Don’t be such a beach!

When I want a beach holiday I want the following ….

Calm waves, warm water, no sharp stones, no side currents, no rip tides, no jelly fish, no seaweed and for goodness sake – can we do something about that sneaky sand that seems to get into every nook and cranny?

Sorry, says Mother Nature …. take me or leave me… preferably leave me because all you humans have just made a big mess anyway.

The biggest problem right now seems to be that wretched Sargassum weed. Ugh it is disgusting stuff and there is so much of it. When you live in the middle of the prairies you want to have a nice sandy beach (well more about sand shortly) for your very valuable vacation time. The authorities in Playa del Carmen are building a huge barrier to deal with this problem and there are various websites tracking the weed. It seems to be hit and miss as due to currents and other factors some hotels along the coast may be totally unaffected and the hotel round the corner is inundated. Young scientists are aready working on ways to put all this weed to good use … but in the meantime it is a pain in the butt for vacationers.

Now talking of butts… let’s talk about the sand. Growing up on the beaches of Cornwall, England, it was quite common for us kids to come home with our swimsuits full of sand. Mom would make us disrobe outside on the grass and have a hose down before we were allowed inside. This annoying habit of sand has opened the way for more inventions. You can now buy towels that will not pick up any grain of sand. Sounds amazing doesn’t it. These towels are really very pretty and seem to work quite well according to the video

Of course there are still a lot of other annoying things that beaches do. They have fish and stingers and those weird currents that we seem to be seeing a lot of these days on the internet.

If you see this stay out of the water.

As for bitey things… again the Aussies come to the party with how to deal with this. At certain times of year along the Australian coast around Queensland area there are lots of little jelly fish around locally known as stingers. You can get a nasty bite from them…. but, as they say in Australia “No worries mate. We got you covered.” When I went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef everyone was provided with a head to toe suit to wear in the water. It wasn’t waterproof, it was stinger proof!

Yes everyone looks like a smurf on this trip!

So once you have dealt with the tides, the sand, the stingers and the seaweed the only challenge left is getting changed on the beach…. but there is more than one way to skin a cat…

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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