10 counterculture beach destinations

There are hundreds, if not, thousands of places were you can have a relaxing vacation in the sun. But maybe you aren’t up for the usual tourist fare: You don’t want a prepackaged resort, and you aren’t into taking it totally easy. No, you want to get your party on and be with other like-minded souls. Hippies, backpackers and eco-tourists unite -- these are the beaches for you.

By Tricia Romano | Photo editing by Mike Hipple

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Jun 1, 2013 2:35PM
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There is no "counter culture"... there never was...  
...there were only hopelessly bewildered wannabes, drawn from among the disaffected middle class youth, desperately searching for an alternative identity.  
Most of them suffered from a negative personality disorder and are either already dead, reformed, or currently hopelessly unproductive losers.  
Only undiagnosed schizophrenics still self-define as "hippies".  
Contemporary "hipsters" are merely hopelessly bewildered wannabes (see above). 
Feb 27, 2013 1:10AM
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Okay,,, now tell us where the REAL counter culture beaches are. }:-(
Feb 26, 2013 6:48PM
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Replace Mission Beach with Ocean Beach in San Diego. Much more hippy, counter culture. MB is just full of people trying to start crap, and college kids who couldn't find PB. 
Feb 26, 2013 4:42PM
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Regarding San Diego's Mission Beach... Ummm, try grabbing a beer at the Coaster Saloon. This bar hands down and it's owners are 100% responsible for backing the fight to "Save the Coaster." The coaster had been in serious disrepair and had actually be the target of numerous arson attempts. Coaster Saloon deserves a ton of credit for keeping this landmark and the adjacent Mission Beach Plunge alive. 
Feb 20, 2013 10:35PM
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Coney Island, Miami, and Venice are counterculture?  What year are you living in?
Feb 20, 2013 7:11PM
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These are mainstream beaches - hardly counterculture.
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