There’s finally been some good news concerning COVID-19: Cases are drastically going down and the vaccines are working, though of course there’s still concern about different mutations like the one in South Africa or the UK’s B117.
There are all kinds of reports indicating that people are finally booking travel again, especially those who have been vaccinated. There’s so much pent-up demand because people want to see loved ones and just get away from home. We’re among them.
I haven’t been on a plane or left the State of California in a year and it’s been almost two years for my wife since she was pregnant with our daughter. Just as we did with our son, Jack, we were waiting eight months before we put Olivia on her first airplane. We had a dream trip to Hawaii planned for last Easter but of course, you know what happened then.
Since so many people are starting to plan their summer trips, this tip is helpful if you’re planning a beach vacation or if you live near a beach. Our favorite time to go to the beach in L.A. is when it’s super low tide because there are often natural tide pools of super shallow water and it’s just perfect for the kids to splash around in without venturing near the rough waves of the ocean. Our 18-month-old daughter is obsessed with the ocean and it can be very stressful as she’s always trying to run straight into it. But at low tide, she’s happy to splash in a little tide pool and doesn’t even venture near the waves. And if there are no tide pools, you can just dig one, like we did in the photo above.
Growing up along the shore in Connecticut, though, it was just the opposite. Low tide was the worst time to go to the beach because it was too shallow to swim, the beach smelled from the mud or seaweed and it was just a miserable experience.
So to make the most of your beach experience, start looking up the tide schedules and you can plan your beach jaunt accordingly, depending on whether you prefer low tide or high tide, because it can make a big difference, especially if you’re taking your kids or grandkids. Of course, if you’re going to be on the beach all day, it doesn’t really matter since, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tides experience two high and two low tides every 24 hours and 50 minutes.
To find out what the tides are going to be like, you can either Google your destination plus “tide schedule” or use a website like usharbors.com or tide-forecast.com, which has the tide times and tide charts worldwide for 10,749 locations in 196 countries. Both have printable charts but I just use the Tide Charts app for my iPhone.