Fun in the Sun: Making Beach Memories

Relax with a day filled with sunshine

The Stokers
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Did someone say beach?

Who doesn't like the beach? What's not to like? The beach is perfect in so many ways. The warm ocean breezes bring peace and tranquility. The salty seawater soothes our soul.

The sunshine smiling upon our faces makes us thankful for mother nature.

The beach is where many of us have had some of our fondest memories.

Whether with friends, family members or solo the list is endless of entertaining moments of the beautiful blue waters.

  • How many people had their first kiss at the beach?
  • Had their first date?
  • Were proposed to?
  • Were married on the beach?
  • How many people conceived their first child on the sandy shoreline?

The beach bonding memories are endless.

My adorable granddaughter Faith.
My adorable granddaughter Faith. | Source

Everyone in the water...

There are all sorts of entertaining activities that you could do while visiting the sandy shores.

  • Reading in the shade under a umbrella is a relaxing way to spend a day.
  • Walking along the shore barefoot with the sand between your toes is bliss. Did you know that while walking in the sand you actually burn more calories than walking on asphalt
  • Bring along a kite and literally "go fly a kite!" The additional calorie burn will be an added bonus!
  • Gather up the family, pack up a picnic, load up the car and have a fun-filled day at the beach! Bring along a camera, the family dog, a Frisbee or a kickball.
  • Run, frolic, laugh, swim, bond and most of all make memories.

Kenny Chesney - Summertime

Blake Shelton - Some Beach

Making memories at the beach

Memorable memories such as these will last a lifetime. As another bonus this fun-filled, fantastic day is FREE!

It could possibly be because my astrology sign is cancer the crab that I might favor the beach as much as I do. My element is water and my season is summer which might explain why I love water and the warm weather! A crab is able to walk or run sideways which is beneficial when having to endure an attacker. A crab's shell is hard and is able to take a licking, but it keeps on ticking. I'm honored to have the crab as my astrological sign, yet I'm rarely crabby.

When is the last time you built a sandcastle? It's a very simple task. Bring along a bucket and shovel or just use your hands. Pile damp sand and mold into a sculpture of your choice. Have a contest with family or friends when your masterpieces are complete. Have fellow beach bums vote on their favorite. The winner gets treated to an ice cream or a beer depending on their age of course.

Do you think you have the balance for surfing? If your answer is yes, then give it a try. If your answer is no then how about a boogie board? You don't need balance and you are guaranteed to have fun.

Seeking for shells is always a fun adventure. When the perfect unique shell is found it's bound to bring on a smile. Shells could be used for crafts. They could be placed in the bottom of a vase and they can enhance floral arrangements whether real or artificial.

Be careful of rip tides. Rip tides are strong sea currents which push away from the shore. They are formed by the strong winds pushing water towards the shore. If you are ever caught in a rip tide do not waste your energy fighting it and try your best not to panic. What you should do is swim parallel to the shore and swim back to safety.

Life's pressures seem to vanish while viewing the vast ocean. That moment places life into perspective. If the ocean could seem so endless, how could our worries seem so bountiful?

How about throwing caution to the wind and allowing all your worries to weave away with the waves? Would this make your baggage any lighter? Possibly for only a moment or two.

Once you are back in reality think of all the fun you just had during your day at the beach. I am thankful for the beach and all of my memories that I've made and will continue to make! Surfs up!

Faith has good balance!
Faith has good balance! | Source

What to pack for a day at the beach...

