With it's picturesque villages, laid-back lifestyle and world-famous cuisine, it's no wonder that the Mediterranean has been a go-to destination for summertime travelers for years. Here's a list of the top hidden beaches, tucked away in secluded corners and closely guarded by locals.
"They're bad for the environment!" "They can't be recycled!" "They will cause your arches to collapse!" I began to see cruel Facebook posts about them. One particularly heartbreaking one went something like this: "Wow, that's a nice looking pair of Crocs. Said No One Ever."
Miles of soft sand, swaying palm trees, and the lure of the sparkling ocean make the City of Angels a magnet for surf-and-sun devotees. Yet with over 90 beaches in Los Angeles County, it can be difficult for visiting families to know where to begin.
The surf is always up somewhere. Whether it's a sandy little casita in a far-flung Mexican backwater or a high-gloss resort on the cliffs of Santa Catarina you're after, these eight surf hotels can all put you on a wave.
With the help of people just like you and me, collectively we will know a whole lot more about the numbers and types of sea life in our waters, how best to respond to a major disturbance, and how much success we're having in protecting vulnerable habitats.
Wet, tired, happy, we boarded the vaporetto and called it a day knowing we accomplished something rare. We'd found the places in Venice where the locals go when they want to relax and had an authentic and memorable experience among them.