With temperatures reaching 90+, summer's here in Florida even though the actual start of summer isn't until June 21st. Where's my favorite place to be during the summer?
Here are a few tips to make sure you have some fun in the sun at the beach.
Planning is key and loads of other people are going to have the same thing on their mind as you. Make sure you get to the beach early, so no partying the night before. A late night out could mean a bad parking spot on the beach (if beach driving's allowed) or a having to park in a sketchy area, putting your car at risk.
More than likely you're going to want to catch some rays and get a nice tan. I'm all for that, but skin cancer and melanoma's nothing to mess around with. Bring plenty of sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and apply as directed. Those crazy Mexican sombreros aren't just for good looks; they're also very functional. They provide your ears, lips, and nose with some great protection from the sun and you'll be glad you brought your sunglasses when you're the only one not squinting your eyes.
Being in the heat can really work up a thirst. Bring plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Expect to drink more water than what you usually would. Leave the booze at home, it's illegal on most beaches and it'll only dehydrate you that much faster.
Having fun on the beach can really work up an appetite. Have some snacks ready to go when that hunger craving hits you. Have some cash or a card with you as well to get some tacos. Believe me when I say that there's nothing better than tacos on the beach.
Wildlife in and out of the water is always around you, be observant. When you see birds diving in the water close to the shore, they're feeding on baitfish. You know what else feeds on baitfish? Sharks love feeding on baitfish, so might as well watch the birds diving from the beach as the baitfish pass by. Once everything calms down, go ahead and enjoy a cooling swim in the ocean.
Sitting around or laying out looking at the ocean can be fun, but not all day. Bring some stuff with you to make your day even more enjoyable. The beach is a great place to dive into a good book. A football is always fun to pass around, just not right in front of people. I always have my surfboard with me on the beach and if you don't know how to surf, step out of your comfort zone and take a surf lesson. I guarantee you'll be glad you took some time to learn to surf.
One last thing we're forgetting here. A day at the beach is best spent with your best friends; bring them along!
What are you still doing here? Round up your friends and get to the beach!
**Justin is a contributor to the Sierra Trading Post Blog as part of #TeamSierra. Learn more from this beach expert on his blog: Justin the Weekend Warrior.**