The surfcam pointing out from the Ocean Key Resort in Key West, Fla., gives glimpses of leisure boats as they make wakes, and then, as it refreshes every couple minutes, makes them disappear. It’s a beautiful seascape even on a CRT, but Sleepyspud just can’t wake up in time to catch what’s billed as the site’s most enchanting moment: sunset. It comes too early in the afternoon Japan time.
Maybe it’s fitting that in order to get the full effect of this Niijima tourist site, you have to download Shockwave first. Actually, the earthquakes that have been rocking the Izu chain have taken their toll on what was intended as a Webcam to let the world in on the island’s little secret (sssshhhhh — it’s one of the best surf spots in Asia). The pictures haven’t been updated for a week or so, and that’s too bad because of all the beachcams in cyberspace, this one has the right idea: Put the camera at an angle so it can capture the breakers as they curl in and swallow the coast.
For those of you who are addicted to your Thai vacations, the Internet is here to offer a quick fix. A Thai tourist group has two Webcams focused on Chaweng Beach, Ko Samui. The pictures are enough to coax you into some serious holiday reminiscing. If your browser can’t load either of the Samuicams, you can always click on a Bangkok link and watch a monsoon taking its best shot at the city.
There is a Spanish islet rising out of the Mediterranean the name of which in recent summers has become synonymous with a subgenre of techno music most commonly known as epic trance. Ibiza’s hardcore connotations can even be felt over the Net. This cam rocks. And Nocturnalspud has no problems watching its sunsets at about 3 a.m. in Tokyo. Now if we could only get a soundtrack with the pictures.
This surfcam should be the king of all surfcams, being trained on the Banzai Pipeline along Oahu’s north shore. But truth be told, brand name recognition is the only reason to guide your browser here. If you gotta see it through media, the Pipeline is more I-MAX than iMac.
OK, this is it for Hawaii. The touristcam here, which is supposed to be taking in the scene outside Cheeseburger Paradise on Maui, is broken. The cool thing, though, is that the site may have the only quote of a humpback whale on the Web. But take some advice if you visit: Crank the volume; humpbacks apparently whisper to each other.
We now take you to Alaska’s McNeil Falls because it’s summer up there, too. And besides, you’re gonna need some excitement if you followed those Hawaii links. Let Plagiarspud quote National Geographic Wildcam’s welcome page: “Normally, solitary brown bears are drawn here by the tens of thousands of salmon that spawn in the McNeil River. There’s simply no better time or place to pack on the pounds for a long winter’s nap. Since 1975 only about 250 people a year have witnessed this natural wonder live. Until now.” The bears have only recently begun working up their yearly appetites.
Now this is a beachcam. At least it used to be. This week, the camera spotlighting Venice Beach, Calif., is moving to a new location. It still promises to take in at least some of the 150,000 sun/body worshippers that throng Venice Beach, just south of Los Angeles, each weekend day. If it’s not up and running yet, follow the link to the “sister” cam that’s perched up the coast a bit.