You may or may not remember a post from last week that outlined 5 Reasons Beaches are Overrated. If not, you can check it out HERE. Well, not everyone agrees. Here is a fun response on why the beach is in fact an excellent vacation spot. At the bottom there is a poll for you to pick a side!
Posted by: K. Jade
It has recently come to my attention that haters gon’ hate - especially on the beach. As a beach lover, I find myself taking offense to the misguided complaints about beach-going that are often lodged by the aforementioned haters. Perhaps these curmudgeons haven’t been to the right beach, perhaps they went to the beach on the wrong day, or perhaps one traumatic beach experience has forever marred their ability to appreciate the beach. Whatever the reasons the beach haters use to justify their distaste for sandy, sunny, fun-laden beach days, there remain those of us for whom a day at the beach is akin to a day in paradise, and now I will tell you why. If you are not convinced by the end of this, there was no convincing you to begin with.
1. Sand is amazing
Sand is a natural exfoliant. If you arrive at the beach with feet commonly mistaken for cracked leather, you will leave with feet soft as a baby’s (insert body part here). So a few uncomfortable grains of sand between your toes is a small price to pay for the velvety skin you will get in return.
Sure, when you are forced to take off your flip flops and wade through the sand to your eventual spot on the beach, the sand may be approximately 130 degrees. This is where the power of positivity comes into play. There are people in this world (mostly ones going through midlife crises and with a large amount of disposable income) that pay thousands of dollars to attend “retreats” in which the culminating event is walking across a bed of hot coals, so that they may prove to themselves that they can do anything if they just put their mind to it. At the beach, there are miles of white, sandy hot coals for you to prove your mettle on. And for far less money. And surrounded by people you actually like.
And if your main complaint is that the sand is lumpy, get a beach chair.
2. The Crowds
If you love people-watching as much as I do, the beach is like the kobe beef of people-watching. Admittedly, different beaches boast different populations of people, but people-watching doesn’t discriminate (except it does). First of all, where else can you go and see hundreds of people basically walking around in their underwear, something they would never do in public if they were actually wearing underwear. This phenomenon alone is worth the trip. Also, watching people try to corral their children at a destination that boasts such dangers as getting lost, millions of gallons of water, jellyfish, and shark attacks, is its own breed of special.
If you go to the beach without children, you can literally lay at the beach, and people-watch all day. There is no hurry to move on to any other destination. This allows you to truly observe patterns of human behavior that you had only before viewed on MTV or read about on urban dictionary.
Beaches that allow alcohol take the show to a whole different level.
3. The tan
Some people only burn - those people should probably not go to the beach. Everyone else should put sunscreen on to mitigate their chances of getting skin cancer, and get your glow on, so you can go back to work and everyone can tell you how good you look, and you can flip your hair and say “Thanks, I was at (insert name) beach, this week. NBD.” And you will bask in the attention until you return to your natural skin color with undertones of sadness and late night glasses of merlot.
4. You can pee in the ocean
You can pee in the ocean. It’s liberating. Again, no $4,000 retreat necessary.
5. It is incredibly relaxing
Before you go to the beach, you can spend hours searching the Oprah’s book club list for a beach read that you feel will be the perfect intersection of intellectual stimulation and excitement. Then, you will not pick any of them, and you will bring Twilight. No matter, the point is that you are now free to sit in your beach chair that is conveniently located inches above the lumpy sand, and read for hours on end. Your only interruptions are to occasionally glance up at an extremely hairy Eastern European man who has decided to rock a speedo today, or to take a dip in the cool and refreshing salt water commonly known as the ocean. There is nothing like body surfing a giant wave that you can see coming your way, and waiting for it, giddy with anticipation similar to that of the children your beach neighbors have been trying to corral all day.
At the beach, there is no hurry. You can sink into a mindset which allows you to forget for the moment about all the stressors of your life. Your boss, your student loans, your car troubles, your cat troubles etc., can all be blissfully ignored, drowned out by the sound of crashing waves. You might even fall asleep in your beach chair, working hard on that tan without even being awake. And during your day at the beach, if you absolutely cannot just relax and stay in the moment, you can satisfy your brain by thinking about all the fun things you will do that night after the sun goes down, and your beach town transforms and serves up fun of a different variety.
To conclude my defense of the best type of vacation you can take - go to the beach. Relax, don’t overthink it. Bring a book, a chair, and some sunscreen, and you are ready for a day of sun and water-soaked enjoyment. You will return to your “real” life rejuvenated and refreshed, ready to grind out the next 358 days until your next beach vacation.