Posted August 13, 2009 by Katie Blais
What turns a regular day at the beach into a great day at the beach? As a life-long beach goer, I know what's on my list. Sand quality is vital; there's nothing worse than going to the beach and feeling like you are in a grainy sand box. Secondly, a reasonable seaweed-to-swimmable-water ratio, since too much seaweed is never a good thing. Also important is the distance between beach goers … I need room to relax, unwind and enjoy the sound of waves crashing on the sand, not hear about the dating tribulations or bunion removals of my fellow sun worshipers. Easy access to eating and drinking establishments as well as bathrooms are key. I also appreciate miles of beach to walk on during low tide, though I steer clear of tide pools and the little kids lurking near them, since who knows what they're leaving behind when they're supposedly wading.
It turns out I'm not the only one with high standards when it comes to hitting the beach. St. Petes/Clearwater beach has been cleaning up on the great beach award front. It's got it all: 35 miles of white sandy beaches, clear, shallow and swimmable water, ample public restrooms and showers, attentive life guards, and even a sand castle building contest during the Sun and Fun festival in May. A day at the beach doesn’t get better than that!
And although up North we're already counting down to when we have to put our swimsuits away and break out the sweaters, there's still plenty of nice weather left in Florida, and on many other beaches on both coasts. So what are you waiting for? Grab your sunscreen and cooler then hit the beach … just be careful of those tide pools.
(Photo: Orlando Sentinel)
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