Not everyone has the luxury of enjoying a private beach all to themselves. Those without this level of luxury and privacy have no other choice but to take to the waters with everyone else. Sharing the beach with others can be a nuisance. To make sure that your summer days at the beach are spent peacefully you should familiarize yourself with the proper beach etiquette below. Knowing the proper beach etiquette can help you avoid rubbing elbows with others and provide you with many pleasant summer days.
1. Avoid asking strangers to watch your belongings. Asking people to watch your belongings places unnecessary burden on them. If you must ask someone to watch your belongings, make sure that it is out of a moment of urgency and not because you want to go swimming or for a walk. Do not leave your belongings with the person for more than 10 minutes because you never know when the person might have to leave.
2. Avoid shaking off your sandy towel in the direction of others. It is discourteous to shake sand off of your towel where people are sitting. People may be eating lunch on the beach or relaxing. Sand and food do not mix well and sand in the eyes is painful. If you must shake your towel off shake it near the shore or in an area where there is minimal people.
3. Do not blast music. Many people come to the beach to relax not to attend a small concert. If you want to hear music put some headphones on.
4. Do not curse. Remember that the beach is a family environment. Keep your swearing to a minimum. Remember that the beach is a place you go to rid yourself of stress not to bring it with you.
5. Avoid wearing revealing swimsuits. Revealing swimsuits include; thong bathing suits, sheer bathing suits, see through bathing suits, and micro bikinis. You may be proud of your body and want to show it off but not everyone will be pleased to see your almost bare body strolling along the shore. Beaches are a family oriented place so you should be sure to keep your swimsuits tasteful.
6. Avoid changing small children on the beach. Although changing small children on the beach is convenient, it is also unsanitary. If you need to change a soiled diaper it is best to do so it in private such as in the restroom or in your car. You should also avoid dressing your children on the beach. This should be done in private.
7. Do not let your kids run naked on beach. Children should wear proper bathing suits. They should not be naked nor should they swim in their underwear.
8. Do not allow your dogs to urinate and defecate on the beach. In some cities dogs are not allowed on the beach because they cause harm to the beach environment. Dogs’ urine and feces are harmful to other animals and the ocean wildlife. Dogs also dig up ocean life nestled in the wet sand and they disturb bird nests. If you do let your god roam on the beach, be sure to clean up after it.
9. Don’t allow dog on the beach without leash. Dog leashes are a great way for you to keep your dog by your side. If your dog does not have a leash on while at the beach he is bound to run far off if a bird or anything interesting (such as a small child or another dog) catches his eye. Your dog should be leashed so that you protect him as well as others.
10. Avoid smoking on the beach.-There are laws that ban smoking on some beaches. Smoking on the beach is not ideal because of the second hand smoke factor. There will be many people on the beach including small children that will inhale the smoke. If you feel the urge to smoke a cigarette you should do so off of the beach such as in the parking lot.