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Portrush, Northern Ireland

 
The Northern Ireland community of Portrush is a North Coast seaside resort. And while not the quaintest town in Country Antrim, this once safe harbor and fishing village is ideally positioned and offers a wide range of family-friendly facilities. Situated on a mile-long peninsula, Portrush boasts exceptional views of Donegal, Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway. It's flanked on two sides by broad golden sand beaches, West Strand and Curran Strand (East Strand). The blue flag beach at White Rocks is just 2 miles distant. Dunluce Castle, Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge are ... Read Morebut minutes further. The Coastal Zone, as the Portrush Countryside Centre is known, is great rainy day alternative. Barry's Amusements, an 80 year old institution, is an integral piece of the North Coast experience. Walking and cycling are great ways to explore the region. Skimboarding and surfing are popular beach activities.
Cycling to Portrush

Cycling to Portrush

J. Bewley courtesy Sustrans

Portrush Countryside Centre

Portrush Countryside Centre

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Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

Rebecca Allen

 
What is a Rip Current?

A rip current, often miscalled a riptide, is a strong, narrow flow of water that moves away from the shore. Rip currents are caused by uneven wave breaks. They form in low spots or gaps between sandbars and near manmade constructions such as jetties and piers. While commonly associated with oceans, rips currents can occur at large lake and sea beaches. In facts, they are the number one natural hazard for beachgoers round the world. Rip currents flow fastest at low tide and are most dangerous in high surf conditions. They can be sudden and unexpected. They drag swimmers out to sea. To escape a rip current, swim parallel to the shore. Swimming into a rip will only lead to exhaustion or, even worse, drowning. Here's how rip currents work. When a wave breaks over a sandbar it dumps water between the bar and the shore. The trapped water flows parallel to the shoreline until it finds a conduit. The channeled water rushes forcefully out to the open water.

 

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