Millions of Americans will take a vacation this year. And countless will leave their home state to make it happen.
But where is everyone going? Most people are in search of a beach. Being near the ocean is a top priority for travelers, young and old. Countless families take a beach vacation every single year.
If that’s you, consider mixing up your plans this time around. You can still head to the beach. But try adding some of these alternative activities to shake things up and keep your vacation fresh and memorable.
1. Try a New Water Sport
There’s no better way to get the most out of a beach vacation than by trying out a new water sport. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a fun new activity to enjoy with your family or friends, the beach offers a wide range of options to choose from.
One popular option is surfing. With its combination of athleticism and thrills, surfing has become one of the most popular water sports in the world. Many beaches offer lessons for beginners, so don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before. You’ll be up and riding the waves in no time!
Another fun water sport to try is kayaking. Kayaking allows you to explore the coastline and its hidden coves and beaches. It’s a great way to see the area from a new perspective and get some exercise at the same time.
For those who prefer something a little less intense, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a great option. SUP offers a relaxing and low-impact way to enjoy the water and enjoy the scenery. And like surfing and kayaking, many beaches offer lessons for beginners.
In certain areas, you might be able to go parasailing to get a view of the water from above. Or you can ride horses in the water, snorkel, or dive for lobster. The options for enjoying the beach are truly limitless.
2. Plan a Family Photoshoot
Planning the ultimate family vacation is important. But ensuring your family will remember this time for decades to come is another.
Sure, you can take plenty of smartphone pictures to capture in-the-moment photos. But planning a professional beach photoshoot during your trip is one of the best investments you can make.
In most popular beach destinations, local photographers are available to meet on the beach and capture authentic, gorgeous photos right on the sand. You’ll cherish these photos forever as they bring you back to the memories made during this trip.
3. Indulge in Local Cuisine
No beach vacation is complete without indulging in some delicious local cuisine. From fresh seafood to tropical cocktails, there are plenty of options to satisfy your cravings.
Take the time to explore the local restaurants and cafes, and try some of the area’s specialties. Whether it’s a classic fish taco or a refreshing fruity drink, you’re sure to find something that you’ll love.
Take some time to learn what makes a specific area special. Along the Gulf Coast of Florida, for example, Grouper and Grouper sandwiches are in high demand. In Miami, near the Everglades, consider sampling some alligator and frog legs. Up in Maine? Definitely order a lobster roll.
Start Planning Your Next Beach Getaway
A beach vacation can be a great way to relax, unwind, and enjoy some time in the sun. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a way to unwind, there’s always something to do at the beach. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to enjoy your next beach vacation to the fullest!
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