cameras on to capture that ethereal beauty in our cameras and our memories. I will never ever forget that Sunset. Even today if I close my eyes, I can bring back those moments of wonder and that is why Sun is one of my very favorite natural elements. It has a certain charm and calm when its sinking into those waters (at least that is how it looks like isnt even though we know that it isnt the case)
Part #6: Playa del Carmen & Tulum
When I was in Mexico for a month in Guadalajara on an official visit, I took the chance to go on a mini-vacation to the Mayan Pyramids in Chichen Itza and Tulum. I stayed in Playa del Carmen and even though I didn’t have time to actually visit and rest in a beach (because it was raining by the time I came back from my trips to Chichen Itza / Tulum for all the three days I was there). But I did get to the beach in the morning one day and it was so empty (it was near a hotel) and the sand was so different from the ones I am used to in California/India. And since Tulum is located near the sea and is based on the second largest barrier reef it is just a-m-a-z-i-n-g to see them. You can see more pictures of it in my travelogue. I would love to visit Cancun + Playa del Carmen once again and this time only to experience the beaches there.
Part #5: Drake’s Beach, Near Point Reyes Light House (or rather on the way to Point Reyes Light House).
What is there not to like in this beach. We were on our way from San Francisco to Point Reyes and even though there were some popular beaches on the way, it was way too crowded and we didn’t want to waste our time there. I am always in favor of a beach which is away from the crowd. And the more interior we went, the more foggy it started getting. We did not plan to stop by the Drake’s beach. We were already running late for the light house and we thought we missed our way somewhere. But then when we saw a sign we decided to make a quick stop to grab a bite. We were in for a surprise. I just fell in love with that beach. It was a weekend and still it was pretty empty. And see those fogs ? It was too cool. Very windy at that time and almost froze us but it was just wow. One of my very very favorite beaches in California (not that I have been to many) There was only one restaurant with limited options at that time (it was in 2010 or 2011 I think) and we overstayed our time there. Who can resist this. I would definitely love to go back again and spend a whole day there watching the Drake’s Bay Cliffs.
Part #3: Santa Cruz, USA
Santa Cruz in California, one of the places I happened to visit during my first US trip. And I went to this place on my own. Took the Cal Train to San Jose and then took the bus from there. And I chose a day when it was very hot. So there was a huge crowd there who had come out to enjoy the sun and get some tan. I am already tanned a lot, naturally and I was wondering what to do about the heat. The beach and the boardwalk was very interesting and the water was as usual very cold. This photograph was taken when I took the sky ride. Even though I am afraid of heights, I really wanted to see the whole beach from above. There was a cheer leading competition going on, and lot of young adults lounging and having fun. I walked as much as I could in the water to the other side, but it was very hot to go all the way to the light house, which was my destination at first. But the heat got to me and I returned back after an hour or two. It was quite big enough to accommodate so many people and I liked the way people enjoyed the sun and water in different ways. I would love to visit it and spend some time here when it isn’t hot, if I happen to visit U.S again.
More about my visit to this place here.
PS: Post is part of the series: Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses