There is nothing like a day at the beach, no matter where that beach might be. Who doesn’t love the song of seagulls, the smell of the salt air and the soothing sound of the waves rolling onto the shore? I know I love it, it’s one of those places that simply brings my soul peace and harmony within minutes.
The beach however, isn’t just for strolling down, as much fun as that can be, but it can also be an adventure or even a mini-vacation depending upon how long you plan on visiting the beach. There are a lot of different things you can do while visiting the beach.
One thing you can do is take a pair of binoculars with you and while strolling down the beach use the binoculars to look out at the horizon and see if you can spot any dolphins or whales. How exciting it can be to see such beautiful creatures and if there’s a chance of seeing them, you don’t want to miss out.
If the beach you are visiting has a boardwalk I highly recommend that you spend some time walking it and play games in their arcades and if they have rides on it, make sure to hop on a few and don’t forget to eat some delicious food while walking around and exploring.
Often beaches also have trails that are close by and you should consider taking a hike while there. This is great exercise and you will get to experience more nature along the way and you might even be able to catch some great views of the ocean and surrounding area.
If you aren’t into eating food from available vendors then why not pack yourself a nice little picnic. You could include a variety of cheeses, fresh fruits, crackers, whatever else you might enjoy while lounging on the beach. Make sure to bring plenty of water and other beverages.
Consider bringing along a little bit of fishing gear if the beach you are going to has a pier so that you can dabble a bit in fishing. Fishing can actually be one of the most relaxing things that you can do while at the beach and who knows, you might even catch something good to eat too!
If there are little seaside shops on or near the beach you are visiting why not take time out to do some window shopping while you’re there. Most of these little shops are very quaint and extremely fun to go in and explore, even if you don’t want to buy anything you’ll have a lot of fun looking at all the cool things they have to offer. This gives you some time out of the sun as well, and who knows, you might run across a bargain or two that you can’t live without.
If you are with a small or large group of people at the beach consider having a bonfire party. These can really be fun sitting around a nice fire especially on a cool evening, just sitting around talking and maybe even singing a few songs and roasting marshmallows. Just make sure before you do this that the beach allows bonfires.
Bring a journal with you and sit down and relax on the beach and write about your experiences on the beach and surrounding areas or if you feel inspired consider writing some poetry. The ocean has a way of sometimes bringing out the creativity in people so take advantage of some down time and let the sea speak to you.
Last but not least, look for seashells that you can take back home with you that will remind you of your trip to the beach.