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Centropolis Aug 21, 2019 2:18 AM

the beaches of your city
taken from another off-topic topic that came up in a thread...

in look forward to seeing the beaches of portland maine or whatever but thought i'd kick this off with something that is going to upset everyone...people bbqing and camping on sand beaches and dunes within site of the st. louis skyline :haha:

pj3000 Aug 21, 2019 3:01 AM

Erie, Pennsylvania

Best summer spot on the Great Lakes.

Waters are so clear and 80 degrees F off Presque Isle.

Last 2 pics are mine, from yesterday. I was high as hell as I was pulling my kayak across a secluded beach to the warmest Great Lake waters.

Metro-One Aug 21, 2019 8:15 AM

Nice looking beaches!

For a summer day at the beach my favorite place in Western Canada is the Okanagan.

First is the biggest city, Kelowna, metro are just over 200 000 now.

A quick shot of the skyline Skyline by Ian, on Flickr

And a couple of the beaches within a short walk from downtown. at the Beach, Kelowna by Ian, on Flickr Summer Beach by Ian, on Flickr Kelowna Beach by Ian, on Flickr

Then there is Penticton an hour drive to the south. Population around 50 000. Beach, Penticton by Ian, on Flickr Beach Fun by Ian, on Flickr Summer Fun by Ian, on Flickr

And about an hour south of that just north of the border is Osoyoos, which has a population of a few thousand. Osoyoos by Ian, on Flickr Summer Sand by Ian, on Flickr Summer Sun by Ian, on Flickr Summer Days by Ian, on Flickr BC by Ian, on Flickr

All pics are my own.

chris08876 Aug 21, 2019 1:08 PM

I don't live in a city (suburb in Central NJ) but NJ has the famous Jersey Shore. Just a few beaches/beach towns.

Manasquan, NJ:
The sun sets over Manasquan, captured by a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone (8/11/2019). by Arturo Pardavila III, on Flickr

Atlantic City, NJ:
190820-Z-NI803-0385 by Matt Hecht, on Flickr

Seaside Heights, NJ:
Seaside Heights from the Ferris Wheel by Shawn Wainwright, on Flickr

Sandy Hook Beach (NJ):
NYC Skyline from Sandy Hook, early morning by donna lynn, on Flickr

Centropolis Aug 21, 2019 1:19 PM

nice ones. question for the bc/vancouver folks...what is the BEACH OF BEACHES to get a good skyline shot of vancouver?

dubu Aug 21, 2019 1:24 PM

i wonder why square buildings are so popular next to the ocean? if they were cylinder a big wave could flow past buildings without much damage.

Metro-One Aug 21, 2019 1:47 PM


Originally Posted by Centropolis (Post 8664795)
nice ones. question for the bc/vancouver folks...what is the BEACH OF BEACHES to get a good skyline shot of vancouver?

Best beach to get a good skyline shot is Jericho IMO. (this is if you want a nice beach in the foreground with the skyline looming in the distance across the bay).

English Bay is my favorite beach if you are looking for more intimate urban interactions between the beach and the city.

202_Cyclist Aug 21, 2019 2:39 PM

Unfortunately, due to the water quality, it is still not recommended to swim in the Anacostia or Potomac Rivers in Washington but the water quality of both rivers has been steadily improving and there is a study to examine creating a public swimming area along the Anacostia by 2025.

With global warming, giving residents a place to cool off during periods of excessive heat is going to become an important public health issue. There was one recent study that found the hottest parts of DC to be 17 degrees warmer than the coolest location in DC on certain days.

Could We Be Swimming In D.C.’s Rivers Soon?

Handro Aug 21, 2019 2:45 PM

Boisebro Aug 21, 2019 2:55 PM

many of Boise's parks have sandy beach areas. Many of the reservoirs in the area also have parks; below are just a few located the city (those first two are within city limits on the eastern edge).

iheartthed Aug 21, 2019 4:43 PM

My favorite NYC beach is Fort Tilden. It's surrounded by a former U.S. Army base, and it's now part of the National Parks service. That means almost no chance of being ruined by development. It's also a pain in the ass to get to from Manhattan, so that keeps most of the less sophisticated tourists away.
^From Reddit:

^From here: https://germanamericanabroad.wordpre...t-fort-tilden/

Here's a NY Times slide show from the summer before Sandy:

The beach was closed for a couple of years after Sandy in order to recover. The storm wiped out the characteristic sand dunes that served as a barrier between the beach and the deactivated base. I've been a few times this summer and this is the closest it has looked to pre-Sandy so far.

