Summer might be winding down, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to catch a few more waves out on the beach before it’s over. In fact, now’s the time when beachgoers of every creed and color seem to flock to the sands for their last precious days of sun before cooler weather begins to set in.
Here are just a few of the people you’re likely to see soaking up some rays.
The “All or Nothings”As in, they’re going to show you all of their body or nothing on it at all. A good many men and women seem to forgo clothes as much as possible when they hit the beach, much to the dismay of those around them. The barely there man bikini otherwise known as a thong is a popular choice for aging men with pleasantly plump figures, while some younger women see to think it’s a competition to see who can find the smallest bathing suit possible.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are quite a few shy folks who cover up so much it makes you wonder why they bothered coming out at all.
The “Surfer” BroThese guys aren’t actually passionate about surfing, but they’ll certainly try their hardest to convince everyone within a five mile radius they are. They’ve gone out and spent thousands on multiple boards, wetsuits and a Jeep to try and make everyone believe they’re ace surfers, but for some reason they just can’t ever seem to find a good wave.
You’ll spot them easily by the fact that they spend way more time sitting on the sand talking to women about their board than ever getting in the water.
The Sunbathing MomBeaches are filled with small children running wild with minimal supervision from a mom who’d rather be working on her tan than making sure a shark doesn’t run off with her tot. They’re the reason lifeguards are still employed. These women shirk the tried and true method of hiring a real babysitter in favor of a free nanny expected to pump life into their child should anything go wrong.
They’re easily spotted because their child will most likely be kicking up sand in your face and running amok. Just look around for the woman with a hat over her face not paying any attention.
The CollectorYou know this type, as you may have been one at one point or another in your life. It’s the person with the metal detector, bucket or bag of seashells who’s eyes are so busy scanning the sands they never stop to watch the ways or, you know, anyone lying in their path. They might’ve stepped on you once or twice while lost in their hunt for buried treasure.
These guys mean well, and aren’t intentionally hurting anyone, but what exactly do they think they’re going to find? A chest full of gold?
Spring BreakersEven though spring was months ago, you’ll still find young kids fresh out of high school drinking beer and smacking volleyballs all across the beach. They’re loud, they’re boisterous and they always seem to be having a lot of fun. As long as they stay in their part of the beach, which is usually separate from the family area, they don’t cause too much trouble.
Just watch out for broken bottles littering the sand.
Next time you’re loading up the bags for a little fun in the sun, be sure to stuff a pair of binoculars in with your castle building kit. Watch out for the people above and you’ll see why the beach is one of the best places available to people watch.