Earth is blessed with so many breathtaking shorelines. With millions of islands big or small. Whether you are crazy for white sand in the Carribean with the family or a trip to a resort in the middle of the Indian Ocean with your friends. It is no secret that there’s a place to spend for every occasion there is and a perfect getaway for everyone.
One of the most popular getaway for most people is going to the beach. The idea of being there gives people the solemnity they want and the fun they can treasure for the long run.
Summer is fast approaching and beaches in Maldives, Fiji, Tahiti, Maui and other beaches around the world will be again full of people who want to get a taste of the sun. The beach has always been a popular destination during the summer season and it is meant for people who want to relax, sunbathe and swim. But of course you want to do something else other than swimming so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best things to do at the beach, perfect for family gathering and fun times with friends.
Related read: What to pack for a beach vacation.
Things to Do on a Next Beach Trip
1. Build with Sand
A day on the beach will never be dull thanks to the magnificent sands. Building something out of sand is simple, no special tools are needed, just water that you can easily get from the shore and your hands, you can also use some help from a simple cup and pail which can be helpful carrying sand and water and to help you shape your idea into life. Building a castle is one of the staple things most beachgoers do for pastime. In fact, it’s like a ritual already for some and your beach moment would not be complete without doing it.
Although it may sound childish to do even for adults with young at heart, building a sand structure is fun. According to studies, it helps to promote cooperation, creativity and communication among peers which then improves their relationship and performance.
But if you are tired building castles you can also try sculpting instead. It’s pretty much the same, but instead of castles you will be making some sort of replicas of animals like turtles perfect for team buildings and family outings.
After all the fun from playing with the sand, it is time to fill those tummies with delicious and fresh foods. There are a lot of food and beverage concessionaires along the beach and some are a bit expensive for the budget and would not be recognized as healthy. Bringing your own food has a lot of advantages. First, it cuts down your food expense and you are confident that what you and your company devour are all healthy and perfect for a picnic at the beach. Most food beachgoers bring are sandwiches with lettuce and other fresh or dried foods which can be eaten without utensils. Be a responsible tourist though, throw your trash in the right bin to preserve the beauty of the beach.
At night, you can also have a bonfire. Make sure that the beach administration allows this kind of activity. Many of them don’t but the ones that do, it is nice to play music, have good conversation with your friends, eat delicious smores over a nice fire with a cool breeze together with the sound of waves splashing through and just have a great time.
Watching the sunset at the beach is a wonderful way to end your day. You can see it anywhere around the world, but there is something mystical about watching it at the beach with your toes soak under the sand and the blow of cold air. The sun setting down, never fails to deliver an impression of peace and serenity to anyone who sees it.
It is also known that watching a sunset at the beach enables writers, poets to get inspired to write a good piece of work. So bring a small notebook with you and let your mind get carried away with words and creativity and get an inspiration to write something beautiful.
Another fun way to spend your day at the beach is collecting beautiful shells. Searching for these beautiful gems is one of the greatest pleasures you can have on the beach, it’s like a treasure hunt that you can do with your friend. According to the experts from Metaldetectorlab.com, there are a lot of things you can find beneath the sand and by using a tool such as metal detectors to discover coins, jewelry, and other valuable items. Bringing the adventure to a whole new level. It is indeed an adventure you don’t want to miss out. Make it more fun by buying a book and looking up the name of each shell you have collected or make some shell art. Just bring a small container or a pail with you while hunting. Only collect dead shells that have no animal inside.
In some countries like in the United States, it is illegal to collect live shells as it destroys marine life and the entire ecosystem.
5. Play a Game
Nothing makes a memorable beach visit than some good beach games. As soon as the weather gets warm, the beach begins dragging your feet to play. Playing at the beach keeps the kids entertained and for adults it provides fun and exercise. Just bring a ball with you and play volleyball and a game of catch. You can also play frisbee as it is flexible and can be thrown anywhere over the sand or in the water. For ladies, bring a hula hoop and see who can keep it the longest.
Tic-Tac-Toe is a very famous game played at the beach. Just draw a line in the sand using a stick and use different kinds of shells as markers. Portable games like jenga and waterproof playing cards are great for beach games as well.
If you are on vacation, you’ll want to take a lot of photos to keep as a remembrance from a great trip. But instead of just taking normal photos use the beach as your backdrop for every photo you take to achieve that Instagram feed you wanted.
The beach is full of beautiful scenery not just the white sand and the crystal clear water but also the other beachgoers who can be your subject of photography. Creative photos make the best photo album. Wander along with your camera or with your smartphone and see what there is to see.
Walking along the shoreline is great for exercising your feet and legs, relaxing your whole body by the sound of water and the air blowing from the beach. If you decide to step your game and want to jog, bring a lot of water and beware it is harder to run on the sand than running on a cemented road.
It doesn’t matter what kind of activities you do on the beach. You’re getting away from the busy city life and you’ll hopefully enjoy a beautiful destination or at least just get away from home. What’s more important is that you get the peace and serenity you are looking for or the funny moments you want to remember as time goes on.