  • Sunscreen and a sun visor
  • Towels to dry off
  • Chairs or a blanket to lay down on to catch some rays
  • An umbrella to block the sun when you want to cool off
  • A Frisbee to get some cardio while also having a blast
  • Books or magazines
  • The evening before store some disposable water bottles in the freezer. You could use these bottles in your cooler to keep food cold and then you could drink the water once they defrost
  • A spray bottle filled with water could be used to clean sand off hands before you eat, baby wipes work also
  • An extra swim suit, hey you never know what happens...I've seen people lose their swim suits while frolicking in the waves
  • Frozen grapes are a refreshing treat
  • Extra clothes to change into before your drive home
  • A bucket and shovel to build the biggest and best sand castle
  • A bag to store the sea shells you collect
  • A camera to capture photos while you are making memories. Store in a plastic bag to avoid sand being trapped in it and keep AWAY from the heat and sun or else the bag will melt onto your camera. Yes, I have a friend that happened to. This applies to mobile phones also

Have a blast at the beach!

Zac Brown Band - Toes

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© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I live quite close to the beach but average a visit once every two years. I don't like going in tourist season but I love the crash of the waves.

The sand, however, is a completely different story. If I could name a list of peeves, getting sand stuck anywhere on my body tops that list. Great hub! Gotta love the Beach Boys!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful hub, Linda. First of all...adorable grand daughter :)

Secondly...the sound of the waves n watching the waves is considered therapeutic since it tends to wash away one's stress :)

Voted up and sharing

And yes, lastly Love the beach boys myself :)


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albertsj 4 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

I'm a total beach bum. Very cathartic. Very peacefull. I'm not a cancer, or do I build sand castles, byt summer wouldn't be the same with out the beach.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I agree Alecia the sandy mess could be annoying...it tracks in the car to the house. I dog your peeve!

Ruchira, Faith says thank you!:) Washing away stress is very accurate!

Jacy...I miss Jones Beach! I bet that's where you go. Good times and fun memories!

Thank you for stopping by ladies!:)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

There is nothing better than going to the beach. I love the sand, swimming in the surf for hours, the sun. I am a beach bum! Great hub!


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TENKAY 4 years ago from Philippines

I spent my childhood in an island where swimming and my first baby step were almost simultaneously learned. The swishing sound of the waves, the salty wind after a storm, the warm sun baking our backs as we collect clams and edible sea weeds, boy! I missed them all.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

The beach has always been the one place where all my memories have been good and it never fails to make me smile.

My astrological sign is Cancer, like yours, but I never thought of relating that to my strong affinity for and love of the ocean. I thought that paragraph was extremely interesting.

Your little granddaughter, Faith, is adorable.

Voted up across the board except for funny. Would have liked to see the mermaid picture in a larger size at it looks like such a fun shot!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

I can relate to every one of these reasons why the beach is awesome. You are right, it always brings a smile to our faces, infact the smiles start just with the anticipation of a visit to the beach. I am not a big swimming fan, but can spend hours foraging and taking photos and I always come away from a day at the beach feeling very happy and satifised. This is a great hub, full of the excitment of the beach, my votes to you, Sunshine.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oh dear, I feel like an oddball...(OK, Sunshine, no wise cracks)....The beautiful way you describe the "beach," makes it sound so wonderful and inviting. Pictures of beaches are usually quite breathtaking. Of 100 random people, I'm certain 95 of them LOVE the beach.

Then there's me. I am adverse to temperatures above 65, humidity is not my friend and I am not a fan of SAND. I am not your basic "Mermaid!"

But I DO love your hub in honor of the beach!! Faith is such a little doll, Grandma!!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Sunshine! I am not near a beach right now, but your hub is about the closest thing to it! Soon, though. Soon! Voted way up!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

I love the beach and love all your reasons for loving the beach! Growing up in New Jersey, I spent many summer days at the beach, and I still truly believe that I need to regularly smell the salt water and hear the waves crashing in order to maintain my mental equilibrium. Crusted with salt or covered in sand...I'm o.k. with it! :) Voted up and shared!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Okay, two things: the beaches in Washington are miserable places with cold water and a chill in the air, so I may not be the greatest advocate of a trip to the beach....but you did a great job of portraying the beauty of a beautiful beach, so thumbs up all the way.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I like the beach. I'm not sure I LOVE it, if only because I hail from the Rocky Mountains and never saw the beach until I was 10 years old. By then I'd heard horror stories of the Japanese Man 'o War, jellyfish and rogue sharks. Hehe. Now going for a WALK on the beach is always nice. But, I do love this hub. :D Voted up/B/I/A


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Me, too, Linda, I love the beach though I seldom seem to have much time for beachgoing at present. And I love your hub with the beachy videos. Thank you, m'dear.