You can also easily see the Manhattan skyline from various points on the Rockaway peninsula. The views are especially good from the Marine Parkway Bridge between the Rockaway peninsula and Brooklyn.

homebucket Aug 21, 2019 5:01 PM

Fort Funston

Ocean Beach
Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach in San Francisco
by David Oppenheimer, on Flickr

China Beach

Baker Beach
Swirls on Baker Beach | Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
by Christian Lim, on Flickr

Marshall Beach
Golden Gate Bridge
by malouti mouya, on Flickr

Crissy Field
Headquarters, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
by Michael Layefsky, on Flickr
Golden Gate pickup
by Arthur Chang, on Flickr

Aquatic Cove
Aquatic Park
by Matt Harvey, on Flickr
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
by Dmitriy O, on Flickr

Kirby Cove (technically in Sausalito but has epic views of SF)
Early Morning, Kirby Cove
by Matt Granz, on Flickr
Bridge love
by Praveen P N, on Flickr

iheartthed Aug 21, 2019 5:18 PM

Detroit's Belle Isle Beach is barely a beach... The best thing it has going for it is being located in Belle Isle Park, which is an amazing asset for Detroit. The second best thing that Belle Isle Beach has going for it are great views of the Detroit skyline.
^From DetroitYes:
^This one is taken a little farther south of the beach, but it's a great shot.

pj3000 Aug 21, 2019 5:29 PM

I like the looks/setting of those SF area beaches.

Though I prefer to visit beaches where I can actually go in the water without having my penis shrinking to the size of a pencil eraser and my testicles retreating far up into my abdomen.

sopas ej Aug 21, 2019 9:57 PM

Some of my favorite local beaches in the LA/OC area; we've got sandy beaches and rocky beaches with tide pools, cliffs...

All photos taken by me, over the last several years.

"Beach baby, beach baby, there in the sand from July till the end of September..."

MonkeyRonin Aug 22, 2019 12:55 AM

There are at least 16 natural beaches in Toronto, plus 2 artificial ones. The most notable though would probably be:

Woodbine, Kew, and Balmy Beach (collectively referred to along with the surrounding neighbourhood as the Beaches). These stretch a combined 3km in the city's east end and is by far the busiest and most popular beach.

Hanlan's Beach. Located on the islands, it's a lovely spot and one of only two urban nude beaches in the country.

Cherry Beach. Home to the popular weekly Cherry Beach party.

Sunnyside Beach. Largest beach in the west end, and home to the charming art deco bathing pavillion.

Bluffer's Beach. Located at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs, this is definitely the city's most scenic beach.
The Scarborough Bluffs .... Toronto (Scarborough) Ontario, Canada
by Greg's Southern Ontario (catching Up Slowly), on Flickr

James Bond Agent 007 Aug 22, 2019 3:17 AM

Kansas City? Hmmm. I guess maybe you could call this a beach.

Though there are several lakes in the area which I'm sure have something resembling beaches. Sort of.

The Chemist Aug 22, 2019 9:15 AM

For being a coastal city, Shanghai has pretty much shit for beaches.

I guess having to put flooding / typhoon defences everywhere along the coast doesn't help but even without them there wouldn't be much in the line of beaches. Sandy shores just aren't natural on river delta silt.

Centropolis Aug 22, 2019 11:41 AM


Originally Posted by James Bond Agent 007 (Post 8665873)
Kansas City? Hmmm. I guess maybe you could call this a beach.

Though there are several lakes in the area which I'm sure have something resembling beaches. Sort of.

there actually would be beaches, as there are further upriver from kc, since the missouri river naturally is a meandering braided stream but the corps of engineers has the river strangled to a ditch even though there is almost no barge traffic on the missouri. railroads are king in kansas city.

hauntedheadnc Aug 22, 2019 2:41 PM

The nearest beachish sort of thing to Asheville is the beach at Lake Lure, about 45 minutes southeast of town.

A drone video of said beach, showing off the dazzlingly sunny weather for which Western North Carolina is world-famous:

Video Link

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