Am I big beach-lover? Kind of. Are my kids? Yesssssss. They could be at the beach every weekend if I let them.
Let’s be honest, most people think beach and associate it with summer. Lounging in the sun, making sand castles, dipping your toes in the water. Yada yada yada. But here’s the thing, you can do all that in the winter or cooler months. I’m very fortunate because I live in Southern California (about 10 minutes from the beach) so even in the cooler months, it’s not that cold. And I make it a point to visit the beach at least once a month during this time because honestly, it makes for an easier visit.
Maybe I’m too uptight or too much of a planner, but I just feel like taking the kids to the beach requires a lot of stuff.
Ice chest full of food and drinks, tons of sand toys, beach towels, umbrellas, and beach blankets. We’re talking at least a few bags of stuff. Add the summer heat to that equation (even though the kids love it), it’s a lot for parents. If there’s one thing about me, it’s that I’m always on the lookout to make outings a little easier. Because, hello, with three kids nothing is easy so I try to simplify what I can. Ergo, going to the beach in winter!
Top Reasons to Visit The Beach in The Winter:
- No Crowds – Visiting the beach in the cooler months means the beach is practically empty. Nobody to the right or the left of you. You don’t have to show up super early to reserve your spot. Your kids can run around and be kids.
- It’s Quiet – This goes back to #1 but sometimes at the beach, it just feels a little chaotic with kids. It can be loud or people are playing their own music (not trying to be a buzzkill). Even if I’m taking my kids, I’d like to be able to take in the fact that I’m at the beach which you can do during the winter.
- Easy Parking – The one thing I can’t stand about summer at the beach is parking. Having to lug all of your crap (ice chest, beach bags, sand toys, umbrella, etc.) all while holding your kids’ hands through the parking lot. Or even worse, having to park on the street. You’re already tired by the time you get to the beach.
- Shorter Day – During the summer, it doesn’t get dark until the evening, obviously that makes for a longer beach day. But if you go to the beach during the winter, it gets dark by 5pm so you’re looking at a shorter day which just makes me smile.
- Cooler Weather = No Sweating – Maybe I’m just a pain in the you know what, but I hate sweating. Even in summer when you’re at the beach, sweating sucks. BUT, cooler weather means no sweat.
- Bonfires – Ending a beach day with roasting marshmallows on a cool night is the best. That’s a memory right there.
I’m not saying to only visit the beach in winter, but I am saying to still make it a habit to hit up the beach in the cooler months.
Because it still makes for a fun day- it might not be the most traditional beach day, but I’m sure your kiddos will dig it. You can still build sandcastles and look for little crabs in the sand. It’s a little bit of a different experience to visit the beach during winter than it is in summer, but I promise you won’t regret it!