A successful trip to the beach requires more than just sunscreen and a towel. The Mall at Bay Plaza, New York City’s largest shopping center, has some tips that will help you make the most of your day at the beach, whether you’re at Jacob Riis Park Beach, Long Beach, or another part of the New York coastline.
4 Tips For The Perfect Beach Day
Scout Out Parking
Many beaches offer free parking, but if you’re going to one of the more popular tourist destinations, be prepared to pay for parking. Depending on the time and day that you visit the beach, you may have to deal with lots of traffic and crowded parking lots. If you don’t want to waste an hour of beach time searching up and down streets for a free parking space, do your research beforehand to find the best parking garage or lot.
Don’t Forget The Essentials
No beach trip is complete without sunscreen, sunglasses, and a towel. Head over to the shopping mall to pick up everything you need so you’re not struggling with sunburn or a headache from too much sun while you’re out on the beach.
Pack “At The Beach” & “In The Car” Bags
Your first inclination when packing a bag for the beach will likely be to stuff your bag full of everything you might possibly need: sunscreen, water bottles, towels, book, water gear, and the kitchen sink. With an overcrowded bag, you’ll end up not finding what you need. Leave only the beach essentials in one bag, and then leave the rest in a second bag in the car. If you need it, it’s nearby, but those items won’t be in the way for the rest of the time.
Pick A Beach With Plenty To Do Nearby
If you’re truly spending the day at the beach, you’re going to need more to occupy your time than just building sand castles and sunbathing. Many beaches have boardwalk areas with restaurants, shopping malls, and fun tourist shops. After working up an appetite with a few hours of swimming, you’ll have plenty of options for food with all of the restaurants nearby. The shopping center can offer much needed air conditioning to help you cool off from the summer heat.
As New York City’s most popular and diverse shopping center, The Mall at Bay Plaza has everything your beach bag needs for a perfect day in the sand. Pick out a new swimsuit, try on some sunglasses, and finish the outfit with a pair of flip flops. For more information about the restaurants and stores at The Mall at Bay Plaza, visit their website.