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I'd Rather Be at the Beach

Updated on October 17, 2013

A Day at the Beach

Ahhh...the beach! Warm sun on my face, sand between my toes, and the smell of the salty air. Seagulls crying overhead, and waves crashing against a lonely seashore; that's what I call paradise!

I've always loved going to the beach; it's so peaceful. When my daughters were little, we made trips to the beach every summer. We built many a sandcastle there, buried toes in the sand, and waded into the cool, foamy water.

Of course, we always enjoyed our favorite beach picnic - sandwiches, funyuns, and sodas! Why is it that those sandwiches taste so much better at the beach?

And now, we're carrying on that tradition with my grand-daughters; their daughters. We still play in the surf, sun, and sand. I know my children and grandchildren will forever carry on this tradition, and they will always share my love of the beach.

When God created the beaches and the oceans, He created serenity.

And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:10

Galveston Island

Our closest beach is Galveston Island which can be found deep in the heart of South Texas along our Texas Gulf Coast.

Once known as the "Playground of the South", Galveston Island is a thriving tourist town filled with southern charm, history, and hospitality. With its 32 miles of beaches, the island also offers family entertainment from attractions to museums, dining, shopping, resort hotels, water sports, and its now ever-popular "Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier".

Built where the historic Flagship Hotel once stood, the Pier offers waterfront family fun with a wide variety of attractions and games.

It's not wonder that our family is proud to call Galveston Island "our beach"!

Are you a beach bum?

You betcha! I love the beach!

You betcha! I love the beach!

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    • shatabdi85 3 years ago

      Good picture.

    • klbhokie 3 years ago

      Yup. We go every year.

    • BrownEyedGirl69 3 years ago

      I LOVE the beach. It is the most relaxing place to spend any amount of time at. If I could talk my husband into it I would live on the beach.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I would live at the beach if I could.

    • Beverly Rodriguez 3 years ago from Albany New York

      There is something special about the Ocean and the beach. I've been to different ones, and they all have their own personality.

    Nah! It's not for me!

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      • ChocolateLily 3 years ago

        I love seeing the ocean and stepping my feet in the water, but I'm not a big fan of beach-going over other activities.

      • Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I visit the beach once a year or more. I live in an area with a lot of lakes but far from the ocean. I do like beachcombing but I think it would be more of an adventure on the ocean.

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

        No I'm not and neither are my husband or son. We hate the crowds and the heat and the sand! But then I think I'd feel differently if I were somewhere really exotic!

      Beaches I've Visited

      Besides Galveston, I have visited only a few other beaches - South Padre Island in Texas and Cocoa Beach in Florida.

      Just like Galveston, South Padre lies on the Texas Gulf Coast in the deep South. It's located near Brownsville, Texas and is also a popular tourist town. South Padre, just like Galveston, meets the Gulf of Mexico.

      Cocoa Beach is located just past Cape Canaveral in Florida and meets the Atlantic Ocean. With its beautiful blue waters and white sandy beaches, it's the perfect picture of God's amazing artwork!

      Things To Do at the Beach

      Besides getting a tan or swimming, there's plenty of fun to be had at the beach! Many beaches or beach towns offer their guests lots of recreational activities. Here's just a few that I can think of:

      1) Water Sports - From swimming to boating, fishing, or water skiing, you'll find an abundance of water activities to participate in;

      2) Looking for Seashells - You just can't go to the beach and not look for seashells!

      3) Building Sandcastles - The little ones love playing in the sand and building their sandcastles. Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but I think the big kids like it, too!

      4) Feeding the Seagulls - Who doesn't love feeding these awesome birds? But beware! They do get a little excited sometimes! :)

      5) Have a Picnic - Like I said before, our good old-fashioned picnic is one of our favorite things we enjoy on the beach;

      6) Watching the Sunrise or Sunset - They can be really amazing at the beach, and they're not to be missed;

      7) Watch the Waves Come In - Just sit back, relax, and watch and listen to the beautiful sound of the ocean's waves coming in to the shore;

      8) Play Volleyball - Everyone loves a good game of volleyball on the beach;

      9) Fly a Kite - What better place is there to fly a kite than at the beach! It's always nice and windy, and there's not any trees around, except for a palm tree here and there sometimes;

      10) Go Surfing - And, of course, you can always surf those awesome waves! And, if you're not into that, just go out and "ride the waves" - for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about - just jump the waves as they come in! This was always one of our favorites!

      You'll always find something fun and exciting to do on the beach! But don't forget, it is a great place to relax and just breathe.

      Packing for the Beach

      So, you've decided to take a little beach trip! Good! Now what should you bring with you?

      1) Make sure to bring a cooler, and fill it with some drinks, especially water. You'll definitely get thirsty while you're out in the hot sun.

      2) Be sure to grab that sunscreen. Again that sun can get really hot, and you'll find yourself with much more than a tan if you don't wear some kind of sunscreen!

