Having â€śsand in our shoesâ€ť since birth, my sister and I felt compelled to write
a book about beach etiquette. After spending summers at the shore, our
parents decided that it was time to leave the sultry heat of Philadelphia and
make Atlantic City our home. Along with our parents and older brother this
began our new life.
I was six years old and my sister, Cheryl, was an infant
(born with a bucket and shovel in her hand) when the move was made and
our days on the beach began. After having to teach our own children how to
behave properly on the beach, we felt a need to share our concerns with all
beach goers. Living two blocks from the beach and then moving offshore,
the daily drive to the beach was a necessity as well as a pleasure in our lives.
Due to countless hours of special cherished time on the beach, we feel we
have the expertise to write this book. This labor of love has taken ten years to
complete and we are delighted to share our finished product with you.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Less is More Â . . 1
II. The Tide Guide Â . . 7
III. Too Close for Comfort Â . . 11
IV. The Teen Scene . . 15
V. The Beach Police Â . . 17
VI. Splish Splash Â . . 21
VII. No Peeking Â . . 25
VIII. Three Strikes, Youâ€™re Out . . 29
IX. Take Cover Â . . 33
X. Gotta Go! Gotta Go! Â . . 35
XI. Litter Known Facts Â . . 37
XII. SUMMERy Â . . 39
When arriving at the beach it is important to find a perfect spot for you and your
family. This can be done easily by following these simple directions:
1. Look for an empty space that will fit your family, friends, or maybe just
youâ€¦ if you are lucky enough to have a quiet beach day to yourself.
2. Make sure you leave at least a beach towel difference between you and
3. If your friends are joining you later, save spots for them so they are not
invading your neighborâ€™s beach party.
Sitting too close to someone at the beach is like sharing a table at a restaurant
with strangers. You did not invite them to eat dinner with you and you are not
inviting them to sit with you at the beach.
Umbrellas are a great retreat from the sun, but please do not put up your umbrella
when the wind is so fierce that it could actually take Dorothy to Oz. Your umbrella
will be like the flying monkeys and could be hazardous to those around you. Be
a wizard and make sure you anchor your shade securely in the sand.
A cell phone note â€“ A major pet peeve for beach goers is being able to hear
someoneâ€™s conversation because they are too close and they think the person
they are speaking to has lost their hearing. Be just as considerate as if you were
in the supermarket line, doctorâ€™s office, public transportation, elevator, on the
treadmill at the gym, and any other public place.