Many folks think about the mountains or forests when considering a camping destination. However, camping on the beach is also a good choice. The sand and water provide plenty of activities for outdoor enjoyment. This can be a good fun getaway for you and your family or friends.
Many public beaches do not allow camping, so do some research before planning your trip. There are plenty of places where camping is perfectly legal, though. Research the areas you are considering before deciding on a place, as there may be some restrictions and regulations in place. A lot of beaches have rules as far as what vehicles are allowed on the beach, if any. There may also be restrictions on materials that are allowed. Many beaches do not allow glass bottles but cans and plastics containers re probably allowed. There might also be particular fire rules where fires are allowed only in certain areas or under certain conditions.
The beach is loaded with interesting activities. You could have a sand castle building contest where the most unique and well-built castle wins a prize. Swimming is a lot of fun but make sure you are aware of any warning signs that are posted and do not use inflatable floats in high surf. Boogey boarding and surfing are good fun and some place will have lessons for those who are new to it. Many places have rental spots for jet skis and boats as well. Snorkeling or scuba diving will provide you a glimpse into undersea life if the water isn’t too murky. Pack some books of sea creatures native to the area to look up what they are when you spot them.
Be sure you pay attention to any posted warning signs. These may caution against tides, currents, sharks or environmental dangers which could endanger your life and the lives of those you are responsible for. Do not go in the water if there are posted signs and always be aware of whats happening around you. Don’t forget that the sun reflecting off the water intensifies your exposure to UV rays so wear enough sunscreen and reapply often. Be sure it has a high UV resistance.
The temperature near the water drops substantially at night, so even if it is very hot during the day, pack warmer clothes for the evening. Take notice of tides and set up camp so that you have enough room between the camp site and the water. Nothing can ruin a camping experience faster then getting awakened by the tide entering your tent or washing away your belongings.
Grilling on the beach is a great time to get out the old grill and cook some burgers, steaks and hot dogs, or some seafood if you were lucky enough to catch anything. Sitting around a nice fire with the sun setting over ocean is a wonderful way to enjoy the evening. Be a considerate and responsible camper and remember that other people will use the camp grounds. When you leave the camp site, be sure to leave nothing behind, all fires are extinguished, and the area is cleaned.
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