Guest post: “Top 10 Beaches” – by Jessica of Turquoise Compass


Sunday 23 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Uncle Spike loves to travel and as you may have guessed from my posts, beaches are a regular feature… and one reason I moved to coastal Turkey 🙂

From the blog stats, I can see that many of the Spikey’s and probably 70-80% of readers are from the Northern Hemisphere. Now, from what I read, most of you are freezing your butts off this winter, and so I was looking for a ‘feel good’ guest post to help you out.

And who better to do that I thought, than a blogger and traveller who specialises in finding places to warm up one’s formerly frozen butt… over to you Jessica 🙂




“Top 10 Unique Beaches of 2013”

If you know anything about me, then you know that I love the beach! There is something magical about being by (or in) the sea. I can’t explain it. The ocean makes me incredibly happy, grounds me, and brings me back to reality. Some of my best realizations have been by the ocean. I love anything and all things turquoise. I’ve made it my mission to reach as many turquoise coastlines as I can. I’ve loved being in the water since I was a little girl. Like my mother, I’m what you call a true ‘beach bum’. If I am at a beach, I am happy. There is nowhere else I would rather be. In each destination that I visit, I want to be by the coast. If I stray from the sea it won’t be long before I find my way back.

I recently visited some of my forever turquoise dream destinations: Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, California, and Florida (Miami & Key West), among others. I’ve touched some of the world’s best turquoise beaches! In the last 7 months, I’ve been busy soaking up the sun in North America, the Caribbean, and in the middle of the Pacific. With 7 months left of full-time travel, I plan to expand my turquoise horizon by moving beyond North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. As incredible as the beaches have been, I want to see more. My next stop will be Australia.

To me, a beach is not just a beach. Each beach has its own feel to it. Each beach is unique in its own way. Even before last year, I’ve visited countless beaches, but nothing tops the beaches I saw in 2013. I can’t even begin to count the beaches I saw last year, but I can remember each one vividly as if I were there yesterday. Each beach is engrained in my mind because of their one of a kind qualities and characteristics. Each beach had its own ‘air’ to it. Of all the beaches I saw last year, 10 beaches stand out in my mind because they were nothing like anything I’ve seen before. They were some of the most unique beaches I have ever seen.

In no particular order, I’ll list my top 10 unique beaches that I visited in 2013 along with my main reasoning for listing it as such. Once you see the pictures and the reason why I think it’s unique, you will think so too.


Cayo Laventado, Dominican Republic (also known as Bacardi Island)

An island off of a Caribbean island, how much better does it get? White sand, drift wood, rocks standing in the sea, and palm trees meeting tropical rain forest. It could be raining on side of the island, while sunny on the other! How much more unique can it get?

Cayo Lavendato


Condado Beach, Puerto Rico

Beach meets urban city and graffiti. There is something raw and beautiful about graffiti. In this instance, the graffiti adds a sense of emotion, passion, and character to the beach without taking away the beauty of the beach. Do you think graffiti is art?



Esperanza, Vieques (PR)

Walk on the beach, sit on the dock, take a boat ride, or swim in the sea. Esperanza beach rests along a melecon lined with small lively family run colourful food trucks, restaurants, hotels, and hostels. Esperanza is a truly authentic quiet beach town for the hippy beach lover.



Hunauma Bay, South Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

This shallow nature preserve and protected area is one of the best snorkelling spots on Oahu with an abundance of rich coral, tropical fish (yes, even rainbow parrot fish), sea turtles, and other sea creatures to be seen. Need I say more?

Hanauma Bay


Hermosa Beach, California

Hermosa Beach offers amazing views of California coastline and the horizon. Take a walk on the pier to catch the sunrise, sunset, or to get a glimpse of the action in the ocean. There are endless water sports happening in Hermosa’s waters. Better yet, wave to your shadow. 

Hermosa Beach


Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Beach meets sand, sand meets smooth sea stones, sea stones meet ever greens. One of a kind! Try walking on piles of unsteady sea stones with flip flops on! Not an easy task!

