Going to the beach is the perfect way to temporarily escape reality with some fun in the sun.

We don’t want to dive too deeply into reality and burst your beach bubble, but staying healthy is essential, and beach vacations are no exception. Here are some helpful hints to make health a shore thing. And be sure to check our five favorite beaches!

Sun Exposure

The American Cancer Society advises to limit your direct exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. That is prime beach time for most sunseekers, so remember to go into the shade off-and-on throughout the day.

Healthy Family on the Beach

Cool Clothes with UPF

Coolibar (koo-luh-bar) is a sun protection clothing line for the whole family (6 months and up), which sells tops, bottoms, swimwear and accessories with UV protection. It guarantees UPF 50+ protection in its fabrics, which means you can spend less time re-applying sunscreen and more time making memories.

Take a Walk

Studies have shown that walking on the sand requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than walking on a solid, flat surface, so start your mornings or end your beach days with a stroll on the beach.

Bacteria Sand Beach

Protect Your Skin & the Ocean

Unfortunately the most popular ingredients in chemical sunscreens — oxybenzone and octinoxate — have been shown to cause significant damage to coral reefs. Many brands offer alternatives and a list of more environmentally-friendly sunscreens is here. You can also make your own with zinc oxide powder, which is SPF 2-20 depending on how much is used. Mix it with red raspberry seed oil and it increases to SPF 25 to 50 or use carrot seed oil for SPF 35 to 40.

Staying Hydrated is Key to Staying Healthy on the Beach

It sounds so simple, but this no-brainer tip can be harder than you think when you are having fun. Make it a rule to drink water after returning to your towel from the ocean. Want to mix it up? Drink coconut water to rehydrate, which is rich in potassium. Our favorite brand is New Jersey-based MOJO, which comes in multiple flavors like pineapple, mango and even sparkling. Alkaline water is also becoming more popular as it has a higher pH level than tap water, making it healthier to drink and providing your body with potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium.

Stay Hydrated on the Beach
Apple Cider for Bug Bites

Apple Cider for Sunburns and Bites

Yes, that’s right, apple cider vinegar is an all-natural remedy for healing sunburns and mosquito bites. You must dilute the vinegar very well before applying it to skin because high concentrations can actually cause a burning sensation.

We suggest diluting it in your bath water to sooth your skin, using a little bit on a wet Q-tip to dab or dipping a wet washcloth in the vinegar and wringing it out before patting it gently on affected areas.