How to Plan Activities for the Beach

A good beach will offer a wide variety of fun-in-the-sun activities. Whether you're looking to relax and soak up the scenic beauty or have a wild adventure, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your time at the beach.


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    Celebrate the natural treasures of the beach by going on a seashell hunt. This activity can be fun for all ages. Talk to locals and fishermen to get an idea of which kinds of shells are commonly found at the particular beach you're visiting.
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    Spend the afternoon skimboarding. Unlike surfing, skimboarding relatively easy to learn. A skimboard is relatively inexpensive and safe for children.
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    Take a surfing lesson. Learn the basics of surfing from a trained instructor and spend a few hours catching waves. This activity can be physically demanding, so it might not be a good option for especially young or old beachgoers.
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    Rent a wave runner and feel the wind in your hair. These small personal watercraft can be rented at many tourist-friendly beaches. Expect rates to rise in half-hour increments. It takes very little training to ride a wave runner like a pro.
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    See the beach from above by booking a parasailing trip. You'll be strapped into a harness and parachute and pulled from behind a motorboat. As the speed increases, you'll lift into the air.
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    Book a deep-sea fishing excursion. A chartered fishing boat will take you into the water for a few hours or an entire day. You might want to pack some stomach medicine, as a deep-sea fishing trip can be a bumpy ride, inducing seasickness in sensitive individuals.
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    Plan to rejoin your friends for lunch. Reconvene at a boardwalk restaurant to discuss the activities you've enjoyed already. As an alternative, consider packing a picnic to save extra money.


  • The types of activities you'll plan will vary depending on the ages of the people in your party. Some beach activities are better-suited for adults, while many kid-friendly activities would bore adults.
  • Save money while planning activities for the beach by looking for coupons. Visit the websites of local tourist attractions to see if they're offering any special discounts. Stop by the local visitors' center to see if they have any coupons available.


  • Regardless of the activities you plan, remember to pack plenty of sunscreen. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can be dangerous and unhealthy. Bring a waterproof sunscreen and reapply throughout the day. For maximum protection, use a sunscreen with a high SPF rating.

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