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Seeing The Sights on a Shoe String-The Ocean

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Seeing the Sights on a Shoestring-Ocean Beaches

Going to the beach is an important summer tradition with a lot of variety.
Some prefer visiting the State Park for camping, bathrooms and showers and lifeguards on duty. New Hampshire State Park Beaches include Wallis Sands, Jenness Beach, North Beach, North Hampton Beach, and Hampton Beach State Park Here is some information on the Hampton Beach State Park:

Some people prefer a beach with attractions and shops like Hampton Beach. Here you can get a nice room for the night, eat and visit the stores and arcades.

On our last trip to the beach, we were able to find free parking on a side street. We just walked down to the public beach and enjoyed a few hours of sunshine, sand a cold water.

My recommendation for shoestring beach trips are:
Bring a cooler with frozen water bottles to keep things cold. As the water melts, you have a very refreshing drink. Pack sandwiches and salads in a cooler along with whatever you might want to drink.

Buy a beach bag. Thrift store are ideal bag purchasing locations. The beach bags in those stores will be big enough to fit all your items. Make sure your beach bag is durable and sturdy. Fill the bag with sunscreen and sunglasses and a hat - hats provide excellent coverage.
Find a beach towel to sit on, a beach towel to dry yourself, a beach umbrella (if it's too sunny) and you may want to buy beach chairs to sit on.
Fun things like surfboards, a volleyball (some beaches have volleyball nets). floats, pail and shovel, and other beach toys. Bring magazines and books, camera and bring your iPod or CD Walkman with a couple of CD's, and of course, your cell phone if you have one.
Dress your kids in a shirt that is easy for you to identify them in. It is very easy to get lost on a busy beach. Dress yourself in a bright top or hat so that the kids can find you too! It also helps if you have a balloon or some marker so that kids can find your blanket on the beach too

Our cost: Free!
We were at Kennebunkport Beach in Maine.
Do you have a beach that has free parking? Please tell me about it!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JIBBIE49 7/18/2013 1:27AM

    I live in Pensacola Florida and we have fantastic WHITE SAND BEACH with beautiful clear water. I always made my children wear life vests even though people looked at them strange, but I didn't care, since the water can have riptides.

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NORASPAT 7/17/2013 10:36PM

    Nice big beach but such a lot to carry. Usually a hat and a bottle of water is enough. We never sit on the beaches we love to walk them along the waters edge carrying our shoes and socks.Beach walkers Pat in Maine. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 7/17/2013 1:55PM

    I so much wish I lived near a beach. Loved your pics.

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MICKEYH 7/17/2013 11:43AM

    Thanks for the tips!! emoticon emoticon

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KAYOTIC 7/17/2013 9:29AM

    Great tips! Glad you enjoyed your trip to the beach! emoticon

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BLUEROSE73 7/17/2013 9:09AM

    Love the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/17/2013 8:57AM

    Wonderful!!! HUGS and smiles. LOVE the markers on the buildings!

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NASFKAB 7/17/2013 8:17AM


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WILSONWR 7/17/2013 8:07AM

    We have free parking at Port Aransas (near Corpus Christi, TX), but it is 180 miles away. We do like to get down there at least once a year, though. I love to go kayaking and harvest oysters (in the cooler weather).

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RD03875 7/17/2013 7:55AM

    My beach has free parking it's Silver Lake in Maidson but you have to have a beach permit to park(residence permit) in the parking lot.

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MSLZZY 7/17/2013 7:20AM

    The nearest beach is 35 miles away with free parking but it is not by the ocean.

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SANDRALEET 7/17/2013 7:19AM

    I put my feet in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans One was to cold to swim in

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WARRIORGIRL121 7/17/2013 7:13AM

    emoticon Love the pics!

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ARTJAC 7/17/2013 6:25AM

    emoticon PHOTOS

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MARYJOANNA 7/17/2013 5:55AM

  what pretty beach pictures!

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GRAMMYEAC 7/17/2013 5:45AM

    Sounds like you had a fun day!

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