Summer’s almost over; it’s just a couple of weeks until school starts again. I remember when I was young(er!), my friends and I spent our remaining days of summer on the beach, trying to soak up as much sun and fun as humanly possible. The nights, we spent taking turns sleeping over at each other’s houses, taking advantage of the opportunity to sleep as late as possible, before bedtime became the norm again. Our parents, thankfully, were extremely understanding, and it helped that we lived in an old-fashioned neighborhood where everybody knew each other, and everyone felt reasonably safe.
I wish I could say that the same is still true today, but we hear horror stories all the time now, and parents are much more cautious as a result. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t squeeze in as much fun as possible. While sleep-overs may be out, or somewhat curtailed, trips to the beaches are still the best way to wave summer goodbye. And you don’t have to travel far for the experience. Especially since this is travel time’s peak season, when everybody is rushing to go home from their vacations. There are lots of great beaches around which can be reached by car.
Of course, if you live in Hawaii or Florida, you won’t even need a map to find a good beach. The beach is probably in your backyard. But there are still a lot of places you can go to, like California, which has some excellent beaches, like the Coronado Beach in San Diego and Glorietta Bay Beach in Coronado. The East Coast also has it’s share of beaches, most notably the upscale Hamptons in New York. North Carolina prides itself on having one of the the best ranked beach in Outer Banks, NC. And Cape Cod, Massachusetts is also home to great beaches.
Of course, not everyone may enjoy the beach as much as I do. You may have a different idea of fun, just go for it! The important thing is to have fun with your family. Wherever you may be, whatever way you choose to spend it, make the most of these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!