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As I mentioned on My Sunday Post, this is a loaded question for me. I am from Florida. The last place I lived in Florida was Saint Petersburg, which is a peninsula attached to a peninsula. I know all about the beach. I have gone to great lengths to enjoy the beach while I lived in Florida. When I was a kid my grandparents took us every single weekend. When we moved the Orlando we drove out to the beach almost every weekend. I have been to the beach more times than I can count.
Best things about the Beach:
- loads of people
- fold out light weight chairs
- frisbee or football tossing
- shell seeking
- feet being sucked into the sand
- kids running and screaming
I love the beach, but I prefer the pool.
Best Things about the Pool:
- NO sand (in my hair, or car, or shoes)
- restrooms that have air conditioning
- shade is usually close by
- chairs are already there
- cleaner water
- the water is cooler (usually)
- no long trek through hot sand
- you don’t have to “make a day of it”
I don’t ever remember getting that wiped out feeling after swimming in the pool. The beach always made me want to sleep for a few hours once I got home. I prefer chlorine to salt water. I loved having my own pool in my backyard. That is the best way to survive the heat.
That being said, I will still go to the beach. It is just not the novelty it is for most people. I know you can’t take out a boat from your pool, but since I don’t have one I don’t care. Oh, and it is always about 10° hotter on the beach, compared to the scorching temperature inland. I feel about the beach, the way most northerners feel about the snow. It is pretty for a few minutes but then it is just a pain.
I would love to hear your thoughts.