Erin Bowman’s 2014 Summer Beach Essentials

Being born and raised in NJ only a short hour away from the Jersey shore I am quite the beach enthusiast. I have so many great memories growing up going to the beach and have definitely learned some things along the way. Here is my list of beach essentials!!
1. Target bathing suit!
Target is not messing around when it comes to their bathing suit collection. Do not underestimate them. They have all different styles and such cute colors and designs. They’re inexpensive and the tops and bottoms are sold separately which I really like! No more struggling trying to decide if you should get the medium or small! You can get one of each! That’s happiness.
2. Cute beach hat!
Nothing is worse than a sun burnt itchy scalp. Beach hats are super fashionable and also very functional!
3. Beach tent!
I know what you’re thinking… “It’ll be hard to set up, it might take flight if a big gust of wind comes, I might look like a dork…” But I love my beach tent so much and it was worth every penny($40). It’s a pretty simple set up and it’s so nice to have on those super hot beach days. Mine has a couple of zipper windows in case you want a little airflow and it comes with stakes so it won’t fly away! Sunburn is no joke and I like to really make sure my skin is protected at the beach, a beach tent is your skin’s best friend!
4. Surf Taco
If you live in NJ or frequent the Jersey shore and haven’t tasted Surf Taco you need to go there… NOW! It is essential that you enjoy a blackened mahi mahi taco with pineapple topping(that’s my favorite, there are many other delicious things). For all of you who have never ventured out to the Jersey Shore, if you do one day, try Surf Taco, you won’t regret it.
5. Summer Beach playlist!
When lying on the beach you must have your summer playlist ready to play! Summer is such a great time of year and everyone has those summer jams they listen to every year when June rolls around. A few songs on my playlist…

  1. “Summer Girls” by LFO
  2. “Miami” by Will Smith
  3. “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters
  4. “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
  5. “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys
  6. “California Gurls” by Katy Perry

While creating your playlist keep in mind there’s a very summery song available on itunes now that’s called “Hey Summer.” J I happen to sing it!
What are your beach must-haves? Are there any places you MUST visit when you are down the shore? Share in the comments section and enjoy beach season!
Erin Bowman
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