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. http://www.hamptonbeach.com/
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!