      3) Make some sandwiches, and bring some snacks. I don't know why, but everything tastes better at the beach! And you'll definitely get the munchies!

      4) Don't forget the blanket! You'll need something to lay out for that picnic you're having on the beach.

      5) You might wanna grab some beach chairs, if you'd prefer not to lay out on beach towels or a blanket.

      6) Sunglasses! You don't want to leave those behind!

      7) Everyone loves to listen to music on the beach, so remember to bring a radio, an ipod, or a good old boombox with you.

      8) If you're not really into getting a tan, or you just don't want too much sun, an umbrella would be a good choice to bring with you.

      9) Remember the flip flops! That sand can get pretty hot out there!

      10) Be sure to bring the kiddos some beach pails and shovels! They'll need 'em to build those awesome sandcastles!

      Hope you have a great time! Cowabunga!

      Minnie Bowtique Sand Bucket and Shovel
      Minnie Bowtique Sand Bucket and Shovel

      Little ones will love building their sandcastles with this Minnie Mouse Sand Bucket and Shovel!

       
      Intex 24'' Glossy Panel Ball
      Intex 24'' Glossy Panel Ball

      The beach just isn't the same without a beach ball!

       
      HQ Kites Eddy Rainbow 20" Diamond Kite
      HQ Kites Eddy Rainbow 20" Diamond Kite

      Kids will love this colorful kite! Great for flying at the beach!

       

      Beaches I'd Love To Visit

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      Cancun(Photo courtesy of http://www.globeimages.net/)
      Cancun (Photo courtesy of http://www.globeimages.net/)
      Hawaii(Photo courtesy of http://theworldvisit.blogspot.com/)
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      Jamaica(Photo courtesy of http://therinse.wordpress.com/)
      Jamaica (Photo courtesy of http://therinse.wordpress.com/)
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      The Bahamas (Photo courtesy of http://beauty-places.com/bahamas/)

      What's your favorite beach movie?

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      Teen Beach Movie
      Teen Beach Movie

      Disney's Teen Beach Movie - it's a splash!

       

      Do you have a favorite beach?

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          shatabdi85 3 years ago

          Puri, at the bank of the bay of Bengal.

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          Maria Grujicic 3 years ago from Darwin, Australia

          Nice lens! AND Yes, Nightcliff Foreshore and Casuarina Beach in Darwin are my favorites- They are connected and makes Darwin seem like an exotic beautiful island. If you ever visit, you must go to see this. :)

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          klbhokie 3 years ago

          Outer Banks in NC. Great lens!

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          Joebeducci 3 years ago

          I love the beach and my most perfect beach ever was in Cuba, just so beautiful! Great lens, Greets, Joebeducci

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          CharMarie 3 years ago

          @poutine: I've never been there, but I bet it's beautiful!

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          poutine 3 years ago

          \Used to go to Cape Cod and loved it.

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          CharMarie 3 years ago

          @ChocolateLily: How awesome that you did the Disney College Program! Sounds like we have a lot in common - Disney and the Beach! :)

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          ChocolateLily 3 years ago

          @CharMarie: Well, we actually visited while doing the Disney College Program. We don't pass up Disney either! I think the beach we visited was pretty much straight west of Orlando, give or take a little north or south.

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          CharMarie 3 years ago

          @ChocolateLily: I'm assuming you're talking about the area around Pensacola maybe? It's very pretty there, too! I'd love to stay there sometimes, as well. Unfortunately, I can never pass up Disney, if I get the chance! :) Thank you so much for visiting my lens! I really appreciate it!

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          ChocolateLily 3 years ago

          I really enjoyed seeing the Gulf side of Florida. The water was beautiful!

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          CharMarie 3 years ago

          @artbyrodriguez: I bet those beaches are beautiful! Thanks for the visit!

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          CharMarie 3 years ago

          @anonymous: Good movies! I love the beach, but I'm glad to see Fall coming! It's been so hot here in Texas! Thanks for visiting me!

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          Beverly Rodriguez 3 years ago from Albany New York

          I used to go to the Long Island beaches in New York. Now I get to go to the Gulf Of Mexico. They are all good!

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          CharMarie 3 years ago

          @Adventuretravels: Sounds beautiful! Would love to see pics! Thanks for stopping by!

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          CharMarie 3 years ago

          @BrownEyedGirl69: I know how you feel! Thanks for the visit!

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          BrownEyedGirl69 3 years ago

          Not really. As long as there is sand, salt water and waves I want to be there.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          Yes I do but it's not a sunny beach - it's in the North of Scotland in Gairloch - any beach around there is so wild and unspoilt, and totally beautiful - with no people, even in mid summer. Wonderful. Paradise.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          Point Break and Blue Crush. I do love the beach and fall is setting in so soon well be surrounded by snow. :) nice lens.