I saw a good post today over at Get Away Today about the Top Ten Travel Tips for a Beach Vacation. Well, I just had to see what it said, and it had some good (and plain old common sense) tips. I’ll paraphrase it.
Basically, no matter where you go, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Cape Cod, or anywhere there is a beach, you need to follow a few guidelines to make sure you have a good vacation.
Research Your Beach Vacation
The post talks about different rules at different beaches, and also about seasonal issues like waves, undertow, and lifeguards. I would also add that research means researching where you are going. Find the best place for you and your family. Are there restaurants that you can’t find anywhere else? How crowded is this beach going to be? Find out everything you can.
This is true. A sweatshirt or jacket is good for mornings and evenings, especially in places like Cape Cod, or Rhode Island. It does get a little cool in the evenings. However, if you are in Jamaica, forget about it.
Put it on. Getting sunburn it the easiest way to not enjoy your beach vacation. I’ve done it before. I got burnt in Jamaica, then the next day went back to the beach. Fortunately, I’m one of those lucky people whose burn turns to tan, and doesn’t bother me too much.
Yeah, drink water. Especially if you are in a warmer and humid climate like the Caribbean.
Bring a Camera
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten my camera and missed some great times. Disposable, underwater, it doesn’t matter, just bring one.
Pack the Sand Toys
I guess you should if you have kids. Keep ’em busy, and close. If you are in one of those crazy busy beaches, don’t think that everyone there is with their kids and will look out for yours. Give them something to do and have them do it close to you.
Experience the Adventure
Have fun, do new things. Go snorkeling or surfing or something you’ve never done before. If you go on vacation and do the same things you do at home, what’s the point?
Sample the Seafood
You have to do this. I know many people who don’t like seafood, but they live in Ohio – 12 hours from the ocean. How can they know what fresh seafood really tastes like. I was in Chicago the other week, and a friend of mine (who doesn’t like fish) tried some sushi, and guess what, she liked it. I myself (I love sushi) tried some sea urchin. I liked it. So try new things, even if you don’t like some types of food, try it. If you still don’t like it, at least you can say that you tried it.
Go whale watching when you are in Cape Cod. Go to Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge if you are in Newport Rhode Island. If you go to Jamaica, go on a Black River Safari, or raft down the Rio Grande. Get out there and experience nature.
This is the most important point, relax. If doing the first nine takes too much time and you can’t relax, drop one. You are on vacation, so vacate.