We tend to take our beloved beaches at face value – they’re the places we flock to recharge our mojo, find our serenity, bake a bit under the sun and frolic in the surf.
However, there is a lot more to our favorite destinations – fascinating facts you can enjoy and share with your friends.
Appropriately enough, we found today’s trivia while surfing the web.
Here’s a sampler of interesting facts from TripSavvy.com:
- There are approximately 95,471 miles of shoreline in the United States and its territories.
- You should wear beach shoes on Hawaii’s black sand as it's often too hot to walk on—a consequence of it absorbing sunlight as opposed to white sand, which reflects sunlight.
- More than 22 states in the USA offer clothing-optional beaches. The top nude beaches include San Francisco's Baker Beach and Haulover Beach in Florida.
- Revere Beach, five miles north of Boston was established in 1896, making it the oldest public beach in the U.S.
Now that we’ve whetted your appetite for beach trivia, here’s a second helping to chew on:
- Sandy beaches are mostly made of silica in the form of quartz.
- Beaches can come in many different colors including white, gray, gold-yellow, brown, red and black.
- The tallest sandcastle ever made was just two inches shy of 38 feet.
- The number of people who visit America’s coasts and beaches is more than double those who head to state and national parks.
- Statistics show that nearly half of us are planning a beach vacation.
Keeping our coast clear