Bikinis & Boardwalks: Surfer Girls Pictures

From the fish tacos of San Diego’s Mission Beach to the inverted water slides of Ocean City, MD, explore the must-see sights of these 2 laid-back beach boardwalks.

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Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA, is located just 75 miles down Route 101, south of San Francisco. The golden coast of California and the spirit of Polynesia meet at this seaside summer paradise. 960 1280

  

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz is the summertime fun zone that combines Hawaiian good times and California coastal pleasures. They’ve got Hawaiian canoe racing, snacks like chocolate-covered bacon and French-fried artichokes and a Polynesian Island Heritage Festival. 960 1280

  

Santa Cruz’s annual Polynesian Festival

Santa Cruz’s annual Polynesian Festival

At Santa Cruz’s annual Polynesian Festival, the main attraction is the outrigger races. Outrigger boats are elongated 9-man canoes controlled by paddles and a Hawaiian tradition that dates back centuries. 960 1280

  

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

The first recorded instance of surfing in the US was off the shores of Santa Cruz in 1885, when 3 Hawaiian princes decided to hang ten. Today, riding waves is still a favorite pastime in the waters of Santa Cruz. 960 1280

  

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Riders fly high above the Santa Cruz Boardwalk on the Sea Swings. 960 1280

  

Santa Cruz’s Looff Carousel

Santa Cruz’s Looff Carousel

Santa Cruz’s Looff Carousel was built in 1911 by the Looff family, one of the early manufacturers of carousels. Only 5 other intact Looff carousels remain in the US, and this one was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. 960 1280

  

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach is located just south of the oyster-filled waters of the Chesapeake Bay. A 3-mile boardwalk borders what the Guinness Book of Records calls “The World’s Largest Pleasure Beach.” 960 1280

  

Virginia Beach’s boardwalk

Virginia Beach’s boardwalk

Every year more than 5.5 million summertime party people swarm Virginia Beach’s boardwalk. Virginia’s social elite first put the boardwalk on the map in the late 1800s, when they came to enjoy its first luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Virginia Beach’s Ocean Breeze Water Park

Virginia Beach’s Ocean Breeze Water Park

In addition to the wave pool, slides and lazy river, Virginia Beach’s Ocean Breeze Water Park offers shaded cabanas for relaxing like a VIP. 960 1280

  

Rudee Inlet

Rudee Inlet

Just off the boardwalk in Rudee Inlet, strength, balance and flexibility are all honed and challenged with paddleboard yoga. 960 1280

  

Virginia Beach’s amusement park

Virginia Beach’s amusement park

Don’t miss the rides at Virginia Beach’s oceanfront amusement park! 960 1280

  

Rehoboth Beach, DE
Rehoboth Beach, DE

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Every summer, the population of Rehoboth, DE, explodes to 25 times its normal size. The additional thousands of beachcombers swarming the shores are metropolitans and politicos from Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, escaping their daily grind. 960 1280

  

Rehoboth’s Funland

Rehoboth’s Funland

The Paratrooper is just one of the many rides you’ll find at Rehoboth’s Funland, which has been in operation since 1962. 960 1280

  

The Rehoboth lifeguard patrol

The Rehoboth lifeguard patrol

The Rehoboth lifeguard patrol has been saving the day since 1921. In 2011 alone, this 55-member team was responsible for over 400 rescues. 960 1280

  

Dolle’s Candyland

Dolle’s Candyland

The salt water taffy at Dolle’s Candyland has made this confectioner a Rehoboth Beach staple since 1926. 960 1280

  

Venice Beach’s promenade

Venice Beach’s promenade

Venice Beach’s promenade, which dates back to 1905, is called an ocean walk, since it’s made of concrete as opposed to wooden planks. 960 1280

  

Venice Beach, CA

Venice Beach, CA

Venice Beach’s local artistic community is joined by the 16 million tourists that find inspiration in this vibrant bohemian paradise every year. 960 1280

  

Arbor Skate Shop

Arbor Skate Shop

Venice has been known to locals as “Dogtown” since the 1970s, when a group of young surfers -- or “Z-Boys” as they were known -- revolutionized the sport of skateboarding. Arbor Skate Shop has been handcrafting environmentally sustainable, high-performance surf, skate and snowboards since 1995. 960 1280

  

Venice, CA

Venice, CA

A creative visionary named Abott Kinney dreamed of building the Venice, Italy, of America. He wanted to make sure his oceanfront oasis was more magnificent than any other, so he connected the promenade to an intricate system of canals, which are lined with multi-million-dollar homes. 960 1280

  

Venice Ale House

Venice Ale House

The outdoor patio at the Venice Ale House is the perfect spot for taking in the crazy circus of artists, street performers and vendors who turn the ocean walk into a living theatre. 960 1280

  

Venice Ale House

Venice Ale House

At the Venice Ale House, their sampler of drinks is served on a modified longboard and is called a “skate.” 960 1280

  

Venice Beach’s Sidewalk Café

Venice Beach’s Sidewalk Café

Venice Beach’s Sidewalk Café is another great spot for people-watching along the ocean walk. And with its fresh food and live music, it’s been a Venice landmark for 25 years. 960 1280