Because I grew up in Florida, I think a lot of people assume I spent a lot of time going to the beach. My parents bought a house in a coastal area (Tampa Bay) but we were still a little bit of a drive away from “the beach.” (Only about 45 minutes, but when you’re a family with soccer tournaments and dance recitals it doesn’t happen.) At one point we had a boat and I did crew throughout high school, so I spent a good bit of time on the water. But again, not the beach. We pretty much did one beach vacation every year. Either driving down to the Keys (which is actually not a beach destination!) or to Oak Island, North Carolina to visit my mom’s side of the family. We also did Seaside a few years in a row, which was always my favorite!
Anyway, it’s kind of funny now that I live in New Jersey (and previously Connecticut), I swear I have spent more time on/by a beach in the past four years than I did in the ten years I lived in Florida! There is definitely something to be said about only having a few hot months a year to make you take advantage of it. Driving a few hours down the shore every weekend or sitting in Cape traffic every Sunday afternoon doesn’t seem that crazy when you realistically have 8-12 weeks to do it every year. In fact, it seems like a great idea!!
This is a longwinded way of saying… I spend a lot of time in the summer sitting on the beach.
Mike’s family has such a fun collection of beach chairs and every rental/hotel I’ve stayed in has always had at least a handful of chairs to tote down to the beach. But I kind of want to invest in a few to keep in the back of my car. I would love to have “my own” chair and while I’m partial to the Tommy Bahama ones you can find at Costco (they are so comfortable) I keep finding cute ones online that I just can’t resist: