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A Day At The Beach


A Day at the Beach

Ah, nothing says summer like a day at the beach. If you’re fortunate enough to live within driving distance of the seashore, day trips spent admiring the scenery and listening to the lapping of the water are what summer is all about. Basking in the sun, swimming in the waves, and spending hours sitting in your beach chair reading a good book are activities that speak of the relaxing days of June, July, and August, and most of us are anxious to include them in our summer itinerary.

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A day at the beach should also include a good picnic lunch or dinner. Many shore visitors bring along their insulated coolers or picnic basket for a midday meal on the sand or a lovely dinner at the water’s edge. Beach picnics are a great way to add to the fun, and with a little planning, they can go off without a hitch.

Family Picnics on the Beach

Picnicking on the beach, especially with little ones in tow, can be rather tricky. There are a lot of obstacles that make eating on the beach difficult. The first – seagulls! They aren’t shy about swooping down and stealing food and their antics can certainly frighten children. Wind can be your enemy, too. No one wants sand in their sandwich. That’s why it’s a good idea to carry a small portable picnic table that can keep you and the kids off the sand while you’re eating.

If you’re planning a family picnic, you may have to deal with the fact that one big sit-down meal just isn’t a good idea. With so much to do and so many things demanding the kids’ attention, chances are you won’t get them to sit down for any length of time. Therefore, it’s a good idea to bring along small amounts of food that kids can eat gradually and pack larger sandwiches and more “adult” foods for the grown-ups. Put finger foods in zip lock baggies that the kids can carry around while they’re playing.

Good options are:

  • Carrot or celery sticks
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • PB&J half sandwiches
  • Pretzels
  • Peanuts
  • Cubes of ham or turkey
  • String cheese
  • Juice boxes

    Romantic Picnics on the Beach

    If you’re heading to the beach with your sweetheart, consider packing the picnic basket for a romantic summer al fresco meal near the water. The ideal time for this is just before dusk, when you can still see what you’re eating but can also enjoy the magnificent colors of the impending sunset. At that hour, it’s also a lot less crowded so chances are you can find a spot where you won’t be bothered.

    Like any good romantic picnic, it’s usually best to keep the menu simple. Cubes of cheese and slices of meat – like salty prosciutto - can be paired with baguettes, croissants, or any other type of bread for a suitable “entrée”. Fruit kabobs make excellent accompaniments to any kind of bread and cheese. Strawberries, grapes, pineapple, mango, or any favorite fruit is fine.

    For dessert? Chocolate, of course (providing you have the proper equipment to keep it from melting.) And don’t forget a bottle of wine. However, in many locales you can’t drink alcohol on the beach. So if you’re picnicking directly on the sand, you may have to settle for sparkling cider.

    Beach Picnic Dos and Don’ts

    If you’re heading out on a particularly warm day, don’t consider a picnic unless you have a way to keep cold foods cold. Spoiled food is any picnic’s worst enemy. If you enjoy picnicking, spend a little extra cash and invest in a nice picnic set or picnic backpack that will keep your food at the proper temperature. Don’t eat any food that appears to have reached an undesirable temperature.

    Do pack trash bags that will assist you in cleaning up what’s left behind. The beach is one of our most prized natural resources and it’s important to keep it pristine. Wind can scatter trash far and wide, so be sure to keep litter to a minimum and dispose of any remaining food, paper products, plastic bottles, and other garbage immediately. Leave it better than you found it so others can enjoy their day at the beach!

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