Trips to the beach are a major part of spending time in Florida. In the Gulf Coast area alone you have beautiful beaches in Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key & St. Armands Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Venice, Lakewood Ranch, and Anna Maria Island to name a few.
With so many beaches to enjoy, you definitely want to make sure you’re prepared. It only takes one bad sunburn to keep you indoors for days.
Use these essential beach tips to help make your beach vacation the best it can be.
1. Get there early – Even the biggest beach parking lots, like that of Siesta Key Beach with nearly 1,000 spots, still have limits. Typically on the weekend, popular beaches fill up by noon at the latest.
Additionally, the UV index isn’t as extreme in the morning and are typically a little cooler.
2. Stay cool and hydrated – It’s important to stay cool and hydrated when out in the sun. Be sure to pack plenty of water and even bring some frozen bottles too, so you can use them later in the day as they melt.
Also, packing a tent or umbrella to provide some shade helps with heat levels and can give you a break from the sun.
3. Apply and reapply sunscreen – According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you should apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply the same amount every two hours.
Remember to apply sunscreen on cloudy days too. As much as 40 percent of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays reaches the beach even on a totally cloudy day. Set a timer on your phone to remind you to reapply!
4. Bring a kiddie pool for younger kids – Rather than worry about small children in the ocean, bring a small, inflatable kiddie pool to fill with water from the gulf. It provides entertainment for smaller children without the risk.
5. Pack snacks and lunches separately – Pack in small containers so if one container gets dropped into the sand, not everyone’s lunch is gone.
6. If you bring alcohol – Be sure to use non-glass containers and double-check that beaches’ alcohol policy. Expect police officers patrolling popular beaches by horseback and ATV.
7. Keep your phone and keys in a plastic container – A great way to keep your keys and phone from getting sandy or wet is to clean out an empty peanut butter jar and store your belongings in it.
8. Use baby powder to get rid of sand – Little know trick is to apply some baby powder on your hands and feet to easily get rid of stuck-on sand.
9. Freeze aloe vera cubes – In the event you do get sunburnt, these frozen cubes of aloe vera can instantly sooth and angry burn.
10. Clean up after yourselves – In order to keep our beaches beautiful, don’t leave trash or unwanted items behind. Also remember to never feed wildlife under any circumstances. It’s harmful to them and encourages dangerous behavior.
We hope you found this tips helpful for enjoying the beach during your Florida vacation! If you’re planning to stay for a while, you should consider staying in a vacation rental from Jennette Properties.
By staying in a vacation rental property, you have access to living like a native and enjoying all of the amenities of home while you’re exploring the Gulf Coast. To find out more about the area and about our available properties, contact us today.