Is your perfect day at the beach one where you are lying on a chaise lounge, sipping a pina colada under an umbrella made of palm tree fronds? Eighty-degree trade winds whispering sweet nothings in your ears, a good book in your hands that pushes away every worry, an afternoon nap so deep that you wake up wondering where you are as you wipe away the drool that leaked down the side of your face? Me too. But, that’s not always possible. Alas, the beach can be great, even off-season. Here are 6 reasons why:
One: You get it all to yourself! Well, almost. You may have to share it with a solitary jogger or maybe a retiree sweeping the sand with a metal detector hoping to find treasure. You probably won’t be hit in the head with a beach ball, however, or have to listen to a boom box playing your least favorite song.
Two: No Bathing Suit required. Phew! Tired of trying to squish those extra pounds into a bathing suit that feels more like sausage casing? Hit the beach off-season in some warm, cozy wear. You don’t even have to do your hair, throw on a warm hat or a worn baseball cap; you’ll be in style.
Three: You can bring Rover. Many beaches allow dogs off-season. Dogs love to romp on the sand and toy with the waves.
Four: Wildlife watching. Wildlife behaves wild in the off-season when us humans around invading their turf. If you're lucky you'll see dolphins teaching their young how to surf the waves close to the beach, whales migrating to and from the south to mate and bear their young, and seagulls fetching their own dinner when they don’t have your potato chip bag to raid. Why we even spotted a pig one winter on the beach hanging with his volleyball playing beach friends.
Five: Save money. Waterfront hotels offer low rates. No beach pass required.
Six: Good night sleep. The beach offers that salty taste and the lulling rhythm of the waves to tune down your internal chatter all year.
Do you have a favorite beach you like to visit no matter what time of year it is? Coming up later this week: A special beach to visit.
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