Since I established in an earlier post that my favorite vacation spot is anywhere there’s a beach, I don’t really have a favorite one. I do like white sand beaches and had a lovely time snorkeling at one on Vieques Island once. This was years ago and I was so excited by the experience I vowed snorkeling was my “new thing.” Despite this childlike enthusiasm at the time, however, I’ve never actually snorkled again. My favorite thing to do on the beach is to kick off my flip-flips and start searching for seashells, sea glass, or anything interesting that’s washed up on shore. I don’t like beaches with large numbers of human bodies littered around the coastline, so my favorite beach is always rather remote and less inhabited.
Many years ago, on the southern coast of Spain, I visited a lovely beach in Nerja. It was part of a larger trip so I was just there for a couple of days. Most of the memories are of body surfing and generally lounging around, which is not something I do often, so it was remarkable. Once, while laying on a towel with my eyes closed, nearly lounging myself into a deep sleep, I suddenly felt the sun disappear. There were no clouds in the sky, so this seemed rather odd. I slowly opened my eyes and was horrified to see the bare arse and bits of an obese German man squatting over me. He had apparently picked that spot and that moment to change into his swimsuit. I know most Americans are ridiculously conservative when it comes to nudity, but this was a perfect example of why that’s not always a bad thing.
And this is why, still today, I only choose secluded beaches and shun crowded ones. Also, I just think that the primary enjoyment of the beach is the peaceful feeling of being on the edge of infinity. When I experience this, I prefer to be with just a few people I actually know. Watching the sunset over the water, and listening to the waves, while clearing my cluttered mind and actually managing to think of nothing much at all for once. It’s a magical moment that any lovely beach can bring. Making each and every one of them I visit, my new favorite.