The 17 Types Of People You Always See At The Beach

The 17 Types Of People You Always See At The Beach

Stereotypical beach-goers you see — Every. Single. Time.
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If you're a frequent beach-goer like me, you spend as many summer days as possible at the beach. And when you spend that much time at the beach, you begin to notice the stereotypical groups of people who also frequent the beach. Here are just some of them.

1. A middle aged woman in a one-piece bathing suit and a sun hat, reading a Danielle Steel novel.

2. A group of three to four college girls spending most of their beach day trying to take the perfect Instagram.

This includes selfies and supposedly candid stand-up photos in the water.

3. That 20-something couple that lay on their blanket cuddling the whole time, but leave at 2 p.m.

4. A retired couple sitting by the water in their matching Tommy Bahama beach chairs and umbrella.

They may not exchange two words all day. They're content reading their books and eating their tuna sandwiches respectively.

5. That annoying family with at least two screaming kids.

This includes the parents screaming at the kids for misbehaving. These are the same kids who walk across your blanket with their sandy feet.

6. That family who brings a camping tent.

There's always that super extra family who sets up a tent that takes up half the beach. Please stop. Just bring an umbrella like the rest of us.

7. Those people who bring a speaker and blast their music for the whole beach to hear.

If I'm not in your beach group, and I can hear your music, it's annoying. If you want to listen to music on a crowded beach, use headphones like a decent human being.

8. An older shirtless man running down the beach, wearing running sneakers and headphones.

Good for you, my dude. Running is hard enough. Running on the beach is even harder. I mean, I don't run, so I'm assuming here...

9. A beautiful girl who looks so gorgeous in her bikini you swear you're just going to stop eating... for like five seconds.

Seriously, is that Alexis Ren? Did you even go to the beach if you didn't take a hit or two to the self-confidence?

10. A person with such a bad sunburn that you physically hurt for them.

And this serves as your hourly reminder to re-apply sunblock to your own body. We've all been there.

11. That person whose skin is so white it hurts your eyes.

You ache for them for the sunburn they are inevitably going to get from being in the sun for one to two minutes.

12. A try-hard photographer with a Canon around her neck.

Please don't drop your camera in the ocean. What would your photography Instagram page followers do without your daily posts with a million hashtags?

10. At least one surfer dude.

Spotted usually with long hair, with or without a surfing wetsuit.

11. Elementary school kids on boogie boards.

With the wrist strap, of course. You always have to dodge them when trying to get into the ocean. They're EVERYWHERE.

12. Kids digging holes in the sand.

What is it with kids digging holes in the sand? We all did it. But why??? What were we trying to accomplish?

13. A blonde woman who tans all day and never once goes in the water because it's "too cold!"

You see her re-apply tanning oil at least six times.

14. And the muscular guy she's with picking her up and carrying her to the water, her screaming all the way.

"Don't you dare throw me in the water! Put me down right now!" You read that in a high pitched girly voice, don't even lie.

15. Someone with such a dark tan you don't even know if they're Caucasian.

How is it even possible to get your skin that dark?

16. That girl who is on her iPhone the entire time.

And squinting her eyes and/or holding her palm over her eyes to see her phone screen in the bright sunlight. Are you even at the beach if you don't Snapchat it? And Instagram it? And Facebook it?

17. College boys who came to the beach just to throw a football back and forth the whole time.

And gawk at the girls in bikinis. One of them is probably wearing swim trunks with the American flag on them and will try to get your phone number. Avoid at all costs.

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There's fat people and skinny people.

But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.

1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat

Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.

2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight

You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.

3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?

4. But you know this is probably true for most people

When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.

5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month

November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.

February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.

6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back

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7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice

Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.

8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes

I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.

9. You wonder what other people think when they see you

Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?

10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare

Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.

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11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs

You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.

12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals

You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.

13. Body positivity comes and goes

There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.

14. You always try on the biggest size first

Either this or you're in a weird limbo between the smallest plus sizes size and the biggest generic sizes size.

15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not

You know that your body is worthy of wearing whatever you want to wear, but looking at yourself and seeing what society (and you) sometimes deem as unattractive can eat away at that knowledge.

16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty

Even if you have to fake it, you know that feeling confident is going to carry you pretty far.

17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment

Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.

18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before

You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.

19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing

The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.

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But it makes sense! They’re beautiful but hard to maintain. They have very specific watering instructions. But the Botanical Gardens preserves them for everyone to admire. The staff of the Botans spends time collaborating with artist and experts in the field to create an amazing experience. They time all the time to get every detail right, and audiences of all ages can appreciate it.

Going to school right next to the Botanical Gardens means I have easier access to it than most New Yorkers. But I still say it is worth the trip. It is a great place for a picnic and a long walk. The shows, like the Orchid Show, are truly worth it. It’s a different world than the city: the perfect escape for the New Yorker looking for fresh air.

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In the spring, the Rockefeller Rose Garden opens, along with all the other flowers that are coming in bloom. I also recommend the Azalea Garden, which is along the way to the Rose Garden.

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