There is nothing more dramatic than a rugged coastline with rocks jutting here and there and waves crashing. Sure, beaches are great and fun for the whole family, but a picturesque, rugged coast captures our imagination and stimulate all our senses. They make great places to sit and contemplate life. For those interested in animals and ecology, they are also wonderful places to explore. Tide pools often contain a fascinating collection of creatures whose life revolves around this small microcosm of the biosphere.
So, here is my own collection of interesting and dramatic shorelines. Once again, I will begin in Hawaii, which is blessed with many prime examples of this phenomenon. Lumahai Beach, on the island of Kauai, has both a lovely crescent-shaped beach and jutting rocks which harbor beautiful, colorful coral reef fish.
Wainapanapa State Park, on the Road to Hana (Maui) features a black sand beach and lovely off-shore rocks, some of which form sea arches.
Makapuu Point, on the island of Oahu, is a classic rocky beach.
The Pacific Coast of the United States is extremely rugged in places, and known for its sea stacks and interesting offshore formations. Check out Cannon Beach, in Oregon,
and Ruby Beach in Washington State.
The Monterey Peninsula, in California, features Seventeen-Mile Drive, a winding route that parallels the rocky coastline.
Much of the US’s Atlantic coast is sandy and rather non-descript. However, New England features the kind of rugged coastline that this post describes. In Martha’s Vineyard, Gay Head makes a great impression.
In Maine’s Acadia National Park, Otter Cliffs is an area that exemplifies rugged.
Hopewell Rocks, in New Brunswick, Canada, is the province’s poster child, both at high tide
and low tide.
Interesting off-shore rocks are the focal point at Bathsheba Beach in Barbados
and at a section known as I Faraglioni, on the Isle of Capri.
The beach at Nice is more traditional but gorgeous nonetheless..