I love the sea…its ever-changing colors, its waves, its taste in the air…just everything 🙂
The most beautiful sea I’ve ever seen is the ocean in South Beach, Miami. I’ve heard that Pacific atolls are the best, but I’ve never been there so, up to this moment, Miami Beach wins 🙂
I was fascinated by the differences I noticed compared to the beaches I know well, that is the ones situated in Liguria (North West Italy) and Côte d’Azur (South East France).
First of all, South Beach is so wide that, even if it gets crowded at times, it never gets suffocating, since you always have a lot of empty space around and in front of you to watch the sea or to walk around. In my European experience, this is rarely possible, because the beaches are smaller and they get packed with people very easily, so that they always surround you, even into the water at times! This is something I don’t really like, since it make it impossible to quietly stare at the waves or to swim without paying attention not to hit people!
The beach is mostly free and there are only some spots where you can rent umbrellas and sun beds for the day. This is very similar to South France, while in Italy you can hardly find a free beach, especially in the north shores. Even if it’s a public beach, the sand and the water are very clean and there is always some police to check everything’s ok, which gives you the feeling to be really safe.
The only remark I can make is that the beach is completely dark at night, which can make it quite dangerous to walk around after sunset. That’s a pity, because I think that one of the must-do summer experiences is a night picnic in the sand with music, campfire and watermelon!
Another thing I loved in Miami were the long waves and the view of surfers practicing near the shore, not to mention that swimming in the waves is much more fun! Mediterranean sea is usually calmer and colder. I was so surprised by the hot water of this part of the Atlantic Ocean, because I had always thought it had very cold water everywhere, but I’ve been told that in South Florida you can enjoy the Gulf Current flowing from the Caribbean, so that the water temperature never drops below 24°.
In South Beach you can easily see some local fauna, such as big pelicans that almost touch your head while diving into the water, small fishes very close to the shore and also some fenced turtle nests on the beach. In fact, in the period between April and October, a lot of sea turtles come here at night to lay their eggs!
Another distinctive feature of South Beach is the view of the colored lifeguard cabins in art-déco style, perfectly matching hotels and bars in Ocean Drive!
Waiting to leave for Nice (France) in two weeks, I’m taking one more look at the pictures I took in Miami almost 2 months ago!
Have a nice holiday!!!