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albertsj 4 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

I hate Jones Beach. I never go there. Either I go local, or to Long Beach.I'd rather be somewhere else though. Maybe Fla.. ; )


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa

A great hub for my first level 5 comment, Linda! Love the beach. When I still could, I went for long, long walks on the beach. I always enjoyed the solitude in the early mornings or late afternoons. Lots of time to think. But there also are many happy memories of having fun on the beach. And now, from where we live, the sea is always visible in all its moods. Isn't that 'clean', fresh feeling after a swim in the sea the best ever?


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Coming from a Virginia Beach native....I really enjoyed your hub...and have the urge to take the girls out there today as we are having a very warm March day.....but it is 14 whole minutes away.....lol.

I think you could add a couple more firsts with the beach....especially teenage kids around here....including my self...have a very important first event on the beach...can you read between the lines?

Voted up and very fun.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Oh, how I love the beach! With the weather getting warmer, it is so nice to think about it. Fun hub and voted up!

@Cogerson - No need to brag about the beach being only 14 minutes away! I LOVE Virginia Beach... I am so jealous!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Tammy, I could see you being a beach bum. Surfs up dudette!

TENKAY, I'm glad I was able to bring back nice memories for you. Hold on to those memories!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Happyboomernurse, Cancer's rock! I truly tried to get the mermaid picture bigger, but it was distorted. My daughter created it on Holeintheface.com go and have some fun! Faith says thank you for the compliment!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi fennelseed, I'm not a swimmer either but it something about the ocean view and breeze that's mesmerizing. Thank you for stopping by!

Hi fpherj48, We could go to the beach in the winter, spring or fall...these ideas aren't just for summer. Come on down when the temps get cooler. Florida is at 86* today. It's beautiful!!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Cogerson, Yes I could read between the lines. Would you care to share exactly what you are referring to? I could for you ... Haha! 14 minutes from the beach is cool! I am surrounded by ocean water, I just don't take advantage of it enough. Thank you for SHARING!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Dexter ~ Stephanie ~ Cyndi ~ Jacy ~ Billy ~ Jeannie

Thank you all for sharing your memories. I enjoyed hearing them. You either enjoy the beach or you don't. There is no gray area. Watch out for the sharks Cyndi!!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

drbj and rsusan, Thank you lovely ladies for your comments. It's always a pleasure to see you in my neck of the woods:)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

You may want to put this letter in a seashell and bury it in the sand, so the beach can "receive" it. Nicely done but I wish the pics of your mermaids were bigger. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

It has been several years since I have had the pleasure of being on the beach. I plan on changing that this year. Thank you for reminding me just how wonderful it is. Great hub, voted up and awesome. Have a wonderful day! :)


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thebookmom 4 years ago from Nebraska

No beaches around here, but your delightful hub makes me ready for flip-flops and warm weather! It also makes me want to plan a beach trip, can't wait to take my girls. Great job!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your descriptions of the beach are wonderful, I want to walk barefoot through the sun now!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

@alocsin, This is a tribute to beach. Haha! I tried to get the mermaid photo bigger, but it was very blurry. Thanks for stopping by!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

sgbrown, I'm glad you enjoyed your day at the beach.

thebookmom, I hope you have a blast splashing around in the waves.

Christywrites, me too. Toes in the water and sand...what a delight.

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on the beach.


