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The 10 Most Annoying Things People Do at the Beach

Updated on July 27, 2012

Going to the beach should be about having a happy and stress free vacation. However, wherever there are lots of people together we need to stick to a few rules. We can only enjoy the beach if other people don't get on our nerves. Unfortunately, there are many people who don't seem to realize that the whole Florida coastline isn't their personal property, for example. Here is a list of what I consider to be the most annoying things that people do on the beach.

01. Too Close for Comfort

This can happen right when we get to the beach. It is not a good feeling when other beach goers put their beach towels down too close to ours. People have a right to personal space even at the beach. If someone gets to the water too late, and others have occupied the best spots they should accept this and not force their way on top of others, even if they are in the best and shadiest spots.


02. Splashing

Let us assume that you've settled down comfortably on the beach and suntanned a bit. Now you're sweating so much that you decide to take a dip in the water. What would you like to do? You'd like to slowly and comfortably ease your way into the pleasantly cool water. What happens in reality? When you are knee deep in the water uncontrolled children and clumsy adolescents splash your overheated body with what feels like ice cold water which gives you a shock and makes you scream inarticulately. In worse cases the water gets into your eyes and nose or gets the hair and sunglasses you wanted to keep dry wet. Splashing around: annoying.


03. Dripping

Obviously beaches are dangerous places. You go out and sooner or later you will get wet. But it is still annoying and unpleasant when you get splashed or dripped on when you least expect it: especially when you are on dry land, either suntanning or sleeping. The person who has just gotten out of the water could care less about dripping on someones towel or newspaper.

04. Shading

However annoying an errant splash may be it is still most likely an accident. It is much more annoying when someone purposely sets up their sun umbrella in a way that shades those trying to get a tan.

05. Throwing Balls

Surprisingly many people feel the need to play with balls at the beach even over the age of 6. There are people who are annoyed by those who constantly have to throw balls to each other. In reality, it only gets really infuriating when those playing soccer-football-volleyball etc. prove incapable of keeping the ball within bounds. There must be many of you who have unexpectedly gotten hit in the side or face by a mis-thrown tennisball, volleyball or football.

06. Defecating into water

This is a classic, basic rule. You should simply not go number 2 in the water. Despite this, there are still a surprising number of people who see nothing wrong with this, despite there being proper restrooms at most beaches. A little pee will not change the quality of the lake or ocean water, however it comes down to basic manners to not pee or poo in water that hundreds of others are also using.

07. Loud music

There are those who feel that summertime needs to be a nonstop party. They realize this by bringing super strong speakers to the beach or on their boats which pumps out what seems to be the same song all day long. It is a rule that the worse a persons taste in music the louder they will play their favorite songs. This is all the more annoying when 10 other idiots try to share their bad taste in music at the same time, making a wall of horrible sound. What makes things worse is that those who play loud music in boats are usually middle aged men trying to be young, or 20 something machos who insist on wearing college logo baseball hats backwards, no matter what the heat.


08. Dogs

There are some beaches that allow dogs. However, most people would rather not have to worry about putting their towels onto grass that could be full of dog pee and poo. If dogs are not allowed on the beach, then you shouldn't bring one, which seems to be a challenge for some people. There should not be running, barking, whining, defecating dogs on beaches. The best is when people with severe inferiority complexes insist on bringing pit bulls to the beach, sans muzzle.

09. Busts

There are separate beaches for nudists. Those who wish to show their busts or floppy behinds should go to those nudist beaches. Most people do not want to be faced with people showing their bulging, sagging organs at the beach. Those who dislike thongs (on unseemly bodies) will agree. Those who like to wear thongs for maximum suntanning or those who enjoy watching others show almost all from behind their darkened sunglasses will disagree.


10. Trash

At the end of the day, if we are lucky, everyone will take away whatever they brought with them. Unfortunately this hardly ever happens. Many beaches look like landfills at the end of the day. Some claim they could not fit their trash into the already full trash cans. There really is no excuse to leave your trash anywhere, expecting others to clean up after you. BBQ-ers tend to be very bad at this. This might be because their mental faculties have been drastically slowed down by the fat coursing through their half closed veins, or from some inbred defect which makes them not care about others as long as they have their fill of burgers, steak and cola.


Feel free to name other beach annoyances!


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm a beach lover. To me the two most annoying things are litterbugs and overcrowding.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i hate loud music and sun bathing naked ladies, oh yes, crowding at the beach, I would rather head to the swimming pool

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Very useful article indeed. It is because of item # 6 that I don't go to still water beaches. Rivers are fine for me. This heinous crime has turned me into land animal long time ago.

      Defecating in water is the most obnoxious thing to do and id simply unacceptable..