Unspoken Beach Rules

Posted By Lisa Loyd / May 5, 2015 / , , , , , / 13 Comments

Unspoken Beach Rules

Going to the beach is pretty much the best part of a summer vacation. Everyone is relaxed and having a great time. But wait…why are people staring at you like you’ve suddenly grown a third eyeball? Why are people muttering under their breath and scooching their chairs and towels as far from you as humanly possible? What could you have possibly done to earn such hateful stares.  Let’s find out, shall we with our Unspoken Beach Rules for Tybee Island.

unspoken beach rules

Sure..They look all sweet and innocent.

A very common beach faux pas is forgetting to remove those flip flops when your feet hit that loose sand. If the beach is already crowded and you have to walk around sunbathers to find that perfect spot to set up, chances are your cute little beach flops are going to flip some sand all over their well oiled bodies. Or get sand in their eyes, up their noses, in their drinks…etc. Just take them off when you get off the boardwalk.



Did you know that sound travels really well by the water? I’m all for bringing some tunes but if you are camped out next to the Church Lady and her home schooled grand kids you might want to leave the explicit stuff at home. Which reminds me… PDA’s. You know, Public Displays of Affection. I am happy that you are feeling all romantic at the beach but nobody wants to see that, ok?

I sense sand in my drink in, three....two...one...

I sense sand in my drink in, three….two…one…

How about setting up camp at the beach? How does one go about doing that? If at all possible try and not do it too close to other people. Give other humans some room, especially if you have kids and they don’t . Remember that people go to the beach to get away from it all.  This may include you. And if you bring children, try not to let your’s fling sand, mud, water, or whatever on other beach goers..please.

We gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now...

We gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now…

Don’t loudly announce that you have to pee and then run for the ocean. I know everyone does it but no one wants to think about swimming in it.  It’s unnerving and makes people speculate on what else might be floating out there. Don’t scream shark either…unless you really see one. That is totally not cute at all.



Also, please don’t shake your towels and beach umbrellas where anyone else is sitting. It’s a beach, it’s sandy, but flying sand really is no fun at all. And another thing, drinking at the beach is fun but being drunk and gross is a completely different story. Try and remember you are sharing this area with others and to be respectful. Oh yeah, if you smoke, pick those butts up! It is rude to leave them on the beach and harmful to the marine life too. Actually, be sure to pick up all your trash. Thanks.

ha ha ha!!! you're next pal

ha ha ha!!! you’re next pal

One last thing but maybe the most important. Those seagulls sure are cute, aren’t they? You think they look a little hungry? Maybe you should feed them some chips…Wrong! This is a fun activity when the beach is pretty empty but on a typical sunny, summer day the results of just a few snacks and some seagulls can become tragic. Surprise bird poop is never a good time. Ever.

These unspoken beach rules are mainly just common courtesy and certainly don’t take away from having a great time. The best way to make sure that you aren’t being a donkey at the beach is to act with common sense and to be respectful of the other people enjoying their day! 🙂


Featured Image Photo Credit: Beach Bummin’ in Tybee Island Georgia 





  • Dorinda
    May 30, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Great article. I once saw a group of college students day ruined, because they were fined for drinking soda from glass bottles. It’s important to get the word out there or clear signage. Some mistakes are innocent, and some people just don’t seem to care. I hate when someone shakes out their beach blanket/ towel upwind of where I’m sitting. Please think of others people.

  • Peter Bannon
    May 9, 2015 at 4:34 pm


    Excellent, helpful, and timely article. I hope it gets wide circulation.

    Most of what you posted is just common courtesy, but since we are a public beach, we cannot screen all visitors for common sense or consideration for others. I was very glad to see Tybee post those signs about beach rules, which you can’t miss walking onto the beach.

    One rule which needs to be emphasized is NO GLASS containers, glasses or bottles on the beach. Tybee Beach patrol will issue a HUGE citation if you are caught with glass on the beach. The reason is that glass containers on the beach can become DANGEROUS glass litter in the sand, or out in the surf. Careful, non-littering, responsible people might not think of the NO GLASS rule packing the cooler for a day at the beach. Good people who would never litter.

  • freda rutherford
    May 6, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Trashing the beach is also not cool but also illegal. Remember that plastic bags are kites without strings. When one gets away from you it will go into the ocean to be eaten by our marine life. Dangerous for them … and for us- who eat them in turn. BTW, the fine can be $900.00

    • admin
      May 6, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thank You Freda! I think we need to do a post just about the dangers of trash and plastics left on our beaches.

  • linda
    May 5, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Please if there is a restroom around use it …. don’t pee in the ocean.

  • RC
    May 5, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Don’t set up camp right next to another camp if the beach is WIDE open. It is absolutely unnecessary.

  • Janet Cherokee Glaba
    May 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Nasty rap music is not for the beach……….they say cuss words in most of the songs. Wear something that covers your junk…….I do not want to see your body parts that are suppose to be covered up. If your kids diaper is full, change them and throw the diaper in the trash can PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jay
    May 5, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    All in agreement about sound traveling, had to get up and move my spot last summer after a couple young men came and sat a couple yards down from me and began loudly explicitly discussing their romps with women..seriously it was gross..I am no prude just don’t need to know about others sex antics.

  • Jan
    May 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    And for the parents who let their toddler poop right there at the shore line last summer, first of all, what are you feeding that child? That was an adult size load! But just don’t come back. You’re just too lazy and nasty to even be on the beach! That’s what restrooms are for.

    • admin
      May 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Ohhhh yuck!

  • Janet
    May 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    It’s fine to play football, frisbee or some other game on the beach but please move to where there is enough open room for that. Don’t play in the middle of a crowd. Inevitably someone gets hit by the ball or frisbee.

  • Sissy
    May 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    And if you bring kids to the beach, it’s your job to watch them… not every other person there with an inkling of maternal instinct. And don’t spank your kid when the tide takes them out of your sight, while you’re sitting unmoved from your beach chair and cooler… if you were in the water, you’d know that putting a swim ring on them, only makes the move faster with the tide.

    • admin
      May 5, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Sissy, you are soooo right!

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