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Myrtle Beach on a Budget
Beach Tips, Sandy's Shores

Myrtle Beach on a Budget

For the past two years, my husband and I have traveled to beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for our yearly beach vacation. We are always adamant about choosing a budget and sticking with it, and this year’s budget was $1,000 that we had slowly put aside into savings each paycheck. In total, the cost of our vacation was $850- under budget! Best of all, we didn’t sacrifice a quality vacation to stay under budget. Here’s how we managed a vacation in Myrtle Beach on a budget.

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Cape San Blas vs Pismo Beach
Florida, Sandy's Shores

Cape San Blas vs Pismo Beach

Road trips are always quite the adventure for our family, especially now that we have seven children to travel with. Driving rather than flying to our vacation destinations gives each of us a chance to explore new landscapes, culture, and a large amount of food. Our children travel well, so we decided to visit two very different beaches in the last few years. We headed to California to visit Pismo beach as well as Florida to visit Cape San Blas. Both destinations were amazing so it is hard to compare. However, we’ll do our best to break down Cape San Blas vs Pismo Beach.

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Sea Kayaking
North Carolina, Outer Banks

5 Tips for Sea Kayaking in the Outer Banks – Corolla, NC

Sea kayaking is exhilarating! There is nothing quite like approaching the waves on a small watercraft. In a sea kayak you sit only a few inches above the vast ocean. While it is a blast, it is not always easy. Here are a few tips to make sea kayaking in the Outer Banks a success!

  1. Observe all Safety Precautions and Protocols

We do not encourage inexperienced people to go sea kayaking. It can be a dangerous sport to partake in. Follow this link to read more and make sure you fully understand the dangers of ocean kayaking. Before you set out on the ocean or sea take lessons and go with a trained professional. Always follow local rules and regulations. Pay attention to safety protocols, guidelines and weather recommendations. Follow this link to learn more about the basic safety guidelines for ocean kayaking.

2. Wear a Life Jacket, Always

No matter whether you are going far  out to see or only kayaking close to shore. A life jacket is a must have. Make sure that your life jacket is the appropriate size. Be sure to wear it correctly. Your life jacket should come with instructions to wear it properly. We also recommend you consider wearing a helmet and other safety equipment. It is better to take absolute precaution when venturing into the ocean.

3. Have Someone Take A Video & Pictures


After I finished kayaking on the ocean I was thrilled to learn that my mom took a video and some pictures! It was great to look back at the videos and pictures. I will always remember the feeling of freedom I felt on the ocean. Now I can reminisce every time I watch the video of my adventure!

4. Secure Valuables

It is possible that you may fall off your kayak. If you do, you don’t want to lose your valuable possessions. It is best to leave electronics behind and avoid wearing any jewelry that can easily be lost in the water. Many people choose to wear sunglasses to avoid the glare on the ocean. If you do, make sure that it is a pair of sunglasses you are prepared to possibly lose!

5. Use the Right Gear

Sea kayaks are built to be different. Before you begin your voyage make sure you are using the proper equipment.  Search for equipment that is specific for those who are going on the ocean. This means you’ll need the right type of life jacket, sea kayak, paddles and more!

Click here to check out some great Sea Kayaks!

Have fun Sea Kayaking!

*This blog post does not offer enough information to begin sea kayaking on your own. Consult trained guides and professionals before you go kayaking on the ocean. This post is meant for entertainment purposes only. Sea kayaking is inherently dangerous and not recommended by this blog nor anyone associated with this blog. If you choose to kayak on the ocean you do so at your own risk.

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Ponies on assateague island
Sandy's Shores

Calvert Beach-Long Beach vs Assateague Island

Whenever you’ve visited the beach, either alone or with a group of friends and family, did it make you want to come back soon? What made the beach so exciting and special for you? Personally, I enjoy the crash of the waves washing against the shore, its pattern creating an imitation of the sound of human breath that oddly calms the mind. A beach is a place to think, to explore and to play. It is a place to enjoy.

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Budget Friendly Biloxi Beach
Sandy's Shores

Budget Friendly Biloxi Beach

While searching for a laid back, no frills beach experience, one that would be kind on my budget while still providing sun and sand, I stumbled upon Biloxi Beach. Biloxi Beach is a true hidden gem, and with a bit of creativity, it was one of the most affordable beach experiences ever. Welcome to my experience on Budget Friendly Biloxi Beach!

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Naxos in the off season
Sandy's Shores

Naxos in November: Visiting Naxos in the Off Season

In most areas of the world, autumn signals the return of morning frost, layered clothing, and the old, familiar roar of hundreds of leaf-blowers awakening from their summer slumber. But on the island of Naxos, nestled right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, there is no frost. There are no sweaters. There are no leaf-blowers, because there aren’t any leaves to blow. Instead, autumn on the island means waiting until 11 am to jump in the water, and maybe, if it’s a particularly chilly night, adding an extra blanket to your bed. This is the story of my trip visiting Naxos in the off season.

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Sandy's Shores

Serenity Visiting Playa Coson in the Dominican Republic

A guest post about visiting Playa Coson in the Dominican Republic for labor and fun. 

The town of Las Terrenas rests along the northern shores of the Samana peninsula in the northeast region of the Dominican Republic. I visited there twice with groups from my alma mater. On my most recent trip, we worked with “Foundation Mahatma Gandhi.” Under the guidance of the organization’s president, we went into the towering, round hills that skirt the town, and together with the members of a small community we cleared the site of a hefty, old trash pile, and erected a playground. The following days, we spent our time at an elementary school within the town to renew the pavement with painted games, and run sports clinics focused on introducing less popular or known sports to young girls. Here is the story of my experience visiting Playa Coson.

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