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25 Fun Things to Do at the Beach

Updated on May 19, 2015

It's always summertime somewhere, and for many people that means hitting up the local beach or visiting a beach town while on vacation. If you think that spending time at the beach is limited to just swimming, there's a lot more that you're missing out on! Read on to learn about a ton of great activities and things to do at the beach besides just swim.

Here are some of the most fun things that you can do at the beach besides just going swimming:

1. Look for dolphins. Many beaches all over the world offer the chance to see dolphins right from the shore if you know what you're looking for and when to look. Do a little bit of research to see if your beaches apply and what the best times are. Don't forget your camera!

2. Play at the boardwalk. A lot of beaches also have accompanying boardwalks where you can play arcade games, ride roller coasters, eat delicious and unhealthy amusement park food, just walk around, and even enjoy free summer concerts on the sand. Check the respective websites to see what's featured on the day you'll be there.

3. Frisbee. Frisbee is a classic beach game. It is one that people never get tired of enjoying together. There's only one prop needed, it's very easy (and cheap) to get ahold of, and you can play with your dogs even (if you're on a pet-friendly beach) There are also more advanced versions like Frisbee golf, extreme Frisbee and Aerobie but the basic version will do just fine.

4. Hiking. Many beaches offer nearby trails where you can hike to or from the water. This offers great exercise, and the water is great for cooling down after the hike. On top of that you get to catch some great views while being immersed in nature.

5. Picnic. There are always a lot of food vendors near popular beaches, but sometimes it's nice to pack yourself a nice picnic with fancy cheeses and fresh fruits and to go indulge in at the beach. If you're going with a big group, make it a fun (and delicious) potluck where everyone can contribute an easy dish for a variety of foods for a great beach picnic.

Have a nice picnic at the beach with the wonderful water as the backdrop. Just be sure you read each beach's rules and regulations regarding food first.
Have a nice picnic at the beach with the wonderful water as the backdrop. Just be sure you read each beach's rules and regulations regarding food first.

6. Fishing. Fishing is one of the most relaxing things that you can do at the beach and something people have been doing here for centuries. It's something that you can focus on or just leave in the backdrop—your choice. The best part is, you might have caught your dinner!

7. Read magazines. A beach vacation is supposed to be completely relaxing. Park yourself under a shady umbrella, enjoy the warm breeze, and read some magazines or indulge in a cheap novel. There may never be enough time during your regular schedule to flip through a magazine, so take advantage of the opportunity you have while on a beach.

8. Go window-shopping at the little seaside shops. The majority of beaches are located in beach towns. A lot of these places are quaint and fun to explore or at least take a stroll through. These towns also typically have a bunch of little stores set up along the beach. Spend some time browsing when you're ready to get out of the sun. Stop and grab a sweet treat too—maybe ice cream or salt water taffy.

9. Surfing. Surfing is a great water sport. That or any other kind such as kayaking, jet ski racing, waterskiing, or kitesurfing. Get out on the water and really have yourself an adventure instead of just being lazy. You can also dedicate an hour or two to take a surf lesson and then lounge for the rest of your time on the beach.

10. Bonfire parties. Bonfires are a ton of fun. However, make sure that your specific beach allows for fires, though. Many of them don't. For the ones that do though, it's a lot of fun to have a nice fire going on a cool night and just hold a gathering where friends and family come together to play music, have good conversation, dance, roast marshmallows, and just have a great time.

A bonfire is a great way to enjoy the beach at night with some hot chocolate, s'mores, and friends.
A bonfire is a great way to enjoy the beach at night with some hot chocolate, s'mores, and friends.

11. Go topless. There are a lot of nude beaches that you can look into. There's something really brave about getting naked in public. It's an experience that can make you feel courageous and bold—and one that should be tried at least once. Of course, you have to make sure that you're doing this at a nude beach otherwise you're going to get into some serious trouble!

12. Hula hoop. Or play catch. Or jump rope. Or fly a kite. Engage in some sort of child's play when you are at the beach using cheap toys that you can pick up at a nearby store. This will bring back the wonder of what it was like to go to the beach as a kid. It's also just really fun and a great stress-reliever.

