I've been trying to maintain some POI files for my area, Orange COunty, California (i guess you could call it a suburban area of Los Angeles)
One thing i havent decided on is exactly what locations to put in the file. There are a couple sections of beach that are a good 6 miles long, but divided into sections that are administered by either the local government, county government, or state government. Officially they have separate names, and of course are "patrolled" and governed by slightly different sets of laws. But when it boils down to it, on the ground, there's no real clear distinction between these areas. Just miles and miles of beach.
So, what I;m pondering is this. For most of the entries, I'm considering just having locations like: "Newport Pier parking area", "Balboa Pier Parking area", etc.
There are a few small sections of beach nessled among some cliffs. A couple have parking areas, like Big Corona beach, so i;ll have a POI for that. Little Corona, though, can only be accessed from the public street by a stairway in the cliff. So for that I;m considering the lat/long for the top of the stairs. Of course there IS public parking on the street near the stairs, but you have to fight for it. That particilar beach is also accessable at low tide from Big Corona by walking among the tidepools that separate the two.
Anyway, comments apreciated, especially from people familiar with such situations
I tend to go with the "Parking, Trailhead" or stair way in your case, POI location theory. Miles of beach are just strips of sand, if you don't know the area and need a POI to find it then you will generally need a parking place.
I concur with placing the POI location at the "entrance" to the beaches. I do the same thing with POI's for shopping malls. I place the POI at the street entrance to the mall rather than the actual storefront.
Well, for stores in malls, I generally do the opposite. Frankly we've got some huge malls around here, several of them "open air" - all the stores are accesable from outside. In those cases, I get a gps reading at the storefront, even if you have to park and walk to the actual coordinates. Makes it easier to actally FIND the place in a decent size mall.
"Indoor" malls, well, thats another story of course...
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