I love the beach... There I said it. It is quite simple you see. It's just an amazing place to be. The water, the sand, the waves, the people, the heat... Oh! Wait a minute! Remember when I said I love the beach, you might also like to know that I cannot stand the heat. Yes! I do come from India. Yes! it gets rather hot in the summers here. Yes! I break out in a rather irritating, scratchy, skin reddening rash if I stay in the sun for more than a few minutes. So now I enjoy my beach life before the sun comes up and after it sets. In-between, since I love the beach, I normally have to wear a shirt on top and to be honest I do feel a bit out of place. But so is life and you make do with what you have.
Changing the topic slightly, I've heard many people talk about the perfect beach being secluded and empty of the hustle and bustle of people. That might be fun sometimes (maybe on your honeymoon or a romantic getaway), but I have always enjoyed a beach when it is crowded. The whole point of the beach is to just lay down and watch the world pass by as you get baked. Having a full beach is a great way to just lounge and watch people from all walks of life go about their business in as little clothes as possible. The beach is a completely different experience when you have children splashing in the water and building sand castles, a husband pulling his non-swimmer wife into the water or visa versa, some beach sports, and lastly burying your passed out friend in sand and giving them body parts of the opposite sex.
So this is where the featured pictures come into play. Taken on the beautiful, small, and almost flat island of Grand Turk, Caribbean all the guests onboard the P&O; Ventura Cruise Ship came out on this gorgeous sunny afternoon to enjoy the beach. The Beach was clean and the water level ranged from around 4-6 feet near the beach. The water on the other hand comprised of amazing shades of blue.
The complex which comprised of the the beach (with free lounge chairs), a shopping area, a huge clearwater cool shallow pool, a waverider, and the famous Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is run by the Carnival Group of companies.
So the ship was docked nearby, and you could come and go throughout the day enjoying the beach/pool as you wished. Maybe it was the weather, or the free lounge chairs, or maybe Margaritaville, but on talking with the other guests, this was one of the most liked ports (8 in total) we had on our cruise.
So, the next time you see a crowded beach, don't just turn back. Wait a while and you will have the most fun watching parents trying to calm their 3-year-old child right after she has dropped her ice cream in the sand and wants that very sandy ice cream to eat. Oh! and for those who are not aware, my daughter just happens to be 3 years old :-)