Beach Etiquette, Who Needs it?
As we approach summer, it’s time to talk about some basic etiquette for a polite day at the beach. North Myrtle Beach is truly a beautiful place to visit and, for those that live here, we are so fortunate to be able to call this amazing beach our home. Here are a few pointers as to how you can enjoy a trip to the beach and be polite to your fellow beach-goers.
Keep it Clean! No one likes a litterbug!
- Bring a trash bag and be sure to clean up after yourself. I’ve chased many a plastic wrapper down the beach on a breezy day just to do my part to ensure it didn’t wind up in the ocean. Each year over one million marine animals are killed because of irresponsible folks that don’t clean up their trash.* Please, don’t be one of these people.
- If you’re a smoker, please be considerate of others. There are so many people allergic to second-hand smoke and it is known to cause some serious health issues. Also, take your butts with you. The beach is not an ashtray.
Be Mindful of Others – Throwing Sand is Bad Manners
- If you choose to listen to music, please keep the volume at a respectable level. Not everyone likes the same genre of music and some folks simply want to listen to the ocean waves. Do everyone a favor and turn the volume down.
- Be aware of the sand you’re throwing on others when walking through or shaking out your towel or blanket. I cannot count the number of times people have walked by me with their flip-flops kicking up sand all over me and my blanket. Either take off your shoes or walk far enough away from others so you’re not leaving a sand cloud in your wake.
- Leave space between you and the next person or family. During peak times, this can become challenging but, trust me, no one wants you sitting right on top of them. Try to find a spot that allows for plenty of room between you and others.
Be Aware of How Your Actions Impact Wildlife
- Please don’t feed the seagulls. It may seem fun or cute for a social media post but, feeding them human food items like chips, bread and crackers can cause malnutrition and even death. Plus, it leads to aggression in the gulls because they see humans as a food source. Do yourself and the gulls a favor and let them get their food from the bounty of the ocean like nature intended. Love them or hate them, the ocean is their home and we should treat all nature with respect.
- Fill in any holes you dig. There are numerous reasons for this the first of which folks that are running or walking on the beach can easily fall into the hole and become injured. In addition, during sea turtle hatching season (March 1st to October 31st ) baby sea turtles can fall into these holes and become trapped. Only one in 5,000 hatchlings reaches adulthood. Do your part and fill in that hole.
It’s always a good idea to read up on the beach regulations and adhere to them. Here is a link to the rules for North Myrtle Beach. By practicing good beach etiquette, you’ll make your experience and the experience of those around you so much better!
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