Summertime is a word that, for many, conjures images of white sandy shores, salty ocean air, sandcastles, and hot days spent with family and friends. Even though times are always changing, what has remained the same is the wholesome summer fun at the beach had by children and adults of all ages. Beachgoers continue to travel far and wide to enjoy some laid-back fun in the sun, work on their tans, and take a swim in the sea. These vintage photos are enduring proof that no amount of technology or innovation can change the amount of joy that comes from a day at the beach with family and friends.
Children wait all year for summer vacation.
One fact that cannot be denied is that school-aged children wait all year for summer vacation. What's better than endless afternoons and warm summer nights to spend time playing with friends?
Hot girl summer is timeless.
While it probably wouldn't have been called "hot girl summer" in past decades, the idea is still the same. Summer is the perfect time to be cool, confident, and carefree on the beach with your girlfriends.
Seashells are the beach's magical treasures.
Every seashell is one-of-a-kind, making them special treasures that can only be found at the beach. You could spend hours perusing the shores for the most unique shells, and even bring some home with you to accent your home decor.
Nothing beats an old-fashioned family vacation.
What's better than going a family vacation during summer break? Parents get to enjoy quality time with their children and siblings get to bond through the shared joy of traveling together. You don't have to go far to make it a memorable trip, especially if there is fun in the sun involved.
Summer is the perfect time to dine outdoors.
Whether you're planning a romantic date or a laid-back lunch, warm summer weather means it is the perfect time to dine al fresco. Bring your lunch to the beach or enjoy your meal right outside on your front lawn-- it doesn't matter, as long as you're having fun.
If it gets too warm, take a dip in the ocean.
The ocean is nature's gift to us all come summertime. If it gets too hot outside, going for a swim is sure to cool you down. Bring your boogie board or surf board for even more water fun!
The beach is the perfect backdrop for your favorite sports.
Bring your volleyball, Frisbee, or football to the beach for a lively game with friends. Even if you're not one for sports the rest of the year, there's something about playing on the beach that makes it all the more fun.
A beach date is the best date.
It's hard to imagine a more romantic summer date than a day spent laying out on the beach with the one you love.
Building sandcastles is a right of passage.
What would a summer be without the chance to make sandcastles on the beach? Even in the age of apps and smart phones, children still make them the same way they always did, with old-fashioned buckets and shovels.
Don't forget to bring your lunch for your day at the beach.
No beach day is complete without bringing along all of your favorite drinks, snacks, and a few sandwiches. You'll probably want to stop for an ice cream cone, which tastes even better after a homemade lunch.
Relaxing on the beach will never go out of style.
Break out a beach towel and bring a book along to enjoy a warm, relaxing afternoon working on your tan.
Grab a surf board and get in the ocean.
Catching a wave has and will always be a sure-fire way to enjoy the warm summer sun. If you don't know how to surf, just getting in the water for a swim is a great way to spend the day.
The beach is a great reminder that fun can be free.
Smartphones and laptops or expensive, but the beach costs little or nothing at all, which is a great reminder that sometimes the very best things in life are free (or close to free).
Memories made with friends will last a lifetime.
The best part of spending days at the beach is the memories made. Time spent with family and friends are as timeless as the beach and warm summer sun.
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