What is a beach? An ecosystem unique in itself or simply the place where sea meets the land. Well, then, what about the intertidal zone - the difference on the beach between high tide and low tide - where unique flora and fauna thrive in their own special way. Beaches are zones of reproduction where sea turtles swim miles and miles just to crawl up on their native beach and lay the eggs of their hopes for future generations.
The beach in SE Asia thrives with all sorts of sea shells including the toxic cone shells that sling a dart into the foot of an unsuspecting beach goer and inject the foot of their victim with painful and sometimes deadly venom. The beach is where whales go to die. The beach is where sandpipers go to live. Some beaches are urban and absolutely taken over by humans - some even without clothes. For ever the evil spell cast on sun bathers by the ozone hole - it reminds us of the fragile nature of our earth in the balance on a virtual tipping point.
The beach is a place of refuge for those lost at sea. The beach generates the sounds of silence causing one to reflect on their inner being. The beach is warm but the beach breezes are always blowing and they are cool. The beach culture is full of sun bathers, sun worshipers, those who crave the wave and those who crave under the wave.
Beach travel can take you from one extreme to another. From the Arctic sauna club crowd of Prudo Bay, Alaska to the tropical bikinis of the French Riviera, beach travel is exotic. If you Scuba, sailboard, sail, boogeyboard or surfboard - beaches are your heaven.