What could be more fun and relaxing than a day at the beach? The warm sun, soft sand and rolling waves naturally draws many of us to these lovely coastal playgrounds and Australia is lucky enough to be blessed with thousands of such gorgeous stretches of sand. The beach is where we get together with friends and family, relax with a good book, catch some waves or enjoy the refreshing water on a hot day.
Famous stretches of sand from Bondi and Waikiki to Miami Beach and many others attract tourists from around the globe with their lively atmosphere and idyllic settings. Before heading out, consider these tips to make the most of your day at the beach or extended tropical holiday.
The beach is the ultimate holiday destination or day trip fun spot when closer to home. Get your beach bag ready, pack your gear and you’re ready to enjoy a great day in the sand and surf.
Beach Gear – If you truly want to enjoy the beach, you’ll want to be sure to have the right gear. Light-weight, fast-drying swimmers and clothes will keep you comfortable, while a simple hat, sun glasses and umbrella will keep you protected from the harsh sun when you’re ready for a rest. Take a few big beach towels to spread out and relax, or bring some low sitting beach chairs for extra comfort.
Sunscreen – There is no minimizing the importance of sunscreen at the beach. The sun can be pretty harsh and, while it may feel nice for a while, the UV rays can turn your skin the colour of a lobster in no time. Not only is it damaging to your skin but it’s painful and doesn’t look very nice. Be sure to reapply during the day and also wear a hat and sunnies.
Fun at the Beach – The main attraction at the beach is of course the water, so don’t forget your surf board or boogie board. Jump in and have some fun on the waves and when you’re ready hit the beach with a Frisbee or ball and play catch with your mates – the perfect pastime on a long stretch of sand.
Books and Entertainment – While the beach is filled with activity it can just as easily be a spot for rest and relaxation. If it’s a little chill out time you’re after, bring a good book, MP3 or iPod with your favourite music and enjoy the hypnotic rhythm of the waves as you take in the impressive ocean view.
Food and Refreshments – Hanging around the beach all day can be, well, exhausting. That’s why it’s important to stay hydrated, especially after being in the sun for extended periods. Take a small esky or lined bag to keep drinks and food cool. Take lots of water and some fruit and you’ll be set for hours of fun in the sun.
Bags and Storage – With the beach comes sand and, while it may feel good on your feet, it’s not the best for your mobile phones, tablets, watches, camera or car. Sand seems to stick to everything, so keep your valuables clean and dry in a zip-lock plastic bag. This bag and other belongings can easily be stored and carried in a green bag or other canvas type bag that you can throw over your shoulder.
Todd Sturm has visited many of the world’s great beaches and he enjoys both the laid back atmosphere and lively vibe associated with these great outdoor playgrounds.