13. Write poetry. Bring a notebook with you and get carried away with your words and creativity. The beach has been inspiring poems and songs for centuries now, so you might as well join the tribe of people who like to write when they're by the water. Starting that novel you've always wanted to write or simply keeping a diary of the trip are other creative writing options at the beach.

14. Meet people. It's always an option to socialize. Beaches are filled with people so there's no reason that you can't make new friends. Games on the sand—like volleyball—make this easy but there are lots of ways to meet people at the beach. Look online to see if there are any upcoming social gatherings or meet-ups at the beach.

15. Look for seashells. You can troll the beach looking for seashells and colored glass. Take the best ones home with you and make jewelry or art, or just put them on display so that you can always remember the fun that you had at the beach.

The beach is full of beautiful and hidden seashells.
The beach is full of beautiful and hidden seashells.

16. Take photographs. The beach is a great place for taking some beautiful photos. On top of that those photos will be a great memory to take back from the trip. Wander along with your digital camera and see what there is to see and snap away.

17. Search for historic sites. Many beaches are located near places of historic importance which are marked with monuments or signs. You can find these in the most unexpected of places if you keep your eyes open. Military batteries on the water, historic lighthouses and places where battles once took place are all things that you can keep an eye out for. This is another great opportunity for your camera as well.

18. Catch up on phone calls. With cell phones working almost everywhere these days, you should have no problem getting connected to others at the beach. It's a great place to catch up on phone calls while getting a tan—and you can make everyone you talk to jealous because of where you are! Of course remember to be mindful of not speaking too loudly or obnoxiously. You may be in an outdoor public area but many others are too and they're looking to relax and not unintentionally eavesdrop. Save the personal private conversations for another time.

19. Look for little critters. Most people who go looking for animals at the beach are looking for whales or seals or dolphins. Turn your focus to the little critters like the crabs and birds and jellyfish. Spend the day seeing how many different animals you can count. Make it a goal and snap pictures for every one so you can catalog your findings.

20. Write messages in the sand. You can write them big or small, say anything that you want and then take a picture that will last forever. These pictures can be made into unique postcards to send to the folks back home. Additionally if you have any empty bottles from your packed picnic meal, write the same messages on a piece of paper and slip it into the bottle for someone else to find.

A fun bonus activity: write a message in a bottle (of wine or water/soda that you've finished already) for someone else.
A fun bonus activity: write a message in a bottle (of wine or water/soda that you've finished already) for someone else.

21. Watch the sunset. Or sunrise if you get there early enough. This activity is a favorite for many, as it should be, at the beach because it's such a breathtaking sight to see. One that you'll never tire of. Take in the day (or morning) and reflect on what you've accomplished.

22. Celebrate a holiday or special occasion. People often go to the beach to watch Fourth of July fireworks or to celebrate a honeymoon. There's nothing like the crashing waves and sand between your toes to ring in a special occasion.

23. Daydream. You're sitting around at the beach with no commitments for the time being (at least, that's how it ideally should be), and nothing demanding your attention. That's a great time to just hang out and daydream a little bit. Envision what you want your life to look like in five or ten years, where you wish you could travel, or what you would do if you won the lottery. Let your mind and fantasies carry you away in the best way possible.

24. Relax. You don't have to daydream or take pictures or do anything really. You can just sit there and relax. Breathe, meditate, take a nap. Just be and relax. You're on vacation after all!

25. Build a sandcastle. A classic beach time activity for kids and adults alike. From the simplest design to the most elaborate, sandcastles help you pass the time at the beach while doing something really creative and fun. Try Googling for some inspiring ideas!

Building a sandcastle is a great way to spend your time on the beach. Try to get really creative with your "castle!"
Building a sandcastle is a great way to spend your time on the beach. Try to get really creative with your "castle!"

The truth of the matter is that going to the beach is going to be fun, no matter what you do there. You're getting away from real life for a bit and hopefully enjoying a scenic travel destination or at least just getting away from your home at your town's local beach. It's just nice to know that there are plenty of things to do besides suntan and swim while you're there!

Did you try any of these above activities out? Also, what are some of your favorite things to do at the beach? Comment below and share with us all!

