Welcome to Part 2 of Danielle & Jason’s Guide to Beach Etiquette!
Since Jason and I are in the middle of our summer vacation on Cape Cod and are spending as much time as possible on the beach we thought we’d share some of our favorite beach etiquette tips (i.e. common sense for most people) to help make everyone’s beach experience as enjoyable as possible!
In case you missed Part 1, you can read it HERE!
So last time we talked about smoking and asked that if you MUST smoke on the beach (I guess some people just feel like they’re sitting in a giant ash tray in the sand??!) then PLEASE take a moment to analyze the current wind patterns and appropriately aim your smoke AWAY from your fellow beach goers.
So, along those same lines we should address “the sandy towel shake off”.
I get that you want to take as little sand home with you as possible, but if I wanted to experience a sandstorm I’d be on vacation in the Sahara, not Cape Cod, so before you pick up your towel and begin to whip it around, take a minute to make sure you’re not about to give your neighbor an unexpected mouthful of sand.
Speaking of unwelcome flying objects, I’m all for a little beach fun and have been known to participate in a game of baggo or paddleball myself, but playing ball on a busy beach is all fun and games until someone takes a frisbee to the head (and of course my head seems to be a frisbee magnet). Do everyone a favor and save the games for a less crowded area or time.
And speaking of flying things, let’s talk seagulls.
When to comes down to it the beach belongs to the seagulls…
…and the crabs and the fish and all the other ocean creatures. It’s their home and we’re lucky enough to be visiting.
And while it’s always nice to bring your hosts a gift, please refrain from attempting to lure the seagulls over to your blanket to share your bag of chips. Not only do I not really want to get caught up in a flock of seagulls (see what I did there…hee hee), but chances are once they finish eating on your blanket they’re going to come over and poop on mine.
It is also not nice to throw things at your hosts. I will never understand why kids are fascinated with throwing rocks /sand /shells at the seagulls. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t allow your kids to do this, it just makes me FURIOUS!
And if I notice your child doing this and you don’t we have a totally different issue.
While I’m flattered that you trust me to watch your kids (you know, seeing as we’ve never actually met before) and I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying you’re book/ beer/ phone call (I get it, you need a vacation too), I wasn’t really planning on babysitting today. (And on that note, neither was the lifeguard.)
And if you do notice your kid throwing sand at seagulls/ hitting me in the head with their wiffle ball bat, feel free to put the book/ beer/ phone down and come over to say something to them rather than screaming down the beach. As a general rule if you’re sitting more than 3 umbrella’s down from me I shouldn’t know all your kids names by the end of the day (shout out to little Caden!)
And lastly, one of the things that was mentioned most when I asked for everyone’s biggest beach pet peeve…THIS GUY!
Ok, maybe not EXACTLY this guy, but you get the point. Please don’t pollute the quiet (other than dad yelling at Caden), serene (other than getting pooped on by the potato chip fueled seagulls) beach atmosphere with your loud music. I prefer to get hit in the head with the rogue frisbee while listing to the waves hitting the beach.
Happy Beach Going!
-Danielle & Jason
**Note: no seagulls or small children were harmed while researching this post!**