Top things to Do
at the Beach
watch. (an all-time beach favorite). Just
sit there and the world
will pass by. At the beach you will definitely
see just about every kind of
body size and shape. They'll be walking or
jogging by, playing in the surf,
lying on blankets or playing in the sand.
- Catch some
Rays. For total relaxation, bring a lounge
chair down by the
water and let the soothing sounds of the surf
clear your mind while the waves
lap against your feet. Feel the warmth of the
sun on your skin and let the
pleasant breeze take you away from the world.
You can also do some summer
reading at the same time! Just don't forget the
- Fly a Kite
or throw something around. Whether it is a
baseball, football or hitting a small ball back and forth with
paddles, there is something about the beach
that screams "Get off your blanket and get
active!" If you fly that kite, be sure to do it away from other sunbathers.
Should the wind suddenly die, you wouldn't want your kite to painfully crash
onto a sunbather.
- Go in the
Water. Salt water is soothing and a wonderful
way to cool off after sunbathing or a long walk. Unless you are
a strong swimmer, however, it is recommended that you stay in knee deep to
waist deep water. Those of you who are unfamiliar with the ocean need to
watch out for riptides and the
strength of the waves. If you want to swim, do
it within sight of the lifeguards.
- Build a
Sand Castle. With or without the kids,
playing in the sand is a fun way to spend the day. Bring your shovel,
bucket and other tools and be as creative as possible. Often those passing by
will strike up a conversation.
Boarding/Surfing. (A favorite beach pastime!) Bring
your body board or Surf Board or rent one before you get to the beach, then head
on out to the surf. Huge waves aren't necessary for a good ride, actually
a small swell is all that is
needed for a novice to have fun and ride a wave
Photos. From close up photos of the pebbles
and marks on the sand that the waves make, to beach panoramas, the
beach is a wonderful place to take photos. Amateurs and professionals alike
will find aquatic creatures,
rolling waves, beautiful sunrises and sunsets
- Have a
Picnic. Pack a lunch at home or pick one up
the way. Provided it's
not too breezy, the beach is a
great place to spread out your blanket and enjoy a nice lunch outdoors. Don't
bring any drinks in glass containers since they are not allowed (too many
bare feet in the area). Try to resist the temptation to feed the seagulls.
This usually causes them to flock over to your area of the beach and fight
among themselves for the best feeding locations. Once the food stops coming to
them, they have been known to swoop down and snatch food out of your
unsuspecting hand, accidentally biting a finger at the
same time. The birds have
learned that the most successful swooping attacks
are done from behind
your back. Don't encourage this, for
- Build an
evening fire on the beach. You will need
permission from the
fire department for this one but they readily
give it. Bring your own wood
and sit around the flames toasting marshmallows
or hotdogs on a stick while
the crashing waves sing in the background.
- Take a Walk
on the Beach. For a little exercise or to
view the scenery,
walking the beach at some point is a must! Feel
the sand beneath your feet
as the waves splash at your ankles. Get lost in
conversation with a friend
or walk alone and catch up on your thoughts.
Holding hands with a loved one
is another option.
- Do a little
Surfcasting (fishing). You are not allowed
to cast your hook and line on the guarded, swimming section but if
you walk down the beach a ways, you can cast and catch to your heart's
content. There is nothing as
flavorful as eating a fresh fish dinner with the
fish having been caught only a few hours before.