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    talia 14 months ago

    wow i love these ideas

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    Jesus 20 months ago

    The fact that drinking isnt number one and relaxing isnt number two.. this is the worst post ive ever seen. Yes im going to get right on going to the beach and writing poetry... If theres rainbow flowing steadily out of my ass.

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    HI 21 months ago

    I LOVE TO GO ON A HELICOPTER RIDE OVER THE BEACH

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    Taylor weeks 2 years ago

    I guess you're right pretty much anything at the beach is awesome, where else can you feel more grounded

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    grace 3 years ago

    if kids roll in the sand there parent will scream at them

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    ipis 3 years ago

    Beach bukas haha

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    ipis 3 years ago

    Beach bukas haha

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    Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

    Cool hub, i like it.

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    tastiger04 4 years ago

    Awesome hub, great suggestions! I love the beach, can't wait to be near the water again :) voted up!

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    ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

    Nice Listing also useful for all age peoples :)

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    travelholidays 4 years ago from India

    Great Hub for every one ! Useful information. I Like point no.6 "Frisbee" , love the game :) . I think you missed beach volley ball

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    Kitesurfing Lessons 4 years ago

    Nice to be pushing people to get fit and enjoy their beach. Keep fit and learn new watersports. We love the beach and love to teach. Kitesurfing lessons near London http://hampshirekitesurfing.com

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    yolanda 4 years ago

    i just wanna know what is at the beach im trying to write a ryming song i got one already i got 15 if my teacher sees im gonna be fabulous

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    fuck you! 5 years ago

    go lick a fish you melt

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    tom 5 years ago

    hmmmmmmmm,beach is very nice for romantic people....

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    lex 5 years ago

    Does the beach makes you grow like a vegetable?

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    talfonso 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

    This Hub is brimming with great ideas for a beach day. I live in FL, where there are lots of good beaches to go to. In fact, I live in the Tampa-St. Pete area, so I'm pretty close to the beaches.

    I would add a caveat on #19. You may want to watch out for crabs (the classic crab-pinching-your-nose-or-foot) and jellyfish (they will sting you to high heck). No beach day is worth getting hurt or killed!

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    Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    I didn't realize there were so many things you could do at the beach - bring on summer here in SA! Great hub, thanks so much for sharing this :)

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    JohnnyONEsockTWOshoes 5 years ago

    You can always jerk off at the beach.

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    scofield 5 years ago

    i like the following contents. it's pretty impressive. if we'll follow these tips then we will surely enjoy our trip.

    nice work there little lady:D

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    Enna 5 years ago

    #11 "troll the beach" haha

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    hampshire kitesurfing centre 5 years ago

    Kitesurfing lessons on the beach, why not get out of the sity and come visit our kitesurfing school http://hampshirekitesurfing.com/

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    mit 5 years ago

    don't forget the best thing to do in the beach "Making Love" (1/2 body in sand & 1/2 body in the water)

    if you never try it, add it on your list before you fly gone!

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    www.diarnaegypt.com 5 years ago

    egypt

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    Phillip 5 years ago

    i hadn't been to a beach for 9 years

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    Moe Beaches 5 years ago

    This is the stupidest list I have read in a long time.

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    Xysha27 5 years ago

    thanks for ur help... this thing really help our group.. :)) by the way this activities is so cool.. :))

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    johan 5 years ago

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    villasandhomes 5 years ago

    Great work... thanks for sharing..

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    SuperDomains 5 years ago from SuperDomains.com - www.SuperDomains.com - Atlanta, GA

    Going topless does not require much courage at all for us men. Anyway, all of this travel talk has me planning another vacation. Great article...

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    workoutdvdworld 5 years ago from Perth

    I also like beach volleyball for a fun group game, and who can go past burying someone in the sand up to their neck! Rollerblading on the boardwalk is also a great way to get in shape whilst making the most of the beautiful scenery.

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    Ravi Singh 5 years ago from India

    Thanks for this hub..I mostly go to beach to relax myself.. you won't get it anywhere else.voted up!!

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    Sharon Mendelaoui 5 years ago from Toronto

    Great hub, makes me wish I was on the beach right now. http://dreamtravelmagazine.com

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    Londontours 5 years ago from London

    Great information

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    stue 5 years ago

    me and my faimly would have a sandcastle contest of who can make the biggest and creativest sandcaslte with stuff only from the beach

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    lipe 5 years ago from Thailand

    i will Sunbathing on the white sand and sip cool coconut water.

