How We Vacation at the Beach with Modesty in Mind

When spring and summer roll around, there is one thing on my children’s mind.  Visiting the beach!  I can’t blame them.  The ocean is an amazing reminder of the sovereignty of God and the glory of His creation.  Through His creation, we catch a glimpse of Him.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.

Romans 1:20

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Several years ago I became convicted concerning beach vacations.  At that point we visited the most popular destinations.  Along with these destinations came, I guess you could say, just blatant immorality.  We had to be careful of the placement of our condo in regards to nightclubs.  We couldn’t be out after dark without running into the party crowd.  We couldn’t drive down the beach during the day without our young readers viewing sign after sign promoting immorality.  Not to mention the crowds of teenagers and college kids wearing practically nothing.  What was a mom to do?

First and foremost, we began visiting other beach locals.  These were areas that weren’t quite as built up and more family oriented.  Sure, we didn’t have as many entertainment options as before, but this sacrifice was well worth it.

Running a close second, we vacation during off season.  Since we homeschool, we can vacation basically any time we would like.  Our favorite times to visit the beach are in May (which is between spring break and summer vacation for public schools) and early to mid September (providing no hurricanes are on the way!)  Rates are much less during this time of the year, which is wonderful.

We also choose a condo that has a private beach.  This eliminates much of the modesty compromises that we encounter with sunbathers.  This past May, we basically shared an almost vacant beach with parents of preschoolers and those in retirement.

If the beach is a bit more crowded than we would like, we look up local museums, attractions, and shopping centers to visit.  Since we homeschool, I love for our children to learn at every opportunity.

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This system has worked well for us for several years.  Since God added our youngest daughter to our family, the logistics of condos, elevators, and beach supplies has changed a bit.  Hopefully on our next visit, we can find a small beach home in an even more secluded location.  Where we can praise the Lord in the beauty of His creation while growing closer as a family.

Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Psalm 150:1

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Where do you vacation as a family?

~Nicole

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Written by Nicole

NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

25 Thoughts on “How We Vacation at the Beach with Modesty in Mind

  1. Kelley on May 27, 2013 at 7:19 am said:

    We like to share a beach house with our extended family. This summer we are sharing a house in the NC mountains with my husband’s parents. I prefer the mountains to the beach.

  2. Wonderful ideas! Hubby and I have both talked about this. We are modest, but we wondered how we would deal with the rest of the crowd when we had children in tow.

    • Nicole on May 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm said:

      It can be a difficult predicament, that is for sure. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Krista on May 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm said:

    Hi! I found your blog on a link at themodestmom.blogspot.com.

    We also understand the issue of modesty at the beach. We don’t live near the ocean, but we are blessed to be on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan with its gorgeous (and highy populated) sugar sand beaches.

    There are not too many parks that are really possible to attend in the summertime and not have immodesty and immorality right “in your face”. But one of the things we have found is that if you go around supper time (5:30 p.m.) or so, many of the sunbathers have gone home and the sunset watchers are coming in.

    This is not an option available to everyone, but we have a Christian conference grounds with frontage right on Lake Michigan. We attend Sunday services in the summer there, purchase a family day pass, and can spend the afternoon on their beautiful beach. I’d like to say that the modesty problem is solved here, but sadly, it isn’t. However, it is greatly reduced, and again, going at certain times (such as during meal times) greatly reduces the assault on the eyegate!

    We also take our vacation in mid September. The beaches are practically empty then, and it can be a great time to enjoy them (providing we aren’t affected by post-hurricane rains).

    I’m glad that the Lord has provided us ways to enjoy Lake Michigan–there’s so much to appreciate about His power and goodness to us there!

  4. I love this! This is what my parents did with us kids all growing up, and we have such wonderful memories of going to the beach that didn’t have to be ruined with leaving due to immodest people everywhere. Now we try to take the whole extended family and do the same thing with them. Fun times!

  5. Great post–this is something I worry about as our boys grow older too. OUR family is modest, but in a beach setting there is just so much that is not! I’m not a big fan of the beach anyway, but when we do go we definitely look for less crowded spots and make sure to balance our time with off-the-sand activities.

    Would love for you to consider sharing this post especially, and a few others as well, at our Everything Summer LINK UP… http://www.walkinginhighcotton.net/2013/05/everything-summer-the-ultimate-everything-summer-link-up/

  6. Hi,

    We actually LIVE at the beach! That brings its own blessings and challenges!

