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Old 06-25-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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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??




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Old 06-25-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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Are you for real?

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Old 06-25-2011, 03:23 PM
 
Location: New York, NY on the west bank of the East River
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^ Repped you on that one.

And god knows the one thing Alaska REALLY needs is lots of big beach mansions.
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:36 PM
 
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I don't mind swimming in cold water though, it's like taking a cold shower to me. So there are really no beaches in Alaska? I'm upset by this:cryin g:
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: New York, NY on the west bank of the East River
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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.
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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Home Spit beach area



Deep Creek beach


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Old 06-25-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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^^Home Spit beach looks somewhat scary with all those big rocks floating around. I don't know if that's sand or silt along the shore but I definitely wouldn't want to swim there. Of course I know there are beaches in Alaska, what I was wondering is whether or not the beaches look nice and swimmable as this, with blue water and white sand....



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Old 06-25-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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not even close to looking like that...an if you can get in the water without a wet or dry suit more power to ya!
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Homosassa, Florida
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South East Alaska coastal islands over by the Weather Center main complex lot of people like to go on the isolated beach and camp out from thier small boats. Long periods like one two months.
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Old 06-25-2011, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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There is some sandy beach near Kenai, and I've swam there. But the best swimming is in the inland lakes. Much warmer water.
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