Ahhh, summertime on the Central Coast. The season of Frisbees, flip-flops and beach volleyball. Wait a second… isn’t that all year round here? Yes, we are spoiled. We are never more than a half-hour’s drive away from some of the most breathtaking coastline that California has to offer. And as seasoned beach bums, we’d like to share a few tips to help you keep your shores clean, your bodies healthy, and all your seaside experiences fun and invigorating.
Wear sunscreen: Sunburns are bad enough without the added worry of possible skin cancer. To avoid the pain and anxiety altogether, active Californians make sure to slather on ample amounts of sunscreen. We recommend organic brands such as Elemental Herbs which we carry here at Bambu Batu in SPF 20 and 22.
These natural sunscreen formulas are a healthier alternative than those that contain chemicals such as octylmethoxycinnamate, benzophenone 3 and octocrylene, which can soak into the deeper layers of your skin. These chemicals can leave top sections of skin vulnerable and also react with UV light to create damaging compounds called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). ROS can cause cell damage, premature aging, environmental pollution, and hormone disruption.
Leave no trace: No one likes stepping on a cigarette butt or discarded plastic Dorito bag when frolicking in the sand and surf. When picnicking, we make sure to take what we brought to the sand back out with us. This includes everything from bottles and cans to orange peels and liquids. To help keep stuff organized, a reusable tote bag or backpack helps to consolidate and pack out our food, toys and trash. To cut down on unnecessary waste, Bambu Batu offers stylish reusable bamboo bottles and to-go wear utensils for sustainable beach cookouts.
Play around: For some good exercise and fun outdoors, bring a football, kite or volleyball along with a couple of friends or four-legged buddy. We particularly enjoy a toss of the Frisbee® with the Brothers Be’s genuine Wham-O Ultimate Frisbee, made from recycled polyethylene plastic! You can catch one of these beauties here at Bambu Batu all summer long
Surfing, wakeboarding, building sandcastles, poking around tide pools and kayaking are all Central Coast favorite activities. Local businesses such as Central Coast Kayaks and SLO Coast Kayaks offer tours and rentals throughout the season. Van Curaza Surf School teaches lessons to grommets from Pismo Beach to Morro Bay.
Check out flora and fauna: Tidepooling is a wonderful way to get up close and personal with ocean life! Check out cool new phone apps such as the Audobon Mobile Field Guides to identify birds and other critters hanging out by the water. Be careful to keep your distance with marine mammals, like the California elephant seal and sea lion, as they are protected under the law and can become dangerous. If you see an animal in trouble, call the Marine Mammal Center for rescue assistance.
Where do you go for a little surf and sun? What is your favorite beach activity?