San Francisco BeachesWritten by Jed Clark
When you are planning a vacation to Maui or Rio de Janeiro you may put beaches on top of you list of things to see. However, when planning a trip to San Francisco, you may have heard of North Beach, but North Beach doesn't have any beaches (though neighborhood was named after a beach that used to be on its north shoreline). If fact, San Francisco has several beaches that provide diversions for residents and visitors alike.
Make no mistake about it, San Francisco is not Los Angeles. Unless it's an exceptional day, San Francisco beaches tend to be a little chilly, windy and foggy. However, this should not deter you from enjoying a nice afternoon at beach. Many San Francisco beaches have beautiful panoramic views of Marin Headlands, Point Bonita Lighthouse and Golden Gate Bridge. Just be prepared with a sweatshirt or jacket in addition to your shorts or swim suit. Because of latitude of San Francisco, waters may be too cold for swimming (unless you brought your wet suit). Bring your beach towels, a sand bucket, a good book, a kite and a Frisbee to make best of your afternoon at beach.
San Francisco's most popular beaches are Ocean Beach and Baker Beach. Although East Beach at Crissy Field in Presidio has become quite popular since restoration of Crissy Field.
Ocean Beach is San Francisco's largest and longest beach running 5 miles up entire west side of San Francisco. The northern end of San Francisco Ocean Beach popular among locals, surfers and visitors. The Cliff House towers above Ocean Beach perched on edge of a coastal bluff that borders north end of beach. The beach is perfect for building sand sculptures and hosts a yearly sand sculpture contest. Ocean Beach has a very slight slope, making it ideal for wading in surf. Surfers wearing wet suits are a common sight along this section of Ocean Beach.
Greenland – The Misunderstood Land of IntrigueWritten by Rick Chapo
Say “Greenland” and a traveler immediately thinks of a giant slab of ice. With attractions such as Disko Bay, Motzfeldt So Lake, and hikes around Qaqortoq, Greenland is great for travelers looking for something off beaten path.
Disko Bay is home to massive icebergs. By massive, I am talking icebergs size of large buildings. The icebergs are simply everywhere. Watching one of these giants shrug off a few hundred thousand pounds of ice is a sight you will never forget. More than a few people have suggested a one day boat cruise around Disko Bay is most impressive you could ever take.
Motzfeldt So Lake
If hiking is a mandatory part of your vacation plan, Lake Motzfeldt is for you. The lake is enclosed by glaciers, has it’s own icebergs and is a stunning color of green. The peeks surrounding lake top out above 5,000 feet. There are hundreds of stunning hikes around lake with nearly all winding between immense glaciers. Staring up at beautiful monsters will make your mind swirl.
Qaqortoq is a harbor town in South of Greenland. Meaning “the white”, Qaqortoq has a population of a little over 3,000 people. The town is location of stone and people project, which involves sculptors creating marble pieces and placing them throughout town. It is an impressive site, particularly during summer when flowers sprout with a vengeance throughout area.