The Beach Or Mountains ?

Do you prefer the beach or mountains ?

When I saw this question I knew I had to answer it as I love spending time at a beach - not the ones in built up areas so much but ones away from the hustle & bustle of town .

I also love being up in the mountains enjoying the views of valleys below and knew I couldn't answer this question and give both the beach and the mountains justice in a few short sentences as the beach and the ocean has always played a big part in my life as we sailed from Britain to New Zealand when I was 5.

Living in New Zealand we spent a lot of time driving up and down steep hills , enjoying the mountains as well as time on the beach so which do I prefer - Beach or Mountains ?

The Beach

I love snorkeling in these beautiful places.
I love snorkeling in these beautiful places.

Beach or Mountains


The beach has a special place in my life as this is where we see some amazing beautiful animals - sea creatures .

I have been fortunate enough to stand knee deep in the ocean at Monkey Mia in Western Australia and feed a dolphin .

While at Ningaloo Reef we sat on the beach of an evening to watch the turtles nesting & I had a huge turtle almost walk over me in its hurry to be back safe in the sea. My husband moved apart & watched as it slowly walked between us - an amazing moment we will never forget.

The next day we swam with a turtle while snorkeling & seeing the amazing world beneath the sea.

I love watching dolphins playing together or seeing a whale swimming by .

My daughters & I would go boogie boarding catching the waves back into shore or just walking along the beach picking up shells enjoying being together.

When we were young we would go pippying in New Zealand with Mum & Dad out Brighton way and then enjoy our fresh pippys for tea .

I remember evenings fishing at Birdlings Flat near Christchurch where like Broome it had the Staircase to the Moon & we had a fire going amongst the stones .

The beach holds so many special precious memories for me over the years from New Zealand - Australia - Back in Wales we visited the beach wherever we could & I even swam in the sea on the East Coast .

Tuncurry Beach

Spent a lot of time here .
Spent a lot of time here .

Mountains or the Beach

I enjoy spending time in the mountains looking at the view - going for a bush walk - The Blue Mountains looking at the 3 Sisters or going 4 wh driving in Barrington Tops is really nice .

There is something about being right away from the busy lifestyle in the city or town and camping by the river in the hills .

Love 4 wh driving !
Love 4 wh driving !

Enjoying the Mountains

Karijini National Park

Love enjoying the views
Love enjoying the views

Beach & Mountains

Best of both !
Best of both !

A Beach Wedding !

We love the beach !
We love the beach !

Beach Activities

There is so much you can enjoy doing at the beach.
There is so much you can enjoy doing at the beach.

Beach at Cape Leveque WA

We loved our beach shack at Cape Leveque !
We loved our beach shack at Cape Leveque !
Love the rockpools on the beach
Love the rockpools on the beach
See all sorts of animals !
See all sorts of animals !
So peaceful here
So peaceful here
Meet lots of interesting creatures
Meet lots of interesting creatures

Horizontal Falls- Talbot Bay

The Beach

I Guess when I go over my life I must say the Ocean has a greater pull as I

Swim in the sea

Boogie board in on the waves

Kayak along the shore

Sail amongst the dolphins

Cruised from Country to Country

Caught dinner fresh for tea

Swam with a turtle

Watched the Wales

Enjoy romantic walks....

Yet in the mountains I go for a walk , swim in a river and enjoy the peace and look to see if I can see the ocean !


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Tough choice as I love the beach and the mountains also. Really enjoyed reading this. Sounds like you've had some great experiences by the ocean. I have a question? What is pippying? I've never heard the term.

Well done. Voting up.


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Forgot to add that the pictures are amazing, great job.


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi bdegiulio, Thanks for the visit , pippies are shelled seafish smaller than mussels ! We boil them & eat them in a bit of vinegar . We are traveling Austalia so am getting my own photos !


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Could we do both? I love the pictures of the birds and the little crab. You must have had a hard time deciding which was better as well. Thanks for sharing this one with us.


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi teaches ! Am pleased you like my photos .Both are beautiful however when & if we finally settle it will be near the water


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moonfairy 4 years ago

wow, fantastic!!! love the pics and actually pinned one. thanks so much for such an amazing answer to my question...I totally enjoyed the read =)


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi Moonfairy, so pleased you enjoyed it as I love taking my own photos for the hubs !


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tjdavis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

Love this hub. Beautiful photos and very detailed hub. I personally take the mountains any day over the beach. I have watched many movies made in New Zealand and every time wish I was there in the mountains.


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi tjdavis, Thanks for the visit . I loved the hills & mountains when I lived in New Zealand , always looked amazing . Love your picture of the windy pass in your hub !


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This hub is a feast for the eyes. You live in such a beautiful part of the world. Luckily I live in the mountains and can be at the beach in three hours. I love hiking and nature, but everyone else in my family prefers the beach. I love it too but sometimes the traffic and commercialism encountered there doesn't feel like a real vacation. Fabulous hub!


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Beautiful. I agree, it's hard to choose. Here in California we have both too. I live in the mountains, but grew up in the beach towns. I miss the ocean and need to visit it soon. Voted up and shared.


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miss1magination 4 years ago

Love your picture's :)I live close to the beach in Australia. Our beach's in Qld are very beautiful but sometimes, overloaded with tourists so then I prefer the mountains seems to bring me peace. voted up:) thank you for sharing


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greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

Beach and mountains are equally beautiful, I would love to spend time on both, anyway those are amazing looking pictures, and thank you for sharing... voted up for beautiful


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

I absolutely loved this one! I live in Florida, so going to the local, out of the way beaches here is common for us, but the mountains are real treat for us because, as you may know, Florida is mostly flat! Great Pix...wonderfully done. Voted Up and Awesome!


Kerry43 4 years ago

G'day! I love the mountains myself, but WA certainly does have THE most awesome beaches. I spent some time in Geraldton, WA and loved it there.

Thanks for sharing your photos, they are stunning!

Kez:)


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi Kerry , Thanks for the visit ! I have a hub about Geraldton you might enjoy ! http://hubpages.com/travel/Geraldton-Western-Austr... We used to go there shopping & have tea at the beach when we lived in Morawa for a while !


Kerry43 4 years ago

Oh great, thank you!


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AussieTreeChange 3 years ago from New South Wales Australia

Wow, you have been to some beautiful places and you have some excellent photos too. I really enjoyed reading your hub. Was that you getting married at the beach? how awesome!!

You have inspired me to write about some of our little camping trips. Havent travelled as far and wide as you have, but we hope to!


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi Aussietreechange, Thanks for the visit . We loved getting married by the beach as it was a 2nd time for both of us ! Would love to read more of your hubs about your adventures .


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Charu Bhatnagar 3 years ago from India

Really enjoyed this hub. First of all, the subject attracted me. Its really entertaining as well as informative. :-) I live in the Himalayas, so I have never lived near the beaches. My only memory of a beach is when I'd gone with my family to the Southern India during holidays, and had visited some coastal regions there.


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks Charu Bhatnagar for visiting ! We spent a lot of time by the beach growing up as well as when we had our children but loved visiting the mountains . There are benefits in both places !

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