    Lipe

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    76 6 years ago

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    Venture Boyz 6 years ago from Floating in the clouds

    So much fun! This hub brought my back to my youth! Well except for the Go Topless part LOL. Who would of thought sand and water could be so exciting? Ah, I miss the beach. I may have to make a trip before summer winds down :(

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    felicitylovespari 6 years ago

    I personally love the beach and I am into having "good times" during summer. The things that you have listed are great. I will try it this coming summer..:)

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    whitton 6 years ago

    So fun and creative! I love the beach and there is so many things that you can do there that is free!

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    u01dtj6 6 years ago

    Great hub! I want to go to the beach now :) When I go on holiday, I always write in the sand the place where I am and the year, and that is the photograph which begins my photograph album. Nice tips!

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    beach girl 6 years ago

    wow. i am going to do almost all of these when i get to the beach. i am so excited. just a few more days until i go.

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    jamiesweeney 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

    It's a very good hub, Kathryn. I'll apply those tips the next time I go for a summer vacation on my fav beach.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    edw4rdcull 6 years ago

    will consider these tips for my next trip to the beach

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    applejuic3 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

    honestly, a great list. i live in san diego and will be taking advantage of the beach a lot this year. i can't wait to utilize this list.

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    victoria walsh 6 years ago

    see I live in ireland I meant what to do wexford beach .

    is there any more things to do at the beach

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    The Outdoor Fire Pit Guy 6 years ago

    The two activities that I really enjoy are the bonfires and hiking. Depending on the beach, there may be some really great hiking opportunities. I especially like the northwest beaches the best.

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    Singaporean beach-goer. 6 years ago

    That must be what to do on beaches in America. In Singapore, there's no shops, only bicycles and roller blades for rent.

    And one more fun activity: bury someone in the sand! Muahahahaha!

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    Weber Genesis E320 6 years ago

    what a fun article = thanks

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    Lola101october 6 years ago

    Now I know what to do with my family! Great ideas thanks hub!

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    Sailor 6 years ago

    I love beaches and Just love to burn my skin!

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    Belle Malicoat 6 years ago

    I'm doing this thing for my teacher and it helped me sooo much thank you!!

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    A James Rodi 6 years ago

    Great hub! always enjoy the beach. Thanks for sharing Kathryn Vercillo:)

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    trusouldj 6 years ago from Indiana

    Always wanted to make love on the beach ... maybe one day.

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    joey chiasson 6 years ago

    Hmm what about like swiming? lol

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    lovetherain 6 years ago from Untited States

    we had a warm week this winter, and my kids spent the entire weekend building forts out of driftwood. It was great:)

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    gss 6 years ago from Florida

    A great list of things to do at the beach. As a Florida native, many of these are important criteria to do as much as possible. The beach is a great place to have fun.

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    Airtime Kitesurfing 6 years ago

    Its got to be kitesurfing every time. Its easy to learn and you will never get bored of it.

    www.airtimekitesurfing.com

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    someone 6 years ago

    This didn't help at all.

    There are more unique things to do at the beach than this.

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    jjjj 7 years ago

    nice

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    booty call 7 years ago

    i admire your 25 fun things to do at the beach, where is swimming?

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    petra 7 years ago

    thx for help :)

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    John 7 years ago

    Relaxing and enjoying in Beach is very good hobby

    http://smartraveluk.com/

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    llei 7 years ago

    Beach is so relaxing. Good for destressing

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    Olivia 7 years ago

    Thx now i am not bored at the bech

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    AJ 7 years ago

    These are the most mind-numbingly OBVIOUS suggestions. My husband and I got a great laugh over this article. We were expecting something a little more enlightening and creative.

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    SJ 7 years ago

    I go to the beach to clear, or to clutter my head, mostly during the week when it's less crowded. Bonfires are great, but in California, it's freezing at night at the beach, it has to be a big fire. But way fun.

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    kandrawe 7 years ago from Tropical Country

    I really like to bring my dog to the beach

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    Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    I simply love the sea animals! The sand between my toes! Oh, I adore beaches! What a delight!

