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    Quote Originally Posted by amatthew View Post
    Agreed, I think sungal is definitely the Ipanema type.

    Love the Sofitel, I know several of the chefs at their restaurant (Pre Catalan). And my apartment is about 2 blocks away, here's the view from my window.

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    Cool view. Blocks N of the Sofitel I imagine. My view was similar, but also looked out to a naval station I believe.The actual division between the two beaches. Before changing to the Sofitel, I spent two nights at Ceasar's Park in Ipanema. I preferred the location on Copacabana.

    I'll have to scan some old pictures of the trip. I actually spent more beach time in Fortaleza's wonderful nearby beaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amatthew View Post
    There's alot in common with South Beach, but the huge mountains nearby makes the landscape quite spectacular.
    Gotta love those mountains!

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    Another thing about that place that's awesome: the service! Total 180 degree difference from what you find in SoBe. You want to go out of your way to tip the people there, but you're not supposed to tip there as I understand it... correct?. I also commend the cab drivers there, I have no idea how they drive the way they do and don't get into wrecks.

    ETA: Yeah, the mountains are what truly sets it apart. Until then I had never been on a beach with mountains, such a cool contrast. Haha, the second picture reminds me... what is it with the guys with the smaller shorts who just sort of stand there with their hands on their hips posing? We saw it constantly.... and usually it was a larger, hairier guy doing it. Just standing in the sand, small swimsuit and huge gut... posing with hands on hips like a superhero. I always got a kick out of that.

    Might be getting off topic a bit here, but what the heck. I wouldn't say that you're not supposed to tip. Typically, you just have to round up the bill and leave the change. I usually still leave around 15%, considering there's no tax. Though the service is usually really good.

    I read a guide book once that said that it looks like the bus and cab drivers all look like they want to drive in the Grand Prix. They are crazy fast drivers. Though they typically will follow the stop lights.

    Guys wear the sunga, that's the square-cut bathing suit. I do notice that guys stand there with their hands on their hips, I think it's because they are wanting to get sun without being on the sand. In this position, they can also see lots of people (more than you can see if you're on your back).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredgarvin View Post
    I've NEVER been there (as a public service), but is anyone here going to vote for Haulover Beach???????
    Lol..I'm sure the exhibistionist has been.

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    Maybe it's the non-tipping of the taxi cab drivers I'm remembering, but they were such awesome drivers that we always wanted to.

    Ah, and that totally makes sense on the subject of the hands-on-hips guys.

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    The beach at Anse Chastanet in Saint Lucia is not one of my favorites however being secluded and situated right on and next to a mountain is a definitely breathtaking. You can see the famed Piton peaks from the property. The rooms are literally perched up the cliff and are like luxury treehouses. I say I don't like the beach because I remember it being dark sand ... that could've been on a day where the water was stirred up though.



    As soon as I renew my passport, I'm going to start doing press trips to the Caribbean again. I think my first pick is Four Seasons at Nevis, but I'm taking tips from y'all here!

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    Let's not forget the Dry Tortugas here in our Florida waters! Photo by yours truly.

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    The beach at Anse Chastanet in Saint Lucia is not one of my favorites however being secluded and situated right on and next to a mountain is a definitely breathtaking. You can see the famed Piton peaks from the property. The rooms are literally perched up the cliff and are like luxury treehouses. I say I don't like the beach because I remember it being dark sand ... that could've been on a day where the water was stirred up though.
    OMG, that's beautiful! I love secluded beaches, and the treehouse sound like fun.

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    Maria, where are those exactly? Beautiful photo.

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    For something not too far away, but very nice, the sandbar off Hoilday Isle in Islamorada is beautiful. It's a short boat ride off shore near Mile Marker 84.
    It's all under water at high tide.









    Janet in crystal clear water



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    Why settle for one beach when you can get two beaches, one behind the other at Manuel Antonio's tombolo on Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast.


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    Those are some great pictures Glenn! Did you take them all yourself?

    It's crazy to think that it looks so different in High Tide and Low Tide.

