It may seem obvious what you should take to the beach with you, but what isn’t obvious is what NOT to take with you. If you plan to go in the sea whilst at the beach then do not take your designer sunglasses. If they drop into the sea you will never get them back, leave them on the beach and someone may take them or they could get scratched by the sand. Instead have a pair of cheap sunglasses specifically for the beach.
It may come as no surprise that nine of the top ten nudist beaches are in Europe, the other being in Florida. That being said there are actually three nudist beaches in Asia; two of which are in India and the other in the Philippines. You can also find nudist beaches in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and some countries in Africa. There are NO nudist beaches in the Middle East. Turkey did open a nudist resort in May this year (2010) near the popular holiday destination of Marmaris, however just six days after opening the authorities closed it due to ‘architectural problems’. The resort has still not reopened and locals don not expect it to.
Being on a tropical beach is not all about sunbathing. The breath taking views, crystal clear waters and glorious sunshine are the perfect settings for most of us to lie down and relax, however many beaches offer so much more. Whether you are going to the beaches of Cornwall or Hawaii you will be sure to find water sports and boat tours that offer something for everyone. There will be chances to see caves & caverns, local wildlife, mountains, further fascinating views and historical sites.
Sand may be annoying when it gets into your food and stuck everywhere that you don not want it to be however there are many benefits of sand to. Apart from the fact that it is much more bearable to walk on when compared to a pebble or shingle beach it is also an excellent exfoliator for the skin.
1. Don not get burnt. Always apply regular sun lotion, especially when getting out of the water.
2. Don not get drunk. Apart from making a fool of yourself you will dehydrate much faster when drinking alcohol in the sun.
3. Don not get sun stroke. Always wear a hat and don not spend long hours in the sun without getting some shade.
4. Don not get dehydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water; this will also help prevent headaches and sunstroke.
5. Don not go naked. Although being topless is widely accepted in Europe; you will find many people get offended on other continents. Even some parts of America frown upon topless sunbathing so always check what is acceptable before revealing yourself especially if you want a nudist beach!
6. Don not have sex. Although the concept of ‘making love’ on a beach is very romantic – especially in the movies – you really should avoid it or at least be aware of the following before going ahead: In places such as Dubai where it is illegal to even kiss in public; you will face up to 6 years in prison plus a hefty fine. If you can get away with it there is also the sand to consider. Sand getting caught in the thrusts of penetration will leave you both very sore, open to infection and probably not having very much more sex on your holiday.
7. Don not BBQ on the beach. In many places a BBQ is classed as a ‘fire’ and fires in public places are widely not allowed although it may not actually be ‘law’. Local authorities will issue guide lines which you should check out before deciding to have a beach BBQ. In the UK it is punishable by up to a £500 fine. Always get permission first.
8. Don not sleep. You may wake up to the tide coming in, especially if over-night, being burnt or finding you have been robbed!
9. Don not leave bags unattended. You may think other people will watch out for anyone taking your bags but they all have better things to do on their holiday. Not only could someone take your camera, money and designer sunglasses but you could also have your hotel room or apartment robbed if the keys are in your bag.
10. Don not go to the beach without research. To avoid all of the above and more, make sure you know what is and is not acceptable on the beach that you are going to. Stick to the guide lines and enjoy it without breaking the rules.
Before you head off to buy your bikini for your next beach holiday, here’s something to consider; did you know that there are several types of bikini including the string bikini, tankini, seekini, monokini, microkini, sling bikini and the trikini. They are available in various different fabrics; paper, tan-through, neoprene (rubber used to make wetsuits), crochet, lace, PVC, fur or even a platinum bikini which will set you back $9500!
Tropical beaches are a lovely setting for indulging in fun games for all ages, from mini golf to volleyball there is something for everyone. Sandcastles, badminton & football are just some of the fun activities that are commonplace on most beaches.
Barbecues on the beach, music festivals & parties are a big hit with holidaymakers. A locations night life can be the major attraction of a holiday, especially for the younger generation. Weather it’s fantastic restaurants, evening entertainment in the form of shows and theatre or the clubs & bars you can easily combine a beautiful beach break with a fantastic social scene. »
If you are not one for sunbathing there any always many, many beach activities for you to try.
During peak times, such as school holidays you will tend to find travel agents hike the prices up! Don’t let this put you off, there are plenty of cheaper deals at peak times if you book a few months in advance. Another way to holiday on a budget is to put your trip together yourself rather than go for a package holiday through a travel agents. There are many websites offering you a tailor made package, and cutting out the middle man can save you a hefty some! You can easily choose the perfect hotel with flights to suit and a taxi to/from the airport can also be booked in advance if you like to plan ahead. Schools tend to break up late July and start a new term in Early September so it’s during these times holiday packages will peak and in some cases double in price. Booking early enough can cut down on costs, and tailor made holidays cut out the travel agent ‘middle man’ enabling you to book flights and accomadation for you and your familys needs.