It seems that the beach has its draw. The beach is appealing. It is considerably different from any usual environment of most people. The beach is a place to be different. It is a place to escape. One can be free to relax and enjoy the surroundings, or become involved in activities that are not usual to a back home lifestyle. After all, most of us do not live near a beach, or have the time to visit.
Running on the beach is exhilarating. The clean salt air (in most respects) is a refreshing change from most other places of residence. A run is always a way to escape and become uplifted, but done on the beach, it feels cleansing, to say the least. Playing Frisbee on the beach is as normal as walking. Throwing the disc toward the ocean in a coordinated effort can afford one a solitary experience where it’s just you and the offshore breeze playing catch. Beach volleyball is a mainstay with or without a net. Flying face-first into the sand for a “save” or “get” is a rewarding feat. Of course any kind of activity done at home—whether catch, fungo, football, paddleball, or whatever--is more fun at the beach because of the even more reduced tension, modified rules, and party atmosphere. Who cares?!
There is nothing like the beach for a party, especially one with all-day activities and a fire ring for sunset and nighttime singing. Bring what you want and dress like no one cares. That’s the beach. Play, talk, and smile. That’s the beach.
The scenery at the beach isn’t bad either. Whether it’s the waves crashing, the seagulls and pelicans soaring, the sunsets setting, or the beautiful bodies surrounding, the beach is a wonderful place to behold. The hangouts and sites near a beach make the visit a total experience. Parks, restaurants, sports shops, bars, and other gathering “holes” make the beach a unique place to relax by and enjoy.
Oh, did I forget to mention surfing? Well, no: I saved this for last. If you happen to visit a beach with surfing apparent, kick back and enjoy one of the greatest sports on the earth. Responsible for much of the allure of the beach, surfing is as much a sport as it is a corporate giant in retail goods. Surfing is one of our original “extreme sports” that is exciting to watch and fun to try. Certainly, most beaches have waves that anybody can have fun “boogie boarding” or “body surfing” without a board. Try it!
If you don’t like bare feet or sand, free speech or easy-going, “let it all hang out” behavior, and feeling young at heart, then the beach may not be for you. Give it a try though. Feel the air, and the air.