United Kingdom: Wales Beaches
Wales. It’s all about castles and ancestries. That’s what I thought until a stop in Burry Port, along the country’s south coast, about an hour into our first day. We’d stopped here because when Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air in June 1928, the plane landed right here. It would be worth a look. Through a proud Welsh accent, peppered with lots of strange consonants shot from the roof of his mouth, Rhys Anthony stood on the pier and pointed to two beaches behind this centuries-old limestone wall. They total 15 miles in length. It’s the start of the summer season here and on 15 miles of beach we saw fewer than a dozen people. But 74 years ago Earhart and pilot Wilmer Stultz landed here, about 200 miles short of their original destination of Southampton (England), because they were running low on fuel and because they saw acres of soft sand. They couldn’t believe what they saw. Incredible beaches, in Wales.