Since 1914, the Long Beach Boardwalk has been the centerpiece of its community. Known for accessibility and camaraderie, the 2.2 miles of weathered wood planks was a favorite place to walk, run or gather. It was ‘Main Street’ in that quintessential American way.
The original height of eight feet should have protected the boardwalk from the tides during storms. Indeed, it endured many. But on October 12, 2012, Super Storm Sandy pummeled the boardwalk beyond repair. It had to be totally rebuilt.
A year later, New York State Governor Cuomo said: “Today the boardwalk is fully reopened, bringing back to the Long Beach community not only an iconic local treasure, but a major tourist attraction that helps supports local businesses and jobs… One year after the floodwaters caused so much damage and destruction here on Long Island, the newly restored boardwalk is a both a symbol of the resilience and strength of Long Beach as well as the unwavering spirit of the many hard-hit communities across our state that are building back better and stronger than before.”
The southwest coast of Portugal’s Alentejo region is a new destination for walking vacations. Complete with meadows, valleys, stunning views of bays and sand dunes, it is sure to please. There are turtles, eagles and storks for company.
The 350 km Rota Vicentina Trail features two main footpaths:
- The Historical Way, the inland trail
- The Fishermen’s Trail, the coastal section for on-foot travelers only
For a travel writer’s description of day-long walks along the well-marked trails, check out: “On foot in unsung Portugal – walking with storks” by Roger Bray (www.thematuretraveller.co.uk)
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