Cape Gazette

Beach Beat

Types of people you meet at the beach

By Billie Criswell | Jul 25, 2013

The beach attracts a diverse crowd. The ocean calls and people come in droves. Here’s some of the people you might encounter at the beach. See if you can spot them the next time you're out and about:

The Summer Local

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They are here four or five months out of the year. They come from cities to catch a few months of summer fun and recharge their batteries. They love all things beach and spend most days on our sandy shores. They tend to look more relaxed than most by August.

The Tourist Who Doesn’t Want to be Found Out

This person doesn’t want anyone to know they don’t live here. They might fake bake before getting to the beach to look like they’ve spent days seaside, but you can always tell them by their lack of flip-flop tan! Don't worry, though.  We love our vacationers, no need to hide!

The Sunburn Waiting To Happen

You can spot this person a mile away. They have on a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, and zinc on their noses. They don't want to get sunburned, but they must sit in the sun. I have a special kind of love for these characters.

The Family That Brought Everything

I have admiration for the man carrying a stroller, E-Z Up, cooler, and bucket full of sand toys. His wife has that foldup coffee table from Crate and Barrel, along with a bag of towels and sunblock, chairs, and a small band of children towing other miscellaneous items. I am always jealous that they have everything, but not jealous enough to carry that much stuff onto the beach.

The Surfer

Surfboard in hand, longhaired and barefoot wearing board shorts. They always smell of the ocean and are kissed by the sun. They travel light. We love our local surfers. They are such “broskis.”

The Local

This person can be quite elusive, as they don’t come out as much in season as you think they would. They stick to backroads, and drive on beaches. They only venture out to their favorite watering holes. If you do come across a local, though, ask them where to go. They will have great suggestions off the beaten path and will likely have lots of stories about who owns the places, how nice they are, and what happens in the off-season.

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