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Guide to Beach Resorts

A Guide to Beach Resorts

When people think of taking a vacation most envision themselves on beach in a warm tropical environment.  The majority of families or couples are fortunate if they are able to get away from work for just one week out of the year.  Doing proper planning and due diligence is therefore imperative in order not to squander this precious time.  This guide to beach resorts will hopefully prepare you to make the most of your next holiday or vacation to bask in the sun on a beautiful shoreline.

Many beach resorts advertise themselves as being “on the beach” when in fact they are across a street or worse yet, several blocks away.  Being able to stumble out of  your door in your bare feet and feel the warm sand between your toes rather than having to put on footware and navigate through traffic makes a big difference in your overall satisfaction.  Most likely, there is a beach nearby to where you live now.  The experience of walking to the beach from a public parking spot or from a nearby hotel are not dissimilar.  Insisting on a true beachfront property for your vacation will really help distinguish your experience from what you may be able to enjoy locally.

The best way to verify a beach resort is actually on the beach is to read reviews of others who have stayed there.  Relying on the resort website can be deceiving as they can mix pictures in their gallery to make it appear closer to the beach than it actually is.  Some resorts have multiple buildings so keep in mind if you call to verify beach access, make sure you are speaking with the local resort and not a general corporate information line.

Another important feature to look for in a beach resort is custom amenities suitable for ocean recreation and living.  Luxury beach hotels should offer different styles of towels for the bath, pool, and beach.  Keeping clean while living next to the ocean can be quite challenging with sand getting everywhere so have plenty of bath towels is important as well.  Providing a sunscreen with UV A&B protection as well as plenty of quality moisturizer is another way to show a hotel is placing its patron’s well being first.  A resort should offer rental recreational equipment for its guests.  The availability of surf boards, wind surfers, snorkels, and beach games are some of the items you can confirm prior to your departure.

Don’t be disappointed to find the cost of staying in a beach resort to be much higher than other designations.  Remember that most people want to head to the beach for their vacation so there is a constant high demand for accommodations.  Also, keep in mind the extra costs the hotel most endure to provide some of the extra amenities mentioned above.  Paying a bit extra to stay at a high quality resort that everyone else is trying to get into may even make your experience feel more rewarding and fulfilling.