Beaches are beautiful. As travellers, we have a duty to protect the world’s beaches and oceans from the threats they face today. Some of our hotels, such as The Chesterfield Palm Beach in Florida, are nestled against the seashore with wonderful vistas opening up along the beach with the sounds of the sea whispering in our ears, and we want to preserve that for generations to come. As part of Red Carnation Hotels’ dedication to the environment and sustainability, we’ve created a guide on how to maintain the perfect beach and keep the oceans serene.
Take your litter home & recycle
After a long day soaking up the sunshine and playing with the family make sure that when you leave that you remove all of your rubbish from the beach. From picnic debris to cigarette butts, everything must go. It is especially important to remove all plastics as the amount of plastic in the oceans is now reaching critical levels and it is extremely harmful to marine life, and could ultimately be to humans too. Our philosophy in life is “Leave No Trace.”
Be kind to ocean and beach inhabitants
If you are lucky enough to get up close and personal with an animal in the ocean or on the shore be careful to give it space, and not to touch or harm it in any way. A number of endangered species, such as turtles, travel across busy tourist beaches from their egg-laying grounds to reach the ocean. Red Carnation Hotels is proud to be supporting the Loggerhead Marine Life Centre in Florida, who strive to conserve and protect sea creatures, such as the endangered Loggerhead, Leatherback and Green Turtles.
Let your sun cream sink in before you head into the water
As sun-enthusiasts, we all know how important it is to slap on the sunscreen. However, many travellers are unaware that when washed off swimmers’ skin, the chemicals in sun cream can diffuse into water. These chemicals have been known to have harmful effects on the oceans’ coral reefs and marine life. To avoid any potential toxicity, you can purchase non-toxic sun creams, or alternatively, wait 10-15 minutes for your sunscreen to fully absorb before entering the ocean.
Reduce your carbon footprint and participate in physical water activities
If you’re a thrill seeker who loves their water sports just make sure you play responsibly. Instead of water-skiing or jet skiing, why not eschew the engines and get physical with a kayak or canoe, or peacefully glide through the water on a stand-up paddleboard. Or, if beneath the waves is more your thing, then stick to snorkelling rather than full-blown scuba diving. It’s all about low impact, eco-friendly activities that don’t give any carbon emissions.
Avoid taking shells from the beach
While shells make quaint holiday souvenirs and delightful home decorations, snatching them from the shoreline does come with detrimental consequences. The removal of sea shells has been known to damage ecosystems and endanger organisms that rely on them for survival. Instead, you could treat yourself to a local, hand-made souvenir that also benefits the local community.
Image Credits: Lead image iStock/FangXiaNuo. Palm Beach iStock/CG-Photos. Pebbles balanced on the beach iStock/spooh. Protect the ocean iStock/TexasPete. Suncream at the beach iStock/PeopleImages. Girl stand up paddle boarding iStock/NicoElNino.Seashells on the beach iStock/Wachiwit.