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Old 06-25-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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There are nice sandy beaches in Alaska. Most of them are remote, as is most of Alaska. And...the water is COLD!!!. As in hypothermia cold. If you are in that water for very long without some kind of protection you will die.

Welcome to Alaska. I doubt you would like it if what you like is in your photos.
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Hello all,
Alaska has the longest coast line of any state but how come this state is not known for its beaches like California or Florida . I have seen online videos of people swimming in the lakes in the Interior and occasionally in the Artic Ocean, but that's as far as swimming goes. Are there any nice beaches in the Southeast or the Kennai peninsula where many people go for a swim? And what about the Cali/Florida-style beach mansions like these, do you have them in Alaska??
Actually, Alaska has more coastline than ALL the other 49 states combined (5,580 miles of coastline). There are beaches of every type you can imagine; rocky beaches, white sandy beaches, black sandy beaches, and everything in between.

As far as swimming is concerned, it is not advisable without a wet suit. There are people who wind surf in Turnagain Arm during the months of June and July, and of course there are people who scuba dive off the coast, but you will not find casual swimmers. There are some who will even surf the bore tide that comes only during the highest tide of the month and travels 40 miles down Turnagain Arm.


Turnagain Arm Bore Tide Paddle Surfers
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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No thanks!!! I suspect I used up all of my thrill seeking enthusiasm when I was in my mid 30's.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: AK
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Some people (mainly kids) will swim in the rivers, lakes, and bays. Still cold. I did the polar bear swim thing in the Arctic. The water temp was 51 degrees in August.

A Kuskokwim river beach
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-r...0/IMG_5891.jpg

Koyuk river beach near Norton Bay
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-T...0/IMG_7579.JPG

Our beaches don't look like Florida's. Personally I think our rocky, muddy beaches are prettier the the tropical ones.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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My Husband and I did the Polar Bear Swim off a beach on Adak Island in 1993. The water was 34F (Bering Strait)
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:31 AM
 
Location: SE Alaska
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Homer Beach, Floating rocks????
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Oh yeah! The volcanic rocks known as pumice, float! And there is the volcano Augustine across the Cook Inlet from Homer. Hence the boulders floating around along the beach!

I kid. Those things are not floating trust me. Although pumice does float, those are not pumice boulders.

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Old 06-27-2011, 02:43 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Dude. Go swim in it if you want. 50˚F water is not my idea of a nice, enjoyable swim. There are tons of beaches in Alaska; in fact, the state alone has more coastline than the entire lower 48. Nome has a beach... and the water is 44˚F. Fun! Seriously though, I would like to go for a little walk on the ocean ice off Barrow, but only if I had a local guide or something. I know there is probably a significant risk of having the ice decide to separate, leaving you floating in the Arctic Ocean, or some such calamity. Not good.

Alaska has TONS of beaches, just not what you're thinking of. And thank god for that.
50 is only a few degrees colder than the water here in NorCal. Generally runs 53 - 57 depending on the amount of upwelling. Even as far south as SoCal it's generally only in the low 60s. Wreck diving in San Diego at about 70 feet I recorded 46 degrees F obviously below the first thermocline.
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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50 is only a few degrees colder than the water here in NorCal. Generally runs 53 - 57 depending on the amount of upwelling. Even as far south as SoCal it's generally only in the low 60s. Wreck diving in San Diego at about 70 feet I recorded 46 degrees F obviously below the first thermocline.
You might want to check that again. Currently the water temperature is 65.8F in Alameda, CA, as of 06/27/2011, 20:48 UTC. Currently, the warmest waters in Alaska are just off the coast of Anchorage at 56.5F as of 06/27/2011, 20:48 UTC.

Source: NODC Coastal Water Temperature Guide
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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50 is only a few degrees colder than the water here in NorCal. Generally runs 53 - 57 depending on the amount of upwelling. Even as far south as SoCal it's generally only in the low 60s. Wreck diving in San Diego at about 70 feet I recorded 46 degrees F obviously below the first thermocline.
Fine to go swimming in 60F water when you can haul yourself out and plop down on a nice sunny, 90F beach to warm back up.

Not so fun when that cold water is usually warmer than up on the beach though.
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