Explore the Water
Spending time at the beach is one of the most relaxing activities that one can enjoy. Whether you’re on vacation or simply enjoying the local piece of sand, there is nothing quite like tossing a blanket down and lounging on the beach. It’s the perfect escape from our busy lives. While soaking up the sun and watching the waves crash on the shore is fine for some, others might enjoy a more active way to spend their leisure time.
Figure 1″sunset” by KiwiTom is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Beaches offer million-dollar waterfront views that seemingly go on forever. Who hasn’t marveled at the rolling waves of the ocean or watched a sunset from the warmth of the sand? But for every sandy beach, there are even more miles of coastline that most people have never had a chance to experience. Some of the best and most scenic areas of any body of water are often a little more challenging to reach. But, once you arrive, you’ll be glad that you embarked on the adventure. There are a number of ways to reach these not-so-distant destinations.
Go for a Hike
The most basic way to take in these uncharted areas of coastline is to lace up a pair of hiking boots, throw some water and granola bars in a backpack, and go for a hike. Not only is hiking tremendous exercise, but it also offers the chance to explore other areas of your waterfront as well. Chances are if there is no direct beach access to the shoreline, it’s because the water is protected by thick foliage or large cliffs. While scaling a cliff requires a significant amount of skill and experience, hiking through the woods offers the ability to take in the serenity of nature. Seeing as most of the population lives in proximity to an urban area, the peacefulness of the woods offers a welcome change.
The easiest way to access the coastline is to climb aboard a watercraft. Whether it’s a boat, jet ski, or your 40-foot yacht (lucky you!), taking a trip on the water is the fastest and most efficient way to do your coastal exploring. In only a few hours, boaters can reach multiple destinations in a relatively short amount of time. However, should you find a spot of coastline or beach to explore, your access may be limited by the size of your watercraft. Those larger vessels might only allow for a picture or two and not give you a chance to make landfall at your newly found paradise.
Figure 2″Yacht” by WaterpoloSam is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
What’s more, not everyone has access to their own personal watercraft and even if they do, storage and maintenance can present another set of challenges. Fuel costs are another consideration for boaters, especially if the vessel is a 40-foot yacht. Then again, if you own a yacht, you likely aren’t too worried about the cost of fuel. For the rest of us, there are other ways to get out on the water and explore without having to make a major investment in gas-powered equipment. If you want a great way to reach the coastlines while getting in some exercise, then stand up paddleboarding is the way to go.
Jump on a Paddleboard
Modern stand up paddleboarding has been around since the 1940s; although the origins of the sport date back thousands of years. There are several variations of paddleboards based on your desired activity, and although stand up paddle boarding may look intimidating, it’s really not that difficult once you get the hang of it. Beginning paddleboarders will benefit from a wider board that allows them to more easily balance while they glide across the water. For those looking to move more quickly through the water or perhaps do a little surfing, a narrower paddleboard will allow for a little more speed and dynamic maneuvering. Stand up paddle boards can even be used for fishing and yoga.
Figure 3″Paddleboarding at Sunset” by Tret Ratcliff is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards
The construction of a traditional paddleboard resembles a surfboard with a solid piece of foam covered by fiberglass or carbon fiber. Depending on the type of activity, the lengths vary from 10-12’. Much like a surfboard or even a kayak, traditional stand up paddleboards are often difficult to store and transport to and from the water. More recently, inflatable stand up paddleboards (iSUP) have entered the marketplace. iSUPs allow paddlers to engage in all of the same activities as they would with a traditional standup paddleboard, but also are extremely portable as well. Most can be stored in a bag that is the size of a backpack. Gili Sports offers inflatable stand up paddle boards for all activities from touring and surfing to fishing and yoga. Their versatile collection of iSUPs is the perfect way to explore miles of coastline while getting exercise and enjoying beautiful surroundings.
There are many ways to explore the miles of coastlines. Whether you decide to go for a hike or paddle your way around, lounging in the sand isn’t the only activity way to enjoy a day at the beach.