Going to the beach on the South Coast is one of the things you just do here. Margate, Southbroom, St Mikes, Uvongo, they’re all right there, ready to welcome you back. But sometimes people avoid going because they are under the impression that to have some fun on the beach requires loads of money. Well that’s just not true and I’m here to share some of my favourite budget beach activities with you.
Our local beaches are just perfect for kite flying and let’s face it, when the wind starts pumping and no one wants to go to the beach anymore because it’s a tad on the chilly side, I recommend ductaping a hat to your pip, whipping on a wind breaker, grabbing that Hello Kitty Kite and head for the nearest beach! Kites don’t cost much and you should be able to pick up a little plastic kite at any of the supermarkets for around R50.
Sand Castles & Sculptures
Playing in the sand was never so much fun. Use a cheap bucket and spade set (under R100) to make castles, moats, towns and even mountains and valleys. Be super creative and make sand angles, write in the sand and decorate it with bits of whatever shells and rocks the sea spat out that day. Challenge yourself by only using what you find on the beach: stones, pebbles, drift wood, shells and sand. Remember to capture your masterpiece on your camera.
You don’t really need an expensive fishing set to have some fun on the rocks. A little line, hook and sinker will make rock pool fishing quite fun and even educational, as long as someone is around who actually knows which fish are which. Please remember, however that fishing, does require a permit. You can buy these at any of our local post offices. Annual license is about R80.
Treasure hunting on the beach can be great fun but may take just a little planning. Plant a set number of “treasures” and mark them clearly on a map. Keep your map small and the treasure area contained, you don’t want everyone wondering off too far. Also make sure that all the “treasures” are accounted for at the end; you don’t want to leave anything behind on the beach.
Geocaching is a very popular activity on the South Coast and our beautiful beaches are some excellent places to find some great caches. Register on http://www.geocaching.com and using your smartphone app, find the cashes on your favourite beaches.
Stroll and ID
Walking on the beach is a great way to relieve stress and increase your sense of appreciation for the beautiful environment. Walk with a friend or with your whole family. It’s free and it’s fun. Pass the time listening to the sounds of the beach, waves, birds and wind, or chat and catch up with your walking buddies. See if you can identify different kinds of birds and shore life. See if you can spot the Dassies or buck in the nearby bush. It is recommended that you do not walk on the beaches after dark. Be safe. Be smart.
Most of us have cell phones, the large majority of those have cameras, don’t they? So take some really cool pictures, selfies and beach snaps. Make a collage and share it with your friends
And there you have some really awesome things to do on the beach that really don’t cost that much at all. Having a beach holiday doesn’t have to be expensive, all you need is a bit of imagination.
When you leave our beautiful beaches, take all the pictures you want and the memories to cherish, but leave only your footprints behind.