Everyone seems to be packing up their beach gear and heading off to the beach for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Before leaving the house or hotel, double check that beach bag to make sure there’s plenty of sunscreen, and when there, don’t forget beach etiquette.
San Diego offers a huge draw for beach goers both in and out of town. A handful of popular beaches in San Diego include:
- Carlsbad State Beach
- Encinitas Beach
- Solana Beach
- Del Mar Beaches
- La Jolla Beaches
- Pacific Beach
- Point Loma Beaches
- Mission Beach
- Ocean Beach
- Oceanside City Beach
- Coronado Municipal Beach
A visit to Coronado Beach will make anyone an instant believer why this locale has been named one of the best beaches in the United States.
Along with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, double check that the sunscreen in the bag has not expired. If it has, it will not be as potent and will be unable to protect the skin from sun damage.
Be sure the sunscreen picked offers UVA and UVB protection also known as broad spectrum formulas. Some ingredients to keep an eye out for are:
- Titanium dioxide
- Zinc oxide
Don’t forget about protecting the lips, either. They too are susceptible to burns so find a lip balm with a Sun Protection Factor. A couple really good products are the Jane Iredale Lip Drink and Kinerase Ultimate Volume Lip Conditioner
While at the beach, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen often. Setting the timer on a cell phone every two to three hours (on a low ring so others aren’t disturbed) might be a helpful reminder.
Trip Advisor recently announced the results of its “Beach Etiquette” findings. With the holiday weekend here, it’s a better time than any to offer up these results so fellow beach goers don’t get annoyed. Some top things that irritate beach visitors are:
- Loud music (and speaking loudly)
Although the beaches will be crowded this weekend, try and be considerate of “personal space” when picking a spot. This was also in the study. On average, people want at least six feet of personal space at the beach.
The last thing people want is to feel cramped or have sand flying at them when someone is shaking off a towel.
Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!