Ingonish Beach


Sand Hills Beach, Southern Nova Scotia

When the tide is out, you can walk for miles (literally) in the shallow warm water. With the water never going above your knees, take advantage of bathing and wading in the Atlantic Ocean (in the summer of course).



Sharks Cove, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

The extremely shallow, rocky, and coral laden area is the perfect place to spot a sting ray swimming through the underwater tunnels while free diving. Are there really sharks there?

Sharks Cove


Kouchibouguac, New Brunswick

The brown sandy beach turns into a rich grassy field, which then expands to the forest. This beach environment is home of the piping plover. Can you spot one or hear one chirping about?



Moku Nui Island, Eastern Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

The lava encrusted island is jagged, uneven, and a diamond in the rough. To get there, you must put in the effort…paddle, paddle, paddle. Once you arrive, you can eat opi hihi fresh out of the sea, watch a monk seal sun bathe on the beach, or watch a surfer catch a wave. Does it get any better?

Moku Nui Island


What are some of the most unique beaches you have visited?

Writted by: “Jessica” of Turquoise Compass



DSC_0066 (Medium)Turquoise Compass encompasses living life to the fullest and taking advantage of every opportunity that comes up while navigating through life to make your dreams come true.

Turquoise Compass means traveling, teaching, navigating, learning, and trying new things.

Extreme adventure – Yes!
Backpacking – Yes!
Exploring a new destination solo – Yes!
Trying something new – Yes!
Do you want to try it? – Yes!

I’m Jessica, and I’m taking a 14 month sabbatical from my teaching job to travel and to do all the things I wouldn’t normally have time to experience 🙂



Even during a Turkish coastal winter, I can appreciate these beautiful beach shots.
Thank you Jessica for giving the Spikey’s a treat, especially the cold ones!



13 thoughts on “Guest post: “Top 10 Beaches” – by Jessica of Turquoise Compass

  1. […] published an article I wrote about my top 10 most unique beaches I visited in 2013 on Uncle Spikes Adventures as a way to share my travel story with another blogger and his readers. Publishing on Uncle Spikes […]


  2. NikiMarie says:

    I love it! And I agree with her need to be by water. I lived in Michigan, near Lake Huron, then on to Florida near the ocean, then back up north (yes, that may have been a mistake), near Lake Michigan. I can’t imagine living without water about 10 minutes nearby! Beautiful pictures 🙂


  3. panikikubik says:

    Thank you Jessica for taking your time and showing this great pictures and telling us about them.A special thank ypu for showing us that there is possible to take a break and dare to do what you want to do.

    Thank you Uncle Spike for your good hearted try to chear us cold northen villagers up.
    May I be raw honest? This post made me feel miserable. Like in those movies when a goodhearted person shows a friend someting and you expect the friend to be happy – instead the other person start to hystericaly cry and run away?

    Dear Uncle Spike – you’re showing us northern Villagers- this beautiful magic we can’t reach. it’s like holding a banana outside our ape cage.

    But I been in the lovely djungle too.My favourite beach is south of Lisbon. I was about to go there in april, but because of certain circumstances the trip is cancelled and I stay in the cage this time.


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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Aww, dont be sad.. think of the post as watching a nice film. Much better for the soul than watching something dreary I think 😀


    • Thank you for your comment and for your honesty. I have felt like you countless times again and again. I got an opportunity to travel for a year and I jumped on that chance. As amazing as it has been (as you can see from above), it isn’t always exhilarating and exciting. There are times when I miss normalcy, routine, and my life back home, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Lucky for you for visiting Lisbon; I haven’t been and would love to go. Dreaming another dream!
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass


      • panikikubik says:

        Thank you Jessica for your kind words and for commenting. I understand that it’s not only sunshine when ypu’re out travelling, I guess it’s comes a sort of daily life in travelling too. But also a lot of nice memories and experience :-):
        Do put Lisbon on your next travel list – you will love it.
        All the best to you!


  4. etinkerbell says:

    I love the sea and I am a beach hunter myself . I’ve been to Cayo Levantado and visited the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, but my favourite beach is in the Idian Ocean: Anse D’Argent, Seychelles.


  5. Rajiv says:

    I am a mountain person myself!


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