    That reminds me of The Maldives, where the highest point is just over 2 metres above Sea Level. According to some predictions, most of the 1000+ Islands will be completely under water within the next 20 years due to rising Sea Levels.

    If that's true, I will make it a personal goal of mine to visit by the time this happens!

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    <<..."Those are some great pictures Glenn! Did you take them all yourself?"....>>

    Jay -

    Yes, I took all those photos. . My wife (Janet) is at the bottom of the last photo in yellow swimsuit. I used a polarizer on the lens to help saturate the colors and give more contrast. ...but the photos do fairly accurately depict what that water actually looks like when you are wearing polarized sunglasses. The location is in the upper keys in Islamorada at mile marker 84, and less than a mile offshore. It is only about 75 miles from Miami, but a world apart as far as atmosphere, relaxation, and gorgeous water. It is a sandbar more than a beach, as it is underwater for the majority of the time. Some sand peaks out at the lowest of tides. It is a favorite hangout of boaters. Lots of people wade in the shallow water and socialise on busier weekends.


    That photo of the island in the Maldives looks very inviting.

    Glenn

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    Maria, where are those exactly? Beautiful photo.
    The first photo, with the mountains, is in St. Lucia, West Indies.

    The second photo is in the Dry Tortugas, which is a day trip from Key West.

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    OMG, that's beautiful! I love secluded beaches, and the treehouse sound like fun.
    The tree house concept is great, though I have yet to experience it myself. I only visited the property on a press trip, for a day, but stayed elsewhere. When I say treehouses it's not that they're built on trees, but rather that they are surrounded up on a rising cliff by lush vegetation. To the north however is the Caribbean Sea. See for yourself:

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    The great Caribbean Sea breezes makes it possible to have open rooms like this. Another luxury resort on the island, Ladera, which is up on the top of a mountain, also has open suites with only three walls. Your fourth wall is an amazing view and the great fresh air from the tropical forest.

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    Glenn, I have seen that sandbar many times from the top of Rum Runners! Would love to get out there one day but I don't have a watercraft and it would be quite a paddle if I rented a kayak.

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    <<...."Glenn, I have seen that sandbar many times from the top of Rum Runners! Would love to get out there one day but I don't have a watercraft and it would be quite a paddle if I rented a kayak.".....>>

    Maria -
    We'll probably be bringing the boat back to SoFL in the fall, and would be happy to take you out there. It's a very nice location.

    Is Rum Runners the bar that is on the beach to the northeast (up-keys) side of Holiday Isle Resort? I'm more familiar with the "World Famous Tiki Bar" on the southwest edge of the Holiday Isle Resort.

    Glenn
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    Great point...that is a big factor...i guess by posting i wasn't really thinking that...so it would have to be in terms of OVERALL qualities with everything being considered


    Quote Originally Posted by GandJ View Post
    "Best beach in the World?"

    I guess this depends omn how you define "best"? ... Best for what? It seems that the topic has turned toward best for natural beauty, so South beach would be beaten by many many others. However, if you include in the best definition things like nightlife, bikini babe watching, and other activites, then South Beach has to be in the running. If it's it's just natural beauty, then heck, Oregon has some gorgeous and scenic beaches. Just don't go in the water or you'll freeze to death. ...And, swimwear fashions are by L.L. Bean and include thermal underwear.

    So, for "best" are we just talking about the beach itself, the beach and water, or an all-encompassing beach, water, and other nearby attractions / nightlife, etc.?

    Glenn

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    @GandJ great looking pictures!

    and to every1 else...thanks for sharing those pictures of the beaches!....seems a lot of people are patriotic even when it comes to the beaches! :P
    personally...i love a scenery that replicates paradise...a nice calm...relaxing place, however for a regular day...South Beach seems like it really hits the spot...

    from my latest trip to Boracay, Philippines check it out!:
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    keep up the great posts!

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    Fort Lauderdale Sun posts fantastic beach pictures every morning: Fort Lauderdale Sun (FtLauderdaleSun) on Twitter

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