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AANR's Ten Simple Rules of Beach Etiquette

First Timers Primer: It's all about respect for yourself, others and the environment

Rule #1: Respect wildlife and environmentally fragile areas.  Beaches are often in areas safeguarding endangered species of fowl, fish, and fauna.  Therefore, avoid endangering the habitat with fire, pollution, or even potentially dangerous foodstuffs. 

Rule #2: Keep the beach clean.  Not only does AANR suggest that beachgoers clean up after themselves, but they advocate sunbathers "take more trash out than you brought in."

Rule #3: For those visiting the nude section of a local beach, dress before leaving designated clothing-optional use areas.

Rule #4: Respect yourself and others by following appropriate rules of conduct.

Rule #5: Be polite to everyone.

Rule #6: Always get permission before taking scenic photographs. 

Rule #7: Use headsets or keep radio volumes turned low.  Most beachgoers visit the beach to rest and relax. 

Rule #8: Whenever possible, walk along the shoreline.  Not only is it more refreshing, but you avoid kicking sand up at the people you pass.

Rule #9: Always carry a towel with you when you leave your spot on the beach.  Whether to sit on or wrap around yourself when you walk to public areas such as picnic benches, food stands, restrooms, etc., you will be more comfortable, as will those around you.

Rule #10: Observe local beach rules and safety regulations.  When you arrive at a local beach, look for posted signs indicating beach rules and regulations - including hours, rules for swimming, designated areas for biking and roller-blading, parking, etc.