Since Jason and I have been spending quite a bit of time sitting on the beach, we’ve had the opportunity to observe our fellow beach goers…and you would be AMAZED at how many people seem to just not know how to go to the beach!
So, as a service to our fellow, “not in the know” beach goers we thought we would share a few tips to help make everyone’s beach experience more enjoyable! I present:
First things first. Make sure you know the beach rules if there are any!
I think the rules above at our community beach are pretty self explanatory.
However, for some reason, no one ever seems to be able to follow the “fill in any holes you dig before leaving the beach” rule. EVER. I can not tell you how many times I’m leisurely walking down the beach, gazing out over the water and BAM! Hole. (And yes, leave it to me to fall into every hole on the beach. I am just that talented.)
However, Jason and I have found a way to use these rule/ ankle breaking death traps to our advantage!
Find a hole near the front of the beach and strategically place your beach chairs RIGHT behind it. By doing this you are essentially putting a preemtive defensive block on anyone who might come along trying to commit the #1 beach going sin – setting up their beach camp DIRECTLY in front of your well scoped out front row beach real estate!
Speaking of beach real estate, please respect the personal space of your fellow beach goers.
I understand beaches get crowded and while I’m all for making new friends, if at all possible the polite thing to do is to try to space yourself out from your beach neighbor. Ideally I should not be able to share my beach snacks with you without either of us having to get up out of our chair. (This rule can be applied to many non-beach situations as well.)
Ah, now this is a personal favorite of ours…the flight of the beach umbrella!
Now I’m no rocket scientist, and how airplanes stay up in the sky is a mystery to me, but anyone who’s flown a kite should be able to put 1 and 1 together and figure out beach umbrella + wind = no bueno.
And here’s my real issues- it’s DANGEROUS! I can’t tell you how many run away beach umbrella’s I’ve seen come hurtling down the beach like spears waiting to impale anyone or anything in their way!
Luckily, Jason has a special knack for corralling loose beach umbrellas, so I’ve always been well protected.
Yes, you can pick one of these brilliant things up for about a $1.99, pop it on any beach umbrella and safely and securely anchor your umbrella into the sand, thereby sparing any of your beach neighbors the unpleasant experience of being made into a human shish-kabob!
Now, more of a pet peeve than etiquette, but I must address smoking.
As a general rule kids, DON’T SMOKE! But if you must, take a minute to play weather forecaster and asses the wind speed and direction and make at least a little effort to not share your cigarette/ cigar/ whatever you may be smoking with your neighbor. (Again, another rule that applies to non-beach situations as well.)
Lastly, I should mention something that happened the other day that as regular, seasoned beach goers even WE were surprised by. It is NOT ok to pull your kids bathing suit down, let them pee in the sand and then just cover it up. Enough said, and no, I do not have a picture for this one.