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Love the beach. Hate sand between my..well you know. Love the water! WHen living on Kauai, I would go down to the beach almost everynight and fish. Nothing better. It was great! Great hub! Voting up! :)


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Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

You had me at the word 'beach', no kidding. I used to live closer to the beach, Jones Beach, New York, to be exact and now live 3 hours away. Moving so far away was a mistake for sure. You and I share the cancer sign and I think about this often when I think of how much I love the beach and miss it. Great hub! You have really captured the essence here. ~voted up~


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Lisa, I think I know! Ha! Living in Hawaii with those beautiful beaches...lucky girl!

Hi Tracy, I was a fan of Jones Beach from birth until age 21 when I moved from Long Island to Orlando. Many excellent memories there. Yay for another cancer the crab!:)


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I can NEVER live FAR from the Beach...Walking the Sand, looking out out the Ocean, holding hands with my Lover Man. Your Thoughts Captures the Beach and all its Wonderment so Beautifully Sunshine.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

That's a wonderful description of the beach b. Malin. Thank you for sharing!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Your hub got me thinking about my upcomming trip to Puerto Rico!1! Well done!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Audra, My friend just got back from Puerto Rico...fun times! Enjoy!!:)


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Thank you Linda!!!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I need the beach! I need sunshine! And I need Sunshine, too! We've had several days of yucky, cold rainm thunder, lightning and even hail. I know we need the moisture, but enough already!!

Thanks for reminding us spring is almost here!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Marcy, I'm sending you some virtual sunshine...I hope it helps. It's a beautiful day in Orlando 83* with a gentle breeze. Perfect day for our community yard sale which was a success! I hope you get some sunshine very soon!:)


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Though I consider myself a "mountain girl," I definitely can appreciate a beach trip. For my upcoming spring break, I have a beach trip planned. It's sort of a vacation that combines my 10th anniversary with my love. We always like to go camping and we pack LOTS of food and the dog. Yep, so much fun! One thing I don't recommend: packing mayonnaise. Oh lordy! I won't ever, ever take mayo again - I can tell you it's no good when it gets warm! lol


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Haha! Good idea not to pack mayo mountain girl!:) Have a blast at the beach!!


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EclecticFusion 4 years ago from Tennessee

Haha! I just love that surfing photo! I wish I could pack up and go to the beach, but it's hours and hours away! I'll just go rake the sand my nephew brought back from Florida last year! Great Hub! Voted it awesome and up!


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Dancilla 4 years ago from El Paso

Very nice hub, enjoyed reading it very much.


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rogerbamps 4 years ago from Bree in Belgium

Dear Linda Sunshine,

I enjoyed out of admiration for you:"Tribute to the sea". Congratulations!!!, Roger is also astrology sign cancer from Belgium.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Eclectic, Dancilla, Roger ... I'm glad ya'll enjoyed your day at the beach!!:)


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Your articles rock! I have to catch up. I'm trying to find the nutty squirrel article. lol.

I love the sea. Growing up in South Florida, this is where I spent most of my summers. I have a lot of nice memories of the beach as a child. still love to build sand castles, feed the sea gulls, picnics and playing in the sandbar. I guess you can say that I am still a kid at heart.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi lovedoctor, Never stop being a kid at heart! Is there any other way to be? Thank you for stopping by!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Linda, I live on the coast and love nothing better than a day on the beach but so far, we've had no summer so my paddling days aren't here yet. We're on the North Sea, you can get hypothermia from paddling in the ocean :o)

Voted up and shared.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Julie! I was cold just reading your comment! Sending you some warm sunshine!:)


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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I love the beach also! Even though I'm not too far away, I wish it was closer.


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PegCole17 23 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Most definitely bring a change of dry clothes for the ride home. That sand really does get scratchy. You've made me long for summer with this virtual trip to the beach and all the memories that go with it. I was raised in Key West and grew up on the beach. What a great way to spend time, collecting shells, building sand castles, walking on the shore or body surfing.

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