    We see blatant immodesty not just at the beach, but at the grocery store (people shopping in their bathing suits sometimes without coverups), at Wal-Mart, at restaurants, etc.

    As homeschoolers, we enjoy going to the beach any time of the year, and of course, find the off-season less crowded and more to our liking! When we go during the summer months, we try to choose a location that is more family-oriented and where the attire is more modest.

    Immodesty is all around us, and we have chosen to teach our boys to guard their eyes vs. our earlier practice of avoiding beaches and pools. It seems that avoiding it may not really prepare them for adulthood and all the immodesty that they will always be exposed to. Nevertheless, one of our teenage sons has chosen to stay home from the beach, so as not to be tempted by the girls in bikinis. wow! Have to admire his courageous stand and desire to “flee youthful lusts!”

    Thanks for sharing your excellent post!
    Elizabeth
    http://www.yestheyareallours

  7. Love these ideas! Would you be willing to recommend some specific places that you’ve been?

    • Nicole on June 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm said:

      Hi Rachel! We enjoy vacationing on Hilton Head Island. It is fairly family friendly. We are possibly going to try more remote locations up and down the coast in the future.

  8. Nicole, thank you for sharing this with us last week at Proverbs 31 Thursdays link up. It was the most clicked on link. I will be sharing via FB and Twitter soon. Many blessings to you! 🙂

  9. Rachel Gerkin on June 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm said:

    Port St Joe Beach in Florida s a very secluded beach and beautiful beach!! 🙂

  10. Topsail Island North Carolina…best place in the world. It’s private beaches, rental homes, and little to no “adult” themed environments.

  11. So far, other than our honeymoon six years ago, we don’t actually VACATION. We have been to visit family for holidays, reunions, but actually taking a Family Vacation is something we have yet to do. We have one daughter, and we would love to be able to just go somewhere for a short vacation with her, but so far, it’s just not been possible.

  12. That is what we did. Went to the beach when everyone else was at work. If you are interested in modest swimwear my daughter designed a pattern for children and ladies and also provides ready made modest swimwear and custom made ones too.
    http://www.simply-modest.com

  13. Heather on June 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm said:

    We live 30 minutes from the beach so it doesn’t seem like such a vacation to us. We have always went to theme parks for our vacations but since I am due in Aug with our 5th little one we are planning a more relaxed approach to next years vacation. We are planning to rent a condo in the mountains of TN or GA. We have never done that and I really feel like I need a bit more of an easy going pace next year. 🙂 We love vacations and are so thankful for them!

  14. Jenn on June 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm said:

    Our family loves the beach! We are so happy to have found a family campground that is right on the beach. Most of the people staying there are families with children, or retired couples. We have really been happy with the way everyone on the beach dresses. Mostly, people are trying to keep covered in light layers to stay protected from the sun. The affordability of a campground also makes a family vacation possible for us.

    One year, we actually couldn’t make the camping thing work, so we went to a friend’s beach house at Myrtle Beach. We were totally not prepared for what we saw there….it was a very different (in a bad way) experience!

  15. Hi, have you seen this. thought of you and this post when I read it. It’s called The Evolution of the Swimsuit. I thought it was great. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJVHRJbgLz8

    • Nicole on June 20, 2013 at 7:35 am said:

      Thank you for sharing!

      • I’m glad in Australia it’s perfectly normal to wear long board shorts and a T-Shirt over your swimmers when you swim. It suits me. There is no trouble buying swimmers that are modest when we look for this.

  16. People who don’t want to see nearly naked people shouldn’t have to look for secluded areas to avoid seeing them. The police are supposed to enforce modesty in public but they stopped doing it long ago.

    If I am swimming in the ocean, I prefer there to be SOME other people in the water nearby, just to somewhat better my odds of avoiding shark bite. If I am not swimming, I like to have the beach all to myself and I go early in the morning for that. You can jog or just sit down and watch the sky change colors with the sunrise.

  17. Chrystina on September 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm said:

    Look in to Casey Key, Florida it is just down the road from Venice. We always stay with a great private beach for a great rate. Some places offer 3 bedroom apartments. And there is plenty of shopping and other great things to do near by, including an aquarium. There is a free beach called Caspercanins(sp) my husband aways called it dinosaur beach because of the prehistoric black sands and we have never shared the beach with more then 10 people despite our regular visits while living in Florida including the week of July 4th.

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