Top Ten Beaches from 2011

After spending almost 7 months working on a cruise ship this year covering the majority of Central and North America, I am feeling quite a bit like an expert at beaches. Ever since I was a young girl growing up in Northern Michigan on Lake Huron, I’ve been a water baby. When I was younger, I used to race sail boats on Lake Saint Clair in Detroit. So I knew when I took the ship gig that I already had my “sea legs”. I can’t get enough of it. If I’m not in water, on it, or near it, I’m pretty much thinking about it. I thought that it would be fun to look back on all the beaches that I have been to this year and list out the top 10.

Several of the beaches I have already written in earlier blog posts vingettes about our adventures there. I’ve conveniently linked the beach to the appropriate article. Enjoy!

10. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Beach meet Pool Bar Travel Cabo San Lucas Mexico
Beach meet Pool Bar

9. Limon, Costa Rica

Limon Costa Rica Beach Travel
Not ready to row away yet

8. Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii USA

Lahaina Maui Hawaii Travel Beach
Just walk out a few feet and snorkel away

7. Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii USA

Duke Honolulu Waikiki Beach Travel Hawaii
Duke, Surfin' King

6. Nawiliwili Bay, Kauai, Hawaii USA

Nawiliwili Bay Kauai Hawaii Travel Beach
Surf's Up

5. Mackinac Island, Michigan USA

Straights of Mackinaw Mackinac Island Travel Michigan Beach
Bring your water shoes

4. Huatulco, Mexico

Huatulco Mexico Travel Beaches
Lovely Huatulco

3. Richardson Beach, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii USA

Richardson Beach Hilo Big Island Hawaii Travel
Glow in the dark agains the black sand

2. Oranjestad, Aruba

Aruba Beach Travel
Ah, Aruba, Your tiki huts tantalize me.

1. Lake Michigan, Manistee, Michigan, USA

Lake Michigan Manistee Travel Beach
Wading in Lake Michigan