I have plenty of beach experience. My mother told me that I was on the beach before I was a year old.
My beach exploring has involved beaches in exotic places like Australia, Canada, and Hawaii.
However, I will admit to being biased towards the beaches of North Carolina.
While my intention is to talk about the elements that make for a perfect beach day, it is hard to have a perfect beach day unless you are in a pretty good location.
I have seen some great locations yield not so nice experiences. I still have memories of walking the beautiful sandy northern shores of Prince Edward Island only to find that my ankles were being sand blasted.
I can also remember being on the gorgeous sands of Corolla during a near miss of a hurricane. While both experiences bring back some memories, they do not qualify as perfect beach days.
Let me quickly add, even those experiences were far better than the best day behind a desk in an office.
To me a perfect beach day has to start with the right temperatures. It has to be just warm enough to be warm without being hot enough to cook your body.
My personal perfect beach temperature is around 84 degrees with a very gentle breeze. As to water temperature, I prefer around 80 degrees.
A water temperature any colder provides a little shock to the body when you first hit the water. That's okay especially on hotter days, but not on my perfect day.
The wave action that makes for a great day depends on your age. I had someone write last night looking for calmer waters because of school age children. I'm fine in the waves and usually enjoy waves more than dead calm, but I understand someone wanting quiet waters for children.
We always handled the kids in the water issue by me being in the water whenever they were there. That worked until they got to those teenage years when I handled it by surf fishing not far from where they were swimming.
While those aren't perfect solutions, my time in the water was never exceeded by our youngsters. I think it was all those years of training that kept me on top of the situation.
Part of the perfect beach day also requires that the number of people on the beach fit that hard to define goal of enough people to feel like you are at the beach without being so many that you feel crowded.
A good beach chair, something to quench my thirst, a nice towel for drying off, and some great company pretty well complete the picture for me.