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Health Benefits of a Seaside Vacation

Updated on October 6, 2012

Treat your family to a seaside vacation this summer. Even without days of blazing sunshine, the temperature of seawater varies by only a couple of degrees between summer and winter, making it an ideal destination no matter if the days are dull and rainy or bright and sunny.

The salty waters of the world’s seas and oceans are full of health giving benefits despite being cold, providing the seawater at your vacation destination has been passed as clean by the local health authority.

As many areas still continue to discharge sewage into the sea, it is advisable to find out if your chosen holiday destination has clean sea water, as many illnesses and diseases can be picked up from contaminated sea water.

a seaside vacation
a seaside vacation

Health Benefits of Seawater

Where seawater has been passed a clean, however, a daily dip in the sea may provide relief from common skin ailments that have been plaguing you.

For example, Athlete’s Foot has been known to completely clear up after being subjected to a daily paddle in sea water.

There is some evidence to suggest that many forms of dermatitis can heal after repeated seawater treatments. The water from the sea contains a lot more than just salt. Many trace elements from the periodic table are present in large enough quantities to cleanse your skin of toxins, infections and fungi.

In many vacation resorts, the hotels and boarding houses offer swimming pools for their customers use. Usually, however, these swimming pools are made of up strongly chlorinated water which may be clean and cool, but which may inflame existing skin conditions.

Why use them when there is a beach and the sea close at hand? Many people complain that they do not like the feel of their skin after a dip in seawater, nor like the way sand seems to creep into all the crevices in their toes, no matter how much they try to rinse it off.

healthy sea water
healthy sea water

Health Benefits of Sand

Sand acts like Nature’s emery board, cleansing your skin of old dried patches, leaving your skin feeling silky soft.

In fact, a daily barefoot walk in the sand will negate the need for expensive pedicures, as the abrasive sand sloughs off old, dried dead skin.

The strange feeling of your skin after being in the sea is the dried salts which get to work, cleaning pores and helping heal your skin of a host of ailments from abrasions to acne, so don’t rush to shower in fresh water to cleanse these health giving minerals off your skin, where they are already doing so much work.

Health Benefits of The Sun

If your holiday destination is in a warm sunny climate, take extra care to apply enough sun screen lotion on your own and your family’s skin, especially when on the beach or in the water.

The sun rays are often magnified when the sea salt is on your skin, increasing their strength and therefore their burning factor.

A little sunshine is good for us. It not only lifts our spirits by helping the body to release serotonin, the feel-good hormone, our body takes in Vitamin D from the sun which not only helps our teeth and bones, it keeps the levels of serotonin higher for longer.

Its greatest danger is getting too much of it, as a tan is not actually a healthy thing to have, it is a sign of skin damage, and repeated damage can lead to skin cancer. However, a little sunshine exposure now and again does us the world of good, provided we are sensible about how much and how often we sunbathe, and to always use a high factor sun screen.

There is nowhere better to enjoy the health-giving benefits of the sun, than at a sandy beach on a summer's day.

Chase William Merritt At the seaside
Chase William Merritt At the seaside


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    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      And THANK YOU for such interesting comments :) I didn't know that about the heart rate. Great advice :)

    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      You did a great job of outlining why - don't forget about the fun of water exercise - "water exercise is wise!" When you are in the water, there is a magical thing that heart does - your resting heart rate drops 15-18 beats per minutes - that is why it feels like you are not working but the 640 muscles in your body and your heart muscle know you are exercising - only your mind is fooled. Yes, I am biased I am the inventor of the EZ Swimmer but these details about the water are important.

      There is no place in the world better for the soul than the water - fantastic for your heart, mind and soul!

      Great topic - great article - thank you!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      That sounds fantastic Jill! I didn't know grey sand burns more than white or yellow sand, but then I don't think I've ever seen grey sand (least not in a place that gets hot in the summer)! Is it volcanic?

    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      I agree with you all the way! Although I live in the city now, my hometown is beside the sea so when we were kids we used to go swimming every weekend. It's hard to walk on the beach at noontime though because the gray sand burns.

      However, there is an island a few hours from my hometown. It has powdery white sands and you can walk on it anytime of the day. It's my favorite island and I wrote two hubs about this. I get all the benefits you mentioned every time I visit this island. Really great!

      Thanks for this hub Izzy!

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lovely. Can't wait for seaside weather

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      summer is nearly here, get your vacation booked! Thanks for stopping by :)

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      8 years ago

      great hub, Izzy! I really wish I was on a big beautiful beach, sounds so great right now! :)

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      LOL, I'm stitting here online barely 200 yards from the sea and a beautiful sandy beach, and haven't actually walked on it in three years or so! I love the beach, but quiet ones, not this tourist-drenched apology of one that gets cleansed every night by sand tractors and shells and seaweed are removed as quickly as they appear!

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      oooooh reading this just made me have a craving to put my toes in some nice wet sand! lol I need a vacation!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK is one of them, the other is liked from the foot of that page. Have emailed you.

      Hey Happy Weekend to you too!!

    • mysterylady 89 profile image

      mysterylady 89 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I wanted to read your Hub about gold-mining, but now I can't find it. Can you send me a link? Happy weekend! By the way, I loved my short time in Scotland.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from UK

      LOL @ the cockroaches!

      I'm seeing too many people either spending the whole day sunbathing on the sand, or round their hotel swimming pool, and precious few entering the water. But it is the water more than anything that is so good for you. An hour or two hours sunbathing is probably good for you if you are on holiday, but not ALL day!

      And yes I have seen plenty folk with leathery skin and wrinkles but no surprise there if all they want to do is lie in the sun all day, every day, then probably visit tanning salons when not on holiday to maintain their tan.

      Thanks for commenting :)

    • mysterylady 89 profile image

      mysterylady 89 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Just tell me I won't run into any cockroaches in the water! (lol) While not a beach lover myself, I do appreciate the benefits. I repeat your warning to be wary of too much sun. So many people here in Florida have leathery skin because they have been sun lovers, and skin cancer is a real problem. Izzy, I do like the way you write!


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