Tag Archive: Beach

Aug 01

Black Beach – Silver Bay, MN

My wife and girls never thought they were going to get their beach vacation when we headed to the North Star State of Minnesota.  But there we were on a beautiful black “sand” beach.  Girls running towards the waves and retreating squealing with glee as the waves would touch their toes.  Spending some time on …

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Jun 01

Top 10 Snorkel Beaches on Hawaii: Big Island Edition


As the Great Plains heat up my mind starts to drift to the ocean and how we wish we were there.  One of our favorite vacations of all time was a 10 day stay to the Big Island of Hawaii.  Not as crowded as Oahu or Maui and just as beautiful.  In our minds the …

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Jan 13

Palauea Beach Park- Maui


Palauea Beach is a wonderful snorkeling area that is primitive and not as pretty to look at as the well manicured resort beaches, but when I think of a Native Hawaiian beach this is what I picture in my mind’s eye.  The beach runs for about 500 feet, but there are absolutely no amenities which …

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Jan 08

Mustang Island State Park- Port Aransas

Royal Terns

Mustang Island State Park is a coastal barrier island located just south of the city of Port Aransas, Texas.  A barrier island is a narrow strip of sand that lays parallel to the mainland coast.  Padre Island is the world’s longest barrier island.  Mustang Island State Park covers 3,954 acres and has a 5-mile beachfront …

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Nov 17

Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui

Black Sand Pepples

Wai’anapanapa State Park is wonderful place to stop during your trip on the Hana Highway.  The park encompasses 122 acres of beautiful grounds that includes a natural sea arch, caves, hiking trail, native forest, and a rare black sand beach.  The black sand beach is rare on Maui since black sand is formed from lava …

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Oct 28

Maluaka Beach- Maui

Green Sea Turtle with Border

Maluaka Beach was a great spot to snorkel, Karen and I had a hard time picking which place to go to while we were in Maui.  There were so many snorkel spots to pick from.   Each night when we were deciding on where to go we had a hard time making up our mind.  Maluaka …

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Sep 20

Kahalu’u Beach Park: Children’s Beach

Eel Closeup

Kahalu’u Beach Park on the Big Island is the perfect spot for beginner snorkelers which might be why it also goes by the name Children’s Beach.  It is always calm but the entry can be slippery.  For the most part it was very easy to get in the water.  The only down side is the fact that …

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Jul 15

Pololu Valley: Big Island


Pololu Valley is one of the prettiest spots on the Big Island, which is saying a lot since the whole island is such a beautiful place.  The valley is home to Pololu Beach which is a black sand beach.  Karen and I did not get in the water because the surf and currents seemed way …

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Jul 14

Wai’alea Beach Park: Big Island

Wai'alea Beach Park

Wai’alea Beach Park is a gem of a spot for snorkeling or swimming in Hawaii. Karen and I really enjoyed this park and went to it several times while we were visiting the Big Island. The facilities of the park are very nice. It had a paved parking lot, restrooms, shower and drinking water everything …

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