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    nikk45 7 years ago

    well i wish i could use those ideas but i can't since it is cold too cold to go to the beack.like cresent beach me and my friends wenton friday with our school holy was that freakin cold

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    equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

    When living at the beach we tend to forget there is so many fun things to do. Thanx for reminding us. Great hub.

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    adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

    It is almost end of the summer from where I am from but this is certainly going in my list to do.

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    lauralolita 7 years ago from Florida

    Great ideas!

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    blackhatworld 7 years ago from Belize

    there are a lot of things that you can do with the beach. but the best way is to relax!

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    Beach Umbrellas 7 years ago

    Wonderful suggestions! Thanks for sharing.

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    Adri...bee 7 years ago

    Wow I can't wait till I do all of this haha :)

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    becca7176 7 years ago from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    This is one of those truly fantastic hubs.

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    pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

    ...wow cool and fun! I like these ideas except for the "go topless" hahaha! I will be in trouble if ever esp. here in the Philippines, the police might caught me--public scandal..haha! thank you for sharing your ideas ma'am! :)

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    JOHN  7 years ago

    THIS IS A GREAT WEBSITE TO LOOK Aty to find things that you want to know before you go to am beach

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    kea 7 years ago

    Great suggestions!

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    kitesurfguru 7 years ago from Worldwide

    kitesurfing is definitely a sport to take up :-) great fun if you go to a windy place!

    http://www.hooked-on.co.uk/kitesurfing/lessons

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    Greg Cremia 7 years ago from Outer Banks

    I am glad you included 'relax'. It only takes a couple of minutes at the beach for the sound of the crashing surf to melt away life's stresses.

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    QueenBee456 7 years ago from Delray Beach, FL

    I always love rolling around in the sand

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    Going2Oahu 7 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

    Relaxing at the beach is my favorite thing to do!

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    Jim 7 years ago

    Great thing to do at the beach! Maybe doing survivor style activities!

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    Jessica 7 years ago from USA

    You have a great sensibility. Thanks for the beach suggestions.

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    lowerabworkout 7 years ago

    I just found this relaxing hub! I especially like the idea about daydreaming. It's something that most of us get little time to do, yet it's often when we step back a little that those "Eureka moments" come along. The beach is perfect for a little daydreaming!

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    Diane Morgan 7 years ago

    Don't forget people watching especially for men. If you see a man reading on the beach, 9 of 10 time is a disguise. He is actually doing some major people watching :)

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    tonyhubb 7 years ago

    Very nice article :) Thanks!

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    Jeff Davis 8 years ago from California

    you forgot bocci ball, drinking, and rock stacking (very peaceful)

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    Tammie 8 years ago

    love the ideas, :) ill deffenatly use them!

    x

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    propeshka 8 years ago

    I always like playing a game called "Tip it" with the frisbee. Two teams, one team throws a good throw towards the middle of the other team. Teams tip the frisbee with their feet, hands, and head for points (3, 1, and 5 respectively). String together combos for bigger points. Play to 15 or 21 points per game.

    Good hub, but I can't believe you missed volleyball!

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    kiwi91 8 years ago from USA

    I get bored at the beach, so this is a useful list for me. Sitting out is the last thing I like to do there. Very good hub.

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    Ronald Oliver 8 years ago

    You can always play a game of half rubber which was created as a beach game in South Carolina. I played this years ago and it is a blast.

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    cjcarter 8 years ago

    I love the beach! I'll be sure to put some of your ideas to use!

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    Davud 8 years ago

    "2. Look for dolphins. Many beaches throughout the world offer the chance to see dolphins right from the sure if you know what you're looking for and when to look."

    Right from the SURE?! are you kidding me!!

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    TheKitesurfCentre 8 years ago from Camber near Rye, East Sussex, UK.

    If you love the beach and the sea and are up for something a little more exciting, come and have a go at kitesurfing, its awesome. Here is our kitesurf school in the UK near London and Brighton.

    http://www.thekitesurfcentre.com

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    Betsy Baywatch 8 years ago

    great hub! thanks for sharing...what about a beach wedding?:)

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    beachplay97 8 years ago

    skimboarding is another fun thing to do!

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    beachplay97 8 years ago

    skimboarding is another fun thing to do!