We asked on Facebook: What does your perfect beach day look like?
Driving golf cart to the beach, setting up all our gear — chairs, mat, ice chest, umbrella, small table, kite and grill. We ride the waves on a float, eat snacks, feed the seagulls, read, take a walk and grill chicken or burgers. Oh, and we always listen to Bob Marley on Pandora. We usually stay about four hours, load up and drive five minutes to home. It’s our favorite thing to do on a Saturday!
Early morning before the tourists get there. Calm waters. Dolphins playing in the surf. My sons collecting sea shells and building sandcastles.
Nice early walk on the beach. A good book to enjoy while chilling in a chair on the beach. Listening to the waves and viewing the beautiful sky formations. Tuning all out except the above.
Marilyn Taylor Zwirek
Sitting on the deck of our house an hour before sunset looking at the water and sky. It’s like a periwinkle color! Beautiful! Any day I can find my sea beans and shells!
Early morning walks and meditation with the sunrise, gulls and waves.
Susan Wilson Walker
Walking along the beach, then Gaido’s for lunch!
Denise Sowell Shead
Taking my grandsons to the beach for a day of building sandcastles, playing in the water then taking them to get a bite to eat at Casey’s.
When we’re in town at our second home, daily walks on the beach and looking for shells is always a great day.
Liz Garcia Smith
Quiet beach with a good book and the waves.
Kristie Baker Barlow
One that is free of trash and litter.
Very few tourists!
Laura McNamara Makris
An early morning workout with the sunrise in the background.
Laura Marie Diaz Tacquard
82 degrees and sunny, with every umbrella and chair setup sold out!
Renting chairs and umbrella with my sister-in-law and enjoying the beach together. Walk over to Float for lunch and rum punches. Back to the beach for a little more time in the shade/sun.
Linda Dobbs Willis
Hot sunny day with tent and family. Favorite snacks of chicken wings and sausage balls. Plenty of sunscreen and sunglasses.
A 75-degree day, 75-degree water and a smooth wave curling around the Pleasure Pier.
Sunrise, two long walks on the beach running in and out of the water! A nice sun-bathing nap. Lunch at Nick’s with an ice-cold Michelob Ultra, famous Gaido’s pecan pie, a walk on the seawall then home.
Listening to the Beach Boys “Surfer Girl” as I cross over the causeway, heading to Babes Beach to say hello to the ocean. … Driving onto 8 Mile Road beach to swim and do some sea shelling. Watching the sunset while sitting on the sand.
White sand and blue water.
Any day it isn’t raining for my morning constitutional down the seawall before I am off to teach. Seeing the ocean every morning — priceless.
Stephen F. Duncan
Walking barefoot along the edge of the water and that perfect moment when all the tension drains from my body. That’s the unfailing beginning of my perfect beach day.
Walking on a foggy Wednesday morning in February, not a soul in sight, being blessed with beach finds that I couldn’t imagine before that. One day, I found a genie bottle that washed ashore on the West End.
Morning walk on the beach — starting at 75th Street — holding the leash tightly on my rescue miniature border collie whose only goal is to “corral and herd” all the seagulls!
Robyn R Bushong