Have you heard about Beachapedia?

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See what all the buzz is about:

Beachapedia captures decades of experience and knowledge gained by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff through hundreds of environmental and educational campaigns on our coasts.  By sharing this resource with the public they hope to provide tools and information to help communities make a positive impact on their local beaches.

With cool features like the “Coastal Factoid” of the day and continually-updated “State of the Beach” report, Beachapedia is an awesome resource for anyone and everyone who loves the beach, ocean, waters, or the environment.

Check it out today!  http://www.beachapedia.org/Main_Page

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Travel Tools – Frommer’s Review

Back in 1957, Arthur Frommer, a corporal inthe U.S. Army, wrote his first guide – it was meant to be a resource for the GI’s that were stationed in Europe.  Frommer’s first published book was a civilian version of his original idea and was called, Europe on $5 a Day.    In the 50+ years since then, Frommer’s has expanded their scope of coverage and has become one of the most popular and bestselling authors of travel guide books in America.  Travelers can now use the over 350 guidebooks to plot out their next journey – or simply head to the award-winning online portion of the Frommer’s empire – Frommers.com.

What’s Good: Search by destination and get a complete “Guide Book” at your fingertips – and besides the usual hotels, attractions and restaurants, the gang at Frommers has also researched side trips, customs, history, and provided a super helpful write-up on the different neighborhoods in your destination city. Also check out the “Deals & News” section for a smart mix of timely travel advisories, current travel related events and the coolest places offering the hottest deals.

What’s Bad: Much of the reviews and information comes from the site’s namesake, Arthur Frommer, making reviews and observations kinda one-sided. Also, after a little browsing, it’s apparent that the site doesn’t exactly cater to the budget-minded traveler.  Also, if you plan to travel somewhere that isn’t included in the 20 (really – only 20!) travel destinations that Frommer’s has selected to post under their “Destinations” drop-down menu, it can make it difficult to dig up valuable information from the lot that shows up in the results after you search using the “Search” bar.