While most people flock to the beach when it’s warm and sunny, few people consider coastal destinations for the winter. However, tried and true beach lovers head down to the beach even when it’s cold because they know it’s the best time to go.
In the winter, beach towns tend to be sleepier, which makes the tide seem that much more melodic, making for a uniquely peaceful getaway. Though it may not be obvious at first glance, there is plenty to do at the beach, especially when it’s chilly out.
Morning Coffee – If you’re staying near the shore, the sound of the ocean is a delightful way to wake up. Bundle up and enjoy your morning coffee or tea from the comfort of your porch or while you stroll the shore. A huge benefit to visiting the beach during the winter is that you don’t have to share it with many other people. Take advantage of all of the extra space you have and realize how rare the peaceful moments that you’re enjoying truly are.
Visit Local Markets – When you’re near a body of water, chances are good they have a great “Catch of the Day.” Take advantage of having the first pick of the variety of local food the beach town has to offer. Not only is it delicious, but you’re supporting local business and getting an authentic local experience.
Afternoon Walks – During the cold season, the summertime humidity dissipates, leaving an arid chill in the air. So around noon, bundle up, keep your shoes on, and head to the shoreline for a stroll. You don’t have to get in the water to enjoy the beauty that the beach has to offer, but if you have a dog, the cold water won’t scare them away. Beaches attract dog lovers all year round because no matter how cold the water is, your pup will be more than happy to jump in.
Make a Picnic – Depending on how windy the day is, a picnic on the beach is a great way to spend time on the shore. Whether you’re venturing out alone, taking a date, or bringing your family, a pre-sunset picnic should be on your winter beach to-do list. Gather all of the delicious finds from the local market, bundle up, and treat yourself to a culinary experience by the water.
Build a Campfire – After sunset, the temperature will drop, but this doesn’t mean that you need to go inside. Enjoying a fire is a great way to gather people and keep warm. Research the local rules at your specific beach for building a fire, and if permitted, enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire alongside the push and pull of the tide.