Cape Bre­ton beaches make the grade

Meat Cove, In­go­nish among Top 50 beaches in North Amer­ica

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

Two Cape Bre­ton lo­cales have made a list of the Top 50 beaches in North Amer­ica, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey of 1,200 writ­ers, ed­i­tors and travel agents.

The beach at Meat Cove and In­go­nish Beach were two of the four Nova Sco­tia des­ti­na­tions to make the grade, a list com­piled by Cana­dian-owned on­line travel agency flight­net­work.com.

Meat Cove was the top Nova Sco­tia beach listed at No. 14. The web­site de­scribed it as a “beach that ex­udes rus­tic charm” as the most northerly set­tle­ment in Nova Sco­tia.

“Camp­ing is a pop­u­lar way to en­joy this beach as there is a grassy camp­ing area look­ing over the beach and pop­u­lar trails that lead to stun­ning over­looks,” the

web­site said.

It was rated high for its “sheer un­touched beauty” and re­mote­ness.

The pop­u­lar In­go­nish Beach in the Cape Bre­ton High­lands Na­tional Park was listed at No. 35.

It gets top marks for its sand

and wa­ter qual­ity and ac­cord­ing to the web­site, “(it) has ev­ery­thing you need for a day re­lax­ing on the soft, white sands in­clud­ing a change house, wash­rooms, and a hik­ing trail on site.”

On the web­site, Los An­ge­les­based travel writer Bai­ley Gad­dis said the “pic­turesque beach on a warm stretch of wa­ter is one of the very best that Nova Sco­tia has to of­fer.”

The beach, how­ever, only gets a six-out-of-10 for “sheer un­touched beauty” and a seven for re­mote­ness — two el­e­ments that were a big part of the rat­ing sys­tem that also in­cluded an­nual days of sun­shine and av­er­age an­nual tem­per­a­ture.

The two other Nova Sco­tia beaches to make the list were No. 16 Crys­tal Cres­cent Beach, which is lo­cated south of Sam­bro in the Hal­i­fax Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and at No. 38, Carters Beach in Port Mou­ton, near Liver­pool on the South Shore.

The top des­ti­na­tion on the list is Tu­lum Beach on the Mayan Riviera in Mex­ico.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Meat Cove in In­ver­ness County made the list of North Amer­ica’s top 50 beaches ac­cord­ing to Flight Net­work.

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