Strangely enough, my two favorites--a nude beach outside San Francisco and a former 'gay' beach near Charleston, S.C., didn't make the cut.
I'll tell you about them in my next post. Today, let's focus on America's top 10 beaches, according to TripAdvisor's army of reviewers. Here they are, in order and annotated with my ramblings:
|The Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete|
|Who's sorry now, indeed. Connie Francis and two admirers.|
it's still there and it's still called Gay Dolphin!
|Don't f--- with me, fellas! I'm fixin' to give some diarrhea!|
|Doris Duke's Shangri La|
|What? There are no lines in this here road!|
|Before There Was Toni Basil and "Mickey," There Was Connie|
|Mrs. P strikes a pose in Hawaii|
|Marilyn at the Hotel Del|
I just Googled Larry Harvey. Apparently, he's still a guide at the Ernest Hemingway house! I'm elated to think that there are tourists in Key West who will soon be entranced by this witty, one-of-a-kind, deeply Southern character. If TripAdvisor ever compiles a list of the Top 10 Tour Guides in the U.S., allow me to be the first to nominate Larry Harvey.
And now, my fabulous readers: What is your favorite U.S. beach? And what memories--goofy, strange, or poignant--does it conjure up for you?
P.S. My buddy Erfert wanted to see a photo of me in that pale turquoise suit. I dug one up. It's not a terribly good shot, and the suit--now that I see it again--actually looks pale green. But here it is: