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The coastline is situated east-west at this point and the Bay of Benidorm is open to the south. The port consists only of an unnamed breakwater pier and a small yacht harbor behind the pier. There are no berths in Benidorm and U.S. Navy ships anchor out. Benidorm is a popular resort city and population quadruples during the summer months, peaking in August.
Sixth Fleet ports of call are also located throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Ship visits ensure continued access to essential bases and infrastructure. Engagement capitalizes on naval strengths of mobility and sustainability, using the inherent prestige of U.S. flagged warships. Formative engagement is further enhanced by incorporating the full range of naval assets -- including Seabees, the chaplaincy, the Judge Advocate General corps, and civil affairs units -- during port visits.
Non-carrier anchorage is approximately 750 yds (685 m) southwest of the end of the breakwater pier in depths of 65-80 ft (20-25 m). The holding ground is mud and seaweed. Carrier anchorage is 2200 yds (2013 m) south-southwest of other anchorage in depths of 105-115 ft (32-35 m). The holding ground is sandy. Fleet landing is on the north side of the pier near the yacht harbor. Pier extends toward the southwest and is well protected by high, rocky breakwater on the seaward side.
The port is somewhat protected by mountains to the north and west and by hills to the northeast through the east southeast. It is open to winds from the southwest, south and southeast. Anchorage areas are similarly exposed but with additional exposure to easterlies (Levante), especially at the carrier anchorage. Although the port is not exposed to easterly winds, easterly swell will traverse along the coastline and will be felt at the breakwater pier. Easterly swell also affects both anchorage areas.
The Levante (easterly wind) can occur anytime of year but is stronger in winter and early spring. A summertime Levante often seems as strong due to afternoon sea breeze enhancement. Because the port is open to the south, the most troublesome winds are southwesterly and southeasterly which precede cold fronts that normally occur in cooler months.
Even though Alicante and Benidorm are two very different cities, they are virtually right next to each other on the Costa Blanca (Benidorm is 25 miles north), meaning much of the information for one applies to the other. Unlike its larger neighbor Alicante, Benidomm is another one of those cities that has become what it is because of its beaches and its climate. To hear the many languages at the beaches and in the clubs and to take a gander at the coastline, you sometimes think you have left Spain and entered a neutral zone (or maybe Waikiki!). In Benidorm, enjoy the sand, the sun and the nightlife. The climate is mild year-round and the tourist bureau claims it rains only an average of 20 days all year!
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